Policy on taking campaigns down
I want your opinion. Please hear me out.
Recently there was a major meltdown at digg.com, a popular social bookmark sharing site. Somebody posted a topic with a certain number that digg decided to take down after a cease and desist letter from a big company. Retrospectively, this decision was wrong. Digg users revolted and practically broke the site by posting the same number over and over in thousands of different ways to protest against censorship on digg. Since than the digg admins acknowledged that they should have fought the cease and desist rather than taking the post down.
This made me think. Even though the rules of submission are clearly stated here, I had to take down at least 10 campaigns since the start of operation of ads of the world roughly 2 years ago. Some of them were kind requests from the creators or their agencies. Others went ahead and sent me a cease and desist letter through their lawyers. In all cases, although I was not happy, but I did comply with their request.
I did it for 3 reasons.
1. I didn't want the creatives behind the campaigns to get in trouble and lose their job.
2. I wanted them to keep sending me their work, so I can showcase them to you.
3. I didn't want to deal with lawyers more than necessary.
What do you prefer? Shall I fight such requests and keep the campaigns up risking that the whole site may go down in the result of a legal procedure? Or shall I adhere to such requests and sacrifice a few campaigns from the archive? Give me your kind opinion.