Re: [abiword-dev] Cheeky F***ers, Negative Advertising.

From: Alan Horkan (
Date: Mon Jul 07 2003 - 11:29:15 EDT

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    On Wed, 25 Jun 2003, Leonard Rosenthol wrote:

    > AbiWord Developer Mailing List <>
    > Subject: Re: [abiword-dev] Cheeky F***ers, Negative Advertising.
    > At 02:56 PM 6/24/2003 +0100, Alan Horkan wrote:
    > >Saw this while searching using Google and using Abiword as one of my
    > >keywords
    > Just remember folks like that everytime someone clicks on that
    > link - that company has to pay Google...
    In short Google takes measures to prevent this sort of spamming.
    There is also a cap on how much they would have to pay per day. In all
    likelyhood we would be doing them a favour, on balance it is best not to
    click it all.

    More importantly

    As a courtesy, we are willing to perform a limited investigation of
    reasonable complaints. When we receive a complaint from a trademark owner,
    our review is limited to ensuring that the advertisements at issue are not
    using the trademarked term as a keyword trigger. If they are, we disable
    those keywords from the ad campaign. Please note that any such
    investigation will only affect ads served on or by Google.
    Abiword is a Trademark, of Sourcegear etc.

    Here are the details on how to make a Trademark complaint.

    It is obviously not within my rights to complain but I hope that Dom is or
    that he will contact SourceGear, and get permission to do so.

    And dont go rushing off to the OpenOffice discuss list with this, they
    dont have a trademark on "OpenOffice" which is why they ask people to
    refer to it as
    They may have other grounds to complain but I only advise them to read up
    on Googles policies.

    Maybe we should all say Abwiord TM from now on? ;)

    I dont think anyone ever seriously trademarked (it) "just works"


    Alan Horkan

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