Google Image Search does not infringe copyright, says German Supreme Court

A German court ruled out the complaint ‘for copyright infringement against Google as the images were displayed in image search results’. Google European Public Policy Blog writes “We’re heartened by the German Supreme Court´s ruling that Google Image Search doesn’t infringe copyright. The case was brought to court by an artist who had uploaded photos […]

A German court ruled out the complaint ‘for copyright infringement against Google as the images were displayed in image search results’. Google European Public Policy Blog writes “We’re heartened by the German Supreme Court´s ruling that Google Image Search doesn’t infringe copyright. The case was brought to court by an artist who had uploaded photos of her work (large paintings) to her own website. She then claimed for copyright infringement against Google as the images were displayed in our image search results. Today´s ruling makes it clear not just for Google, its users in Germany and all owners of websites containing images, but also for all providers of image search services operating in the country: showing thumbnail images within search results is legitimate and millions of users in Germany benefit from being able to discover visual information at the click of a mouse,” noted Google.