Vlad Zablotskyy, author of the “Go Beyond MLS” blog has received a Cease and Desist letter from ePerks — a company that signs up agents (and others) to offer discounts to consumers.
Vlad posted an article today titled, “Chilling Effects: How a Behemoth Company Can Silence A Blogger“. In this post, he outlines some previous posts he’d made about ePerks, and prints the C&D letter from the ePerks attorney in its entirety.
In his post Vlad states, “The (C&D) letter contains nothing but untruthful accusations”.
The posts, and hundreds of comments on them, have been removed. (But may be coming back?)
My only experience with ePerks was when I was given the opportunity to write a paid review for them on my blog. Before I could decline, the review site pulled the request citing the check to pay them had been returned for non-payment.
I grow weary of companies sending out threatening letters making all sorts of demands. Personally I wish Vlad hadn’t pulled the posts. But he needs to do what he feels is best. Maybe instead of sending out whiny threatening C&D’s, ePerks should fix all that is giving them a bad perception. (There are many forums out there filled with reports of ePerks spam).
I suspect this won’t be the last time we see a law office threaten a blogger….