Google's Fair Use Of Porn Pics Crumbles In Court

Law360, New York (February 22, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a precedent-setting case over fair use of copyrighted images, a federal judge has ruled that Internet search company Google Inc. violated the intellectual property rights of online pornography provider Perfect 10 when it displayed the company’s photographs as thumbnails.

Perfect 10 made waves when it sued Google in November 2004, arguing that Google’s activities hampered its fledgling efforts to sell thumbnail-sized photographs of its models for use on cell phone display screens.

Judge A. Howard Matz, with the U.S. District Court for the Central District...
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