Perfect 10 Aiming To Lose Yet Again; Sues MegaUpload
from the setting-legal-precedents-left-and-right dept
Of course, Perfect 10 has been useful in some ways. The various rulings against it in lawsuits have set useful precedents (mainly in the 9th Circuit) concerning how thumbnails and embedded files are not directly infringing. The lawsuits have also helped show that search engines shouldn't be liable for what they find. In other words, Perfect 10's lawsuits tend to be so ridiculous that they help demonstrate the ridiculous logical conclusions of arguments regularly used in other copyright infringement lawsuits. Thankfully, however, Perfect 10 has been so aggressive with its lawsuits that it has helped provide strong precedents and defenses for those sued in other cases, under circumstances that might not be quite as extreme. So while we roll our eyes at each new Perfect 10 lawsuit, it should be recognized that these lawsuits have created a decent framework for recognizing that secondary and contributory liability for copyright infringement has limits.