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17. Miscellaneous. Any decision made by Google under this Agreement shall be final. Google shall have no liability for any such decision. Except as required by law, You may not, without Google's prior written consent, issue any press release or make any public statement about Google or any Google product or service or use or display any Google logo or trademark in any manner (except as otherwise provided to You by Google as part of an Ad Unit)...
It would be nice but also silly if we could send out press releases saying sites were now featuring G ads but am sure they already know that it would be exggerated so best not to do it.
NeverHome the TOS is quite clear if you still wish to pursue your goal of going against the TOS so be it that is your decision to make.
Blue-Fin, so, does "free speech" contravene the Google TOS, do you think?If your definition of free speech includes something specifically prohibited by the Google TOS, you bet it does.
You can say anything you want on your website. Google can terminate you if they feel you are violating the terms of their program and their decision is final. So it's your decision if you want to risk any income that you may otherwise earn.
As they say, don't bite the hand that feeds you.
You cannot promote AdSense. That means: boldy proclaiming my site as a "Google Approved AdSense Site" --- is not allowed.
Your intentions do not matter. Your bold statement of "Google Approved AdSense Site" IS a form of promotion. You cannot do that.
You can still probably do what you are wanting to but Google may just change it TOS and still ask you to stop. But right now you can happily skip through the loophole. Of course, I totally discourage doing so and I'm not gonna take responsibility in any way for anything you may choose to do (nothing personal, of course, just covering the bases).
Look carefully at the TOS item that was cited and your original thoughts...
Here is what you wanted to put:
"Google Approved AdSense Site"
Here's what Google says:
"[...] Except as required by law, You may not, without Google's prior written consent, issue any press release or make any public statement about Google or any Google product or service or use or display any Google logo or trademark in any manner [...]"
Now to do a bit of comparing...
"[...] public statement about Google [...]"
"[...] AdSense [...]"
"[...] any Google product or service [...]"
Now..let's just think for a minute...I have heard people describe Google as 'the world's largest search engine' or 'the world's most popular search engine' ... and AdSense is a 'affiliate advertising program' I believe...
So...purely hypothetically speaking...one could convey the same message by saying something to the effect of:
"This site approved by the affiliate advertising program of the world's most popular search engine!"
Of course...this is all just a mental exercise and I totally discourage actually using anything in this post on your site, and if you do so you take all responsibility for it. :)