Google To Appeal German Thumbnail Copyright Suits

Law360, New York (October 13, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Google Germany GmbH plans to appeal two German court decisions holding that thumbnails created by the company's image-search tool violate the artwork owners' copyrights, the Internet search giant said Monday.

A judge for the Regional Court of Hamburg ruled for photographer Michael Bernhard in one suit and for comics-copyright holder Thomas Horn in a second case over whether Google has the right to display thumbnails of images as search results without obtaining the consent of the copyright owner, according to Google.

The Hamburg court handed down...
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