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.