---- Web Host Shuts Down 70,000 Blogs With No Notice
incrediBILL - 5:55 pm on Jul 20, 2010 (gmt 0)
Someone breaks in your apartment and does somthing illegal in it - selling drugs.
Bad analogy because nobody broke into Blogetery, they all signed up for a free account and were allowed entrance, therefore they hosted the illegal party.
Had the server been hacked and sending spam or involved with a botnet BurstNet probably would've taken it offline as well but they probably would've allowed Blogetery to just fix it and put it back online.
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case and his free-for-all business model was a magnet for anonymous people doing bad things to come play on his service and BurstNet said this wasn't the first violation.
Because someone else doing something illegal with something your rented does not constitute a violotion of the contract by you.
That's a stretch because Blogetery rented the server and allowed the content to be posted and remain.
Had they policed their server and removed those bad accounts I would definitely think BurstNet was overreacting.
Doesn't matter who did what on the server, it was Blogetery's responsibility for allowing it to remain on the server in violation of the AUP.
See, this is the problem with the modern generation, no personal responsibility, it's always someone else's problem and never their fault.
Besides, the FBI's letter [m.cnet.com] gave them the green light to shut it down:
In the FBI's letter, the agency included a clause that says Web hosts and Internet service providers may voluntarily elect to shut down the sites of customers involved in these kinds of situations.
Sounds like an employee may have acted out of turn, but they still have the AUP violation on their side and the FBI's blessing so BurstNet seems to be well within their rights all the way around.
Besides, any blogger expecting a free hosting service to remain up indefinitely is kind of delusional IMO.