I was linked to a product I do not endorse

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Please note that I was doing an internet search and came across the following link:

(I removed the link after a Warrior Forum member told me it is against the rules to post it here. I will send link in a personal message, if this is allowed.)

I found this on Google.ca (Google Canada) after putting in "Laura James Warrior Forum." It is on Google.com, and Google in other countries too.

I have never heard of this product, nor did I endorse it. I have asked the person who posted the information to remove it promptly.

I began doing searches more often after my name/photograph was applied to a low level "adult entertainment" website without my knowledge or consent. I was able to get the information removed, thankfully.
#endorse #keith #linked #product #wellman
  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Are you sure that information was not attributed to someone who shares a name with you?
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    • Profile picture of the author LauraJames
      Please note that if you go to the website, it shows my name, photograph, and lists a quote I did not make. The photograph is the same one I have used here on Warrior Forum and on my personal Facebook account. Thank you for asking.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Lenaghan
        Originally Posted by LauraJames View Post

        Please note that if you go to the website, it shows my name, photograph, and lists a quote I did not make. The photograph is the same one I have used here on Warrior Forum and on my personal Facebook account. Thank you for asking.
        Do you have a Gravatar account set up with that picture? If so, anyone who knows your email address that's associated with the Gravatar account could post a comment on any blog using Gravatar pics and have it appear to have been made by you.

        They just need to enter your name and email address in the comment form and the picture will show up automatically.

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  • Profile picture of the author WD Mino
    Hi Laura,
    You may want to remove the name and link that is not allowed on the forum here.

    Not cool it has happened to you issue a dmca and if the site does not comply contact the webhost
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    • Profile picture of the author LauraJames
      Thank you. I did not know these types of links were not allowed here on the Warrior Forum. I only placed it here to show the example. I appreciate that you let me know about this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leslie B
    I just looked at that link and it seems that it was a comment that was left with your name and avatar. If you didn't leave that comment, you should ask to remove it, I guess.

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  • Profile picture of the author JamesPenn
    The marketer you refer to has, from what I gather, had a pretty colourful past and not a great reputation - but I believe the person using your photo and name is an affiliate of that person.

    There are some horrible people online. Sometimes it's just something we have to put up with.

    James
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewStark
    It could be worse...

    I've been getting a lot of traffic to my blog due to a gay porn star having the same name as me!
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    • Profile picture of the author JimSouza
      Originally Posted by AndrewStark View Post

      It could be worse...

      I've been getting a lot of traffic to my blog due to a gay porn star having the same name as me!

      Hey, very interesting.

      And what sorts of traffic could that be? Perhaps your website tallies with the porn site? Anyway that could be a link back?
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonTai
    Gosh that is really awful. Its sad that we do have to deal situations like this. Are there any good ways to help prevent this from happening ??
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Rodman
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    Are there a lot of people that would be swayed one way or another by your endorsement?
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    • Profile picture of the author wtatlas
      Originally Posted by Dave Rodman View Post

      Are there a lot of people that would be swayed one way or another by your endorsement?
      I think that whether anyone is swayed one way or another by the endorsement is irrelevant. If the OP's name and photo are being used by someone else without her permission she has a right to be angry and concerned about it!
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      • Profile picture of the author Dave Rodman
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        Originally Posted by wtatlas View Post

        I think that whether anyone is swayed one way or another by the endorsement is irrelevant. If the OP's name and photo are being used by someone else without her permission she has a right to be angry and concerned about it!
        I guess I don't understand why you just wouldn't email the product owner and ask to take it down. It doesn't seem that urgent that you'd need to post a message explaining that you actually don't endorse a particular product. Were that many people paying attention in the first place?

        But anyways, now that I hear it's Keith Wellman it actually makes more sense. Doesn't surprise me in the slightest.
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  • Profile picture of the author sylviad
    People only have to run a search for images and a keyword - women, for instance, and anyone who has a web site is likely to get listed.

    In the past, I've come across web sites that are locked, so you cannot take anything from them - not the content, not the images, not the code. I don't know how they do that but I'm sure a programmer here can probably explain how.

    You could always watermark your image so it's not usable. I'm thinking of the stock photo sites that imprint their logo on the photos so they can't be stolen. There are other ways to protect images but I'm not familiar with how they work. Wish I could remember, but I read somewhere not long ago about something you could do to an image so that if it appears on someone else's site, it's reported back to you. Or I could be dreaming.

    Of course, you should make sure your site has the copyright protection notice on every page, not that everyone would take notice.

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    • Profile picture of the author LauraJames
      Originally Posted by sylviad View Post

      People only have to run a search for images and a keyword - women, for instance, and anyone who has a web site is likely to get listed.

      In the past, I've come across web sites that are locked, so you cannot take anything from them - not the content, not the images, not the code. I don't know how they do that but I'm sure a programmer here can probably explain how.

      You could always watermark your image so it's not usable. I'm thinking of the stock photo sites that imprint their logo on the photos so they can't be stolen. There are other ways to protect images but I'm not familiar with how they work. Wish I could remember, but I read somewhere not long ago about something you could do to an image so that if it appears on someone else's site, it's reported back to you. Or I could be dreaming.

      Of course, you should make sure your site has the copyright protection notice on every page, not that everyone would take notice.

      Sylvia
      Sylvia,

      Thank you. As a woman with a website, this issue concerns me. Your response and suggestions are appreciated. Best wishes to you.

      Laura
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  • Profile picture of the author zapp1com
    It's an unfortunate reality of the internet that we love so much.

    But when you put your details up on facebook or in forums such as this, someone sooner or later will steel your information.

    In reality it's a form of identity theft. (Now if you have) identity theft insurance then make a claim and let the lawyers take action at no expense to you.

    Take care. Wishing you all the best and every success in getting it sorted.

    Rob
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