- 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
- Directory owners really should have no obligation to remove a link just because someone threatens them.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!