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  1. #1
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    Web laws and regulations

    So, if I have a server in the US, I registered the domain in Australia (and set up an URL forwarding to the US server), I live in England and connect through a UK ISP, what laws and regulations should I be looking at for the contents of my website?
    My main problem is which country's privacy laws do I have to look at, as they are quite different I suppose and I don't want any trouble, but at the same time I need to use my freedom of speech rights.
    Thank you so much to anyone that can really help.
    I appreciate opinions anyway, but I also need some facts, details, links, and whatever maybe practically useful.

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    Were the server is based. That is the main reason for spammers, online casinos, and adult sites to host outside of the US.

    Also check the host TOS for complete details.

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    Thanks for your reply Odd Fact!
    Let me ask you if the guy who told me that the laws of the country from where you are uploading do count was right.
    I don't know wether he meant "instead of" or "also".

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    The laws of the country you are uploading from do apply in most cases, for example if your in the UK and uploading material of an illegal nature (illegal in the UK) then your deemed to be comitting a crime as the source location is the UK, despite the fact they end up on a server in a different country.

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    Ok, so they both count. At least in theory.
    I suppose there is no way that they are going to find out where the upload comes from unless they have access to the destination server, right?
    And that won't happen unless something illegal and very serious is going on.
    BTW, the reason I am asking these questions is because I want to do what I feel like doing, but at the sametime I don't want to do illegal things nor do I want people to look into the matter, then saying I'm alright. And to be more precise it's a matter of privacy regs. Sometimes you don't know if you are doing right until it's too late.
    Bestbuysux.com, famousidiot.com or other similar sitesfor instance, might have been illegal if it was in Europe, but it's not in the US.

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    yep both part count plus you could be court by the server owner, domain owner, and your isp + the one who does not like your contents omg! :p

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    Originally posted by 777
    Ok, so they both count. At least in theory.
    I suppose there is no way that they are going to find out where the upload comes from unless they have access to the destination server, right?
    Wrong!

    Everything you do on the internet leaves a trail and that trail can in 99% of cases be traced right back to you.

    A guy was arrested in the UK last month for downloading and viewing child porn on the internet. How? IP Address.

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