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Steffi Graf Wins Case Vs. Microsoft

May 28, 2002

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BERLIN (AP) _ Former tennis star Steffi Graf won a court case against Microsoft Germany on Tuesday over fake nude photos of her that were posted on a Web site run by the company.

The state appeals court in Cologne upheld a ruling last October by a lower court, which had ruled that Microsoft Germany was responsible for the content of the site and must ensure that such pictures don’t appear there.

The company would have to pay a fine if similar photos emerge on the site in future, court spokesman Christian Grueneberg said.

The photos _ computer manipulations that put Graf’s head on a nude body _ appeared last year on the site operated by Microsoft Germany where users could post pictures and texts to share with others.

The photos were taken down in June at Graf’s request, but the company declined to sign a formal agreement that they wouldn’t appear again, and Graf sued.

Microsoft Germany spokesman Bernhard Grander said the company disagrees with the court’s decision and said it ``endangers the existence of live-chat and private (Internet) communities.″

Grander said Microsoft is ``examining further legal steps.″

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