"almost certainly fair use"? That's for a supreme court to decide. Hopefully one day. And depending who's in power, that can go either way.
I also run a site with image galleries.
I estimate that 90% of the traffic that comes from Google image search are looking for FREE photos to put in their PowerPoints, or to use in their blogs etc. I understand that an image search is only of use for those who want to get free access to such photos.
THIS IS NONSENSE! Thumbnails are like the plot summary on the back of a book that's ultimately designed to make you buy the damn thing.
This guy received tons of traffic through Google, and now he gets paid because 1% of the visitors stole thumbnails of pictures that are readily available on his site anyways? So I guess publishers should sue magazine shops because a few people get away with sneaking a peek every now and then.
I notice that Google aren't showing thumbnails when you select the small images option. Some random searches reveal a lot of 50x50 pixel images that are shown full size, for instance.
So the smaller your images are, the less it becomes fair use and the more it's just plain copying.
Hey...didnt somebody once say "people do what they can..Americans invented the internet and the Germans bureaucrized (is that a word?) it" or something? Us Germans have a reputation to protect ;))))
I'm German, and I live in the U.S. My family tells me that Germany is turning into America faster than you can pass a bailout bill.
Must not get dragged into politics as tempting as the bailout jokes are. Got burned twice already ;)
yes your right incrediBILL - Google does a lot of bad things, but in this case, I always says if a person dont want there images spread over the net, then keep it on a https or with a login , you also dont keep your House door wide open.
I know in Hamburg or Germany there is many lawyers that just sent warnings out to every person that have some kind of image on there website to cash in and its big amount, its just so "not correct" they use there power for such sh..
Once again if you dont want your images spread, close the door.
>> I estimate that 90% of the traffic that comes from Google image search are looking for FREE photos
I disagree. Pretty much every person I know that searches on Google including Google image search are looking for answers to a question of some kind. If they want to know what Angelina Jolie looks like, find funny pictures to the latest cars etc.
I do agree that pretty much all webmasters that use Google images 99% of them are just out to steal your images.
I had a chat with a German friend a few weeks ago, he told me that the new fashion in Germany for thousands of unemployed, young mostly, solicitors is to spend 24/24 hours a day 7 days a week searching the web for copyright infringements, photos, text, etc......
It is the truth. My next door neighbour is one of these young solicitors, and their firm does exactly this. Gotta pay for that new Porsche somehow right..
I once made a tidy sum from Google's image caching. The German should figure out the same and take more pictures. :/
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