__/ [Barbara de Zoete] on Sunday 08 January 2006 09:21 \__
> On Sun, 08 Jan 2006 08:35:02 +0100, Brian Cryer
> <brian.cryer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> "William Tasso" <SpamBlocked@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> From: https://www.google.com/adsense/policies
>>> Copyrighted Material
>>> In order to avoid associations with copyright claims, website publishers
>>> may not display Google ads on web pages with MP3, Video, News Groups,
>>> Image Results.
>> I've noticed that adwords are used on many sites that contain news-group
>> postings. I contacted google over this last year quoting the same text
>> you have just quoted and got a reply back that said (and I'm paraphrasing
>> since I don't have the reply infront of me) that this was quite okay!!
> Well, they would be okay with that of course, since that is exactly what
> they do with their own Google Groups. Only difference is, they _are_
> allowed to call them 'sponsored links' :-)
Interesting point. There is a lot of hypocrisy hovering over that matter.
Google's most controversial move is probably the assembleage of the decades
of newsgroups activity and somehow commercialising it, e.g. accumulating
incoming links, traffic, brand name being spread. Even if no ads are bound
to Google Groups, there is plenty to be earned by Google. Their contribution
to UseNet are random, incoherent posts with no attributions. I hope they
rectify this soon...