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Google Ready To Appeal Perfect 10 Copyright Ruling

Google Inc. on Wednesday said it expected to appeal a federal court ruling that would prevent the search engine from displaying thumbnail pictures of copyrighted images of adult magazine Perfect 10.

U.S. District Court Judge Howard Matz granted the magazine a preliminary injunction against Google, but said the order would have to be narrowly focused, so only Perfect 10 images displayed on Google results would be covered.

Matz refused to issue an injunction that would prevent Google from displaying links to third-party Web sites displaying Perfect 10 photos without the magazine's permission.

Google lawyer Michael Kwun said that while the company was disappointed over the injunction, it was pleased with the ruling on the links.

"We anticipate that any preliminary injunction will have no effect on the vast majority of image searches, and will affect only searches related to Perfect 10," Kwun said in a statement.

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