Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Google's Image Search:
Copyright Violation or Research Tool?

Judge Says Google's Image Search Violates Some Copyrights
Elise Ackerman,
The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News
Feb. 21, 2006

A Los Angeles federal judge has ruled that Google's image search violates an adult Web site's copyrights by displaying
"thumbnail'' versions of its photos.

In a ruling released Tuesday, U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz found Google directly infringed on copyrights held by Perfect 10, a Beverly Hills publisher.

He said the free availability of the photos on Google could harm Perfect 10's efforts to sell thumbnail, or small, versions of its photos as downloads to cell phones...


1 comment:

Voodoo Child said...

I'm split on that idea. Ideally, if they had just created a file in their code, and bots.txt file, they could have prevented this whole thing form happening. At the same time, they definitely have a good point, google's done this a few times, and should know better.