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A US judge ruled on Tuesday that Google's search engine for images had breached the copyright protection of a publisher of pornographic photographs, dealing one of the first legal blows to the company's core technology.
However, the internet search company said that, although it was disappointed by the finding, it believed the ruling would have no effect on the vast majority of image searches it conducts.
In an opinion issued in US district court in the central district of California, Judge Howard Matz said that he would issue a preliminary injunction to prevent Google displaying thumbnail-sized images of nude women that belonged to the publisher, Perfect 10.
Since [Google] sells adverts to run alongside its search results, the image search service does not fall under the "non-commercial" test
One of four "fair use" requirements down ...
the "creative" nature of the images meant they should have protection
... that's two ...
[Perfect 10] had licensed a UK company to distribute similar-sized pictures to mobile phones
... and a majority three.
We can expect several more of these suits as companies begin to distribute images to mobile phones. After all, precedence is precedence.