The February 6, 2002 decision of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corporation held that an Internet search engine's use of small, low quality versions of searched images was a permissible "fair use" under U.S. copyright law, but its display of original quality, full size images was an unlawful copyright infringement.

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