Google News: Short GOOG Now!
A federal judge ruled last week
that Google violated the copyright of LA-based porn site Perfect 10 by publishing photos scraped from the site at www.perfect10.com.
You can almost hear the sobs of wankers around the world, at least the smart ones who realize that this ruling goes way beyond the David and Goliath story of a 3rd-rate porn-peddler sticking it to Google.
This is all about the concept of fair use. Is it OK for Google to basically steal content from other publishers and wrap their own advertising around it without compensating the copyright holder? At least one judge says nay, and I would have to agree.
In the case of a pornography site, the pictures represent the virtual entirety of the content. Once google steals it and publishes it themselves without permission, there is clearly theft of copyright.
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