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Is it legal to make sites based around a city?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by lykathe, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. lykathe

    lykathe Regular Member

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    Say I wanted to make a directory site for a specific city, is it legal for me to do so? It seems like it would be... but I'm not sure, it seems like it could be iffy.
    Anyone know anything related to this?
     
  2. wongtoby

    wongtoby Newbie

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    I have a couple directory sites around US cites. They seem to be okay as long as you don't use the trademark name on the domain. Eg. mcdonaldsinnewyork

    hope this helps.
     
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    mikhail30 Newbie

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    it is legal if you will not pretend as government agency
     
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    Drink More Tea Regular Member

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    It would depend upon where you live, I suppose.
     
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    I imagine these two points cover it pretty well. Do not use any trademarks and do not pretend to be anybody you are not like a Govt agency or the city chamber of commerce. A generic best places to visit / information site should be fine without any legal issues.
     
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    lykathe Regular Member

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    Cool, that's basically what I ascertained for myself, but I just wanted to get some outside validation. Thanks guys.
     
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    In almost all countries it is legal
     
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    The idea is that you do NOT want to give the impression that you are the municipality. Basically in the US this would fall under advertising which is protected under the first amendment so long as the advertisement is not false or deceptive; the latter point being the reason why you don't want to be seen as impersonating the municipality itself. Hope this helps
     
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    I personally would not be concerned, so long as you have a legit site (don't pretend to be a government site, etc)