Skip to comments.U.S. Authorities Shut Down WordPress Host With 73,000 Blogs
Posted on 07/16/2010 4:07:25 PM PDT by Windflier
After the U.S. Government took action against several sites connected to movie streaming recently, nerves are jangling over the possibility that this is just the beginning of a wider crackdown. Now it appears that a free blogging platform has been taken down by its hosting provider on orders from the U.S. authorities on grounds of a history of abuse. More than 73,000 blogs are out of action as a result.
Hot on the heels of recent threats from Vice President Joe Biden and Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel directed at sites offering unauthorized movies and music, last month U.S. authorities targeted several sites they claimed were connected to the streaming of infringing video material.
Fears remain, however, that this action is only the beginning, and that more sites will be targeted as the months roll on. Indeed, TorrentFreak has already received information that other sites, so far unnamed in the media, are being monitored by the authorities on copyright grounds.
Now, according to the owner of a free WordPress platform which hosts more than 73,000 blogs, his network of sites has been completely shut down on the orders of the authorities.
They hate bloggers for sure.
There are a lot of these free sites doing illegal things but shutting down everyone to stop a few is stupid. It means the “authorities” aren’t doing their job.
It could easily be used to silence political enemies.
Huh? I just checked our family blog, its still there. Must have forgotten us, we just aren’t that interesting I guess.
Wow. I can’t wait to see Obama take down Blogger (Google). Or Yahoo. Or MSM.
Let him try this with the big boys. Better yet. Try one of the news sites like CBS, FOX and PMSNBC.
Even if you thought it was something else, think net-neutrality Obama style.
Your blog is hosted at blogetery.com and it’s still up?
What exactly is “history of abuse”? Could it be saying anything critical of Dear leader? I hope Rush, Hannity and other conservative talk shows have plans to go on shortwave from overseas and broadcast from beyond the Obama curtain.
Just to make sure, Love you all, g’bye everyone, in case I don’t have the chance tomorrow.
After being BurstNet customer for 7 months our server was terminated without any notification or explanation.
We’re trying to resolve the situation.
You can find details in this thread on webhostingtalk forum.
Ok, except it says wordpress.com. So why would it be something different?
Has WordPress released a comment about this on its site?
So which 73k of the 276,331 blogs? the most American ones?
Let's not get carried away before we know more. If it's a copyright issue, I don't have a problem. People have the right to profit from their intellectual or artistic property. The State doesn't own it ... yet!
Yep. I'm figuring this is a test run, to see how big a hornet's nest gets stirred up. If they can weather the inevitable storm, they'll start killing more websites.
Don't worry. They'll take your site down after they trace you back to here.
Yes, it’s all copyright or racist materials.
We can trust them.
They wouldn’t lie.
No need for any due process at all.
Nope. None whatsoever.
Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Obama!
Stupid crackers had it coming.
Maybe he isn’t crazy
“Grab everything you can off the Internet” - Glenn Beck