Google in court for copying porno

By Derek Sooman on February 22, 2006, 4:01 PM
Back in court for something else now, Google has been hearing the ruling of a federal judge that portions of its popular image search feature, which displays small thumbnail versions of images found on other websites, may constitute violations of copyright law.

US District Judge A Howard Matz ruled on Friday that Perfect 10, an adult-oriented website featuring "beautiful natural women" in the nude, has shown that Google image search probably infringes copyright law "by creating and displaying thumbnail copies of its photographs".

The Los Angeles judge said he would award Perfect 10 a preliminary injunction against Google, and gave lawyers for both sides until 8 March to propose the injunction's wording.

Perfect 10 sued Google for copyright infringement in the later months of 2004, and asked for an injunction to halt Google from allegedly displaying more than 3,000 Perfect 10 photos. Google plans to appeal the injunction, which it predicts will have no effect on the majority of internet searches.




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sngx1275 said:
I will need to see both the thumbnails and the full size before I can form an opinion on this :)
fiziks said:
hahaha tru dat, sngx
Masque said:
[b]Originally posted by sngx1275:[/b][quote]I will need to see both the thumbnails and the full size before I can form an opinion on this :)[/quote]Why am I not surprised. ;)
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[quote]an adult-oriented website featuring "beautiful natural women" in the nude[/quote]Is that all it takes to be porn?
phantasm66 said:
MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..... beautiful natural women....
mentaljedi said:
cut the drool phantasm66. Google's under attack again. Now its the porno industry against 'em? Wow. And google's still fighting!
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