Another Pointless Perfect 10 Suit Gets Shot Down

from the smacked dept

Porn publisher Perfect 10 has been something of a copyright gadfly. It sued Google, arguing that the thumbnail images showed in its Image Search -- of images posted online by other people -- of Perfect 10's copyrighted materials constituted copyright infringement. Despite earlier rulings that linking to images in such a way wasn't infringement, Perfect 10 won an injuction over Google, although another court later overturned it, emphasizing again that thumbnails fall under fair use. But Perfect 10 filed an even sillier suit, targeting companies that processed payments for porn sites it alleged were stealing its images. Again, like in the Google case, the payment companies had nothing to do with the act of copyright infringement, and now an appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that bounced the case out of court, nothing that the payment companies, indeed, had not contributed to any copyright infringement. Perfect 10's strategy of suing everybody but the actual copyright infringers looks like it's been resoundly defeated, but somehow it's hard to imagine we've heard the last of the company.

Filed Under: copyright, lawsuit
Companies: google, perfect 10

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    Slartibartfast, 9 Jul 2007 @ 7:28pm

    Obviously I'm missing an important point here. Do they have idiots for lawyers? Even if they won such cases what do they hope to achieve? Do they think they will make lots of money from taking people to court? Are they doing it as a tax writeoff? Maybe I simply don't understand the world of big business!

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