Originally Posted by boond0cksaint
they are partners instead of owning.
It's the same difference. They are still
connected via business contracts.
Business partners and ownership are to very different things. A partner typically will have limited, if any, influence over the business practices of another partner.
From that same point of view, we're "partners" via business contract with several very large and influential advertising networks... and through them, several very large advertisers -- but none have ever had any influence on the operation of The Above Network, or abovetopsecret.com.