Is Google Banning AdSense On Sites It Thinks Have Infringing Content?
from the oddities dept
Thomas O’Toole points us to yet another issue with Google customer service, where an author who holds the copyright on his own books published them online but was denied the ability to put AdSense on the site, after Google told him it had found “it contains copyrighted material.” Of course, this makes no sense. Nearly every website “contains copyrighted material,” because any new creative content placed in a fixed form — such as a website — is automatically covered by copyright. What I’m guessing Google meant (even though it got it wrong) was that it thought the site contained infringing or unauthorized copyrighted content — though, if that’s the case, that’s what it should have said.
And, once again highlighting Google’s communication problem, the rejection came from an email address called “noreply,” making it difficult for the author to get clarification. He did eventually get Google to “resolve” the issue, but Google’s overall policy on the matter is not explained at all. Does Google have an official policy where its AdSense team tries to determine if content on a website is infringing? If so, do they have an official dispute process? Does the AdSense team take into account fair use? Google has, generally speaking, been very good on issues of copyright and fair use, but this particular policy seems rather strange.