Google's thumbsnails infringe copyright

Posted on Thursday, February 23 2006 @ 0:26 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A U.S. federal judge ruled that Google's image search service violates the copyrights of adult magazine and Web publisher Perfect 10 by listing small thumbnail-sized photographs:
The order could effectively bar Google from featuring thumbnail pictures -- small versions of photos that are linked to a bigger version of the same picture -- but not limit Google from linking to actual photos which exist on other Web sites.

The judge accepted that people who click on full-size images from Perfect 10 are not viewing images that Google has stored or served up on its computers but links to other sites.

Google argued that its thumbnails constitute fair use.
More details over here.

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