I know exactly how some people got banned by Adsense, stealing the content of another's website and calling it their own. A well-placed complaint about the Adsense publisher's website to the Adsense team resulted in the website being banned from Adsense almost immediately after my complaint was made this past week.
He was out-ranking me in Google using my content exclusively. I suspect the copyright violation to Google Search will also get quick results.
It's obvious to me he was banned, because he pulled Adsense off his website, replacing them with an ad server known for producing very low ctr and cpc for publishers. They are the company banned Adsense publishers use when they're tossed from the Adsense program.
I had been making a bundle when I was in the #1 position for Google Search, before he launched his website with my content and took #1 based on his domain name match to the keywords in my content. The only way he'd pull those high income ads was if he was forced to pull them.
This is one of the stories from the other side of the "Banned By Adsense" issue.
I own a little two-page website myself. It's my corporate website. It has a list of the websites I own on the main page and a contact page, not a single ad of any kind. It's the website my primary business email is hosted on and another way to contact me regarding any of my websites. I clearly state which websites I own and link to them, all 30+ of them. The issue is not having a small website, small websites can be finely tuned nitches that contain all anyone would want to know about a very narrow topic, thereby being richly keyword dense, producing highly targeted ads.
The issue is having a three page website that is centered around the copy and pasted content owned by another. Paste in a few of my words, or sentences, because my words are valid and relevant in a quote . . . not a problem. Create a three-page, copy and paste website with over 1000 words, formatted exactly as seen on my website, BIG problem.
I wish I could have showed Tedster and a few others the DMCA signed direct response I received from Google India a few years back. It would have blown his mind about Google. Plus yes it was from the mentioned. They literally blistered me for not taking into account the fellows situation in life and the meaning of supporting your family. This fellow from Google further stated Americans would never understand the meaning or closeness of what family meant. Needless to say and I had already anticipated it my site vanished almost immediately for two years from Google. In any case though Google’s fabulous CS does have a phone number at 1-800-BUZZ-OFF.
That’s the flip side of the coin to worry about and Google employees darn well know they can get away with it. Why do you think they automated a large part of the process.