jomaxx - 9:53 pm on Dec 19, 2006 (gmt 0)
...placing images above AdSense ads is not necessarily prohibited by program policies. However, depending on the method of implementation this could be considered ‘encouraging users to click on ads’.
Right, this is exactly how I remember it being left by ASA. The policy is a bit vague as always, but I don't actually see any difference between that statement and the current one:
We ask that publishers not line up images and ads in a way that suggests a relationship between the images and the ads.