Posted August 9, 2007 9:59 am by with 3 comments

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After pretty much having their case against Google & Amazon knocked down, Perfect 10 is back with a claim against Microsoft. It seems the company is intent on getting someone to cough up money for what it claims is copyright infringement on it’s images of naked women.

I have to give Perfect 10 credit for their new twist on the claim…

?Microsoft is showing tens of thousands of extremely valuable celebrity images, along with Perfect 10 images, without authorization, which it obtains from hundreds if not thousands of pirate websites,? says Norm Zada, a former Stanford professor and president of Perfect 10. ?They are also showing extremely explicit sexual images to viewers of any age,? says Zada. ?Search engines could greatly reduce infringement if they would simply delist obvious infringers upon receiving notice, and stop copying and linking to copyrighted works without permission,? says Zada, ?but that would adversely affect their revenue.?

Of course, they just want to protect those under-age from seeing pornographic images. Can’t we all see that Perfect 10 just has the interests of the nation at heart? And in the meantime, those big bad search engines are more interested in making money, than doing the right thing. Nice! 😉

In case that’s not enough to convince a court, Perfect 10 has another angle on the claim…

?Microsoft has complained about entities that distribute unauthorized Microsoft software product codes on the one hand, while Microsoft makes our confidential passwords available to millions of online users,? says Zada. ?There is something very wrong about this.?

With you think the claim has merit or not, you have to admire their ability to point out the hypocrisy here.

  • it’s very well way to to protect those under-age from seeing pornographic images. it is realy necessary.

  • *chuckle* .. it really feels like a losing battle though, doesn’t it. Especially with the precedents from the previous search engine.

    The last argument doesn’t really make sense though. The issue isn’t around giving away free access to Perfect 10’s protected areas, it’s about indexing content on pirate websites. Are search engines responsible for where sites they point get their imagery from ?

  • Maybe I’m missing something here. Shouldn’t Perfect 10 at least take the initiative to block search engines from this type of content in the robots.txt??? They don’t have one as far as I can see.

    If Microsoft agreed to respect a disallow, then why are they liable if a Web site does not protect their “intellectual property?”