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They are asking $5 dollars either to get listed in the directory or to renew the listing. As we all know DMOZ listing are free and does not require any payment or renewal fee at all.
My warning to you all is: DON'T PAY! And inform your clients listed in DMOZ not to pay. They are sending email directly to clients.
They are not affiliated with the ODP, and they have no way of changing listings at dmoz.org, or at any of the many other downstream users of the RDF dump.
that makes a lot of sence - in effect they are trying not only to make money out of others work, but also then drilling/spamming unknown website owners (with listings in that part of ODP) for $$ - threatening to cancel their listing...
there must be some way of stopping this REAL soon - this has the potential to get really widespread VERY quickly with idiots wanting to make a quick buck (Im sure there must be the odd one out there on the web (hahaha) ) and damage the ODP name!
[edited by: Laisha at 5:40 pm (utc) on Jan. 11, 2003]
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It *is* spam, so you can report the to SpamCop or their ISP. The ODP *is* aware of this issue and has been for several months.. there are some definite violations of small print the ODP license, but as to the legality of this.. well, who knows. Leave that one to the lawyers.