I haven't been linking to anything at my 4shared account, yet I got a second nastygram informing me that my Granville Elementary School Christmas concert post (1964) is infringing on someone's copyright. You can't make this stuff up, you really can't.
I deleted all files from my account and asked them to close/undo my account--probably to no avail, since it would require that someone read my note and respond in a manner consistent with its content. You don't get that kind of personal service in Internet Land. Anyway, I told them (quote): "I don't want to get a volation notice for any molecules still residing there." Don't laugh. It's entirely within the realm of possibility.
A 1964 Granville Elementary Christmas concert--wow. Someone was losing his or her shirt over my long-unlinked-to post. You'll recall that my first form-letter nastygram from 4Shared concerned a playlist that included (brace yourself) a 1950 Merv Griffin Christmas disc. I think I've got it--Somebody holds the patent to "Christmas"! The word, I mean.
And it's probably the Freedom from Religion Foundation. They're more obsessed with the holiday than anyone else I know.
Anyway, 4Shared is the single most ludicrous and abusive experience of my Internet time. Their pages are abominably badly laid out, causing confusion (and bucku pop up ads) for anyone trying to download anything from them, and you're pretty much screwed if you, say, upload anything. In other words, if you use the service as designed. This is pretty much the rule with 21st century technology--use it, and you're in violation of something. Yeah, well, how come the INVENTORS of said technology aren't getting the notices? I didn't create the dang Internet; I'm just using it.
This crap started with audio technology of the Sixties (buy an expensive tape deck, but don't tape anything!!!), progressing to the nameless idiocy of the VCR era, wherein units designed to tape stuff off of TV were not to be used for taping stuff off of TV. At this rate, technology as we know it will implode and cease to exist, because we'll have designed it solely to not be used. It's unreal.
Ah, all the amazing new devices and apps. But don't you dare USE them, naughty consumers!
So, if you hate yourself a lot, go sign up for a 4Shared (or is it 4shared) "account." Or, better yet, sign up your worst enemies.