My concern it that there are all these positive reivews of this company on the consumer website that have been put up by people who have set up an account soley for the purpose of transferring "their" recommendation letter from the business website to the consumer website, that is, they are not genuine reviews but are probably in fact the business creating member accounts to promote their business online (without paying for advertising). While i could go maybe one or two posts saying this business is wonderful and quoting word for word their recommendation that they have given to the business, the number of new accounts doing the same thing is large enough to question how genuine these reviews are.
The guidelines for the consumer website include that the reviews must be a genuine review of a user of that service or good; and from what i can see they are not. I also have an issue with questionnaire responses being put up as recommendations as i am concerned that people have not given their consent for their personal details (ie name, where they live) on the business's website and may not be aware of this.
The company in question is not a good one and they are known for very unethical and illegal practices. I worry that more people will get trapped in their web and will be taken in by reviews that are most probably the business copying and pasting "recommendations" from their website to other websites.
My understanding is that with copyright you cannot transfer exact content (ie words) from one website to another without referencing the original source. I have no problem with people saying "This is what i told the company: blah blah and quoting their recommendation. I have a problem with a company doing a cut and paste job pretending to be the clients to drum up more business (and suckers).
Maybe the business has copied it form the review website?
No, the reviews are copied word for word from "recommendations" from the business website; that is the original source.
This post has been edited by katpaws: 07/12/2012, 10:07 AM