I have just received an email from the legal department of some sex aid related website threatening me with legal action if I don’t remove links from one of my sites. I can’t believe the bare faced cheek of some people.
Naturally I’m not doing it, and I’m publishing the legal threat too. Enjoy.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 11 April 2014 13:07
Subject: Removal of disclaimer links from the http://www.thetransformers.net
My name is Craig Schwartz and I am duly authorized to act on behalf of PerformanceInsiders.com. The purpose of writing this mail is to get few of the links removed from your website which are pointing to http://www.performanceinsiders.com/. These links are not created by us and we do not have any idea about it.
In addition, Taking Google’s latest updates into account, my links on your website will also affect search engine visibility and online reputation of both of us.
Hence, you are requested to remove those links in good faith which are posted on your website without permission/notification of PerformanceInsiders.com.
Below is/are the link/links I have referring to -
[insert big list of spam accounts created on one of my forums linking to their website for various keywords]
I would really appreciate your help in removing links mentioned above to safeguard reputation of both of us.
Please let me know in case you have any queries or questions regarding the same.
Below is my contact info –
Name :- Craig Schwartz
Email ID :- firstname.lastname@example.org
Skype ID :- craig.b.schwartz.
P.S.:- If those links are not removed in good faith within 48 hours, I will be forced to file legal court-case to recover possible cost of copyright infringement.
Now, I was about to remove the links until I came to the part which read ‘If those links are not removed in good faith within 48 hours, I will be forced to file legal court-case to recover possible cost of copyright infringement‘ – who does this idiot think he is? Where does he get off threatening me with a ‘court case’ for the cost of ‘copyright infringement’?
He can piss right off. His dodgy company has paid some even dodgier SEO company to build spam links and now he’s trying to bully people into removing them.
Sorry pal, no can do. I replied with the following short, but forthright, email:
Thanks for threatening me with a court case if I don’t remove the spam links to your website you have paid someone to add to mine.
Don’t think you can throw money at some unethical SEO company to build links to promote your crap, and then threaten legal action against any sites you have spammed when you realise it’s actually harming your rankings.
It’s companies like you who are the reason Google takes such action against paid links in the first place. You deserve all the Google penalties you get.
Reply and threaten me some more if you like. I like a good laugh.
If he replies I’ll be sure to post it here. What a tool (pun intended).