Perfect10 Attacks Google Image Search

A federal judge said Tuesday that Google’s image search is “likely” a direct violation of copyright laws, and Google could be prosecuted for displaying thumbnails of copyrighted photos.

“Google’s creation and public display of thumbnails likely do directly infringe P10’s copyrights,” said the judge in his nearly 50 page ruling.

Perfect 10, a major player in the Internet pornography industry filed a complaint against Google focusing on the creation and storing of thumbnails (small, low-resolution), shown on Google Image Search. A preliminary injuction against Google is expected to be filed by March 8th, the district court judge has given Google and Perfect 10 until that date to attempt to work out the terms.


The judge admitted that Google provides “enormous public benefit,” however, rejected Google’s defense of the fair use doctrine.

The pornographers say that they have spent over $48 million dollars over nine years working on the photos and the brand which has been allegedly infringed on by Google’s thumbnailing. A similar lawsuit has been filed against Amazon.com for their “A9.com” search engine - which uses Google’s technology, who will be responsible for A9’s lawsuit is to this point, unknown.

The judge however, denied Perfect 10’s allegation of Google’s linking practices being copyright infringement. P10 claims that linking directly to the full-sized copies of the images is infringing, the judge noted that Google sends searchers to original sites before allowing them to click through to the full-sized images.

“While we’re disappointed with portions of the ruling, we are pleased with Judge Matz’s favorable ruling on linking and other aspects of Google Image Search. We anticipate that any preliminary injunction will have no effect on the vast majority of image searches, and will affect only searches related to Perfect 10.” claims Google’s speaking attorney.

Summary

A major poronography site files a lawsuit against Google for their image search’s thumbnailing techniques.


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Hahaha! Sadly, they’re probably right: Google is blatantly infringing copyrgihts. Hopefully it only effects searches with complainers.

Posted by Red on February 23rd, 2006 at 12:38 am

I don’t really think it’s right that Google image search, a public search engine should show pornography thumbnails at all, regardless of copyright infringement, but I don’t feel this allegation is valid. What can you get out of 100×100 resolution thumbnails?

Posted by Sam Morris on March 25th, 2006 at 4:46 pm
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