Image Searches and the Issue of Copyrights

Image search engines are software engines that find images on the web and make them available for the general public. Many Internet users and web site owners copy such images for their personal use. Nevertheless, such copying breaches intellectual property rights and property interest of the image owners unless they authorize such use. Using someone else's work, including images, without the author’s express permission is not permitted under most countries' copyright laws. Internet search engines that help web users find pictures on web are winding up in court on copyright infringement charges. This article addresses the issue of image searches and its treatment under copyright laws.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What problems do image searching tools create for the owners of copyrighted images?
How can image infringement be tracked?
How do case laws interpret image infringements?
What are examples of significant cases on the fair use doctrine?

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