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Legality of Blackhat marketing

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by wickyfire, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. wickyfire

    wickyfire Newbie

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    Has anyone ever known or heard about someone getting arrested/sued for blackhat marketing. All the marketing techniques on this site look really cool, but I'm skeptical of using the right amount of proxies, my IP or getting a VPN.
     
  2. d3t0x

    d3t0x Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Short answer: no.

    What kind of blackhat are you doing? Illegal stuff or just things you don't want to be known to be associated with?

    There is a huge difference between blackhat marketing and illegal activies.

    There are many legitimate reasons to use a VPN or proxies.
     
  3. Techxan

    Techxan Elite Member

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    Blackhat is not illegal, automatically. Rather, it is seeking any legal advantage possible, even if it is against the terms of service. It may violate terms of service and incur a penalty from the company whose terms you violated, but no laws are broken unless you decide to commit a criminal act.

    In that case, it would not be black hat, it would be criminal.

    Black hat websites will crash and burn someday. The trick is to build a nice bonfire and when it burns bank the money you made off the site and enjoy the fire. Then build another.

    Needless to say, don't blackhat a legitimate business website, or any site you do not want to lose.
     
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    Email spammers sometimes get arrested/jailed because it is illegal in many countries.
     
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    pwcbb11 Junior Member Premium Member

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    Yes certain spamming such as texts are not allowed without a unsubscribe method. Check canspam laws for more details.

    Overall black hat marketing are the marketers that are getting the most done out there and theya re made to look like the bad ones.
     
  6. warner410

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    You can get sued, but the probability of that happening is very low.

    If you deceive anyone into buying or doing something, spam, indulge in any activity that harms the business interest of any site or business etc you can definitely be sued.

    Most companies/individuals don't take such matters to courts, not because the laws are not on their side, but because the costs of litigation are high and legal processes lengthy.

    Twitter has sued big spammers:

    http://mashable.com/2012/04/05/twitter-sues-spammers/
     
  7. unclemike

    unclemike BANNED BANNED

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    Normally no. Not following the CAN SPAM Act and copyright infringement that causes Cease and Desist letters
    are the number one cause of legal trouble.
     
  8. moonlighsunligh

    moonlighsunligh Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    So why didn't somebody sue senuke? Because posting articles on free web space isn't spamming by definition. So no worries, unless you are a software developer.
     
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