PARIS -- A French court says Google (GOOG) must rid its search results of nine images of an orgy involving former Formula One racing chief Max Mosley.

A Google lawyer said Wednesday's ruling amounted to asking the search giant to build a "censorship machine" and that the company would appeal.

The now-defunct News of the World newspaper published a video on its website in 2008 that purported to show Mosley involved in a sex session with prostitutes. Mosley has acknowledged his involvement but said the British tabloid violated his privacy, and he has won a lawsuit against it. Still, images of the orgy continue to appear on the Web.

Google said it would appeal Wednesday’s ruling by a French court that it said amounted to asking the search giant to build a "censorship
Google said it would appeal Wednesday's ruling by a French court that it said amounted to asking the search giant to build a "censorship machine." (BORIS ROESSLER/EPA File Photo)

The court ruled that Google must purge nine such images from its search results or pay 1,000 euros ($1,300) each time one appears.



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