India SEO Company Impersonating RustyBrick?

Oct 30, 2006 • 7:12 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under SEM / SEO Companies
 

I received this email this morning from an individual who asked, "Is the below mentioned email id belongs to any of your company official?" The email was sent from web.rustybrick@gmail.com and read as follows:

From: Rustybrick [mailto:web.rustybrick@gmail.com] Sent: Monday, October 30, 2006 1:37 PM To: [removed] Subject: Cost for SEO and Link Building

Hi [removed],

I saw your Website its quite rich in content and also ranks on some keywords i am the marketing consultant in usa and i am having various Link building and SEO projects which i wanted to outsource in India.Can you let me know about your Link building and SEO charges in brief and also the portfolio of the websites which your company have been handled.Do you also provide web development services if yes please let me know in breif

Thanks&Regards

rustybrick Marketing Consultant web.rustybrick@gmail.com skype :webrustybrick aol:[removed]

I was shocked by this, RustyBrick is such a unique combination of words, why would someone in the SEO business use that for their gMail account?

The email is incredibly hard to understand, based on the English used in the email. I emailed this email address asking if they are the official RustyBrick and they responded very quickly saying, "sorry i am not the Concerned person." He then later emailed me a gmail invite, to my gmail account?

Imitation is a form of flattery but I don't want others to think that my company is emailing people trying to sell SEO services or outsource them.

I am not sure what I can do to prevent this?

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Comments:

rohan

10/30/2006 01:45 pm

i sent the massage i created theis mail unknowingly and i felt very sorry about to use the name . i also sent a mail to mr Barry asking sorry.what should i do, i told i will stop using the mail Id from know i am very sorry about that but don't blame indian company it is all due by small mistake and i felt very sorry about this

Mr. Kumar

10/30/2006 03:11 pm

Hello everyone, I would to comment that today everyone uses gmail, yahoo and msn to save their own hired webspace so i strongly disagree with the statement that rustybrick is unique and should be used with other prefixes. Now a days market is very competitive and people use different ways to capture attention, therefore posting this thread is of no sense, however every individual has his or her own oullook.

Barry Schwartz

10/30/2006 03:38 pm

Try registering a name such as dkjfdGoogle.com and watch Google's legal team contact you about handing over the domain. Therefore, based on US law, using the name "Rustybrick" in your from email address and the email address being web.rustybrick does cause confusion as to the identity of the individual sending the email. RustyBrick is a trademarked name and is protected by trademark law.

pk_synths

10/30/2006 05:40 pm

"Hello everyone, I would to comment that today everyone uses gmail, yahoo and msn to save their own hired webspace so i strongly disagree with the statement that rustybrick is unique and should be used with other prefixes. Now a days market is very competitive and people use different ways to capture attention, therefore posting this thread is of no sense, however every individual has his or her own oullook." HA tell that to a lawyer. A copyright is a copyright no matter what medium your in.

M

10/31/2006 07:36 am

Even I got a similar email from web.rustybrick@gmail.com. Rohan, is this your email ID?? Following is the copy of email message, I received: Hi SEOvalley, I saw your Website its quite rich in content and also ranks on some keywords i am the marketing consultant in usa and i am having various Link building and SEO projects which i wanted to outsource in India.Can you let me know about your Link building and SEO charges in brief and also the portfolio of the websites which your company have been handled.Do you also provide web development services if yes please let me know in breif Thanks&Regards rustybrick Marketing Consultant web.rustybrick@gmail.com skype :webrustybrick aol:rustybrick

Elmer W. Cagape

10/31/2006 09:42 am

If someone purportedly is not aware that he is using a brand name that is trademarked, still that person has to give up rights using the name as it confuses / misleads target customers who are aware of the name. It may be ok to use names that are not protected by law, but Rustybrick is otherwise.

Nick

11/01/2006 05:38 am

Hello Everyone, I would only like to ask here something - Why anyone will be using a name of a reputed concern.. what is the need there, but i can proudly say that indian companies are good enough to sort any kind of SEO problems.

SEOValley

11/04/2006 07:37 am

As per this spammer's comments, he is using this to collect proposals, especialy from his competitors (Indian SEO companies). It is indeed a very cheap practise to achieve his objective..

seoimage

11/18/2006 04:44 pm

You're in a day and age where very little respect is given to Copyrights and Intellectual Properties from many web dev companies throughout the world. Our site is copied weekly and we are forced to use our own resources on fighting infringements from multiple regions. I see a lack of ethics in the SEO and Web Development industry, especially in regions where the economy is booming from the web, as a good percentage of companies steal their content from reputable firms and now apparently their identities. Intellectual property will have to be protected in a registered manner. What I would like to see is WWW Copyrights and Trademarks for worldwide intellectual property protection, rather than nation by nation which is a larger effort. The current methods of protection are expensive and take years. But what happens when a company in one country registers a trademark that exists in another country? There are too many ways to skin a cat in the online world and unfortunately this gives us little protection no matter what you may try to do.

Diesel

01/23/2008 01:54 am

Good luck trying to sue a foreigner, especially in India, home of billions. Of course, I'm sure any lawyer will take your case.

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