Feeds

Mosley thrash'n'tickle vid case against Google opens in Hamburg

Ex F1 chief's clip campaign flogging a -erm- dead horse?

Security for virtualized datacentres

Google is being sued in a Hamburg court by Max Mosley, who is claiming that the company has broken German privacy laws by continuing to host a video online which shows the erstwhile Formula One chief engaging in a sordid sex pantomime.

Mosley told the Leveson Inquiry nearly a year ago that he would bring a lawsuit against Google after it snubbed requests to pull the video, filmed by a prostitute at the smack'n'tickle session she attended with four other women and the ex-FIA president.

The vid itself was originally commissioned by News International's now-defunct News of the World Sunday tabloid and the material has remained online - in one form or another - ever since.

Mosley has claimed to have already spent hundreds of thousands of pounds forcing websites to stop video clips showing him at the party from being streamed on the web.

In November 2011, Mosley told the Leveson Inquiry that his lawyers had been in the process of instructing "several different firms of lawyers in over 20 different jurisdictions to remove the images and video originally published by NotW from several hundred more websites". He added that there were 193 sites hosting the video in Germany alone.

Mosley has acknowledged that he took part in the orgy, but maintains that Rupert Murdoch's notorious and now-dead British Sunday redtop had committed an "outrageous" invasion of his privacy that also involved a Nazi allegation he described as "completely untrue".

In 2008, he successfully sued the NotW.

Mosley wasn't present at today's hearing at the Hamburg state court, according to Sky News, which added that it was unclear when a ruling in the case might be made. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'
This affects every broadcaster, every cable guy
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité: Two out of three ain't bad
SCREW YOU, EU: BBC rolls out Right To Remember as Google deletes links
Not even Google can withstand the power of Auntie
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft
674 days in space for US Air Force's mystery orbital vehicle
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.