Fighting The Brand Your Trademark from Being Misused on Search Engines
Published in the ACC Docket
Search engines like Google and Yahoo! have created lucrative programs to sell keywords to companies and individuals who want to advertise their websites on these search engines. For instance, Google's AdWords program allows advertisers to purchase specific keywords for use as meta tags. When a user searches for those words, links to advertisers' websites appear in the Sponsored Links column of the search results page. Although many meta tags are not visible to online users, they essentially publish the content of websites to search engines. More recently, Google has also unveiled its AdSense program, which analyzes a website and automatically generates conceptually related advertising. The related advertising appears in a bubble on the user's screen known as a parked page or advertising page and contains hyperlinks to the advertisers' websites. Each time a user clicks on one of these hyperlinks, the domain site owner receives a small click-through or pay-per-view fee.