Google Inc is safe from a preliminary injunction in which they were charged for showing thumbnail-sized images from sexually explicit Websites. However, they might still be held liable for approving links to websites featuring pirated images.
Perfect 10, an adult magazine and Internet Publisher who charges $25.50 per month from subscribers for access to their website came to know that their images of "The World's Most Beautiful Natural Women," were republished in different websites through illegal links provided by Google. This was 2001 when Perfect 10 first objected to Google. Perfect 10, brought Google to court in 2004 on accusations of copyright infringement. In 2005, the magazine sued Amazon.com and its subsidiary A9.com for providing links to the Search giant.
The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco reversed those findings this week. "We conclude that Perfect 10 is unlikely to be able to overcome Google's fair use defense and, accordingly, we vacate the preliminary injunction regarding Google's use of thumbnail images," Sandra Ikuta wrote for a three-judge panel.
Perfect 10 was not alone in the fight against the Web Giant. They had comrades in the form many photographer associations and the Motion Picture Association of America who all made legal filings in support of the adult magazine.