Using Thumbnails of Copyrighted Images is Fair Use

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google-adult-images Adult magazine Perfect 10 earlier filed a copyright infringement claim against Google alleging that Google was crawling the website and created thumbnails of copyrighted images that were later displayed in Google Image search results.

Google did store the thumbnails but argued that image thumbnails were protected under the copyright doctrine of fair use.

Now a court has also said that using thumbnail-sized images of pictures does not constitute infringement, even when the images are copyrighted.

This seems a fairly logical conclusion but how small can a a thumbnail image be to be considered as fair use?

The definition says that thumbnail images have a length of around 80 to 200 pixels - if small web publishers resize commercial pictures to that size, will it be regarded as “fair use”?

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