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Anything outside of an instance like this should be open game......this is what makes the internet surf-able and interesting
That is so true. I can't count all the battles with the legal department I've had. I had a conversation once with an attorney that was pushing the same policy as UL. When I pressed him on the issue, he admitted that such a policy is just lawyer chest pounding.
There is no legal precedent that supports the position that any web site needs to get your permission before establishing a traditional hyperlink linking to your site. There have been a couple of high profile cases, (Microsoft vs. Ticketmaster) but they all delt with additional issues and were settled out of court, so no definitive rulings have ever been made.
On the other hand, in the U.S. legal system right and wrong are less important than magnitude of legal resources and willingness to spend money. If a Fortune 500 company wants you to remove a link, the can probably throw a lot more legal firepower at you than vice-versa. I'd probably send a letter declining to remove it at least once, but I'd fold before I got to court.
I've just had a nice experience with this ;)
I run a non-commercial site. You'd expect that to be more immune to nasty commercial people, but no :P I setup a couple 'hubs' as per good SEO practice... I provided a small description of the pages linked to -- specifically in this case, tutorials.
One was especially bad, and misleading, so I mentioned that fact in my review. I thought it might have been a beginner's naive mistake, so I mentioned it... it turns out the guy knows what he's doing (technologically speaking), and wrote the tutorial to promote his products. I guess that could be volontarily misleading potential customers, or he just may not have been able to get his point accross. He denies this, misses the point and tries to confuse the issue more with a long-winded abusive email.
He threatens a law suit, and asks me to remove the link. I call the bluf, leave the link intact, but remove the description (which works out for both of us). Nothing since...
Surely, the reason for the tutorial is SEO, and to drive the potential customers to the page (undoubtedly he won't admit that in court, which is a bummer). It's then his business to convert that traffic into sales. A link can surely do only good to the company? (assuming the review on the other side is a good one ;)
Surely it's up to the site to convert deep links to main traffic, advertising revenues or sales. It should be an integral part of the site design and flow.
And surely I'm allowed to review other people's work, and post my opinion on my site? Also, if i mention the same link within a forum, say, that would be classed as my personal opinion right, and thereby be considered separate from the site...