French court: Google must drop 9 Mosley sex images

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Associated Press

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 4:33 PM

PARIS (AP) — A French court says Google must rid its search results of nine images of an orgy involving former Formula One racing chief Max Mosley.

A Google lawyer said Wednesday's ruling amounted to asking the search giant to build a "censorship machine" and that the company would appeal.

The now-defunct News of the World newspaper published a video on its website in 2008 that purported to show Mosley involved in a sex session with prostitutes. Mosley has acknowledged his involvement but said the British tabloid violated his privacy, and he has won a lawsuit against it. Still, images of the orgy continue to appear on the Web.

The court ruled that Google must purge nine such images from its search results or pay 1,000 euros ($1,300) each time one appears.

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