Court Orders Site To Stop Mentioning Competitor
from the interesting-demands dept
Well, this should be another case to add to the books on internet law. A judge has ordered an injunction against a tax preparer’s website because that preparer mentions his competitor too much – thus skewing the results in various search engines. While courts have ordered companies to remove competitor names from meta tags before – now they’re telling this guy to remove the tags from his regular page content. That seems very questionable to me. Of course, what I found odd on reading the article was that the site that needs to remove the info is Taxes.com – which seems like it would probably get an awful lot of general traffic from people looking to get tax info. Why would they need to steal traffic from JKHarris.com? So, a little investigating (thank you web archive) shows that for a while now, Taxes.com has been pointing to news articles about how JKHarris might be a scam of some sort. It appears that the folks at JK Harris probably don’t like that and figured the only way they could forces Taxes.com to take down the info was to use this trademark defense. I would think that as long as the info provided on the Taxes.com site is true (and it appears they just link to news articles), then it would certainly seem like protected speech.