This week in Google

A federal judge ruled that portions of Google’s popular image search feature, which displays small thumbnail versions of images found on other Web sites, likely violate U.S. copyright law.

The judge ruled that Perfect 10, an adult-oriented Web site featuring «beautiful natural women» in the nude, has shown that Google image search probably infringes copyright law «by creating and displaying thumbnail copies of its photographs.»

Google said it plans to appeal the injunction, and predicted it will have no effect on the «vast majority» of its image searches. Perfect 10 sued Google for copyright infringement in November 2004, and then in August 2005, asked for an injunction to halt Google…

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