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Dreamhost ditches after DMCA deluge

Edited as of Fri 11 Mar 2011 - 13:17
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Following the trend of imageboard mishaps, has been thrown off Dreamhost after HardBlush founder Onta sent a notification of copyright infringement. [tip: Freehaven]

Apparently this was far from the first notification sent by disgruntled copyright-holders. Regardless,'s administrator appears confident of resuming service soon.

Update (11 March): The board is back up, apparently at Tocici.


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Given that this is the same Dreamhost that is notorious for mishandling DMCA notices and for responding to bogus notices (protip: the real thing comes registered mail), the only shock here is that the site's managed to stay up this long.

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No, the real thing doesn't have to come via registered mail. The real thing just has to go to the service provider's DMCA agent, and the agent can decide whether they want to receive notices via physical mail, electronic mail, fax, etc... If you read the actual law, the relevant requirement is, "A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed." And an "electronic signature" is defined by ESIGN like this: "The term “electronic signature” means an electronic sound, symbol, or process, attached to or logically associated with a contract or other record and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the record."

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Unfortunately for lulz, webhosting is serious business.

Also I guess if you want to write to Dreamhost about DMCA here is the format to do it:

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As a former DreamHost customer, I'm surprised this didn't happen sooner.

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And nothing of value was lost.

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And nothing of value was posted.

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And nothing of value was hosted.

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Reports of's untimely demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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Surely they were, for I'm sure they didn't want to make it seem they felt the demise was untimely.

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