French Court Fines Google Over Trademarks
from the the-French-sure-don't-like-these-American-search-companies dept
What is it about French courts and American search companies? It wasn't that long ago that they were declaring Yahoo's CEO a war criminal because he wouldn't stop the American Yahoo site from selling old Nazi paraphernalia. Now, they've struck out at Google for the practice of letting people buy text ad keywords for trademarked terms. Google says they're going to appeal. What I find amusing about this is that Google, in the past, has shown that they have no problem banning trademarked keywords. In fact, with some of our own experiments in buying ads on Google, Techdirt had one of our ads rejected because a trademark holder complained. I still don't see how this is, in any way, a violation of trademark law. Just because you buy the keyword, it doesn't mean that anyone is going to confuse you with the trademark holder. If, indeed, you pretend to be the trademark holder (the whole reason trademark law exists), it's a different story. But, if you just want a competitive ad to show up, that shouldn't be a violation of trademark.