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Viacom Sues Google for "clearly illegal" business model -- its a growing pattern
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-03-13 12:14
The WSJ is reporting that Viacom has sued Google for $1b in damages for stealing its copyrighted content.
So what is the significance of this suit? It is another big evidence point in an obvious pattern of illegal activities.
Given that a reported 14% of all searches are generated by click fraud according to Click Forensics, it is only a matter of time before advertisers to wake up and see that they have been defrauded and overcharged.
I have repeatedly blogged on Google's increasingly illegal enterprise -- whose business model is to create an advertising audience by using the intellectual property of others without compensation. In simple terms that's theft.
Bottom line: The evidence is powerful and mounting: Google steals.
A list of links to my pervious blogs on this topic follow:
"Googleism: Cheating for the masses" http://www.precursorblog.com/node/312
Evidence mounts Google's model is aligned with illegal activities: http://www.precursorblog.com/node/292
"Google's Hypocritic Oath" http://www.precursorblog.com/node/288
"Nothing neutral about search fraud" http://www.precursorblog.com/node/276
"Is Google-YouTube a politically neutral gateway to Internet content and video?" http://www.precursorblog.com/node/274
"Search peeping, Does Google respect Americans privacy? http://www.precursorblog.com/node/207
"The rise of Googleism: Whats yours is ours" http://www.precursorblog.com/node/203
NYT article that Google discriminates against small websites" http://www.precursorblog.com/node/201