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Orkut fined $500,000 for hosting fake profiles of Formula 1 racer Rubens Barrichello

Google has been ordered by a Brazilian court to pay $500,000 in damages to Formula 1 racer Rubens Barrichello for hosting his fake profiles on its social networking site Orkut. According to the court order, Google’s responsibility was proved because it managed the site and established the rules for its use.

Google has been ordered by a Brazilian court to pay $500,000 in damages to Formula 1 racer Rubens Barrichello for hosting his fake profiles on its social networking site Orkut. According to the court order, Google’s responsibility was proved because it managed the site and established the rules for its use.

In its order, the 15th district court of Sao Paulo also said that the damages could be raised to $700,000 because the case was lodged in July 2006, and that Google risked a daily fine of $590 until the pages referring to Barrichello were removed. [Source: Financial Express]

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