Fight Internet Piracy
Advertisers want to protect their brands from damage that comes from association with illegal activity. Online advertisers face risks from sites that infringe on the rights of others by facilitating the distribution of pirated content and counterfeit products. Consumers may mistakenly believe that the sites’ offerings are authorized by well-known brands. Such misplaced advertising also harms content creators and legitimate content distributors by providing economic resources that fuel these illegal enterprises and putting enormous profits into their coffers. Many of these sites also use fraud or deceptive practices to avoid the standards set by the advertiser or its agency, driving revenue to those who steal copyrighted content or otherwise violate others’ trademarks.
TAG has launched its “Certified Against Piracy” Program to help advertisers and ad agencies avoid damage to their brands from ad placement on websites and other media properties that facilitate the distribution of pirated content and counterfeit products. This voluntary initiative helps marketers identify sites that present an unacceptable risk of misappropriating copyrighted content and selling counterfeit goods, and remove those sites from their advertising distribution chain. The program was supported at launch by leading organizations and companies in advertising, online publishing, adtech, media and consumer protection. Companies seeking to obtain the “Certified Against Piracy” Seal may find more information about the on-boarding process here.
TAG also invites all advertisers and agencies to take the Anti-Piracy Pledge by sending a one-line email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating that your company is taking the Pledge and therefore committed to fighting piracy.
To view a list of companies that participate in TAG’s Anti-Piracy Program, visit our Participating Companies page.
TAG’s Anti-Piracy Working Group will build on these efforts to advance the industry’s progress in fighting piracy.