indyank - 3:47 am on Sep 10, 2012 (gmt 0)
First a very interesting discussion between martinibuster and Lame_Wolf :)
I will have to say that a few of google's recent rules are virtually impossible to follow. Recently several sites running adsense have been notified that ads are disabled on some sites (but not all) because they host copyrighted content or link to (or drive traffic to) pages/sites hosting content that violate copyrights.
I can understand the former but the latter is not that easy to comply with. The problem is compounded by the fact that these notifications are not very specific but just give one example. Expecting people to know who owns the copyright to a content and link only to the right sources or never link to that content at all is going too far IMO. How do people online know who owns the copyright to a piece of content? They link to it because they find it relevant and cool. The real copyright owner can in several times be decided only by a court of law.
It is very difficult to know this information and Google are sending these notifications because they probably know who is violating and who is not based on DMCA notices they receive. It would be only fair if they pass on such specific information and ask the site owner to remove such links. Without that information, it would be very difficult for site owners to know what link outs are considered to be not within their TOS. Further, google disabling ads on the site as a whole is not fair. If they were to apply the same rules tho their properties, they should never run ads on youtube then, but will they?
I also agree with Leosghost that linking to the source does not in any way become fair use of content like images or videos.