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What are the legal requirements for running a url shortening service?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by sfidirectory, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. sfidirectory

    sfidirectory Senior Member

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    Hi everyone,

    Am thinking of buying a domain name + hosting and making a url shortening website... What are the legal requirements, if any, or running such a site? Also how would you block porn, pedo, warez sites etc from shortening their url? I'd imagine you could block site's by ip address or use some sort of regex to see if a url has inappropriate content...

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    ADHD-Dude Power Member

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    Fight Club has only ONE rule: there are no rules

    And you can block the address, regex are time and resource consuming
     
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    phpbuilt Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Spider the 301 links through your service after a Google PR update and figure out which pages are over PR2. Then on those particular shortened URLs, cloak Google bot to a PR laundering network, while redirecting everyone else to their intended destination.

    If your service was big you could probably make yourself a huge network of high PR sites hehe.
     
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    "PR laundering network". I love this :)
     
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    I used to have one and it was all sorts of problems. I was getting emails every week or so where some jackwagon was emailing phishing emails using links through our service. I got several threatening emails and finally a letter from an Attorney at Stanford College of all places. Seems someone was emailing all the students they needed to update their passwords for something and ran the link to their fake page through our service.

    I finally shut down public access and just use it for our own campaigns. Public shortening service is a tough way to make a dollar and huge liabilities if someone says your domain stole their identity or gave them a virus. Not worth the headache in my opinion.
     
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