Montblanc, the Germany-based maker of “writing instruments”, watches, jewelry and etc., is takes Google to court to obtain the identity of counterfeit goods seller(s) through its AdWords search advertising.
In the complaint, Montblanc asserts that the sale of counterfeit goods through AdWords, bearing the “montblanc” trademarks, has caused it “significant reputational and financial harm”.
The company also says that Google UK has been responsive to its complaints in discussions dating back to September 2011, and that the search company repeatedly told them that they “removed the offending ads and taking action against the Advertisers”.
According to court documents:
“Montblanc has attempted to determine the identity of the Advertisers through numerous alternative means, with no success. Because the identity of the Advertisers is in the exclusive possession of Google, and Montblanc has no other source from which to obtain the requested information, Montblanc has no choice but to file this Complaint in Equity for a Bill of Discovery in order to enforce its trademark rights.
Once Montblanc has identified the Advertisers through this Bill of Discovery against Google, it intends to file a lawsuit to enforce its trademark rights against the identified Advertisers. Without the requested information, however, Montblanc does not know who the Advertisers are and therefore does not know whom it needs to sue to enforce its trademark rights.”
In a complaint filed in a Washington, D.C., federal district court, EPIC alleges that the changes to Google’s privacy policies, which will allow Google to combine user data across all of its properties “without user consent,” violates a consent order Google signed with the FTC last year related to Google Buzz.
“Google’s recent announcement that the company intends to consolidate users’ personal information without individuals’ consent violates the consent order and threatens to harm consumers,” according to the complaint. “The FTC is required to enforce the consent order. But the Commission has failed to due [sic] so.”
A Google spokesperson stated this isn’t true: “We are not collecting any new information or sharing it with third parties.”
RIAA President Cary Sherman alleges Google of misusing its power by protesting SOPA. On January 18, Google blacken it logo, and encouraged its users to “Tell Congress: Please don’t censor the web!,” that’s what the Sherman said.
“Google was able to derail the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) by encouraging more than 7 million people to sign petitions opposing the legislation. He attacked Google, as well as Wikipedia, which also blacked out its site, in a New York Times op-ed published today, calling the controversy “manufactured”.”
But what the Google and Wikipedia blackout showed is that it’s the platforms that exercise the real power. “When Wikipedia and Google purport to be neutral sources of information, but then exploit their stature to present information that is not only not neutral but affirmatively incomplete and misleading, they are duping their users into accepting as truth what are merely self-serving political declarations,” wrote Sherman.
Sherman argued, that apparently, Wikipedia and Google don’t recognize the ethical boundary between the neutral reporting of information and the presentation of editorial opinion as fact.
“…what the Google and Wikipedia blackout showed is that it’s the platforms that exercise the real power. Get enough of them to espouse Silicon Valley’s perspective, and tens of millions of Americans will get a one-sided view of whatever the issue may be, drowning out the other side.”