The third edition of the Annenberg Innovation Lab’s Ad Transparency Report is now unofficially doing the rounds. Google, Quantcast and Open X are praised for making “strong moves” to block sites that receive a lot of DMCA notices but the government and some major companies are in for criticism for failing to place their ads more carefully. This week’s “Piracy is Progress” Times Square campaign is also mentioned in a negative light.
A new report has linked two of the world’s largest search engines to the funding of piracy-related sites. In the University of Southern California’s Advertising Transparency Report both Google and Yahoo stand accused of funneling cash to the sites, which were picked due to their placement in Google’s own Transparency Report. Also admonished in the report is torrent index SumoTorrent for their alleged operation of an advertising network.