Category Archives: Internet Business

US Case Against MegaUpload Weak

MegaUpload is no more guilty of pirated content than Youtube and it seems the US Government is singling out MegaUpload. It can be proven that MegaUpload removes copyrighted material when reported to them. Just like Youtube, MegaUpload is protected by the Communications Decency Act.

The CDA provides that when a user writes and posts material on an “interactive website” such as MegaUpload, Youtube, AOL, Facebook, etc the site itself cannot be held legally responsible for the posted material. 47 U.S.C. § 230(c)(1) states, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” Most of youtube’s content could be considered illegally pirated content.

In 2006, during Google’s effort to buy YouTube, Viacom says that Ethan Anderson, International Business Product Manager for Google Video, stated: “I can’t believe you’re recommending buying YouTube. . . . they’re 80% illegal pirated content.” Viacom sued Youtube and lost because of the Communications Decency Act.

This article in Wikipedia sites many examples of court cases which upheld website owner’s immunity for responsibility of copyrighted, pirated and even personal defamatory material posted by users and subscribers…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_230_of_the_Communications_Decency_Act

The Communications Decency Act is considered to be a “Loophole” by the Music and Film Industry which they were hoping to close by the passage of SOPA and PIPA.

 

Kim Dotcom Takes Fight Over Seized Millions to US Supreme Court

 

Court Extends Hold on Megaupload’s MPAA and RIAA Lawsuits

Flippa Alternative

I have several complaints about Flippa.com Marketplace for Buying and Selling Websites.

First, their fee of $19 per site or domain just to create a listing.

Then, to get your listing to stand out amoung the thousands of other listings they charge $50 to feature your listing on the front page of Flippa “for a limited period” (quoted right from thier site).  They don’t specify weather it’s for a day, a few hours or any specific period of time.

If you want a screenshot of your site to appear alongside your listing, that costs an extra $20 and a Listing title in bold costs an extra $5

Flippa.com has so many listings that unless you pay extra to have your site featured and bolded, it’s unlikely that many buyers will even see your site.

If your site don’t sell, then all the money you spent getting your site listed goes down the toilet.

If your site does sell, then you have to pay a “Success Fee” of 5% X what ever your site sells for.  For instance, if your site sells for $10,000 you owe Flippa an extra $500 on top of all the listing fees you already paid.

I hate how they allow people to post negative comments on website auction ad details.  I hate how Flippa’s website shows the number of times I delete comments posted on my auction making it seems that I may have something to hide, even though the comments I delete is posted by idiots who seems to enjoy discrediting people’s web sites.

As of today’s date, Flippa.com’s webiste claims they have had $64,000,350 in website sales.  If they collected 5% success fees of $64 Million Dollars, that’s a lot of money to go into the pockets of the owners of Flippa.com.

Fortunately there’s now a new alternative called SiteFlipAuctions.com , which has NO SUCCESS fees.  Regular listings are only $9.00 and their featured listing upgrade is only $9.00 (Flippa charges $50).

Since the site is new, they are offering FREE listings for the 1st 200 site auction listings.

DropDay.com – Registercompass FREE Alternative

A domain with pagerank and backlinks can put you way ahead of brand new domains in terms of getting your site indexed quickly and getting traffic.

I have used Registercompass.com in the past and found it to be a good service but I hate paying $37 a month.

I recently tried using Dropday.com and could never see any domain names past the 1st page. There are posts on the net saying Dropday.com is free but to see any results past page 1 you have to pay.

Below is a copy of their fees.

1 Month Only
(No Automatic Renewal) 19.90
Monthly subscription 18.90$
Quarterly subscription 50.70$ (16.90$/month)
Semi-Anual subscription 89.40$ (14.90$/month)
Annual subscription 154.80$ (12.90$/month)

I did some searching and found an excellent FREE alternative called ExpiredDomains.net. This is now where I can find authority domains

USfreeads Review Complaints

In March 2011 I paid USFreeAds.com $9.95 to place some ads. Although they claim to be free, you have to pay so I think the name is misleading.

In April 2011 I logged into my paypal account and found that they charged me $9.95 for another month. I sent them a email with a copy of the statement, told them I canceled the subscription and asked them for a refund. Days went by and no reply so I called paypal and told them I wanted a refund. Paypal said they would contact USFreeAds and asked them to refund my money.

More days went by and no reply or refund from USFreeAds. So I took it up and notch and told them I wanted my money back or complaints would be filed to Paypal, the Attorney General’s office, the Federal Trade Commission & to places like the Rip Off Report, ComplaintsBoard, My3cents, etc

Again no response from USFreeAds but what they did was to LOCK MY ACCOUNT with NO refund.

THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE ROTTEN UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.

I even filed a complaint to the Better Business Bureau and USFreeAds didn’t respond to BBB’s several requests for a response.

I did some checking and found complaints posted by other people about USFreeAds who said they are a rip off, they have non-existant customer service, that they fail to give refunds and fail to return emalis.

Here’s a few of the complaints I found…

“Usfreeads.com Scam – Do Not Use USFreeads Ever usfreeads, usfreeads.com, us free ads UK Internet”
http://www.ripoffreport.com/offshore-scams/usfreeads-com/usfreeads-com-scam-do-not-us-c42dc.htm

“USFreeads.com Uses bait and switch tactics. Advertises you can place free ads, then require you to place a paid ad. Internet”
http://www.ripoffreport.com/liars/usfreeads-com/usfreeads-com-uses-bait-and-sw-72664.htm

My opinion is that USFreeAds SUCKS and should be put out of business. Any “company” which does not answer customers emails and fails to give a refund when a customer wishes to cancel should NOT be in business.

Consider this… do you ever see USFreeAds showing up on page 1 of ANY of the search engines for anything?

None of the ads I posted at USFreeAds showed up on the 1st page of ANY of the search engines like Google, Yahoo & MSN so posting ads at USFreeAds is a complete WASTE OF TIME & MONEY

If you have had problems getting a reply to your email or recieved no refund when requested from USFreeAds, you can file complaints to Paypal, the FTC, your state’s Attorney General’s office and post your story at this site and others like Rip Off Report, ComplaintsBoard, My3cents, etc

Cell Phone Misuse by Buisness

Do you ever get solicitor calls?  Who hasn’t?  But now that they are doing it through your cell phone text message service, and it cost you money just to receive them to find out who it is, what they want, and how to stop them.  I called my cell phone company, and asked them to put a block on solicitation to all the phones we have on our account.  I still keep getting these messages!

So I “replied” to the last one I found, asking them to stop sending me text messages, as it cost me money every time I receive them.  Well, of course I expected a reply stating they would no longer send me messages, but it doesn’t stop there!  I then text’d them back saying that any and all charges that they have accrued on my account would be reversed right back to them.

They are sending me generic messages, which leads me to believe that the company itself is not replying, but a computer!  Ok, so in this day and age of computers, maybe I should expect nothing less.  But, in this economy, I”m looking to save money in any way, shape or form I can! And these companies are spending that savings without a thought!  They are taking advantage of me and mine!  Is life ever fare?

Mrs. Dowling