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Is copying another persons email illegal?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Georges, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. Georges

    Georges BANNED BANNED

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    i signed up for my competitors mailing list to see how he monetizes his stuff. hes written a nice welcome message in his first follow up email. if i copy this word for word and use it as my 1st follow up email as well, is it illegal to do so? or does copying emails not matter?
     
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    _clicking_ Power Member

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    If he is your competitor maybe the same people will be on your list as his.
    And would notice you copied it.

    I would suggest rewording it and adding your own personal touches, but not word for word.
     
  3. Georges

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    yeah ill probably reword it a bit. but still the question remains, is it illegal? (like copying content)
     
  4. mark27

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    There's only so many word combinations in the english language, but you shouldn't blatantly copy him. Especially since he's your competitor and can probably find out you copied it pretty easily.
     
  5. Georges

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    What happend?
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  7. HazardPT

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    Depends on the email I am guessing. If it is a short sentence than how can there be proof? If it's several paragraphs then yes...
     
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    I say change it up a bit no matter what. Sometimes people can catch on fairly quick, even with a sentence or two. Better safe than sorry I suppose.
     
  9. carlx

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    I'm sure it would fall under intellectual copyright, but any action coming your way for copying it would be very unlikely.

    But why copy word for word anyway? rewrite it ... or better yet, improve it!
     
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    Definitely agree with this. Improve on your competitor's stuff. Why cause any issue down the road if you don't have to?
     
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    Do what most people do on here and spin it to about 50-70% uniqueness :).
     
  12. Spawn

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    I was gonna ask if he spammed you.because then the gloves are off. but if you signed up to his newsletter i would not touch it. Id take pointers and then write my own version. cheers
     
  13. the_demon

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    It's probably covered under copyright law. I suggest rewording it.