Facebook, Google Get U.S. Court Order to Remove Fake Chanel Websites
Chanel has convinced a judge to allow it to seize over 600 Websites selling counterfeit goods and force search engines and social media sites to remove the links.As congressional lawmakers debate a sweeping anti-piracy bill, a United States judge has ordered Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and Microsoft to remove links to Websites selling counterfeit goods from their systems. A federal judge in Nevada ruled in favor of luxury brand Chanel and allowed the company to seize more than 600 domain names it has identified as belonging to groups selling counterfeit Chanel items over the past few months. In the most recent order, issued Nov. 14, Judge Kent Dawson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada also ordered that search engines and social media Websites must "de-index" those domain names and remove them from search results. The judge specifically requested that Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Bing, Yahoo and Google remove the links.
"I'm sympathetic to the 'whack-a-mole' problem rights owners face, but this relief is just extraordinarily broad and is on shaky procedural grounds," Venkat Balasubramani, a lawyer focusing on media, technology and the Internet for Focal, a Seattle-based law firm, wrote on the Technology & Marketing Law blog Nov. 28.