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Concert Pianist Evokes “Right To Be Forgotten” To Demand Google Take Down Bad Review

pianistA concert pianist has attempted to invoke Europe's new 'right to be forgotten' law to have a critical review of a performance removed. According to the Washington Post, Croatian pianist Dejan Lazic sent a letter to the news organization, requesting that they pull a review of a 2010 performance from Google search results, claiming that it was 'defamatory','opinionated' and 'mean-spirited'.

The review, by classical music writer Anne Midgette, seems more tepid than highly critical of Lazic's performance at the Kennedy Center, suggesting that in spite of his talent, the performance was, as a whole, lackluster.

"It's not that Lazic isn't sensitive – or profoundly gifted… The sheer technical ability was, at first, a delight," Midgette wrote. "Soon, though, all of the finesse started to seem like an end in itself… There were fine moments, but they stubbornly refused to add up to anything more than a self-conscious display of Fine Moments."

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The law, which went into effect earlier this year, allows for people to request that information that may cast a person in a negative light, and that is no longer deemed to be relevant or current, to be removed by request from search engine results. Other articles that have been removed since the new law went into effect, include a BBC article discussing a Merrill Lynch banker's role in the 2008 financial crisis and an article from the Guardian about a former Scottish soccer referee who lied about granting a penalty kick.Celebrity Access

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