Comments on: We got a takedown notice from LifeShield for our positive review http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722 Preset Kill Limit Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:58:41 +0000 hourly 1 By: Nathaniel Bailey http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722&cpage=1#comment-14463 Wed, 16 May 2012 09:05:57 +0000 http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722#comment-14463 Here’s that url of the convo at SEO Chat, I hope it becomes a great topic and brings you some more well earned traffic 🙂

I also made a post on the subject at my blog http://www.nathanielbailey.co.uk/2012/seo/can-you-really-be-sued-for-linking-to-others-thanks-to-penguin/ I hope you like it and are happy with me linking here?

If not just send me a DCMA takedown and I will remove the link lol. Seriously, if you would like the link changed just drop me a comment on the post and I would be happy to make edits for you.

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By: Nathaniel Bailey http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722&cpage=1#comment-14462 Wed, 16 May 2012 08:41:20 +0000 http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722#comment-14462 lol Jeremy had any takedown notices for this post yet? I bet these guys love you fr giving them some what of bad review.

Good post though dude, I really like how you ripped into the guy that was wrongfully sending out all those DMCA notices, just look at the publicity your post is getting http://searchengineland.com/in-wake-of-penguin-could-you-be-sued-for-linking-to-others-121449 And i will be posting this on the SEO chat forums to see what others think 🙂

Bit of a shame the affiliate program don’t work though, $150 for new signups would be a nice little earning for a lot of blogs lol

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By: Ross http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722&cpage=1#comment-14459 Tue, 15 May 2012 20:18:16 +0000 http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722#comment-14459 J, really glad you documented this so thoroughly, it’s important this kind of thing gets publicized, and is spread. I came here through Search Engine Land by the way.

I’ve found that home security companies are some of the shadiest places I’ve ever done business with. About 6 years ago another big name company I wont name offered 2 “Free iPod Shuffles” with a 2 year contract. When they arrived they were cheap bootleg “Chi-pods” like you see on dealextreme or similar.

Anyway, wish I could say I was surprised by your story at any point, but I wasnt.

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By: Dave http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722&cpage=1#comment-14458 Tue, 15 May 2012 16:06:17 +0000 http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722#comment-14458 Reminds me of the mid 90’s when many sites expected you to ask for permission to link to their site. Lol

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By: Markus http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722&cpage=1#comment-14457 Tue, 15 May 2012 13:47:05 +0000 http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722#comment-14457 Thinking about Jim’s point regarding referral links in a positive review… Would you place referral links in a negative review?

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By: Marc http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722&cpage=1#comment-14455 Tue, 15 May 2012 05:12:38 +0000 http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722#comment-14455 lame……

He writes, he reviewed, he deserves to get paid. PERIOD

If he was abusing reviews, sure its a paid for review kind of site…. but that isn’t the case.

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By: Craig Payne http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722&cpage=1#comment-14454 Tue, 15 May 2012 05:01:07 +0000 http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722#comment-14454 There is quite a substantial penalty for filing a false DMCA. They can not use a DMCA for this purpose. Fight back. It will hurt them financially big time.

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By: Jesse http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722&cpage=1#comment-14451 Mon, 14 May 2012 16:26:17 +0000 http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722#comment-14451 This smells of a post designed to turn attention away from the issue, probably from an employee of one of the company’s involved.

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By: jeremy http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722&cpage=1#comment-14449 Mon, 14 May 2012 16:10:09 +0000 http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722#comment-14449 I’d argue that’s a terrible analogy because Fox News calls themselves “Fair and Balanced.”
I made no such claim. I put my association/possible gains right on front street.

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By: Jim http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722&cpage=1#comment-14448 Mon, 14 May 2012 16:04:10 +0000 http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722#comment-14448 Nonsense. You can’t just shift the responsibility on to the viewer to determine that your review is compromised. You’re not just putting this information out there for people to interpret as they will, you’re benefitting from its interpretation in a certain way. It’s no better than the editorialising at Fox News. Just because it’s so commonplace doesn’t make it ethical.

And you are a charming wee munchkin, YO-MF. Bless your little heart.

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By: L Mitchell http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722&cpage=1#comment-14447 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:52:32 +0000 http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722#comment-14447 First, GREAT JOB on threading the whole story for us. I love it when someone tells off a company that is just acting stupidly. Second, the language in the IP company responses is very telling. They are obviously not native English speakers. I’m not sure if this factors into their ignorance of DMCA, but it sounds to me as if they were just the lowest bidder and did the cheapest thing possible to get paid on their contract with LifeShield, keeping their fingers crossed their email wording would just scare people. Stupid.

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By: Adam http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722&cpage=1#comment-14446 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:33:44 +0000 http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722#comment-14446 This Google update has companies scrambling. The fact is that cleaning up past poor quality link building campaigns is a difficult time consuming process. It doesn’t surprise me that companies who wouldn’t spend the time upfront to build high quality links the right way are now trying to use intimidation as a quick solution to cover up those mistakes.

The more competitive the industry, the worse this will get.

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By: YO-MF http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722&cpage=1#comment-14445 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:18:17 +0000 http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722#comment-14445 Jim, you sound like a self-righteous jackass. Get off the Internet and do something constructive with your life.

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By: Eric Hacke http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722&cpage=1#comment-14444 Mon, 14 May 2012 15:08:21 +0000 http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722#comment-14444 “Not sure if you have been following the news, but Google Penguin update has hit sites based on links going to their site. Many major brands are using this method to remove links so I would not worry as it is a frantic world in search right now.”

You are entirely missing the point. You cannot legally use the DMCA to take down links you don’t like. Period.

This is just an intimidation tactic with absolutely no basis in law.

In fact, it actually exposes the company serving the DMCA’s to substantial legal risk, because the target could legitimately counter-sue if their business is hurt by your bogus and ILLEGAL DMCA takedowns.

Also, it doesn’t even qualify as trademark infringement in any case, because that only applies if they are attempting to use your trademark to sell a similar product.

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By: jeremy http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722&cpage=1#comment-14443 Mon, 14 May 2012 14:04:28 +0000 http://www.pskl.us/wp/?p=722#comment-14443 I disagree. I think a review with referral links is perfectly ethical as long as it is fully disclosed. You are certainly entitled to your opinion, though…as were the people who read the review. If they saw me as a shill, they didn’t have to read or believe my review.

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