The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has found that search engines are immune from liability for publishing search results and suggesting search terms that contain allegedly defamatory information.  In Obado v. Magedson, the court held that Google, Yahoo!, and other sites were protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act for publishing content provided by third parties.  Even though the search engines themselves determine what is displayed on their pages, and in that sense “create” the content, the court appeared to reason that the search engines did not create the content because the results and search terms were determined by an algorithm based on the content contained on third-party sites, and not by some purposeful act of the search engines to create the content.  While other U.S. courts have reached similar conclusions, the decision is in stark contrast to foreign court rulings holding Google liable for search results or “autocomplete” search suggestions.  For example, a Hong Kong court recently ruled that a corporate executive could sue Google for defamation because its suggested search terms linked his name to organized crime.  And last year, Germany’s highest civil court ruled that once Google becomes aware that its suggested search terms are defamatory, it is obligated to remove them.