Recently, adult publisher Perfect 10 sued Google for copyright
infringement. (I posted a lightly redacted version of the complaint along with an early analysis of the lawsuit, here). Now, word is that
Perfect 10 has asked the judge for a preliminary injunction against Google. Perfect 10 has also sued Amazon.com.
These lawsuits, along with similar claims by AFP, are a big deal in
terms of how they come out. I believe them to be a bad
idea. The outcome of this class of lawsuits, based on
intellectual property laws, against general-purpose ervice providers
like search engines, could have a huge impact on the development of the
web. File it also along with the Grokster and related cases that
have big potential consequences for innovation.