9.6: Google and Yahoo! Fund Privacy

January 2, 2013

From CNET:

Google and Yahoo’s advertising networks are accused of financially supporting those who pirate music and movies online, according to a report from the University of Southern California.

The school’s Annenberg Innovation Lab studied which ad networks placed the most ads on sites accused of infringing music and film copyrights and today issued a list of the top 10. Google is No. 2, and Yahoo came in at No. 6.

I’m not one to let Google off of the hook, but this is absurd. If Google and Yahoo! were intentionally tossing money to media piracy sites, sure, get the torches and pitchforks. But I’m guessing that Google and Yahoo! supply ads for so many sites that the two can’t thoroughly scan every single site that hosts the ads.

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