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there -I am a content producer, and write blogs on a third

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Hi there -I am a content producer, and write blogs on a third party site. It is important to us to receive a link back to our website when we write a piece (free) for the third party site. However, even though the third party website lets other bloggers link to their sites, they will not let us link to ours, refusing to publish pieces from us, or taking links out. Can I claim that this is unfair business practice and sue them, more importantly, get them to change their behaviour?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Alex Watts :

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.

Alex Watts :

Do you have any form of contract with the people that publish the blog?

JACUSTOMER-l13jfym8- :

no

JACUSTOMER-l13jfym8- :

they publish some terms and conditions, here

JACUSTOMER-l13jfym8- :

https://blogger.huffingtonpost.com/archive/2010/03/huffington-post-blogging.php

JACUSTOMER-l13jfym8- :

I have to go out now. Can we finish this chat later?

JACUSTOMER-l13jfym8- :

hello?

JACUSTOMER-l13jfym8- :

Hi I haven't received my answer.

Alex Watts :

Sorry I was just in Court.

Alex Watts :

Yes we can chat later.

Alex Watts :

Did you know of their terms before you offered to do the work?

JACUSTOMER-l13jfym8- :

Yes I had read the terms, but they don't specifically mention links in the terms. And there are lots of other content providers who have links back to their sites. That's the bit that bothers me most.

JACUSTOMER-l13jfym8- :

Hi are you in court again?

Alex Watts :

Sorry, just getting out of work.

Alex Watts :

In short you provide the contact but not allowed to link it back?

JACUSTOMER-l13jfym8- :

we provide the content, but are not allowed a direct link back to our site

Alex Watts :

Thanks. Its bad news in terms of contract I am afraid. You are free to accept or reject their terms. That is if you reject it then you do not have to provide contente.

Alex Watts :

content

Alex Watts :

However from a fair trading point of view there may be an offence committed but you wont be able to take action on that.

Alex Watts :

Only Trading Standards can investigate and bring around a prosecution. That depends on how many people complain.

Alex Watts :

So in short you wont be able to take action because of their terms but Trading Standards can

Alex Watts :

I am sorry if this is not necessarily the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

JACUSTOMER-l13jfym8- :

What bothers me is that they are not applying their rules evenly. They let some content providers link back, but not us. That is not fair. I would like to know if it is illegal too.

Alex Watts :

That is not illegal in contract.

Alex Watts :

But again something Trading Standards could investigate and prosecute.

Alex Watts :

Sadly its not something you can do.

JACUSTOMER-l13jfym8- :

Can I sue them privately?

Alex Watts :

Sadly not.

Alex Watts :

It would be a Trading Standards prosecution

Alex Watts :

I am sorry

Alex Watts :

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