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Sorting out the implications of the FTC ruling
Fri 9 Oct 2009, 11:25 AMTweet
by Ben Langhinrichs
Copyright © 2009 Genii Software Ltd.
What has been said:
874.1. Brian O'Donovan (10/10/2009 03:05 PM)
I am not a lawyer and don't claim to have any legal expertise. However, common sense would suggest that the requirement to disclose that you got something for free would only apply when other people have to pay for the item.
In the two cases you mention (GNail and Domino Designer) they are free to everyone (although in the case of GMail it could be argued that you pay by watching adds). So I don't see any need to declare this as a free service.
After all you wouldn't declare that the city authorities gave you the free service of allowing you to walk along the pavement.
874.2. Keith Brooks (10/13/2009 01:42 AM)
I give credit where credit is due, don't steal others posts without linking to them, and if I got something for free or like the product explain how I got it, if NOT by purchase.
Honesty is always the best policy.
Which is why i turned down Technorati which required their bloggers to reference amazon in EVERY post.