Search Engines and Intellectual Property Litigation

Search engines find information available on the World Wide Web and provide it to internet users. As search engines evolve, more and more lawsuits claiming infringement of intellectual property rights emerge because that information is sometimes subject to intellectual property rights such as copyright, trademark, etc., and is not available for use by others without permission. This article presents an overview of search engines and the initial intellectual property infringement claims against them.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the practical applicability of the intellectual property right term “fair use” as it applies to search engine operations?
How is the use of trade marked terms regulated?
What are image searches and what do I need to know about them and how case law interprets them?
What are “Keyword Disputes” and how are they addressed by domestic & international legislation? What are the remedies for these disputes?
What is “page jacking” and is it legal?How may search engines balance their activity and intellectual property rights?

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