Google Fined $1 for Trespassing
Those images were eventually published on Google's Street View site, which lets users pick a point on a map and take a virtual walk down the street.
Aaron and Christine Boring, of Franklin Park, Pa., initiated their lawsuit against Google in 2008, but the case was at first dismissed. After an appeal and death of the initial presiding judge, the case was reassigned, and this past Thursday a U.S. magistrate judge approved a consent judgment, which is when the court issues an order based on an outcome agreed to by the parties.
Google is now considered "an adjudicated trespasser," and if it trespasses on anyone else's property
"Google's defenses would have infuriated a jury. Google knew it, and that is why Google conceded," Zegarelli told HousingWatch. "It would be the end of private property as we know it ... and it remains our position that Google's claim was absurd, without merit and would have been ultimately sanctionable."
Google, based in Mountain View, Calif. issued a statement that said: "We are pleased that this lawsuit has finally ended with plaintiffs' acknowledgment that they are entitled to only $1." It could not be reached for further comment.
In a joint statement issued by the Borings accessible at GoogleTrespass.com, the couple said, "Google could have just sent us an apology letter in the very beginning, but chose to try to prove they had a legal right to be on our land. We are glad they finally gave up."
And no Google hasn't actually paid the dollar yet. Zegarelli says "We expect they will."
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