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Jul 15th 2013

Ad Networks Best Practices

Today, the White House announced the Best Practices Guidelines for Ad Networks to Address Piracy and Counterfeiting (2013IPPractices.com). In an effort to address content owner concerns about ad networks providing revenue streams to websites engaged in piracy and counterfeiting, the guidelines will help ad networks establish a set of self-regulating best practices to address known infringing sites in their respective ad networks.

Some highlights from the guidelines:

  • Ad Networks are committed to maintaining high quality standards for advertisers and publishers and at the same time respecting intellectual property rights to maintain a healthy Internet and promote innovation.
  • The best practices include (among other things):
    • Maintaining and posting policies intended to discourage or prevent, to the extent possible, websites that are principally dedicated to selling counterfeit goods, engaging in copyright piracy or otherwise violating laws from participating in the ad network;
    • Accepting and processing proper notices from rights holders regarding websites participating in the Ad Network alleged to be principally dedicated to selling counterfeit goods or engaging in copyright piracy and to have no substantial non-infringing uses; and
    • Providing guidance for the content of a proper notice and identifying the designated agent to receive such notice.
  • The best practices are intended to encourage and supplement, not replace, responsible and direct independent actions taken by intellectual property owners to enforce their intellectual property rights and are not intended to impose a duty on any Ad Network to monitor its network to identify offending websites.

As part of this initiative, AOL, along with Yahoo, Microsoft and Google, established this set of self-regulating best practices to address known infringing sites in their respective ad networks.

AOL has been building trust with our users for more than 28 years. And we have been equally committed to maintaining high quality standards for advertisers and publishers – taking piracy and counterfeiting seriously. Many of the best practices guidelines very much mirror what we have been doing all along at AOL and, consequently, we quickly supplemented our current practice and are now in compliance with the best practices. Advertising.com boasts one of the best networks in terms of quality, which is part of our success story, and this initiative will reinforce that. I commend the collaborative efforts of the participating Ad Networks and the industry to help combat online piracy.

Nov 14th 2011

Advertising.com Takes Over ad:tech NY

Over 5,000 digital marketers gathered at the Jacob Javits Convention Center for the yearly ad:tech NY conference.

This year's ad:tech conference was especially exciting for our team, since it was our first event as Advertising.com Group. This was a great introduction to the industry about Advertising.com Group and successfully showed our unity and commitment to providing and end-to-end solution for publishers, advertisers and agencies. All of our teams from Advertising.com, Advertising.com Sponsored Listings (ASL), ADTECH, AOL Video and Pictela were represented and engaged with clients about the full suite of solutions under Advertising.com Group.

One of the main themes of this year's conference was around innovation and enhancing the user experience. Wendy Clark, Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing Communications and Capabilities at Coca-Cola, was a keynote speaker and spoke about the importance of understanding your audience and using effective storytelling in the market, "We're moving from an environment about placing messages to movement of stories." I couldn't agree more with Wendy's point. AOL brands are committed to conveying great stories on the web and we continue to evolve with the market.

Conversations centered around video, premium formats, mobile and social. The ever-connected consumer is looking for new ways to engage with content, and as a publisher and advertiser partner it's crucial that we provide these in-demand solutions. Connecting with our current and prospective partners gives us the chance to understand and learn their needs. Conferences like ad:tech are not only a great educational opportunity for the attendees, but for the exhibitors and sponsors as well.

(This post originally ran on the AOL Advertising Blog.)

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