Google Image Search Trouble

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A federal judge ruled that image thumbnails on Google likely violate U.S. copyright law. Here is an interesting point:

If Google offered only its traditional search feature, optimized for computers with desktop-sized screens, the outcome might have been different. But the judge noted two differences: first, the search company apparently receives AdSense advertising revenue from some of the photo-pirating sites; and second, Google’s image search has an option for mobile phones.

Google plans to appeal the decision. This, however, might bring image search to an end, at least in the form we are used to seeing it. The Complete article can be found here.


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Andrey Milyan was the first editor-in-chief of Search Marketing Standard, the leading print publication covering the search marketing industry. He has been following and reporting on industry developments for over 10 years. Andrey now works in the paid search sector of a prominent search marketing agency.

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