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Dated: April 25, 2012 – Google has announced that they are discontinuing the “Google Related Toolbar”, just 8 months after the program began and only 6 months after we started mobilizing against them.
Certainly they will never admit it, but thanks to us (and many others willing to take on the giant with us) Google has been forced into submission and has agreed to end all activities for the Google Related Toolbar. The New American Gazette has proven that with righteousness on our side, the little guy can win against a giant, lawyer infested behemoth.
As such, the post below is no longer relevant. But we feel that it is important for others to know that they can take on the Big Bad Wolf so we are leaving the following original content for your reading (and our gloating) enjoyment.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
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In August, Google officially launched a new toolbar called, “Google Related“. The application is installed as an “add on” to Internet browsers such as Microsoft’s “Internet Explorer” and only works for users who have the Google Toolbar enabled.
The toolbar works by reading the content of a web page and then popping up a window at the bottom of the browser with “Related” content; including links to other websites, photos, reviews and more. The result is that the “Related” content obscures and covers the web page, replacing it with the Google content. It is our opinion that Google has essentially hijacked the intended display of our web pages.
As stated on the Google Related information page, “When you’re surfing with Related, you’ll often see a thin bar along the bottom of your screen that offers videos, maps, reviews and other content that’s relevant to that page. When you see an item you like, you can spread the word by using the built-in +1 button.
Results will display in a thin bar at the bottom of your screen, and will remain minimized until you hover over them with your mouse. Once selected, they’ll open up immediately in your browser window, saving you the trouble of having to open multiple new windows or tabs.”
We believe that this toolbar, both violates the copyright of our site content and creates an unfair business practice by redirecting consumer traffic away from our website without our permission or compensation.
The New American Gazette is seeking a qualified Attorney to investigate our legal options and to potentially represent us in a possible lawsuit to stop Google from continuing this practice, and to recover damages for this unfair practice.
Interested law offices should contact the editor of the New American Gazette at email@example.com to discuss representation.