From Digital Music News:
Welcome to the intricately-complex web of online advertising, which is suddenly shifting a portion of American tax dollars towards pirate sites, cyberlockers, and illegally-uploaded content.
“NBC’s special [anti-piracy] unit said it recently discovered advertisements for Blockbuster and the U.S. Forest Service on cyberlockers that had trafficked in its content without permission. The ads had been supplied through Google’s AdSense, which places ads related to keywords. The Ad Council, which handles ads for the Forest Service, said any time its ads ran on questionable sites, it requested that they be taken down immediately.”