The Italian Court convicted Google's chief legal officer to six months of jail, and he is not showing any defiance. He is appealing the conviction and if affirmed, I bet he will show up in Rome and enjoy 6 months of life behind bars.
The cruelty of the Roman Legions made a long lasting impression on people. They knew the consequence of violating Roman law. Even Jesus had to obey the Roman law.
On the other hand, the Chinese are often considered soft, kind and merciful. Thus, we see Google acting noisily.
The whole google thing is the spoiled rich kids there are getting pampered too much.
Their money is enough buy a presidential election for another black man and maybe some jew.
But the Chinese don't care. They know Google is just collecting web pages of others and presenting them in some order.
Then it just comes down to how loose the law is.
If you can argue within the context of the law, that is the easier route (as Google was doing in Italy -- arguing the laws don't apply to them).
With China though, there was no way to argue the laws don't apply -- hence just arguing it was wrong.
If Google believed that it was the law, rather than the interpretation, that was wrong, they'd probably just exit there too (or ignore it).
<<And Google issues plenty of press releases how retarded the ruling is. And argued against it of course.
There, Mr. Drummond was arguing in the Court of Rome, trying to appy the legal code of Rome.
In the case of China, Google's craps are saying the People's Congress of China is wrong to enact the code in the first place.
Yes, I am sure Mr. Drummond will happily fly to Italy to serve an absurd prison sentence.
As Google doesn't have offices in Italy (to my knowledge), they simply don't care about such rulings. It doesn't affect their properties to the level that online censorship does.