French Film Producer Sues Google

A French film producer is suing Google, claiming the company infringed on its copyright by allowing his movie, “The World According to Bush”, to be freely downloaded from Google Video France.

“We made estimates of the prejudice and its goes well beyond 500,000 euros ($648,700). The film has been downloaded about 50,000 times and it has certainly been copied afterwards,” Lepetit [the producer] said in a telephone interview.

Google has since removed the video, but this suit does nothing to dampen concerns that Google Video (and YouTube) will face an influx of law suits, unless they can figure out a way to monitor uploads for copyrighted content.

Google Merges Blog Search with General Search Results

Andy Boyd has spotted Google Blog Search results slipping into the normal search engine results.

After a couple of searches tonight I found that after the top 10 they were listing recent posts from Blog Search, which I think is new.

Here’s the screenshot.

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Bribe a Moderator and Get on Digg

Want to know a quick and easy way to get on the front page of Digg? Simply find one of their moderators and persuade him/her that you deserve to be on the front page. According to The Mu Life, a moderator can get you on the front page with just 1 Digg!

While I respect Digg’s option to do whatever the heck it likes, it certainly sucks that a system that is supposed to be a tool for the masses, can be influenced by just one person.

Google Checkout Buying Market Share from PayPal

Google has deep pockets, and is certainly not afraid to use its war-chest of cash to take on PayPal. Hitwise reports Google Checkout’s $10 off $30 promotion (and the just announced $20 off $50) is helping the company to buy its way into the online payment processing market.

Its market share of visits was up 30% in the past four weeks (week ending 11/18/06 vs. week ending 10/21/06), and soon it should rank in the top 20 Google properties.

While PayPal gets 70% of its traffic from eBay, Google Checkout is casting a wider net with its partner network. Here’s where Google Checkout is getting its traffic from…

R.I.P. Search Engine Watch

Please mark your calendars for December 11th. That is the day we will say a sad farewell to Search Engine Watch as Danny, Chris, Barry (and everyone else) leave to start Search Engine Land.

While I am sure SEW will continue to attract eyeballs, it will clearly see a sharp decline in traffic, once its all-star cast of authors leave. No one goes to SEW because of its looks or interface. They go there because Danny Sullivan is there. Without Danny and his posse, why would you want to continue reading?

Search Engine Land is a success before it has even launched. I predict that within 6 months, it will have more traffic than SEW.

So, what about you? Will you stay loyal to SEW or Danny?

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope all you Marketing Pilgrims have a great Thanksgiving.

Hat-tip to the original Pilgrims.

Best Time to Schedule Your Pay-Per-Click Ads?

The WSJ tackles a reader question about the best time to schedule PPC ads. Of course, WSJ knowing nothing about the subject, turns to recent comScore data for its answer.

The best day of the week?

ComScore analyzed online shopping trends in 2005 and found that Monday and Tuesday had the highest shares of consumer spending, each with 18% of total sales for the week; Wednesday had 17% of sales; Thursday 15% and Friday 16%. Sales fell off markedly on Saturday and Sunday, averaging 9% and 8% of a week’s total sales, respectively.

The best time of day?

The highest percentage of dollars spent online during a typical weekday occurs between 11 a.m. and noon, followed by 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and then 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., comScore says. By far, consumers spend the fewest dollars online in the hours between midnight and 8 a.m.