Blogging is Not a Crime Campaign Launches

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Todd Malicoat and I have been talking about the lawsuit over blog comments scandal our friend Aaron Wall is involved with that holds implications for all bloggers and forum owners, everywhere. We think we, and more importantly, you, can do a little more than simply donate towards Aarons legal costs. This affects us all, and we'd like your help. Read on.

At the end of this post, you'll find all relevant links. If you're a blogger, or from the press, then feel free to copy any of the information within this post.

Blogging Is Not A Crime!

The short story is this: Aaron is being sued over comments left on his blog by his readers about a notoriously unsavoury company called Traffic Power, or 1p. Within the Search industry, these people are regarded as the lowest of the low, and if you dig through some of those Search results, or the links at the bottom of this post, you'll find all the gory details. Suffice to say, they are considered theives and villains by the overwhelming majority of the Search Marketing community.

We don't think it's right, do you?

We feel this has to end here. There is far more at stake than a scummy company vs a blogger - this is about free speech on blogs, and the right for users to comment, without blog publishers having to fear lawsuits.

So, What Can YOU Do?

See the graphic at the top right? It links to the donate to Aarons legal costs post. You can start by giving him a few $$$'s to fight these people effectively.

Help Promote the Blogging is NOT a Crime Campaign

By using one of these lovely graphical banners on your blog, forum or website, you will help spread the word, and raise more cash - enabling better lawyers and legal council. Simply pick one that fits your site, and link it to the donate post.

Simple eh? Don't you feel GOOD now?

Resources

There is much to the history of TP/1p, and you can find a lot of it in the Google searches linked above, but recently, these are the more notable posts and discussions on the subject if you'd like more in-depth information to quote and link to.

Please redistribute this post if you wish

And please put one of the banners on your blog to help spread the word!

If you have questions or comments, please use this thread. All other SEOBook vs TP threads are closed in favor of this one. If you need to speak but do not want to post, then you can email Aaron Wall directly at: seobook@gmail.com

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..and one thing TW'ers can

..and one thing TW'ers can do: If you have the ear of a popular blogger / site, or own one, can you point them in this direction?

No Banners

Great idea - but I just get a 404 Error and no banners.

Banners

I wish it were that simple...

It saddens me to see bloggers getting sued and fired for blogging. I would like to jump on the bandwagon with the general statement that "blogging is not be a crime" however it is not that simple and it really depends on the situtation. Defamatory remarks in a blog entry can be considered libel and are punishable by law and bloggers can get fired for postings they make based on the content and the circumstances. So it is hard to use a blanket statement. I would check out this post since it mentions where you can find information on what our legal rights as bloggers are as well as tips on how to help protect yourself as a blogger.

I'm in.

This is a good idea. Every forum owner or blogger should be on board. I've put banners up.

Blogging ought to be a crime tho'

- at least most of it *LOL* Hey, lighten up, I'm just kidding and I don't mean Aarons blog of course :-)

Sorry I haven't really followed this, been too busy lately, but what's up here? I mean, it appears to me as

(1) Somebody posts something at a blog Aaron runs
(2) Somebody else takes offence,
(3) Sues Aaron over it, but
(4) Will not tell what it is

Laughable. Really.

Anyway, Aaron, you're from the USA right? Don't you have Freedom of Speech as part of your constitution over there? I honestly thought you were allowed to say whatever you wished wherever you wanted to and at whatever time you desired to do it.

As far as "industry secrets" goes, there is no such thing in the SEO industry. Everybody will be able to determine everything that this industry is all about just by reading a few forums for some time.

Really sounds like they have no real case to me. And/or that they should get another legal advisor before they go bankrupt on account of his advise alone. But then I'm not from the US so I might be wrong.

>freedom of speech oh they

>freedom of speech

oh they do claus, they do! Provided it doesn't upset anyone...

I honestly thought you were

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I honestly thought you were allowed to say whatever you wished wherever you wanted to and at whatever time you desired to do it.

LOL...well, not really. You can say whatever you wish about the government, but you can't just generally just go around making stuff up about other people or companies or whatever, without ramifications.

I think even if you say stuff that's true, you can still get in trouble for slander, but I'm not sure about the rules for that.

That said, it doesn't look to me like TP has any case in this matter. And I do hope that Aaron countersues over those fake forums where they really DID make up stuff about him and others. That was completely illegal, but just not worth the time to pursue.

I am still fuzzy as to what happened.

This is what I understand so far:

-- Traffic Power and all of their clients were banned from google for whatever reason. (Being stupid, smelling bad..whatever, it doesn't matter.)

-- Aaron's blog, that is seobook.com ranked well for the phrase of 'traffic power'.

-- Traffic P sent a C&D to Aaron.
-- Aaron saw no reason to C&D
-- TP sues Aaron.

What I don't understand:

--What did Aaron's blog actually say about Traffic Power in the first place?

--Was Aaron ever associated with Traffic Power before all this happened?

I usually only skim headlines on all this stuff, and for once I'd like to 'get it'.

I do hope that Aaron countersues over those fake forums

It could be an avenue to finally determine the owners of those domains. And yes perhaps a class action counter claim.

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--What did Aaron's blog actually say about Traffic Power in the first place?

Take a look, it's all still there.

In the same boat

I am the owner of trafficpowersucks.com, and am in the same boat as Aaron. If Aaron and I lose this battle, you're going to see a whole lot of the same kind of suit, very quickly. Do a search for Traffic Power on any search engine, and just go down the list, you'll find a lot of sites saying some not too nice things about them, I'm guessing they will be next. Or possibly even this site.

I'm hoping this whole ordeal will be over quickly, a long drawn out legal battle is something I can't afford. The last thng I ever wanted to do is ask for money, but if you have a few extra bucks to go towards my legal fund, I have a PayPal donation button on each page of my site. Thanks.

OK...for those of you who are lost

Read this: http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/050830-152234

Now that I somewhat understand the case, I have two questions:

1. Anyone know why this case was brought up in Nevada?

2. How big does WebGuerrilla's neck vein get when he talks about this?

What could Aaron legitimately sue about concerning the forums?

I didn't read them all, but at least some of the criticisms were valid (deriving content for his book from what he learned in various SEO forums). Even Aaron admits that his first edition wasn't very good. Presumably, he has improved on his suggestions based on real experience.

But no one can come out with an SEO book, without years of experience, without scarfing up advice from the Web communities. Heck, in journalism, that's called "writing a roundup". You get tips from the experts and put together a definitive guide. It may even be worth reading.

Your mileage may vary.

It may even be worth reading.

Worth it just for the chapter on you Michael.

Re: Worth reading...

NFFC, that remark was about roundup articles/guides in general. Some of them are helpful, some of them are fluff. Most people don't know the difference.

Apologies

My apologies for not doing this sooner - I'd counted on us being able to get back on topic without intervention.

I've done a major clean up on this thread, some collateral damage of reasonably innocent bystanders has been sustained, and it's to those that i must say sorry.

The topic is Legal Defense against a Blog Comments Law Suit Please stick to it.

No pm's have been sent.

Bill arrived

I know that Aaron just received a rather large bill from Messrs Sue, Grabbit and Runne. I think it is a good idea to bump this post in case anyone missed it before.

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