Chris_Boggs - 11:50 pm on Feb 14, 2013 (gmt 0)
Thanks for the great discussion so far... this is the first thread I have caught up on in a few years or more, and I can see that passion and intelligence are still very common here.
"Unless otherwise set forth in a written agreement between you and Amgen, you must adhere to Amgen's linking policy as follows: (i) any link to an Amgen website must be a text only link clearly marked "Amgen WEBSITE," (ii) the appearance, position and other aspects of the link may not be such as to damage or dilute the goodwill associated with Amgen's names and trademarks, (iii) the link must "point" to the root domain name of the Amgen website and not to other pages within the website, (iv) the appearance, position and other attributes of the link may not create the false appearance that your organization or entity is sponsored by, affiliated with, or associated with Amgen, (v) when selected by a user, the link must display the website on full-screen and not within a "frame" on the linking website, and (vi) Amgen reserves the right to revoke its consent to the link at any time and in its sole discretion."
(Yes this is very fun if you have to do link building as part of an SEO recommendation for the site...)
Point is, that the lawyers will go after people they find to be linking to their site... who is to say they couldn't just charge as cabbie suggests. I do feel that the idea isn't that far-fetched, but rather than threaten to submit a disavow, simply throw up a TOS/TOU that says you can't link to me unless you pay me $5. :)