I just spent a week with my kids doing some coding, so I’m thinking in a binary fashion. Let’s look at this Google, Mississippi Attorney General Hood and “Ad Supported Piracy” situation in an IF/THEN/ELSE kind of way.
If you are not aware the Federal Government has basically decided to let Google get away with anything. And just like the Tobacco Settlement it’s been left up to the states to try to reign in the Mountain View Drug Advertising and Spying Cartel. Mississippi Attorney General Hood is leading State attorneys general in an investigation into current Google advertising practices. And in particular whether they violate Google’s criminal Non Prosecution Agreement with the US Government for knowingly enabling sales of controlled substances online.
Google claims to AG Hood that they are trying not to serve advertising onto pirate sites like Mp3skull.com. But as evidenced from the screenshots below, clearly DoubleClick (Google) is somehow involved in serving these Allstate Insurance ads on this massively infringing site. Further this is the very website that the General Hood used as an example of Google’s behavior.
(BTW according to my preliminary UGA study Allstate Insurance is one of the biggest repeat enablers of Ad Supported Piracy and I feel artists should organize a boycott until they change their ways.)
So this is the way I see it:
You take Google at their word
Google genuinely has no idea where they are serving ads nor do they have any control over where the ads end up. So Google advertising products are the mother of all products liability design defect cases.
Google is not being forthright with the Attorney General Hood.
What happens when you aren’t forthright with the kind of people with subpoena power? Just curious.
Below is excerpt of statement April 19th 2013 from John Burchett Google Director of Public Policy for United States, Latin America and Canada. This was in response to the State Attorney Generals Action.
Here is exhibit from Attorney General Hood singling out the site http://www.mp3skull.com. Further the AG has taken this from Google’s own Transparency Report to show they are keenly aware of the mass infringement on this website. They acknowledge that they have been notified of over 800,000 infringing links!
Here are a few Screenshots I took July 12th 2013 . These show Google’s DoubleClick helping serve Allstate advertising onto the http://www.mp3skull.com website.
And again a short time later.
And for the coders, again using firebug/firefox.