An anonymous reader points out the recent trouble of author Cody Jackson, who wrote a book called Learning to Program with Python
. He offers the book for sale, but also gives it away for free, and he used the CC-BY license. In order to distribute the book, he posted links to his torrent of it. Unfortunately, this cause Google to suspect his AdSense account for his website
. Even after removing the links, he was unable to get in contact with Google's AdSense team to get his accounts restored
. After his story was picked up
yesterday by Techdirt, somebody at Google "re-reviewed" his case and finally reinstated his account
. Jackson had this to say: "One good thing about this is that it has helped raise awareness of the problems with corporate copyright policies and copyright regulation as a whole. When a person is unable to post his/her own products on the 'net because someone fears copyright infringement has occurred, there is a definite problem." This follows a few high-profile situations
in which copyright enforcement bots have knocked down perfectly legitimate content.