As part of the digital advertising boom of the last few years, many companies have started to target the internet’s biggest players in an effort to get their sites to generate more clicks and ad revenue.
But the ad network that’s usually responsible for that effort, Google, has a long history of abusing its power in the form of copyright law.
The company has had to fight many legal battles over the years.
In 2016, a group of US artists sued Google for using a picture of a chimpanzee as the basis for its logo and trademark infringement, saying the use of a monkey was illegal.
In a ruling last year, a federal appeals court said Google had the right to use any image or name it liked without permission, even if that’s not a copyrighted work.
The case was appealed, but Google was able to win in court that its right to control images and trademarks is “undisturbed by copyright law.”
In other words, it’s not hard to get your own copyright violation flagged by Google.
But in recent years, the company has also taken steps to protect its rights.
Last year, Google agreed to pay a record $1 billion settlement to settle a copyright lawsuit over its image-heavy Google Search engine.
The settlement covered Google Search’s use of the image of a child in its search results, which Google used to target ads at children.
Google has also been accused of abusing copyright law, with lawsuits filed against the company over its own image-based search results and Google Maps.
In January, Google was forced to pay $15 million to settle charges that it used an image of the Statue of Liberty on a Google Maps application to target children and other users of the application.
The company has since made several changes to the Maps app that allow users to flag images that infringe on their rights.
In 2018, Google had to pay millions of dollars in damages to artists after its search engine failed to comply with a federal court ruling that it violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Google’s aggressive copyright enforcement is likely part of its strategy to make itself a bigger player in the advertising world.
It has said it wants to be the go-to search engine for content on the web and its business model depends on that.
But it’s also trying to become a content distribution platform that can get more creative.
In the digital age, it can be tempting for companies to get creative with their copyright enforcement.
In the past, companies have used patents to get around copyright protections.
But Google has said its approach is different.