Court Sides With Google in Fair Use Case

december 4, 2007  02:15 pm
A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in reviewing a case it initially considered in May, reiterated on Monday its finding that Google can display thumbnails of copyrighted photographs in search results, the Los Angeles Times reports. Adult publisher Perfect 10 was arguing that Google violated copyright law by displaying its images in search results. The justices ruled that a larger public interest in searching for information amounted to a "transformative use" that trumped copyright claims. The decision overturns part of a ruling by the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, which had found that Google's thumbnails of Perfect 10's nude models constituted infringement, according to the Times.