Three of the four defendants -- current and former Google execs David Drummond, Peter Fleischer, and George Reyes -- were found to have failed to comply with the Italian privacy code, despite the fact that the video was quickly removed after being brought to Google's attention.
Google has issued a statement saying it will appeal the decision.
"In essence this ruling means that employees of hosting platforms like Google Video are criminally responsible for content that users upload. We will appeal this astonishing decision because the Google employees on trial had nothing to do with the video in question," Google said in the statement.
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— Erin Barker, Digital Content Reporter, Cable Digital News