Peeing Frenchman Sues Google Over Embarrassing Street View Photo

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Google Street View, long established as a source for photos of unaware naked people, is being sued by a man in France because one of its camera-mounted cars snapped a photo of him pissing into a courtyard on his property and, as any of us surely would, uploaded it to the internet.

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Although Google blurred his face, the man claims he became the "laughing stock" of his small town and brought the suit for infringement of privacy to a court in Angiers. He wants his photo taken off and 10,000 euros (around $13,000). A Google lawyer has dismissed the suit as "implausible."

It sounds like a crazy lawsuit, but even if this Frenchman wins I don't think Google will be pissing itself over the loss. I just hope that this doesn't set a dangerous anti-ridiculous-Street-View-image precedent, though. I can't imagine a world deprived of super hero pub crawls, avenging scuba divers, or the occasional chunky truck party. [AFP, TDG]

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WestwoodDenizen
WestwoodDenizen

Lesson: don't piss in your god damn driveway!

Glad to know the US isn't the only country with frivolous, completely unreasonable lawsuits.