324 O 660/12

Landgericht Hamburg [District Court of Hamburg], Civil,
Document type
Court Decision
The plaintiff, an entrepreneur, alleged that the German google-webpage contained a “snippet” from a third-party’s blog which suggested that the plaintiff had owned a brothel. In German legal language, a “snippet” is the text below the Hyperlink and the URL on the search engine results page displayed by Google, which “quotes” a part of the linked web page. The court ruled that this “snippet” is an expression of Google, therefore Google was liable for that otherwise third-party content.
Topic, claim, or defense
Defamation or Personality Rights
Privacy or Data Protection
Document type
Court Decision
Issuing entity
Lowest Domestic Court
Type of service provider
Search Engine or Index
OSP obligation considered
Block or Remove
Type of law
General effect on immunity
Weakens Immunity