Iowa Company Sues Google Over Copyrighted Photo

In this Oct. 27, 2006 file photo, a mouse sits atop a Google mousepad at Google's New York office. Google is investing $75 million in an Iowa wind farm as part of its effort to encourage development of cleaner energy sources. The deal announced Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, gives Google Inc. a stake in the Ropey Wind Farm in Greene County, Iowa. RPM Access LLC is the primary owner. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)


By Larry Burkum

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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