Skip to comments.Google bans anti-MoveOn.org ads
Posted on 10/11/2007 8:44:23 PM PDT by jyro
Yahoo just became my new search utility:
Internet giant Google has banned advertisements critical of MoveOn.org, the far-left advocacy group that caused a national uproar last month when it received preferential treatment from The New York Times for its General Betray Us message.
The ads banned by Google were placed by a firm working for Republican Sen. Susan Collins re-election campaign. Collins is seeking her third term.
Earlier this week, Google told Lance Dutson, president of Maine Coast Designs, that the ads he placed for Collins had been removed and would not be allowed to resume because they violated Googles trademark policy.
Googles Web site states, Google takes allegations of trademark infringement very seriously and, as a courtesy, were happy to investigate matters raised by trademark owners. That suggests Google acted in response to a complaint by MoveOn.org.
Ronald Coleman, a lawyer and leading expert on online intellectual property disputes, noted that, as a private company, Google has the right to treat different advertisers differently.
But he called Googles removal of the Collins ads troubling. Coleman says that there is no such requirement under trademark law and that Google appears to be selectively enforcing its policy.
In a recent ruling, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the notion that there is anything like a cause of action under the Lanham Act, the statue governing trademark law in the United States, for so-called trademark disparagement, Coleman said. The courts have also rejected the notion that the use of a trademark as a search term is a legally cognizable use as a trademark use under federal trademark law, he added. Coleman is also general counsel for the Media Bloggers Association.
Google routinely permits the unauthorized use of company names such as Exxon, Wal-Mart, Cargill and Microsoft in advocacy ads. An anti-war ad currently running on Google asks Keep Blackwater in Iraq? and links to an article titled Bastards at Blackwater Should Blackwater Security be held accountable for the deaths of its employees?
yahoo’s liberal too.
I’m all for business success but the young left wing punks who run Google are worth 50 billion, and this is how they operate. The stock closed at 622 today, making Algore worth hundreds of millions. Where are the conservative billionaires other than Phil Anshutz??
It is a systemic disease amongst media systems -— liberalism. Yes, both Google and Yahoo are pro-liberal-socialist. I guess that is where they think the future of America rests — maybe they are right, looking at what Washington has turned into.
Google has no “trademark policy”. They are whores who take money from anyone. See: American Airlines vs. Google for a slim look at their “policy”. They recognize no individual company trademark, but instead, have competing interests buy the “key words” of trademarked companies. Google benefits by the competing interests bidding against one another. Screw the trademark. Only in “googleland”.
I am also surprised they did not ban the article, calling it “hate speech”. To take the OBVIOUS liberal view and title for such partisan actions.
well, I guess that’s one way for Soros and MSM to silence opposition to their propaganda machines like moveon, and control information on the net; buy up internet ad space and control internet information media like google.
Looks like google shares are going to drop like a rock now, and another will rise and take it’s place. Bye bye google.
That’s the thing about the internet, you can’t control what and where people click. Soro’s is going to be stuck with useless google shares, hahahaha!
I did a Google search with the keywords “moveon.org sucks”.
I was surprised to learn that Google returned only 524 instances of “moveon.org sucks.” I would have thought the returns on “moveon.org sucks” would have been much, much higher. At least in the hundreds of thousands. Do only 524 people in cyberspace believe “moveon.org sucks”?
Yahoo is lib too, but not nearly as bad as goggle. I’ve had good results with this engine- http://livesearch.alltheweb.com/
And for your information, check this out-just move your cursor around the balls to see what goes where.
I got 27,000 hits for moveon.org fags
Ask is 100% google. See what goes where below.
Ask.com may go through Google, but clicking on ASK is still going to give Google less money than a direct query to Google. I’ll settle for that (for now).
According to the page at your link, that's Yahoo as well.
Yes it is. At least it is’nt related to google. I’m trying to find out about Clusty.
That’s very interesting. From that diagram, it looks like Google, Yahoo!, and MSN.com are the only three independent search engines of those shown. Not a great selection.
Around the time the war in Afghanistan started I saw how extremely biased Yahoo News was in their choice of top stories under “Full Coverage.”
I don’t trust any of them. Consider that they have a database of yours and everyone’s search terms by IP address. Data storage gets cheaper and cheaper. Data mining gets increasingly sophisticated. Just look how fast they can search the web for you. All someone needs is to match up names and IP addresses and they know what anyone or everyone has on their mind lately, or last year. Without your name, they already use this for ads. I can imagine it being quite a powerful tool as time goes by and years’ worth of search terms pile up on all of us. Who knows who might be exploiting this either now or someday? I would use an anonymizer, but how do I trust them not to skim the same information?
The Google goons are a bunch of anti-military Leftists who purposely refuse to commemorate American Military Veterans both alive & dead...and their families while commemorating the Commie achievement.
Well you Google apologists can continue to make excuses for the Google goons and I will continue to expose the military hating Leftists.
Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink.
Try this out for a 3 day freebie.
So why does not Republican big money have a search site better than the liberals?
Well out of sheer perversity I did a Google search with Moveon.org and “the F-word” (the real word, not a euphemism) and got 235,000 hits!
This is as I expected, and the hits are predominantly psycho leftist rants with both “MoveOn.org” and that other word present.......
Not to mention how Google tinkers with images depicting Democratic icons in a bad light. Look up evil hillary or hillary bitch images on Google, then try the same search on AllTheWeb. (http://www.alltheweb.com)
You will notice completely biased results on Google.
Not to mention how YouTube does not track links from non-left-wing sites. For example, I have placed some videos on Google that have gotten huge numbers of hits... many of them came from FR. They track links to videos and hits from those links... unless they come from FR.
Google does enforce trademark policy, albeit with varying levels of scrutiny.
They’re pretty tough on infringing YouTube stuff. Some trademark stuff they remove very aggressively.
I’d like to see the ads in question. I assume there must have been some legal issue in the ads that infringed on some MoveOn trademark and MoveOn filed a notice with Google for a takedown.
Google ‘google’ til the file servers collapse....(chuckle)
An even 518,000,000 hits.
Google gave me 241,000 and MSN gave me 104,000.
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