Removing Links – a Blogger’s Obligation?

I have had a few comments in the 2,000 odd Bloggers post requesting that links to their blogs are removed. These seems to be for two main reasons:

  1. The bloggers never asked to be involved in the project (as, incidentally, I didn’t)
  2. They are worried that Google will see it as a big link farm and punish them accordingly

I haven’t got round to removing the links, largely out of laziness rather than any objection to the request.

But it set me thinking – does anyone have a right not to be linked to? The 2,000 Bloggers thing is an exception, given the numbers involved, but can people legitimately request that a link to them from a blog – or any website – be removed?