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Injunction Pending Against Google Image Search

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“In spite of the huge benefit search engines like Google provide”, US District Court Judge, A Howard Matz has ruled that that images drawn from a pornographic, membership based site Perfect10, might violate US copyright laws.

Matz ruled that Google’s inclusion of thumbnail images drawn from the Perfect10 site might not fall within the boundaries of the “fair use” exemption that allows copyright images to be used in areas such as news stories, art criticism and education.

The case has much larger implications for a variety of image based search appliances including the image search functions of Yahoo, MSN, A9 and Ask. Most, if not all contain copyrighted images. It could also affect the development of social networking applications such as Flickr and Picasa along with other image sharing services on multiple devices.

Matz is going to deliver a preliminary injunction against Google’s image service, ordering Google and Perfect10 to supply information to help him properly phrase the ruling by March 8. Google has said it will likely appeal it.

Jim Hedger is the SEO Manager of StepForth Search Engine Placement Inc. Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, StepForth is the result of the consolidation of BraveArt Website Management, Promotion Experts, and Phoenix Creative Works, and has provided professional search engine placement and management services since 1997. http://www.stepforth.com/ Tel – 250-385-1190 Toll Free – 877-385-5526 Fax – 250-385-1198

Injunction Pending Against Google Image Search
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About Jim Hedger
Jim Hedger works with Metamend Search Engine Marketing as a SEO Consultant, lead copywriter and head blog writer. Jim has been involved in the SEO field since the days of the dinosaurs and felt he had lost a personal friend when Disney went "ol' Yeller" on Infoseek. Over the course of his career, Jim has gotten drunk with Jeeves the Butler, tossed sticks to that sock-puppet dog from Pets.com and come out of a staring contest with Googlebot confidently declaring a tie. When not traveling between conferences, Jim lives with a perpetually annoyed cat named Hypertext in the Pacific techno-outport of Victoria British Columbia. WebProNews Writer
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