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SCC confirms that Internet intermediaries can be ordered to deindex illegal sites worldwide: Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc., 2017 SCC 34

DATE CLOSED

June 28, 2017

BUSINESS SECTOR

Technology

LEAD OFFICE

Toronto


OVERVIEW

On June 28, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released its landmark decision in Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc. and upheld the granting of an interlocutory injunction by the BC Supreme Court (and allowed by the BC Court of Appeal) requiring Google to cease indexing or referencing certain search results on its Internet search engine. In sum, Google can no longer provide search results anywhere in the world that point to a website that unlawfully sells the intellectual property of another company.

This ruling sets important precedent as the order applies worldwide and across all of Google's search engines.

McCarthy Tétrault LLP intervened on behalf of various industry organizations representing music labels and movie producers worldwide, in support of Equustek’s position, with a team of Barry Sookman, Dan Glover, and Miranda Lam.

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