Red Flags



The legal notice that resulted in the deletion of some of Hossein Derakhshan’s blog posts by his hosting company and lead to the termination of his blog’s hosting service should raise red flags within the Anti-Censorship community.

First, the notice claims that in addition to Hossein, both the domain Registrar and the web hosting company are implicated in and/or liable for activities conducted on Hossein’s blog.

In fact the notice seems to imply that each of the three named in the notice (the registrar, the hosting company and Hossein) “published” defamatory information.

Secondly, the notice asks for the IP addresses of everyone who visited the websites of Hossein.

Clarification by any lawyers out there would be appreciated, but to me the first seems to be clearly misguided. Holding a registrar responsible for the content hosted at a domain name?

On the second, I feel that this presents a grave privacy concern. Handing over the IP addresses of the visitors to Hossein’s blog? I fail to see how that is related to the alleged defamatory claims.

5 comments.

  1. Secondly, the notice asks for the IP addresses of everyone who visited the websites of Hossein.
    Dear Nart, Here I’m totally with you.This is something that needs our attention.
    I think you will find this article interesting that is about an almost similar thing:
    “Hossein Derakhshan (Hoder) published a post today with a fake time stamp. In that post, he talks about his guess about my real identity. Without talking about the serious danger he is causing for me, it is a silly action from someone who calls himself the “godfather of the Iranian blogsphere” to pretend that he has talked about my real name in his blog in April, while Google Cache shows that he is lying. To keep this for future, I am saving both pages.

    His search for my real identity started recently, after he failed to agitate me, and other users of the biggest Iranian community on the web, Balatarin, with his ridiculous comments. As I have mentioned previously, he is not an enemy, he is just an idiot. This might help a bit knowing the cause of his anger.

    p.s. To the right is a snapshot from Technorati which shows when he has published that post.”

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  4. Wow. This is unbelievable. Have you told berkman center about it? I think they should know about this.

    By the way, erinther. I have seen your name almost anywhere there is a mention of hoder. Don’t you have a life? What is driving you to come and spam people’ blog about your obsessoion with hoder? What are you trying to achieve?


  5. James, if you are interested ,I can send a copy of email exchanged between me and Derakhshan, in which he uses exactly the same words you use here! what a coincidence.
    I don’t spam people. I COMMENT blogs posts. I don’t try to achieve anything,no financial support for my education, no plan for any kind of fund-raising!
    BTW, where were you and beloved ICE when Mr. Derakhshan shut down roozonline newspaper because of financial issues?
    where were you and ICE when He revealed the real indendity of a blogger and jeoupardizing his life and future.
    Good luck.

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