Microsoft sued by porn company

Written by Phil Cogar

August 9, 2007 | 19:19

Tags: #lawsuit #perfect-10 #porn

Companies: #microsoft

Remember last year when Google was sued last year by Perfect 10 over their pictures showing up in search results? Well, the porn producer is at it again - but this time it's after Microsoft.

Perfect 10's lawsuit alleges that Microsoft's MSN search engine illegally reproduces the company's content by creating thumbnails for its image search and includes links to free, full-size versions of the images. Microsoft is also being blamed for reproducing passwords that have been posted on other websites in its search results.

Norm Zada, president of Perfect 10, has said "Our business is being destroyed. This is a life and death battle for us."

According to Zada, the company has lost £1.97 million a month due Microsoft's, Google's, and Amazon.com's search engines. The company now operates on the internet alone since the recent closing of the magazine.

So far, Perfect 10 has sued between 10 and 25 web sites that were posting its content without permission, but many of the sites are located in foreign countries.

Google originally lost the suit filed by Perfect 10 but the decision was later overturned by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Perfect 10 is set to appeals the court's decision but there is no court date currently scheduled.

Who are you cheering for to win this case, Perfect 10 or Microsoft? Let us know what you think about all of these copyright lawsuits over in the forums or in the comments below.
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