Google Wins Infringement Appeal
A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Google did not infringe the copyrights of an adult photo publisher by displaying thumbnails of proprietary pictures in its image search engine...
The appeals court found that the thumbnails did not infringe Perfect 10's copyrights because they were "highly transformative" -- that is significantly different than the full-sized images -- and thus fit into the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) "fair use" exception.
The term defines situations wherein a copyrighted work, or portions of it, can be legally used in a highly modified fashion without infringing the original copyright owner's rights - a classic example is a parody, Corynne McSherry, an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), told internetnews.com. (The EFF filed a friend of the court brief in the case in support of Google).