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An Australian has won permission to sue Google for defamation over search results that he alleges link him to the country's criminal underworld. Milorad "Michael" Trkulja has convinced the Australian High Court that he should be allowed to sue Google for allegedly publishing photos that he has claimed "convey imputations that …

What is it about Reg readers?

Here I am happily retired after half a lifetime of penal servitude to the IT gods. I no longer have to know anything about IT beyond being able to maintain a system or two at home, and don't even *want* to know because, frankly, computers have got really, really boring since the turn of the century.

So what am I even doing here?

I'm reading the comments, 'coz Reg readers write better comments below the line than those of any five other publications put together.

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Re: What is it about Reg readers?

Yeah! But what does Google say about you?

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Re: What is it about Reg readers?

Yeah! But what does Google say about you?

That they have a restraining order that says I'm no longer allowed on their campuses/offices/home/pools/cars/planes/trains and that I am not to phone/e-mail/smoke signal/flags/wave/smile or make any further attempts to contact them :(

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He is all over the Internet now

BBC News, RT CNBC, Hitman Sues Google , Milorad "Michael" Trkulja, hitman... he created this!

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Re: He is all over the Internet now

Streisand Effect.

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Re: He is all over the Internet now

So what you're saying is that Milorad "Michael" Trkulja may or may not be or have been a hitman, associated with the criminal underworld in Australia and possibly a vexatious litigant as well!?

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Re: He is all over the Internet now

Some would say that there's no such thing as "bad" publicity.

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On the "my name search" thing...

While checking out with my groceries one night, I noticed the cashier had an unusual name on her tag. It looked like a Thai name to me, and I planed to search on it to check my guess. In a moment of carelessness I used Google instead of DDG to search for that name. One word, First Name only.

Holy shite. I got pages of hits on her personal life! Her full name, where she lived, when they bought the house and what they paid for it, previous addresses where she lived. Her husband's full name, when and where they got married. It went on and on. All based on her FIRST NAME ONLY. I could have used the search hits to figure out the rest of her life, easy. Google is your One-Stop Stalking Shop.

Granted that she had an uncommon name (for this area) but it was frightening how much of our personal lives are eagerly offered up to any random stranger in a non-specific search. Maybe your name is more common and it's harder to find you specifically, but don't kid yourself that the same details aren't on offer online for you too.

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Re: On the "my name search" thing...

Granted that she had an uncommon name (for this area) but it was frightening how much of our personal lives are eagerly offered up to any random stranger in a non-specific search.

Although that only works if someone put that information on the Internet for Google to scrape in the first place.

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Re: On the "my name search" thing...

When I Google my porn name, nothing at all comes up nowadays. My real name is as common as John Smith, and none of the returned results are me, either. Looks like Google forgot me!

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Re: On the "my name search" thing...

John Holmes?

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Sparticus

The solution is for everyone to be Dave Smith or Sarah Jones?

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Never heard of him...

...until now.

Didn't know he was a hitman...

...until now

Didn't know he lived in Melbourne...

...until now

Didn't know he was a grandad...

...etc

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Re: Never heard of him...

Sadly he does look like one Tony Mokbel, who is real hitman in Melbadishou , whose image also shows in the search results on his name.

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Techdirt response to similar threat in 2016.

"We had hoped that this would be the end of it, but apparently it is not. A few weeks back, we received the following, absolutely bogus legal threat from an Australian lawyer by the name of Stuart Gibson, who appears to work for an actual law firm called Mills Oakley. The original threat from Mr. Trkulja could, perhaps, be forgiven, seeing as he almost certainly wrote it himself (again, it was incomprehensible in parts, and full of grammatical and typographical errors). Our response was an attempt to educate Mr. Trkulja against making bogus threats."

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160211/17135533582/our-response-to-yet-another-bogus-legal-threat-australia-go-learn-some-law.shtml

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Re: Techdirt response to similar threat in 2016.

The problem with defamation law and litigation is that it turns the entire judicial process on its head.

The plaintiff doesn't have to prove anything. The onus is on you to disprove their claims about what you've said.

Effectively you're guilty until proven innocent.

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Interesting defence

"Google's legal eagles Down Under argued it would have been "irrational" for someone to assume that pictures of people returned against a search for underworld figures are all criminals, partly on the grounds that the mugshots displayed by the search engine for such a search included Marlon Brando."

Google's defence appears to be that their search engine is shit and users should not assume the results bear any relation to what they were looking for. Have their lawyers been taking lessons from Ratner?

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All he's done is...

...create another Streisand effect.

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Man allowed to blow raspberries at Google!!

Well you can to, just do it at home, it's free and easy.

Forcing Google to do anything is a little harder though.

And you may end up blowing many more raspberries their way.

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Says I am an Irish hurler(sport).

They kind of got it right,

Do have a bit of Irish blood in me(Grandfather was Irish) and I have been known to hurl(vomit) after a big night out on the p!ss.

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