Thu, Apr. 29, 2010

Thumbnails Legal in Search Engines

CK - Washington.   Use available means to protect your image if you don't want it to end up as a thumbnail in a search engine, the German Supreme Court told a copyright holder today.

Lower courts considered Google thumbnail images violations of German copyright law, but deemed the owner estopped. The Supreme Court finds thumbnails legal, however, as it explained in a press release of April 29, 2010 in the matter I ZR 69/08.

The landmark Vorschaubilder decision will generate much speculation as the written opinion will be published later, perhaps months from now. A quick English translation of the press release is available at IPKat.


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