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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.

Yandex search engine
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

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How A Drone Strike Inside Iran Exposes The Regime's Vulnerability — On All Fronts

It is still not clear what was the exact target of an attack by three armed drones Saturday night on an arms factory in central Iran. But it comes as Tehran authorities appear increasingly vulnerable to both its foreign and domestic enemies, with more attacks increasingly likely.

Screenshot of one of the Saturday drone attacks arms factory in Isfahan, central Iran

One of the Saturday drone attacks arms factory in Isfahan, central Iran

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PARIS — It's the kind of incident that momentarily reveals the shadow wars that are part of the Middle East. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack by three armed drones Saturday night on an arms factory complex north of Isfahan in central Iran.

But the explosion was so strong that it set off a small earthquake. Iranian authorities have played down the damage, as we might expect, and claim to have shot down the drones.

Nevertheless, three armed drones reaching the center of Iran, buzzing right up to weapons factories, is anything but ordinary in light of recent events. Iran is at the crossroads of several crises: from the war in Ukraine where it's been supplying drones to Russia to its nuclear development arriving at the moment of truth; from regional wars of influence to the anti-government uprising of Iranian youth.

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That leaves us spoiled for choice when it comes to possible interpretations of this act of war against Iran, which likely is a precursor to plenty of others to follow.

Iranian authorities, in their comments, blame the United States and Israel for the aggression. These are the two usual suspects for Tehran, and it is not surprising that they are at the top of the list.

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