Category: Ad Sponsored Piracy

Google’s “safe browsing” initiative is more bark than bite

Despite headlines, it’s still business as usual for Google — Piracy sites full of malware and deceptive ads top Google search

Last fall Google introduced a series of steps to strengthen its Safe Browsing initiative announcing it would include protection against, “social engineering attacks – deceptive tactics that try to trick you into doing something dangerous, like installing unwanted software or revealing your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers, or credit cards).
Sounds like a positive step against online piracy since malware and deceptive advertising is online piracy’s bread and butter right? WRONG…

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Are more advertisers hopping aboard the anti-piracy bandwagon?

Is online ad industry becoming more accountable?  Yep, but there’s still (much) more to be done.

Some good news on the ongoing fight against ad sponsored piracy.  Today, Group M, a major player in global media investment announced efforts to ensure that their media partners become certified providers of, or follow anti-piracy advertising guidelines established by the Trustworthy Accountability Group’s (TAG).

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Facebook piracy has been an ongoing problem. Is it finally ready to face the music?

Facebook has long turned a blind eye to profiting from piracy on its pages.  Has the worm finally turned?

This past week Facebook reached a milestone when, according to founder Mark Zuckerberg, more than one billion users logged on to the social media site in a single day.  Part of that growth has come from video views (4 billion per day) and so this week Facebook also announced it would (finally) tackle the issue of online piracy that has long plagued the site. In recent months Facebook has been facing growing criticism that it has allowed “freebooters” to rip-off (monetized) YouTube videos and repost them on Facebook, thereby cannibalizing profits.

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Ashley Madison ads appear on torrents for its hacked data on Pirate Bay

Ad sponsored piracy run even more amok

This has to be the irony of ironies.  According a piece by in Business Insider, advertising for Ashley Madison is popping up on the Pirate Bay in searches for the hacked data.  At the bottom of the results that list the complete torrent to the stolen files there’s an ad for Ashley Madison’s website.  I suppose given all the bad publicity of late, the extra-marital affair website needs to find customers wherever it can eh?

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How many millions does Google pocket when YouTube scams advertisers?

Youtube slaps ads on scam uploads and collects dough from advertisers who look the other way.

It’s not news that Google doesn’t take kindly to anything standing in the way of revenue.  Its business practices on YouTube are no exception.

In order to stuff the mother ship’s coffers, YouTube will monetize just about any crap upload, whether it’s a terrorist recruiting videos or scams linking to pirate websites.  When Google monetizes these uploads both it and the uploader make money from the ads.  Does anyone care about this dirty income?

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