Enough playing nice with the advertising industry over ad-sponsored piracy

Excuse me if I don’t get too excited over Creative Future’s recent letter to ad industry representatives praising their for its efforts against online piracy. We are writing to thank you for the progress you have made in addressing the exploitative practices used by some in the online advertising marketplace, including the diversion of advertising to websites engaged in piracy. Your pledge to act to reduce digital piracy is commendable. In your June 19 letter to the Co-Chairs of the International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus, you highlighted the “Core Criteria for Effective Digital Advertising Assurance” that you are developing, as well...

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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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