We’ve posted about the theft of original, copyrighted material before, here’s the link: Geocities Isn’t Dead There is an organization which calls themselves ‘oocities’ that’s somehow saved vast amounts of the old Geocities site and have posted this material on their own ‘.org’ site, telling the world that they’re doing everyone a favour by archiving or preserving the old Yahoo site. Well, that would be great except they are making money from the copyrighted material. There are ads on every page and, even though they say they aren’t making enough money to cover their ‘hosting costs’, we think differently.
This week we’ve received two emails from someone named Angelique. These emails came to a private email address, not one associated with this site, and we’re not sure how they got it. Regardless, we’re going to share these emails with you. We think you’ll see the perfect karma here. By the way, this is the Facebook page that they are referring to:
Oocities.org on Facebook (We have nothing to do with this page but we hope you will like it and support it. If you had material on Geocities, please ask oocities to remove it. File a DMCA request with Google, as we did, and get your stuff removed.)
Here’s the first email, rather cryptic to say the least:
Herewith we kindly ask you to stop hijacking our name on Facebook
Here’s the second, adding a bit more detail:
Good morning Mister Mahoney,
Oh well L First of all be ensured:
We are very s o r r y you felt so strongly against “oocities” and other GeoCities archives!
In the past year some people confused your Facebook page with our support contact,
so that their conversation attempts were delayed unnecessarily.
To avoid continuous confusion it will help when you will not use the oooities Header as a Facebook title picture
and slightly change the name of your Facebook page from exactly “oocities.org” into for example “i hate oovities”
Along the way some more details maybe answering some of your complaints:
– Parts of GeoCities were archived and kept online to prevent their loss and knowing that most authors agree.
Those were filtered automatically and manually to avoid spam, copyrighted material and too personal pages.
For oocities the focus originally was a finer screening for scientific material but we only saw demand and positive feedback to keep as much as possible. oocities was carried by 28 volunteers sorting pages, answering some emails and/or donating hosting costs not matched by ad impressions.
Even when >99.9?% users are happy, complex things are hardly completely perfect.
We try to give those who aren’t happy full attention.
Some people request to delete their pages or comments, which we try to solve quickly.
Your page was deleted after 2 days without asking back. It had no visitor in the archives.
– While we don’t understand if/why your cause is to disturb “oocities” particularly(?)
we agree there are unanswered questions about the relatively young topic of web archival that we follow curiously.
And, again, we are sorry it “stressed “ you to find your old page, which surely wasn’t our intention.
When a vast cultural Inheritance, that still has a present and historical relevance is threatened (,since the abandoned GeoCities became commercially toxic to the company that ran it), but a befitting solution to save it is not going to happen – What differntly would you have thought of it if you had felt the opportunity and responsibility in 2009 to save Geocities contents (besides trying to contact everyone if possible)?
All the best,
Good luck blogging,
We find it ironic that these folks are upset with whoever is using their name on Facebook while they continue to make money using copyrighted material. This is what we mean by karma.
Thanks for reading. If you had material on Geocities and you happen to find it on oocities, we suggest that you fill out a DMCA removal request to get your stuff taken down. Here’s the link:
Removing Content From Google This form will ensure that Google, the largest search engine available, does NOT list your material on oocities in their searches.
If you have material that you want removed from oocities, here is the email address that sent us the emails above: firstname.lastname@example.org Some of our readers have found that this account either does not work or does not respond to requests so you’re on your own. Good luck!