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F1 Driver Wins Lawsuit Against Google

Orkut gets company in trouble in Brazil

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Orkut, Google’s social network that never caught on in America, looks set to cost the company some money in Brazil.  Google’s lost a lawsuit brought against it by Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello.

The lawsuit revolved around several fake profiles set up in Barrichello’s name.  They ridiculed him for being second driver (or more specifically, second fiddle) to Michael Schumacher, and Google wasn’t quick to take the profiles down, despite being notified.

As a result, "A Sao Paulo court ruled that Google took too long to remove fake profiles mocking Barrichello from its website," according to a Grandprix.com article.

Barrichello was awarded $118,000.

GoogleGoogle appears to be suffering something of a losing streak with Orkut.  Consider that comScore recently indicated the network lost its popularity lead to Facebook in India.  Now there’s this lawsuit in Brazil, the only other big country in which Orkut’s been on top.

These developments don’t set the stage for the best possible Google Me launch.  On the bright side (from Google’s perspective), $118,000 isn’t too much to a company with a market cap of $196 billion, and fake profiles aren’t the worst problem a social network has ever had to deal with.

F1 Driver Wins Lawsuit Against Google
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  • toy

    The lawsuits will rain now and will destroy what’s left of Orkut. Google ain’t good for nothing. They have no support, nada. Jack of all trades, master of none.

  • SueG.

    Google is getting what is just the start of what they deserve for creating CYBER STALKING, INVASION OF PRIVACY, FAKE SLANDER SEARCH RESULTS (that they wont remove), FAKE AD WORDS RIP OFFS, 3RD PARTY FILTH LINKS, etc. Other Search Engines dont allow this but why does Google?…because they THINK they can get away with anything like being ABUSIVE, BIG BROTHER BULLYS thats why. Sue Google people.

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