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American Porn Publisher To Russian Search Engine: Stop Stealing Our Girls

Perfect 10, an American magazine and website specializing in “beautiful, natural models,” has a long history of unsuccessful copyright suits. That isn’t stopping it, however, from going after Russian search engine giant Yandex.

Article illustrative image Partner logo Yandex search engine

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MOSCOW – An American erotic photo publisher is accusing Russian search engine giant Yandex of aiding and abetting widespread “theft” of its racy content.

Perfect 10, which publishes revealing images of “all the most beautiful, natural models” – meaning only models who’ve not had plastic surgery or other enhancements – is suing Yandex for violation of copyright law. Perfect 10 complains that its pictures show up in Yandex search results. The company also laments that web surfers can also use Yandex to find user names and passwords that allow full and free access to Perfect 10 content.

Perfect 10 has a relatively long history in court. It has also filed suits against Google, Amazon, Microsoft and many others. So far, however, it has won just one of those cases – against Megaupload.

“The company only starts court proceedings that it believes have a high chance of success.” Perfect 10’s founder, Norman Zada, said. “We sent Yandex 72 letters and didn’t get a single response.”

Yandex representatives, on the other hand, say they received the notifications from Perfect 10 only recently and that Yandex answered the notifications.

Observers rate Perfect 10’s chances of success against Yandex as being relatively low. In a similar case against Google, the court found that the harm to Perfect 10 was strictly hypothetical.

Read the original article in Russian by Roman Rozhkov

Photo – Yandex

*Newsbites are digest items, not direct translations

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Kommersant ("The Businessman") was founded in 1989 as the first business newspaper in the Russia. Originally a weekly, Kommersant is now a daily newspaper with strong political and business coverage. It has been owned since 2006 by Alisher Usmanov, the director of a subsidiary of Gazprom.

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