Controversial internet regulations have struck the Worcester News for the first time.*gasp*
Google has removed a five-year-old article from its searches, as part of the controversial EU ‘right to be forgotten’ law.Ah. One of those…
The story in question was about artist Dan Roach, who received a scholarship from the University of Worcester in 2009. Published alongside the piece was this photograph of Mr Roach with some of his artwork from the time.Okaaaay…
I’m baffled. So what? There’s no denying it really was his artwork, so what’s the problem?
In a statement to your Worcester News, Mr Roach said: “Since 2009, when the story and photograph originally appeared in the Worcester News, my paintings have developed; the work depicted in the 2009 article bears little resemblance to the paintings I’m now making.”*nonplussed face*
“The popularity and high traffic of the Worcester News website meant that a search on Google would bring up an outdated image as the first item, which in turn meant that anyone researching my work may view it with an outdated perspective.
“I had hoped for some flexibility with the image in the piece, however the Worcester News explained they do not usually take articles down, something I fully respect.
“The decision to ask for the link to be removed from Google was based on no more than a wish to highlight my new work, rather than the old.”You’re serious? You went to court to remove an old image of your work because your newer work is so much better?
And this is why a ‘right to be forgotten’ was considered so important by the EU?