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Those sites are promoted through Google AdWords.
Their QS must be good as they hang on the top or around.
I have reported them to AdWords on multiple occasions, but nothing has really changed.
I also reported some to VeriSign and Trust Guard about seal misuse, no change either.
I reported some to a product manufacturer, and they said they were fighting software piracy, but again no change.
I post this here as Google AdWords plays a big role in the promotion of those.
I don't see how it's Google's problem. They aren't the Internet Police.
Well, it looks like it's nobody's problem.
Google even distanced itself with the refined policy about counterfeit products.
Pirated stuff is nowhere mentioned.
Super user experience, really.
If Google cared about user experience these would be gone.
As for the privacy seals...most of these sites are hosted out of Asia. DMCA notices are ignored. Really, the easiest way to stop them would be for Google to stop their flow of traffic. I understand why the seal companies can't get them shutdown as unfortunate as that is.
I don't get you people. On the one hand, you complain about Google getting too involved in how you advertise / run your business, and then you complain that they're not policing *alleged* (by you) miscreants in your niche.
There are numerous terms where the first few results are OBVIOUS pirated software sites.
Google's doing the right thing with a hands off policy. If you're software's being pirated, you go get them, not Google. The last thing anyone wants is Google making these kinds of decisions - too much can go wrong.
too much can go wrong
This is really a tough call. I came across organizations that work against this, including governmental bodies, and those guys are still out there.
Still, it's a paradox to have low QS as a reason for termination of some accounts, yet have those guys in premium yellow area on some of the most famous software brands.
But yes, complicated call. Problem for the part of my business are those particular ads that kill the conversion, that's why I posted it here.
Knowing that Google attempts to automate everything and that they *often* catch a lot of innocents (as shown in many recent threads), just imagine the problems that would come about from them trying to algorithmically determine authorized and/or pirate sites....ugh.