No Thumbnails allowed in Germany - Why don't you use textual
The German photographer Michael Bernhard and the artist Thomas Horn won
lawsuits against Google for displaying thumbnails images of their works in
picture search results. It's not the first decision against thumbnails and
probably not the last one. News reports about "The end of Image Search Engines
in Germany" are totally exaggerated. The discussion about the legality of
thumbnail pictures has been going on for years now in Germany (See
Green light for search engines to use thumbnail images?
Important thumbnail decision in Germany
makes the recent decision especially worse and led to comments in the news
like "major step backwards for German ebusiness in general" or "step into
the digital stone age" is one comment of the judge. He suggested a picture
search that uses textual descriptions of the pictures instead of thumbnails!
The Hamburg court is quite notorious for its internet law decisions
(especially in the field of liability of internet forum operators) and
for these in Germany. Some were reversed on appeal. And no
surprise: Google will appeal the thumbnail rulings.
The final word on thumbnails will probably come from the Federal
Supreme Court. Untill then,
don't worry about picture search in Germany. It will continue!
I don't have the text of the Hamburg decision yet, but will probably write
about it in the next update.
Also see: The Standard,
Google appeals possible German ban on image search
and Deutsche Welle,
Google Loses Court Battle Over Image Searches