Trademarks and domain names (part2)

Further to the situation with the WordPress trademark that has caused such a public outcry, I have just read over on Cristian Mezei’s Seopedia that Google is Banning users From Adsense for using their trademark.

I followed some of the links on Cristians page, and that isn’t strictly true. What Google are actually doing is blocking Adsense adverts on domains or subdomains that contain their brandname.

Thanks for taking the time to review our policies and conditions. Please note that, while you may be permitted to run a site that contains Google Brand Features in part of the URL, you may not display AdSense ads on such a site. In this case, we feel that a URL such as googlesystem.blogspot.com may lead users to believe that your site is affiliated with Google. As such, we appreciate your understanding and cooperation in our decision to disable ad serving to the site.

That doesn’t seem to be a total ban, you would still be able use Adsense on other properties.

But here is the good news

Google have reviewed the case, and have reinstated the displaying of Google Adverts.

“I received your email from Scott. While we do require that publishers obtain permission before running AdSense ads on Blogger sites that contain Google Trademarks in the URL, we’ve re-reviewed your site and are happy to grant you permission to continue running ads on googlesystem.blogspot.com .

Ad serving has been re-enabled to the site, though please be aware that it may take up to 48 hours before ads start appearing again. Thanks again for your understanding and your patience. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have further questions or concerns.”

Unlike WordPress, Google is very clear on the correct usage of their brand names.

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