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Thread: Adult Website Lawsuit Threatens Google Image Search

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    [news=]Injunction Could Shut Down Popular Service

    Los Angeles - EFF filed a brief Wednesday in support of Google Image Search, arguing that a federal district court should reject a request for a preliminary injunction that could shut the service down.

    In its lawsuit, adult entertainment website Perfect 10 claims that Google violates its copyrights by making and delivering thumbnail images of its photos as Internet search results. In its friend-of-the-court brief, EFF shows that these copies are a well-established fair use of digital images, and they help people find and use the works for informational and educational endeavors.

    "Google Image Search helps millions of people locate and learn about information on the web every day," said Jason Schultz, EFF staff attorney. "We're concerned that the public will lose out if Perfect 10 succeeds in shutting it down."

    Perfect 10 argues that a preliminary injunction is justified because Google is violating its right to reproduce, distribute, and display its copyrighted work. But there is a long tradition in fair use that certain kinds of copies are socially useful, even without permission of the author. Courts have held that copies are a legal intermediate step to making non-infringing uses of the copyrighted work -- for example in teaching, education, and news reporting.

    Thumbnails created by Google Image Search allow users to identify information they are looking for online and then access that information -- much like an electronic card catalog. As certain information about images can only be conveyed visually, there is no other feasible way to provide image search on the Internet than capturing images, transforming them into thumbnails, and then displaying them on a search results page for users.

    While the images provided by Perfect 10 may have limited academic application, the ramifications of its lawsuit could have a huge impact on educational research.

    "Without the right to make legal copies, Google Image Search wouldn't be able to help you find a picture of Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Lincoln Memorial, for example," said Schultz.

    A hearing in this case is set for November 7, 2005.

    Last edited by RealitY; 10-15-2005 at 06:31 AM.

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    S!X's Avatar L33T Member BT Rep: +5
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    Thats harsh weaksauce. Sad reasoning.

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    GepperRankins's Avatar we want your oil!
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    isn't image search free advertising for perfect 10?

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    peat moss's Avatar Software Farmer BT Rep: +15BT Rep +15BT Rep +15
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    I'm sure its only the start of attacks against Google , trojans and viruses to follow. Getting too big too fast .

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    Filliz's Avatar ______________
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    Quote Originally Posted by GepperRankins
    isn't image search free advertising for perfect 10?
    That's one thing.
    The other thing is if they don't want their images indexed they should make it so that Googles crawler doesn't do it.

    They're (perfect 10's webmaters) the ones that let Googles crawler index their site in the first place.


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    Virtualbody1234's Avatar Forum Star BT Rep: +2
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    Perfect 10 is just using this as an opportunity to get noticed.

    Don't go to their web site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virtualbody1234
    Perfect 10 is just using this as an opportunity to get noticed.

    Don't go to their web site.
    Thats right to the point...

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    Barbarossa's Avatar mostly harmless
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    Over here!
    I love Google Image Search!!!!

    You can see some "interesting" stuff...

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    Great, another waste of time. I figured it would only be a matter of time before someone wanted another piece of google. However, I don't see how they have a foot to stand on because there aren't even any ads on the image search, text ad's or anything. Therefore, Google isn't making any money directly related to that search function, so no revenue from Perfect 10's images.
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    May sound odd but I'm with Perfect10, although they're obviously trying to get a bit from Google, why should Google be able to profit by showing pics that are copyright of perfect10 and not pay them?(google profit from ads on their service that show this stuff)

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