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FC:'s hosting firm replies to Politech, starts boycott

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From: "Theodore Hickman" <> To: <> Subject: Fw: Emailing: statement021203-2230.txt Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 23:07:25 -0500


They aren't Joking...

A formal response from our CEO regarding the actions of

Before you register a domain name you should know about this:

On January 11th 2003 the German registrar disabled the domain (a gruesome online photo gallery depicting real-life) and listed the reason as 'Disabled by Government.' The domain is hosted in America and complies with all American laws. When asked why the domain was disabled the only thing would say is, 'We had an order from the government to disable the domain.' The domain is presently owned by an American.

Some may question the content of the domain however the domain obeys all local, state and federal laws. What right does a German registrar have to disable a global domain that is hosted in America?

What is shocking to us is that a global domain may be disabled by a Nation's government based on their laws when the content is hosted in a nation where the content is permitted. Even more shocking is the fact that the registrar has the right to refuse a transfer to an American owned registrar.

Does this mean any domain registered in a foreign country can be disabled without appeal, if the government of that country deems it unacceptable? Why does a registrar have the right to enforce content laws? Isn't a domain supposed to be judged by the content of the domain name and not the content of the site to which it links. Certainly's intent is to disable's content not domain name. Knowing full well that the domain has name recognition, Germany's Government is trying through to cause the greatest amount of damage to by disabling the domain at a registrar level. Could they not have just disabled access to from within Germany alone? Doesn't this better solve the problem with a Nation's laws? What gives them the right to police the content worldwide?

Pro Hosters has temporarily linked to Does this mean that TotalNic a foreign owned registrar can disable the domain for a small portion of the content contained within? How does this apply to sub domains?

We are told the domain is in the middle of the transfer to Network Solutions however they cannot tell us whether will release it to us, that is's decision.

What rights does have in this process? How can they reestablish the income that has been depleted by's actions? There is nothing clearly documenting the procedure to appeal the decision of a registrar with either ICANN or Network Solutions. Are we to assume that all they can do is be at's mercy, and not register domains with in the future?

More importantly, one must begin to ask oneself; Is this the first of many?

We ask for your assistance in getting our message through by either posting of the animated gif we have created or writing the contacts at the information given below.

Thank you.

Network Solutions Customer Service U.S. and Canada: 1-888-642-9675 Worldwide: +1 703-742-0914 E-mail: Click here to send e-mail

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Phone: +1.310.823.9358 FAX: +1.310.823.8649 E-mail: CSL Computer Service Langenbach GmbH d/b/a Rathausufer 16 40213 Duesseldorf Germany E-mail: Support form Phone: +49 211 8676741 Fax: +49 211 8676710

Also, we highly recommend the following registrars: Network Solutions SRSPlus

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