An interesting ruling from a Federal Court today saying that it is perfectly legal for an image search engine to display thumbnails of images that someone else owns the copyright to. This makes sense. As for the question of whether or not they can also present full-size images, they have sent that issue back to the district court to review. They say that showing the thumbnail is fair use. The EFF is championing this decision as fair use permission to link to any copyrighted materials - which sounds like it might be stretching the ruling a bit further than intended. Either way, though, you have to wonder about anyone who puts material online and then doesn't want people to link to it. If you're going to be that protective... don't put it online.
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