Feeds

Tennis star aces MS over faked nude pix

New balls please...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

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?

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise
Not exactly attractive to the Israeli tourist demographic
Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL
Bank: 'We are now safely patched.' Customers: 'You were using OpenSSL?'
Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys
Little men straddle LOHAN, attend tiny G20 Summit... ah, sweet memories...
Forget the beach 'n' boardwalk, check out the Santa Cruz STEVE JOBS FOUNTAIN
Reg reader snaps shot of touching tribute to Apple icon
Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest
New minifigs like Monster Fighters are turning kids to the dark side
Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine
Only I can 'make an empire out of a republic' intones presidential candidate
Chinese company counters pollution by importing fresh air
Citizens line up for bags of that sweet, sweet mountain air
Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'
Mountain View is prankin' like it's 1999...
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.