Pirate sites may see ad revenues cut due to new initiative from the White House

07/15/2013 - 00:00

By Gregory Ferenstein | @ferenstein -

The White House is in league with top Internet advertising companies to rain on everyone’s free-software parade: a newindustry standard has been adopted to remove ads from pirate websites in an attempt to choke off their revenue stream. The voluntary agreement says that companies will remove revenue sharing relationships with a website after users submit a complaint and an internal investigation confirms that the website, does, indeed, shower the world with the happiness that comes from–but is not limited to–pirated software, hollywood blockbusters, contraband, and illicit drugs.