• http://www.facebook.com/arnaudfischer Arnaud Fischer

    As for PAID advertising: forget everything I just mentioned re. ORGANIC. YES, Google monetizing content going against local existing brand and trademark protection laws is wrong. 
    As far as ORGANIC: I would stick to the Digital Communication Act passed by the US Congress in 2000, otherwise Google and other search engines become responsible for all the crazy content out there. Not allowing Google and other search engines to point, ie link, to content would kill information retrieval, ie computational linguistic, innovation in a huge way. And regulated that freedom to some extent re. copyright infringement, hate speech, child pornography, violence … is a good thing.

  • KarlBrown

    Regardless of what anyone thinks of this Google is just another company operating in Australia and is therefore required to abide by Australian law, just like everyone else does.  US law is interesting but ultimately irrelevant.  

    Brings back memories of their You Tube incident in Italy where they disobeyed an Italian judge’s directive to remove a video posted by a user, as required by Italian law.  Here’s Google trying to argue why their policies are more important than the laws of a country http://googleblog.blogspot.com.au/2010/02/serious-threat-to-web-in-italy.html.  

    It astounds me that Google cannot grasp the fact that, good for the web (IE, good for Google profits) or not, they still need to abide by the law like I do and everyone else does.  Sure, lobby for change when it makes sense but if you choose to ignore it (as in Italy) then be big boys and girls and don’t complain when you get a slap.

  • Glenn Younger

    Directories such as Google, Bing and the YP’s who are allowed to monetize company names as Ad Words, should also make sure that those paid search listings are also used in a legal manner.  Since they are serving them up, they are involved.  

    It’s time for us to demand that directories take responsibility for their actions.  I’d prefer that they  police themselves, but if they choose not to, then they get into the court system.  False advertising and bait and switch is illegal in the United States.  

    When you are selling my company name as an Ad Word, I want you to see that it is used in a legal manner.  The bait and switch on Company Name Ad Words is evil, and facilitated by those selling and serving up the paid ad word results.  Come on Google, don’t be evil.   

    As Mike Ditka would say:   “STOP IT!”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TNOIOYPLALGP4B7ZPVZAJBEPC4 Locksmith Charley

    Google, Yahoo, et. al. (the search engines) actively permit CRIMINAL SCAMMERS to “Mass REVIEW” themselves. They also facilitate the saturation of the internet by CRIMINAL SCAMMERS (including but not limited to: Locksmiths, Plumbers, Carpet Cleaners, Garage Door Repair companies – almost any “service related” industry)

    Please see http://www.TheLocksmithPolice.com for more information on the Locksmith Scammers.

    The U.S. Congress passed the “CDA” COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT to protect CHILDREN from PORNOGRAPHY.

    The courts have permitted GOOGLE, YAHOO!, and others to PERVERT their intent to protect CHILDREN instead to protect multi-billion dollar corporations from suits where they (the search engines)  should be culpable for permitting information that they KNOW (or should know) to be fraudulent to be disseminated to the public with ZERO filtering or fact checking.

    Locksmith suppliers and “Legitimate Locksmiths” in Arizona believe that there are between 300-500 “Legitimate” locksmith companies in Arizona.

    I have, by a subpoena, acquired from ACXIOM (a company that provides Local.com, Google, Yahoo, and others, ACXIOM’s “collection” of locksmith listings for the state of Arizona. That “collection” is 196 pages long and contains nearly 9,600 records, some NINE THOUSAND of which are 100% BOGUS. ACXIOM claims they are doing nothing wrong by contributing to the saturation of the internet with CRIMINALLY BOGUS LISTINGS.  (A.R.S. 44-1221)

    Former legislative manager of the Associated Locksmiths of America, Tim McMullen is quoted as saying ” Of the 288,000 consumers that call a locksmith every day, 80% or 225,000 don’t realize they have called a phony locksmith until its too late.

    Anyone victimized by a PHONY, bogus, ghost, or whatever word you want to put in front of the word “Locksmith” to describe a scammer is invited to fill out the consumer victim form on http://www.TheLocksmithPolice.com

    I wish everyone a BLESSED DAY and I especially wish that the CEO’s of Google, Yahoo!, Local, and all of the other search engines and companies such as ACXIOM that provide the phony information are expecially blessed with the wisdom to change their ways. Preferably before more “Legit” locksmiths have to go bankrupt, lost their homes, and/or move their children in with extended families as has happened with at least 3 other owners that I know perwsonally.

    Charles “Locksmith Charley” Eastwood, CRL
    Member of Associated Locksmiths of America.