I am shocked about the Italian judicial system finding Google executives guilty on criminal privacy charges for the posting -- by an Italian citizen -- of a video on YouTube showing bullying and abuse of an Italian Down's syndrome child by other Italian teens.
I mean, should the History Channel be sued for airing footage of the survivors of Nazi Concentration camps? It's an invasion of the privacy of the concentration camp victims; the individual survivors didn't give permission; and it shows a horrific scene of man's inhumanity to man. The truth is, much of this footage served to shock the post World War II citizens about the horror and reality of the Holocaust, and many of the Holocaust memorials continue showing this footage so that we never forget.
The following is excerpted from the story in the on-line version of WIRED:
“Today’s stunning verdict sets an extremely dangerous precedent that threatens free expression and chills innovation on the global internet,” Harris said in an e-mail statement. “If the conviction is allowed to stand, it will chill the provision of Web 2.0 services that provide user-generated content platforms in Italy, and Italian internet users will find themselves without a powerful forum for free expression...