May 17, 2007

Google's display of thumbnail images in search results...

... is "fair use" and not a copyright violation:
"We conclude that the significantly transformative nature of Google's search engine, particularly in light of its public benefit, outweighs Google's superseding and commercial uses of the thumbnails in this case," Judge Sandra S. Ikuta wrote for the panel [in the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit]....

"We think this is a tremendous decision for the principle of fair use," said Art Brodsky, a spokesman for the Public Knowledge advocacy group. "It gives search engines and other useful services the ability to take advantage of computer technology in the search for and use of information."

And while we're celebrating copyright progress and at the risk of providing an opportunity for you to attack me for failing to denounce Alberto Gonzales for other things, let me use this occasion to denounce Alberto Gonzales for this legal excrescence.

6 comments:

Dewave said...

Ah, excellent. Apparently common sense can indeed be the victor in a copyright argument.

MadisonMan said...

It'll be interesting to see Gonzales go to the Hill to lobby Reps/Senators in favor of this bill. I wonder how effective that'll be.

Art Hackett said...

Does the word "thoughtcrime" come to mind?
If it does, you're under arrest

An Edjamikated Redneck said...

I'm curious how much this will protect the intellectual property as opposed to the physical property; whether this is meant to protect the artist or the record company.

Pardon my cynicism, but I think this is more intended to protect the purveyors of the medium, rather than the creators of the art, as they have seen sales drop like a rock in the swimming hole the last few years.

The Drill SGT said...

that is amazing dumb law (or potential law)

rsb said...

Police State