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* Title of a song by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
Many visitors agreed with me. I did most of the writing, but other members contributed valuable materials. Indeed, I was very serious about publishing in the Super Forums. I had very high standards. Quite a few posts were deleted on the grounds of low quality (content and formatting as well).
The Super Forums came to an end in March of 2014, soon after my… birthday (March 9)! I had to move to a new Web host due to an event I'll describe later on. I thought it was easy to use a fresh backup of the MySQL database that ran the forums. The file has a large size and couldn't be imported. That importing operation is really painstaking and I failed every time. It wasn't easy when I checked other Web hosting companies.
Therefore I decided to abandon forum publishing altogether. I just can't do it anymore. The longer a forum is active the greater the difficulties. Not to mention that moving to other hosting outlet turns into a nightmare. And I don't like the idea of being like a slave of a Web host!
You can access directly links to live Web pages at SALIU.COM by copying the live URL address in front of the Go button, and pasting it in the address bar of your browser; e.g. http://saliu.com/roulette-millions.html — see screenshot below —
The issue that made me abandon Web host was caused by a bogus copyright takedown. A gambling author, Norman Wattenberger, had an obsession with me since I wrote negatively about his gambling theories in 1999. Yes, 1999! He had tried unsuccessfully to make me remove the Web page where I wrote about his theories. But it was him who started the fire — I hadn't known him before he started his attacks via email!
His complaint of copyright infringement had no merit. I exercised my freedom of speech in compliance with the fair use provision of the United States Copyright Act. On the other hand, it is very important for me to stress the validity of my theory by presenting strong attacks from others. It is about validity and invalidity in mathematical terms.
In March 2014, he found a legal "expert" at my old Web host. The "expert" took down my entire Website immediately! The "copyright infringement complainant" keeps trying to bring my site down! He complained again, to my new Web host as well. But this time it was clear I did NOT commit the crime of copyright infringement. He's done the same thing to other site owners.
My Web page is my creation and I did not steal anybody's materials. In truth, the complaint is triggered by criticism. The gambling author regrets his ideas as possibly people laugh at him now. He has had issues with other Web publishers as well.
The administrator of another forum has had also issues with the same person I exposed on one of my Web pages. The administrator simply informed the members that Norman Wattenberger had banned him because of unspecified violations. The complaining-bound gambling author not only filed DMCA Takedown Notices; not only did he send cease-and-desist letters to the forum administrator (and his associates). Norman Wattenberger also asked Google to do something to their search algorithms and remove the appearance of the negative forum on the first page of search results!
As the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) stressed: "Copyright claimants are increasingly misusing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to demand that material be immediately taken down without providing any proof of infringement. Service providers fearful of monetary damages and legal hassles often comply with these requests without double-checking them despite the cost to free speech and individual rights." Negative opinions are taken down simply because they are negative!
Many legal experts, real ones, decry the "chilling effects" of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 2002. It scares many companies, organizations, or individuals, of copyright infringement complaints. Instead of being involved in legal battles, it is much easier to take down a Web site, or YouTube video! But the law offers very good protection — there have been counter-cases in courts. The takedowns were reversed more often than not — with compensatory and punitive damages as well!
Here is the "famous" page that triggered the obsessive rage of a bitter "author" in the gambling field:
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