From Brad at WillingWarrior.com
I got the following comment to an entry at urbanbohemian.com
Dear fellow LGBT blogger, podcaster, vlogger:
My name is Brad and I run a vlog at www.WillingWarrior.com.
I need to start this letter by saying that I, like you, am hosted by DreamHost.
As I’m sure you are well aware, our LGBT brothers and sisters are involved in quite a fight in Poland right now. There are groups, like Blood and Honor, that are actually providing names and information of people who are against the pro-nazi groups. A recent assault was obviously linked with the man’s presence on an Internet list called ‘Krew i Honor’ [Blood and Honor’] where Polish fascist organizations openly call for killing left-wing and gay activists. Although fascism is a crime in Poland, the police are unable to solve the problem since the server with the Web site is located in the U.S.A.
By who? DreamHost.
I was shocked to learn about it. I was even more shocked to learn that they want nothing to do with the discussion about not supporting the site. They stated in their last email-
“We are aware of the site in question and the concerns surrounding the
events in Poland. However, I’m afraid that we are unable to comment in
detail about abuse-related issues such as this beyond that. If you are
concerned that the law is being violated, I encourage you to contact law
enforcement. They can then contact us directly.”
So I have. I have filed with the FBI… but am not sure what will come of it. In the meantime, I am sending out this letter to everyone I can find in the gay community that is also hosting with DreamHost.
Below is the contact information and a sample letter that I got from another website concerning this issue. I have let DreamHost know that this client is not pleased. I’m pretty sure that they will respond to you too.
Thanks for your attention.
DMCA Issues : firstname.lastname@example.org
It has come to my attention that you are the web host of redwatch.info.
1 188.8.131.52 (184.108.40.206) 0.349 ms 0.344 ms 0.253 ms
2 ge-1-2-0.378.r01.stngva01.us.wh.verio.net (220.127.116.11) 0.447 ms 0.285 ms 0.278 ms
3 vl-5.r01.stngva01.us.bb.gin.ntt.net (18.104.22.168) 0.295 ms 0.347 ms 0.313 ms
4 * xe-1-2-0.r20.asbnva01.us.bb.gin.ntt.net (22.214.171.124) 0.435 ms 0.459 ms
5 p64-2-2-0.r20.mlpsca01.us.bb.gin.ntt.net (126.96.36.199) 65.193 ms 64.421 ms 64.472 ms
6 p64-1-2-0.r20.lsanca03.us.bb.gin.ntt.net (188.8.131.52) 71.906 ms 106.807 ms 71.920 ms
7 xe-4-1.r00.lsanca03.us.bb.gin.ntt.net (184.108.40.206) 71.934 ms 71.932 ms 71.916 ms
8 xe-1-1.a00.lsanca17.us.ra.gin.ntt.net (220.127.116.11) 71.903 ms 71.957 ms 71.973 ms
9 te-1-3.a00.lsanca17.us.ce.verio.net (18.104.22.168) 206.502 ms 158.285 ms 199.748 ms
10 border1.po1-bbnet1.ext1a.lax.pnap.net (22.214.171.124) 72.082 ms 72.028 ms 72.075 ms
11 newdream-1.border1.ext1a.lax.pnap.net (126.96.36.199) 121.273 ms 72.395 ms 72.116 ms
12 basic-red.paramount.dreamhost.com (188.8.131.52) 73.854 ms 73.562 ms 73.526 ms
Redwatch is an illegal site where I am viewing it (The United States) and where you are located (The United States). It posts personal information of people who share similar political views. The information is posted with the intention of causing physical harm to these individuals. The site owners are well aware of this. In fact, harm has been caused to various individuals including this most recent case where somebody was stabbed due to their information getting posted on redwatch: http://www.indymedia.org/en/2006/05/839847.shtml
Redwatch.info is violating these subsections of your Terms of Service:
Customer may only use DreamHost Webhosting’s Server for lawful purpose. Transmission of any material in violation of any Country, Federal, State or Local regulation is prohibited. To this effect, child pornography is strictly prohibited as well as housing any copyrighted information (to which the customer does not hold the copyright) on DreamHost Webhosting’s Server.
You have been hereby notified of the illegal activities occuring on your servers. You have been provided sufficient evidence regarding the illegal activities and violations of your terms of service. Refusal or neglect to remove these sites will result in further action which could result in prosecution for knowingly and willingly allowing criminal activities to occur on your server and criminal neglect. From this point on, you will be held responsible for any damage that occurs as a result of your hosting of these sites. You should forward any information you have on the website owners to the UN Human Rights Council, the FBI, and the New Scotland Yard. I will continue to pursue this issue until it is resolved.
I have to admit I was only slightly aware of Redwatch before this letter, but I’m going to send a letter to Dreamhost as I have recommended their service to many people in the past.