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  • http://speed.insane.com/ Scott Johnson

    It must be nice to be an SVP at Google. :)

  • billg

    good catch……btw, the Adword no longer appears when you execute this search……

  • http://www.efrontier.com Chris Zaharias

    I just bought the island.

  • http://www.buzzhit.com/buzzblog.html Tony Gentile

    http://www.buzzhit.com/2004/09/battelle-your-own-private-island.html

    Battelle notes that a search on a Google SVP’s name turns up an Adwords ad for someone selling a private Caribbean island. (The ad has since disappeared, likely after someone’s account was depleted or the exec in question caught wind…)

    Which begs the questions: If GEICO (and others) can sue Google for trademark infringement, can individuals do the same?

    So what exactly is Google’s policy on accepting ads against a person’s name? Can you imagine your ex-wife running an Adwords ad against your name claiming that you’re a lazy, non-alimony paying loser?

    Your future employers would be grateful to know after all…

  • http://www.afterglow.ca Matt Langeman

    I noticed this same island being advertised before when I searched for Mark Cuban (owner of the Dallas Mavericks).