I suspect that some Affiliate programs are fraudulent (not tracking to the point of sale); that social media would be nowhere without the support of the public. Google have kindly supplied the site free. They have made billions thanks to you the public. This has been achieved largely with the help of SLAVE LABOR (not paying the contributors for the work that they have done). I have not been paid for many hours of work done but I have had the satisfaction of knowing that my content has been popular
Google Maps has permission to use these photos on Google Maps and correctly state that they are subject to Copyright. Owner John Nichols
Google could reward contributors by placing a banner on the photos, the proceeds going to the photographer. Likewise anyone embedding the code on placing a YouTube video on their site should be rewarded with any sales made from the banners on the videos; or a percentage shared with the person owning the video.