Ninth Circuit Allows Thumbnails, Overturns Google Injunction
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed an injunction against Google that prohibited it from facilitating access to images via thumbnails. The plaintiff in the case, Perfect 10, Inc., an owner and publisher of adult images, sued Google and Amazon.com for copyright infringement in November 2004.
In the summer of 2005, Perfect 10 asked a federal district court to levy a preliminary injunction against Google to keep the search engine provider from “copying, reproducing, distributing, publicly displaying, adapting or otherwise infringing, or contributing to the infringement of Perfect 10’s photographs …” The district court granted Perfect 10’s injunction request against both Google and Amazon. Both Google and Amazon appealed, leading to the Circuit Court’s decision.
The case is Perfect 10 vs Amazon.com, and Google, Inc., CV-06-55405. (.pdf)
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