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Google Inc., owner of the world's most popular Internet-search engine, lost two copyright lawsuits in Germany over displaying photos and artworks as thumbnails in a preview of search results.
Google's preview of a picture by German photographer Michael Bernhard violates his copyrights, the Regional Court of Hamburg ruled, his lawyer Matthies van Eendenburg said in an interview today. Thomas Horn, who holds the copyrights on some comics that were displayed in Google search results, won a second case, court spokeswoman Sabine Westphalen said in an e-mail.
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 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.
So the smaller your images are, the less it becomes fair use and the more it's just plain copying.
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 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.