diberry - 3:25 pm on Dec 23, 2012 (gmt 0)
Actually, I was assuming the directory was paid before wheel bought it. If not, then part of what I said doesn't apply. But if those submissions were bought, then the original owner initiated a commercial transaction, and laws apply to anyone taking over that site.
Like this: I buy a product from you with the understanding I have 5 years to return it if I'm not satisfied. I come back 4 years later, and a new owner says he changed your terms a couple of years ago and now I can't have my refund. You can't retroactively change terms *after* you initiated a commercial relationship.
If the directory, however, was not paid, then the person asking wheel for removal is initiating the commercial transaction, and wheel is simply negotiating a deal (and therefore has far more leeway in terms of law).
Additionally, it's worth noting that you can't legally charge someone more for a service because they've annoyed you. Again, if the submissions weren't bought, then wheel isn't dealing with an ongoing transaction/commercial relationship but bargaining, so this practice would be okay. But if the submissions were bought, wheel needs to know what TOS people bought the links under.