[osg-users] Google and "Authoritative Distributor" of Open Source Software (OSG)?

Frank Kane fkane at sundog-soft.com
Mon May 11 15:02:13 PDT 2015

Wow, sounds like they are lumping you in with all the bad apples who try and trick people into paying for free software.

They've never gotten on my case for my own OSG-related ads, but that might be because I don't offer OSG for download, just SDK's that depend on OSG. The same would hopefully also be true for osgVisual, should they want to run AdWords campaigns.

Completing that form would require certifying that Osfield blessed Alpha Pixel as the sole authorized distributor of OSG.

My opinion is that the only way out of this would be to host your OSG binary downloads from openscenegraph.org somehow accompanied by a link back to Alpha Pixel, or perhaps from some other domain that you're not linking ads to. But now that they've flagged you, that might not be enough. 

That really sucks. FWIW I find the quality of AdWords traffic to be pretty suspect anyhow. Maybe you could could use this as an opportunity to see if losing AdWords traffic actually impacts your business.

Frank Kane
Founder, Sundog Software
The SilverLining Sky, 3D Cloud, and Weather SDK 
The Triton Ocean SDK

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