DMCA Cases for Link Removal - Hosts Siding with Directory Owners

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I've been following a thread closely on our phpLD forums in which directory owners are often getting hit with a lot of link removal requests, and wanted to make a few points here:
  1. Hosts in multiple countries like the US and Australia are siding with the directory owners and telling them this is not a legitimate DMCA request
  2. Directory owners really should have no obligation to remove a link just because someone threatens them.
  3. As I review some of the cases, it is not even directory links that are the problem. It is profile spamming, blog commenting and other low quality, non-edited linking practices.
  4. One of the first things that makes a directory link legitimate is proper categorization. That step alone means there was some sort of editorial policy.
  5. So long as the directory was not an "auto accept" type directory which makes it a link farm, and they are rejecting some links, that also means there is an editorial policy in place, which is far different than blanket profile spamming and blog commenting.
  6. What I am encouraging directory owners to do is charge for the removal if they even want to remove the link. They have every right to charge for their time editing, just as they spent time reviewing the links in the first place!

So I really feel like DMCA is dead unless you are talking about linking to illegal content, and this is not something directories specialize in. Long live directories!
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  • Profile picture of the author theimdude
    Hello,
    I am busy building a private article network. Would you say it would be a added bonus to add a link directory to each domain. I have settled for using wordpress to do the article directory and will put the link directory in a separate dir or a subdomain
    Thanks
    Johan
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    • Profile picture of the author dvduval
      Originally Posted by theimdude View Post

      Hello,
      I am busy building a private article network. Would you say it would be a added bonus to add a link directory to each domain. I have settled for using wordpress to do the article directory and will put the link directory in a separate dir or a subdomain
      Thanks
      Johan
      If the articles are "private", would the links be "private" too? As far as putting a link directory in the same domain as another script, that is very easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    As I've indicated before, I agree directory owners can and perhaps should charge to remove links IF, and only if, they want to spend the time doing it. The other alternative is for the person who added the link to remove it himself or edit his entry and remove the link.

    I'm glad t see hosts taking this stance and I think it's logical. I guess this poses a new opportunity to those who look for services to sell on Fiverr:p

    If YOU ran around the internet dropping your links in profiles and in directories to benefit YOUR site - you shouldn't expect someone else to spend time reversing YOUR actions when the benefit to YOU disappears.

    To me, this is a misuse of DMCA as there is no violation involved.
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    • Profile picture of the author dvduval
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      If YOU ran around the internet dropping your links in profiles and in directories to benefit YOUR site - you shouldn't expect someone else to spend time reversing YOUR actions when the benefit to YOU disappears.

      To me, this is a misuse of DMCA as there is no violation involved.
      Absolutely!

      What is sad often is people who have no idea what they are buying are sold "link packages". They are promised 1000 links and "top 10 results", and they take the bait.

      I do believe there will always be a place for a dark side of seo that tries to push the boundaries. I don't always like it, but I can't prevent it.

      What I hate is site owners have such a disconnect with what they are buying when it comes to SEO. I can tell you from experience that if you have a good relationship with some quality directory owners who charge for the editorial process, you can definitely get good SEO results without going to the dark side. Unfortunately, people don't know what to purchase, and there is lots of snake oil for sale.
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