The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 109
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SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 Coiiiiimfld ftpotn Pago 1 DAILY MF.RAI.H SECTION 1 PAGE 5 Roach: Cousins say fundraising wasn't their main goal with song FM Continued from Rige 1 George Balogi sat down with his guitar. The music came to him quickly; in a half hour, "I had the whole song written for guitar," he said. Balogi talked to his sister, Alisha, about writing lyrics to a song that honored Gayle's memory and performing it at a private funeral service. "I'm not a lyricist, but I knew they were," he said. Alisha passed the tune along to their cousin, Christian Ramaker, in an e-mail with the subject heading: "Hey Love." No particular reason for that, Alisha said, but it proved serendipitous. "They were words that just got trapped in my head as I was writing lyrics, and I thought it would be a great hook line in the chorus," Ramaker said. After about an hour, Ramaker had finished the lyrics that became "Hey Love, (Gayle's Song)." "I just prayed that God would put the right words in my mourn," he said. When he arrived in town for Gayle's memorial services two days later, Ramaker and the Balogis went to Chicago's Gravity Studios where George works as an engineer to put the whole song together as a surprise for Gayle's parents. "It was very, very special," Laurel Dubowski said. "It encouraged my heart." The cousins called the experience cathartic. "If it wasn't for that song, I don't know what state I'd be in now," Alisha said. "The one thing that ties this family together is music, and it's been so healing." To Russia, with love The creative end of the process has gone smoothly. Getting the song online for people to buy is a challenge. Major online music stores like iTunes, Rhapsody and Napster don't take just anything that comes along. "For someone who's never done something like this before, it's extremely hard," Alisha Balogi said, Internet domain prospectors try to capitalize after tragic events BY JON CAMPBELL Daily Himl/l Conrs/mndeiil Less than 24 hours after the shootings at Northern Illinois University, "domain prospectors" went to work registering various Web site addresses they hoped to sell later for a profit. Among the addresses snapped up just after the attacks were several sites using words in conjunction with NIU that could come up through Google or another search engine. One of them currently features several paid advertisements and a photograph of a black-jacketed coroner standing behind police tape. Such sites can compete with or often be confused with sites endorsed by people actually involved with the university. NIU has a memorial page on its Web site at www.niu.edu/mernorial. The page features photographs, biographies of the victims and links to support services for students and their families. Because it's difficult to know who owns a Web site, authorities stress that official memorial pages like NIU's are the best place to make donations or other contributions. Although it's good to be cautious, simply visiting a Web site will typically not contribute materially to the site's owner, as long as visitors don't click on any paid advertisements that might be posted there. Domain prospectors live anywhere in the world, and they often try to mask their identities. The sites usually attract so-called "placeholder ads" placed automatically by the hosting service before a domain is fully developed, though the ads don't generate revenue unless a user clicks on them. Domain prospecting, and its more malicious and often illegal cousin "cybersquat- ting," have been around since the earliest days of the Internet. Initially, speculators began registering domain names that were likely to become valuable as the Web took off. Some early pioneers actually became very wealthy through this practice. In 1999, Congress passed a law making it illegal to deliberately purchase domains that contain registered trademarks or proper names. But otherwise, anyone can register a domain for as little as $10, leaving plenty of room for profit. After the school shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, dozens of domain names were registered and subsequently auctioned off. A few of these domains became memorial sites, including bloodbathin- virginia.com, which became a home for an organization promoting gun control. Arizona resident Warner Tavares registered a domain name related to the Virginia Tech killings on April 16,2007, the same day of the attacks. Contacted for this story, Tavares acknowledged he originally hoped to profit from the purchase, but he said he soon regretted his decision. "It all happens very fast, but that one definitely bothered me a little bit," he said. "I decided to let it expire. I mean, we're human, too." FINE CHOCOLATES ' FREE N $20 COUPON $10 COUPON with $'>() pun ha.sr Cream Eggs Special Take <off lib. or more March 3 -16 only 61 locations I fanniemay.com Taste more™ •Oil, r K"<«l wi |iuiviWs ul Kumii- May r. rail shops IVuin Manh 3, 2UUU lo Marvh M, 2UUU. n,,i|.,,n \..li.l I'.i UM- brlwiTii Marvh 31, UUUU ic. Augusr 31, MJH. Wltilr supplies lasl. Void whnr pnilitLUril. Set- sluu- liir ill-rails. Oayto'ssong Here are some Web sites affiliated with "Hey Love." www.edbiby.com/cd/ gaytosong www.myspaca.com/ gaytedubowsMmetnorial www.hopffww.org Enter Hinsdale native Derek Sivers' CDBaby.com. The Oregon-based online music store will be the original distributor of "Hey Love (Gayle's Song)." "We do these a lot," Sivers said. "After Sept. 11 we got no less than 100 albums with the proceeds going to various charities, so much so that we created an entire section on the site for them." Gayle's song will cost $1 to download from CDBaby and should be available this week. Sivers' company takes nine cents from each download to cover administrative costs. His company will eventually distribute the song to the other major Web-based music stores. The profits will all be sent directly to HOPE Worldwide in Pennsylvania. The money will be funneled to die orphanages Gayle had hoped to work at. "This isn't simply operations for orphanages," HOPE'S Blenko said. "We provide life- skill programs for the children in these orphanages." Gayle's father said their family became aware of the cause through their church, Chicago Church of Christ. "Many orphanages in the former Soviet Union have a reputation as warehousing these children until they're 18 and then dumping them onto the streets with little to no education," Joe Dubowski said. "HOPE orphanages have social work programs and education programs. Gayle really wanted to go abroad and do social work and help out." 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