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Iowa Company Sues Google Over Copyrighted Photo

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines company is suing Google and demanding it remove a copyrighted photo from a website that mocks corporate headshots.

The Des Moines Register reports the copyright lawsuit was filed Dec. 31 in federal court on behalf of insurance company ARAG North America and Ann Dieleman, a senior vice present and chief marketing officer for the company.

The SexyExecs website, which is hosted by a company owned by Google, posted the photo of Dieleman with satirical comments in 2009. Dieleman says she is taking legal action because Google has denied her requests to remove the photo.

The newspaper reports a request for comment from Google's media office was not returned.

Experts say the case highlights a growing clash with bloggers who post images online without permission.

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