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Yeung Sau-shing permitted to sue Google

CRI | Updated: 2014-08-08 06:33

Yeung Sau-shing permitted to sue Google

Emperor Motion Pictures chairman Albert Yeung Sau-shing attends a press conference in Beijing on May 26, 2014. [Photo/IC]

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A Hong Kong court has given Emperor Motion Pictures chairman Albert Yeung Sau-shing permission to sue US internet giant Google for defamation of character.

According to Variety, in both Chinese and English, the auto-correct feature of Google's search engine suggests Yeung's name next to the word "triad," in reference to the Hong Kong based organized crime syndicate.

Yeung, a film mogul also dealing in real-estate, jewelry and finance, is accusing Google of libel and wants the suggestion of his involvement with organized crime removed.

Google tried to have the case thrown out on grounds that the court had no jurisdiction over the company and its auto-correct suggestions were based on user input.

Judge Marlene Ng says that there is an arguable case that Google is the publisher of these "words" and can be held liable for their publication.

Emperor Motion Pictures is one of the three largest film companies in Hong Kong.

Yeung was convicted of conducting an illegal bookmaking operation in 1986.

In 1993, the billionaire was acquitted after being charged with criminal intimidation and false imprisonment, according to a 1995 report by Hong Kong-based daily newspaper, The Standard.

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