The Canadian Supreme Court rules against Google Company in an intellectual property case
The Canadian Supreme Court of has now ordered a particular company’s websites and pages to be removed from its search listings. This ruling considered a landmark of its kind worldwide, has stimulated hearsays among global Internet users. People have already started speculating that there would now be open judgements from courts across different nationalities to start compelling search engines to remove search link listing which they feed would be inappropriate.
This case involved dispute between two Canadian firms
The controversy started back in 2014 in a court battle between Equustek Solutions Inc. vs Data link Technologies Gateways, Canada. Equustek Solutions argued that Google search result listings were attracting many visitors to the defendant’s websites who were selling products unlawfully.
Search engines have the responsibility to prevent the user’s access to infringing content
Even though Google was not directly involved in the case, it however in its own accord, removed these listings from its search results. However, Equustek was demanding for something more comprehensive which they got indeed. The Court of British Columbia ordered Google to remove all infringing webpages from its listings. Despite repeated counter appeals from Google, which argued that it is not operational within British Columbian Servers, the court ruled in 2015,June that there needs to be an action taken by Search Engines across the globe to delist websites selling unlawful products and services.
Google though was not the direct party to the dispute
Undeterred, Google further appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, counter arguing its Equustek’s stand that it would have a disastrous impact on the Internet users globally. The Supreme Court of Canada however ruled ultimately that Google is a “determinative player” and that it has caused much harm to the business interests of Equustek.The actual speculation for internet users across the world now is the fact that it would not take long for many other businesses to make this ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada to apply in favour of their own business interests. Augmenting to this has been the supporting statements from the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) prompting Google to “take on the responsibility” and delist all unlawful websites from taking the advantage and control of their global reach.
Mixed responses arise from global business heads as well as the internet users.
There have been much of mixed responses from the global business heads as well as the internet users. The CEO of IFPI, Frances Moore recently opined that the ruling handed down by the Supreme Court of Canada has been“good news for rights holders” from across the globe and not just within Canada. He further went on to add that this case has not been ruled in favour of the music industry alone or the music piracy issue alone.
This rule could have far reaching affect on the Google
It has in fact brought in much positivity among the businesses across the globe who was actually worried about user’s attention being directed towards illegal and unlawful website listings from search engines. However other prominent global personalities such as Michael Geist, Professor from the University of Ottawa have voiced concern that this ruling could probably hold a huge political minefield. Any entity from any country could file against the Search Engines arguing in favour of their own interests.