Feeds

Tennis star aces MS over faked nude pix

New balls please...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Steffi Graf has won a legal action against Microsoft Germany, which it emerges has been the custodian of what Spiegel Online delightfully describes as "verbotene pornobilder" (forbidden pornpix) of the former tennis champ.

The pictures appeared, we presume, on MSN Deutschland, which a Register reality check this morning reveals is no better than it should be.* We are entirely baffled as to why that young lady has red arrows pointing at her bits - some kind of instruction manual? Don't look, anyway.

You never know, some of the bits in question might have figured in the Graf case, which arose from the publication of pictures of Steffi's head attached to somebody else's nude body. Graf took exception to this, successfully had Microsoft take them down, but did not secure an undertaking from the company that they wouldn't appear again. Hence the legal action.

Yesterday a Cologne appeals court confirmed an earlier lower court ruling that Microsoft was responsible for the content of the site, and therefore has to make sure the pictures don't return. Microsoft says it regards the decision as a threat to live chat and internet communities, and that it is looking at its legal options.

We're not entirely sure about the freedom of speech bit, but it does occur to us that MSN Deutschland must now be intensely vulnerable to pranksters posting mocked-up nude pictures of Steffi Graf, each of which would presumably result in a fine. There's a thought - and one we urge German readers to put firmly out of their minds. ®

* Numerous readers have pointed out that this link seems largely unavailable to users of non-IE browsers. Works fine with Opera from here, but there you go. Anyway it's just MSN Deutschland exercising its right to freedom of speech by selling "erotische eCards" via a prominent link on the front page of the site. Women (and actually, a couple of hunky guys doing a tug of war) with no clothes on, what do you care?

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future
We feel obliged to point out the headline statement is total, utter cobblers
Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy
'Tiffany' closes deal - 'it's more common to offer your wife', says agent
Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape
It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells
FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers
Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on
The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event
Nerve-shattering run-up to the pre-planned known event
Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)
Over £200 worth of the good stuff up for grabs
STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants
Baaaaaa! Fanny's Farm's woolly flock is high, maaaaaan
Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries
And hipsters are finally defined as self-loathing. Sort of
Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet
Her Maj opens 'Information Age' at the Science Museum
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.