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Artist Loses 14 Years of Work When Google Deletes His Blog

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    this is why you *always* have backups!!!

    Artist Dennis Cooper made a horrifying discovery June 27: His 14-year-old blog—the sole home of his writing, research, photographs, and more—was gone, Art Forum reports.

    According to Fusion, Cooper's blog was hosted by Google-owned Blogger. In addition to his blog, Google also deactivated his gmail account, which held his contacts and gig offers, the Guardian reports.

    The only explanation Google gave Cooper, who considers his blog a "serious work of mine," was a stock message that he was in "violation of the terms of service agreement." “I can’t even get a response from them or anything," Cooper says. "I have no idea why they did it or what’s going on.” Google tells Fusion it's "aware of this matter" but wouldn't comment any further.

    Cooper, the author of a number of acclaimed novels, isn't even sure if his work is still out there somewhere. He's considering suing Google to get the answer.

    “This will not be easy for me for the obvious reasons, but I’m not going to just give up 10 years of my and others’ work without doing everything possible," he tells Art Forum.

    The incident is raising concerns among the art community about the power Google and other corporations now have to control artistic voices. “I think this is definitely censorship.

    The problem is nobody knows what the specific issue is and certainly Dennis has posted images that one might find troubling,” Stuart Comer, curator at MoMA, tells the Guardian.

    All Cooper knows is that other artists need to learn from him and "back everything up."

    “Obviously I’m a living example of not to be blind like that and think that everything is hunky dory."

    http://www.newser.com/story/228188/artist-loses-14-years-of-work-when-google-deletes-his-blog.html
     
  2. davids355

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    Wow man that really sucks. I agree it's super important to back up - problem is as well, trying to convince someone the importance of backup BEFORE they have lost data is very difficult. AFTERWARDS, it's easy.
     
  3. Rickeo

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    That's just got me thinking, the majority of my stuff is with Google all my files are on Google drive all of my contacts etc.

    This post has made me review my situation and I think I'm going to make a copy of all my stuff this weekend just to be on the safe side.

    Any recommendations of a service that offers an all in one solution like cloud storage, emails, contacts etc for a low price like Google?
     
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    Holy shit that sucks. Jesus Christ. Ladies and gentlemen, this is why you backup. Always.

    Damn, even webarchive.org doesn't have any backups (or at least as far as I can tell). Ouch.
     
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    I'm surprised he still uses that platform.....
     
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    Did he bought backlinks from Fiverr?
     
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    I don't use any public service for storing important information nor would I ever consider Google, Yahoo or MSN to be something I would relay on! Why did the author not build his own blog he was in control of I wonder...
     
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    Why in the world did someone use Blogger in the first place? And not thinking to back it up. What a stupid mistake.
     
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    What a pain in the ass - unfortunate!
     
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    Goodness! I wonder how any of you would feel if this happens to a work of just years.
     
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    14 years of work ... that's very bad...
     
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    Should have used a $10 self hosted server to host a WordPress blog, would have saved him all troubles!
     
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    site which is deleted can always be accessed via archive org
    or not?