Google-funded interest groups come to defense of Sugar Daddy

So-called “public-interest” groups really just “Google-interest” groups Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s efforts to hold Google accountable for its suspect business practices has come under fire recently by so-called web “watchdog” groups who’ve come to the defense of the internet behemoth.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Center for Democracy & Technology and Public Knowledge and others filed an amicus brief in support of Google’s efforts to ignore a subpoena from Hood requesting information related to its operations linked to illegal drugs, pornography and online piracy.  Hood claims the company is in violation of the state’s consumer laws. EFF, Center for Democracy & Technology and Public Knowledge...

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Brand names still appearing next to sex advertisements on pirate site.

If you’re wondering where my earlier post about ads disappearing from clicktoview.org, I apparently spoke too soon.  As of this evening the advertising was back–major name brand advertising video ads again displayed adjacent to sex ads.  Solarmovie.so is also involved as original source of the link and it’s not clear how or if the ad revenue is shared between the two pirate sites. When I checked a link for the newly released “Carrie” I came across these ads (note the ads alongside the sex ad are actually videos that play): Bounty paper towels, Vicks (official sponsor of the NFL starring Saints’...

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Do Online Advertisers Get What They Pay For?

Ad industry executives were out in force this week at the annual “Advertising Week” convention in New York City.  Not surprisingly, the issue of digital piracy’s link to advertising dollars was raised during a panel discussion “Digital Media Under Attack-It’s Worse Than You Thought.”  Privacy-net’s Gordon Platt reported on the event: Much of the conversation focused on the relationship between advertising and piracy, not unexpected for an Advertising Week event. “No one has asked the blunt question of whether you want your ad associated with a pirate site,” said [Rick] Cotton. He added, “Advertisers should not want their ads to be...

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Pirate Website’s Own Poll Shows Nearly 30% Used Google to Find Their Way to Pirated Movies Online

Google comes in a close second to word-of-mouth in path to piracy poll A while back one of the world’s most popular pirate websites, LetMeWatchThis went through tumultuous times as its domain name was hijacked and cloned by other not-so-nice pirates.  According to torrentfreak.com the hijacking, and general confusion led to the domain switching to an entirely new domain, primewire.ag: One of the largest unauthorized streaming movie websites on the Internet is at the center of what is probably the most confusing mess ever to hit the sector. Various hackings, hijackings, domain changes and nefarious happenings have turned 1Channel, LetMeWatchThis, PrimeWire.ag...

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YouTube Piracy-perfecting the art of spinning (stolen) straw into gold

YouTube, its users, and shady certified “aggregators,” partner together to make money off pirated TV shows, movies & music YouTube’s life-blood is advertising and by now it’s become pretty clear that Google doesn’t give a hoot about what videos it slaps ads onto.  After all, why should vetting content BEFORE putting advertising on it get in the way of company profits right? I wrote about Google’s tainted income scheme last December (Piracy for profit-YouTube’s dirty secret), but it’s a tale is worth revisiting at a time when Google faces more anti-trust allegations in Europe and embarrassing revelations that rather than take action, U.S. authorities at the FTC prefer to bury investigations that...

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