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Google to Block 6 Photos Showing Mosley Sex Party

Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. was ordered to block six pictures linked to Max Mosley from its website in Germany, in a bid by the former Formula One president to filter search results referring to a “Nazi-themed” sex party.

A court in Hamburg ordered Google today to block six images showing Mosley, 73, from the sites that belong to Google.de. Mosley won a similar bid at a French court in November which ordered the Mountain View, California-based company to block nine images linked to Mosley and awarded him 1 euro ($1.37) in damages.

Google will appeal the German ruling, Daphne Keller, Google’s associate general counsel, said in an e-mailed statement.

“Today’s ruling, while about a single person and particular content, sets a disturbing precedent that could require Internet services to monitor every bit of content they transmit or store for their users,” Keller said. “We believe that this ruling conflicts with European law.”

Mosley won a 60,000-pound ($99,800) breach-of-privacy award in a U.K. court in 2008 from News Corp.’s now-defunct News of the World newspaper for publishing the story on a Nazi-themed “orgy” along with a video.

The British court ruled there was no Nazi theme and the story wasn’t in the public interest. Mosley won a similar ruling in France in 2011 when a judge ordered News Corp. to pay as much as 32,000 euros in fines and fees over the story.

To contact the reporters on this story: Stephanie Bodoni in Luxembourg at sbodoni@bloomberg.net; Karin Matussek in Berlin at kmatussek@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net

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