Google is the king of companies that actually place ads on websites throughout the world. If Google can develop all the sophisticated algorithms to place these targeted ads, why can’t Google filter these sites which feature ILLEGAL download links and streams to pirated films? With every click of their ads Google makes $$$ as do the pirates. The only ones who don’t make money–the filmmakers.
Below is a Google ad for Pixar’s “Toy-Story 3.” With this week’s government crackdown on various pirate sites (great news) this ad becomes even more ironic given that “Toy Story 3” is one of the films sited by the MPAA and the Feds as being a major victim of online piracy. The Netflix ads on the site only ad to the irony since Netflix actually carries our film.
While it’s not particularly surprising, Google ads seem to find their way on websites in all languages as well. Google AdSense ads are everywhere on pirate websites. See some samples below found in during my web wanderings in search of illegal versions of LOLA.
Google supposedly has “Terms of Service” that AdSense clients agree to. The inference is that a DMCA notice is submitted (and found credible) the AdSense accounts will be shut-down. However, Google’s application of this “policy” has so far seemed fairly inconsistent and arbitrary. Google’s DMCA procedure also requires the “alleged” copyright holder to report each and every page containing Google ads and not simply the URL of the page, but each and every infringing link found on the site.
Take a look at the screen capture below. Note how many individual links would need to be recorded and submitted. Then, multiply that by hundreds, perhaps thousands, and you quickly see what a time consuming process this becomes.
Google is clearly the market leader in providing ads (and revenue) to pirate websites around the world.
Google ads on Korean site listing download links for LOLA.