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Craigslist Terms of Service. If you violate them, is it criminal???

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by loosechange33, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. loosechange33

    loosechange33 Newbie

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    Hello all,

    I'm looking into doing advertising for some affiliate products for Craigslist. Problem is, under their ToS, "Any unauthorized use of craigslist computer systems is a violation of these Terms and certain federal and state laws, including without limitation the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (18 U.S.C. ยง 1030 et seq.), Section 502 of the California Penal Code and Section 17538.45 of the California Business and Professions Code. Such violations may subject the sender and his or her agents to civil and criminal penalties."

    Now, this is under the "NO SPAM POLICY" regarding emails, but if you violate their ToS by just spamming craigslist itself (ie. multiple listings in multiple cities), does that fall under the abovementioned???

    I've been reading a lot of threads about advertising on craigslist, but is it something to worry about??? Any info would be much appreacited. Thank you for your time.
     
  2. stunna

    stunna Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    No, you will not be charged or anything by doing this.

    Thousands of marketers employ tactics to spam Craigslist itself.
     
  3. dinz

    dinz Junior Member

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    you will go jail.. hohoho.. jk
     
  4. wmitchell003

    wmitchell003 Regular Member

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    Civil suits are possible but not probable as its very expensive track down individuals and serve them, but it has happened. If you spam, however then thats an entire different issue.

    *spam meaning sending out mass unsolicited emails.
     
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    birdjuice Registered Member

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    You really have to be doing something hardcore to have anyone come knocking at your door.
     
  6. loosechange33

    loosechange33 Newbie

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    Thanks guys,

    No, I'm not spamming peoples' email addresses. I'm just advertising affiliate stuff in different cities, etc. Making good money with it...just want to keep my advertising on the "legal" side, albeit against CL ToS. Thanks again.
     
  7. shudogg

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    use anonymous proxies, and don't discriminate, and you should be fine. Like don't post apartment ads and say "nice christian community", or a house saying "Owned by a single white male". But posting multiple ads would only get your ads ripped down after about 12 hours if not sooner, but no feds at your door.
     
  8. dekadent30

    dekadent30 Power Member

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    i didn't hear that somebody was sued for spamming CL, milions of marketers do that everyday
     
  9. shudogg

    shudogg Regular Member

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    you cant ruin their rep anymore than it is for shitty ads. i think they went down south when hookers on craigslist made headlines
     
  10. xbox360gurl70s

    xbox360gurl70s Elite Member

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    If you live outside the US or UK then why not. SPAM with all your might, no way the FEDS is going to summon you
     
  11. teguh123

    teguh123 BANNED BANNED Premium Member

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    Precisely ;)
     
  12. justone

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    Use a good proxy and they won't even try to sue you. I doubt they try to bring normal marketers to court.
    But it's always a possible ending, if you violate their terms they can try to sue you for various stuff. But I never heard they actually did it.
     
  13. justone

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    You can land in court because:
    a) Someone sues you, he thinks you did any damage to him / wants money from you
    b) You violated any laws and got caught
    c) first b) then a) :)


    Some people who abused myspace, gmail or hotmail for spamming were sued for multi-million fees and thrown into prison.
    Of course these people spammed a lot through these services, spamming is forbidden in most countries.
    If you send a few hundred advertisements per day it's unlikely you'll get in bigger troubles.
    If you send 10,000 ads per day or more you'r risking your ass ;)

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    The more you focus on one single company the more likely they will get angry.
     
  14. safaristyle

    safaristyle Regular Member

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    Craiglist spam means more money :D
     
  15. justthinking

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    Yes, you will be criminally charged and thrown under the prison. They just built it for criagsl1st spammers.