Peter Shankman‘s connect journalists with sources service – Help A Reporter Out (HARO) – has become wildly popular over the last two years since it was founded. So popular, in fact, that HARO imitators have been sprouting up.

Recently, a law firm hired by Shankman sent a cease and desist letter to Ryan Waggoner, who set up a site called that functions very much like HARO.

Shankman’s lawyer, Jerry S. Goldman of Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. told PRNewser today via email, “my client has no qualms with legitimate competition and welcomes new and original ideas. HARO, like any other company, will protect its valuable intellectual property.”

This news is interesting to us for a few reasons.

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