Google Adwords provides income to File Lockers

by Editor on October 26, 2013

Internet Ad Networks, such as Google Adwords, are one of several revenue streams for file lockers. Increasingly cyber lockers are turning to advertising as a source of income as it becomes more difficult to find payment processing arrangements.

Google Adsense

Google has an extensive terms of service when it comes to where it is appropriate to place Adsense ads and most file lockers are in breach of these terms.

AdSense publishers may not display Google ads on webpages with content protected by copyright law unless they have the necessary legal rights to display that content. This includes sites that display copyrighted material, sites hosting copyrighted files, or sites that provide links driving traffic to sites that contain copyrighted material.

Beginning the first week of November this year, we will begin a concerted campaign to have Google Adwords ads removed from file lockers and hopefully have Adsense accounts cancelled, thereby depriving these sites from this income stream.

Let’s look at some examples of file lockers using Adsense to display advertising.


Ultramegabit google adwords

On the front page of UltraMegabit there are two ad regions displaying Adsense ads. UltraMegabit has been featured on this blog before for it’s repeat copyright infringement and the paying of people to upload copyright infringing content.


MegaShares offers an Adsense ad right at the top of every download page.

Megashares google adsense

The position of this ad is in a highly clickable position. There is no relevant content displayed for the ad and this is also breaching Google’s guidelines for Adsense.

The Solution

Adsense appearing on sites distributing copyright infringing content is not a new phenomenon. In fact Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today wrote in 2010 about the frustration of rights-holders when it came to having Google enforce their own policies.

As a result of this problem we have formulated a different approach, whereby we will be in contact with advertisers directly to inform them of where their ads are appearing. We shall also be sending physical mail letters directly to Google’s legal counsel with each detection of Adsense on piracy sites that we find.

We have also developed a toolkit for rights-holders to easily and efficiently inform Google about ads appearing on sites that are infringing on their copyrights.

With a renewed push and the backup of hundreds of rights-holders it will be difficult for Google to ignore this problem any longer and we will be successful in depriving the pirates of additional income.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

LOL500 October 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm

You know what? I think the way you present data is wrong.
You are against piracy but it sounds like you are against filelockers.
Filelockers are legit, its the abuse of filelockers that is wrong.
Your site should be stop filelocker abuse.
Yes, filelockers have an obligation towards copyright holders but what makes you think all of them have the resource or manpower to completely solve the abuse of their system.
Besides, what evidence do you have that they are actively promoting piracy?


Missa November 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

To the previous poster, proof of actively promoting piracy by ignoring repeat offenders:

You want evidence? Just ask anyone who makes erotic material. You put in your DMCA with file lockers: rapid gator, keep2share, etc., you wait for them to tell you something imaginary is wrong with your DMCA, or some information is not included when it “clearly is,” and then two-four days later your file finally gets removed, but only after hundreds of others have downloaded it to re-distribute your video on other websites, and causing even MORE damage to small businesses (like mine). The poster then re-uploads your video with the file locker, and you start the DMCA process all over again.

If you are in my shoes, or countless of my colleagues, you will know that these file lockers cater to PIRATES who feed off of revenue of small businesses. I do not know of any file lockers who have a “repeat offender” type of policy, where they get banned if they get DMCA’d too much. They post, I take down, they re-post, and the vicious cycle continues. I worry they will eventually kill off all digital media art forms. It’s sad, but there is your truth.


Nobody December 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Missa – “I worry they will eventually kill off all digital media art forms.”

Digital media art is here to stay forever. It’s up the creators to adapt and find creative ways to make profit, if profit is your motivation for creation. Just like all other businesses (like the industrial/factory industry) when technology advances and changes the market place, and the way products and services are made and distributed.


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