Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Nude photo site wins injunction against Google

CNET News reported U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz ruled Friday that Perfect 10, an adult-oriented Web site 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."
This is foolish. They need to include the necessary meta tags if they don't want Google to scan their site.
.... Perfect 10 sued Google for copyright infringement in November 2004, and then in August 2005, asked for an injunction to halt Google from allegedly copying, displaying and distributing more than 3,000 Perfect 10 photos. The photo publisher says it's plagued by copyright pirates who pay its $25.50 monthly fee and then reproduce its copyright images on sites that are indexed by Google and incorporated in its image search feature.
Then the copyright infringement is on the part of the websites that reproduce Perfect 10's images on their sites, and Google has no way of knowing where they came from.

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