February 21, 2006
Perfect 10 Wins Injunction Against Google
By Eric Goldman
Perfect 10 v. Google, Inc., CV 04-9484 AMH (C.D. Cal. Feb. 17, 2006)
A major new ruling in the running battle over search engines and copyrights--this time concluding that Google's creation and display of thumbnail images may constitute direct infringement. I'm working under a deadline, so I don't have time to digest the opinion immediately. However, I have three immediate thoughts:
1) I wonder how this opinion can be reconciled with the recent Field v. Google opinion upholding Google's "cache" feature?
2) I assume this ruling will put significant pressure on Google's position regarding Google book search.
3) I assume that Google will appeal this, so we may get an interesting Ninth Circuit ruling.
More to come later...