Blogetry.com – a site hosting thousands of blogs on the BurstNet platform has been shut down amid reports that some of the blogs were being used to disseminate instructions to make bombs.
Policing shared server space is very much the responsibility of the person selling space on that server – as a look at the terms of service agreement of almost any provider make clear. These points were made to the owner of Blogetry in the accompanying discussion thread, with various discussions into ‘freedom of speech’ and ‘rights’.
If sites on this guy’s network were being used to pass on illegal information – be it bombmaking instructions or then there’s a whole hornet’s nest of legal trouble that might be headed his way.
It’s another case that presses on the matter of internet law – which is still being created in an ad-hoc and messy manner in response to cases like this. While the person who owns the server might be liable under one jurisdiction, what happens if the server is in another jurisdiction altogether?
It’s a question made even thornier by the potential of the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, which promises to create a ‘safe haven’ where anyone from around the world can publish material on servers based in Iceland – even if it would be considered illegal in their own state. This, it is suggested, will effectively circumvent a whole raft of libel laws and injunctions against certain kinds of information around the world.
But that is, I guess, scant consolation to the owner of Blogerty right now.