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Londonís High Court has given the go-ahead for a Microsoft Azure consultant to sue Google because having the world's most widely used search engine caching images from his website - and hotlinking them to aggregator sites rather than his own - allegedly infringes his copyright.[theregister.co.uk...]
Granting legal permission to go ahead but only against Google, the judge ruled: "It was contended on behalf of Mr Wheat that, because he was operating his business in [England and Wales], the loss of advertising revenue and the financial loss caused by the lower profile of his website than would otherwise have been the case caused damage to him within this jurisdiction. Again, it seems to me that that is something which is arguable with reasonable prospects of success on an appeal."
and hotlinking them to aggregator sites rather than his own
I wish Google Image bot would send a referrer .
instead they are scraping, then copying
It is also worth noting that Google images does the same, my images that appear in Google are not hotlinked, they are PNG's.