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    Would you terminate an acount for using webspace as a proxy for porn?

    Hi everyone,
    I have a client who did have two domains hosted with us. Yesterday one was found to be hosting pornography and it was terminated.

    Today I investigate the other domain which is only hosting a php redirect / proxy type page behind the holding page. ie. a php page that takes a URL as an input variable and returns the URL page.

    Eg. www.example.com/page.php?url=http://webhostingtalk.com returns WHT masked by their page in the address bar.

    Normally this would be fine, but one of their clients (or more probably them) is using it to access the same porn as was hosted on the terminated domain (which is now hosted at a new location).

    I'm inclined to delete the second hosting account too, as we're not in the hosting business to play games with clients. They seem to want to see how far we can be pushed.

    Would you terminate the second domain?

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    This would all depend on your TOS restrictions. Is the second domain violating any topics/categories to your TOS? If so then well, of course you should and you should email them with a copy of your TOS with the violations outlined. If there isn't anything in violation then I don't see why you should but, that's my opinion.

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    Also depends on the country u are in, for Singapore we definitely have to terminate due to the laws here.

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    Even though you're not hosting the porn anymore, it still appears that you are to anyone that does a lookup on the redirection domain. This will still cause the same problems as actually hosting it.
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    I am thinking along the same lines as Amdec. I'm not a fan of censorship, but if people attack our servers because they think we have porn that tops it.

    What adds to the problem is they are from Korea and communication is difficult. Their domain names had the words "moa" and "daum" in them. Can anyone translate? Babelfish was no help.

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    If you do not allow it, then get rid of them.

    We outline that we do not allow ANY adult material, nor links to or from adult websites. (strict, i know)
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    Your TOS is the key.
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    As all the other posters have said - if your TOS says that porn is not allowed, then you are in the position to terminate. Otherwise, you may not have been correct to terminate the first account even.

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    The TOS clearly and thoroughly states Adult material and in particular pornography may not be hosted, or linked to, from a site hosted with us.

    Are people saying that they feel a page that proxies porn counts, even though it doesn't hard link it?

    It is worth noting that the access logs show that the porn page was the only one ever retrieved using the proxy page.

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    If your TOS mentions the restriction of pornography and like wise then you should warn the customer and tell them to look for an adult host and before deleting their account i would give them a week to find a new host and shift. If they dont, then after a final warning i would terminate the account.

    You have Been Terminated hehe

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    Just make sure your TOS bans the any reference to adult material, as well as adult material itself - to make sure you're in the clear.
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    Originally posted by coffeecoder
    Are people saying that they feel a page that proxies porn counts, even though it doesn't hard link it?
    How is a redirection not a "hard link"? It's obviously the intention of the account.
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    How is a redirection not a "hard link"?
    I meant because it is controlled by the visitor. There is no link to www.example.com/page.php?url=http://porn.com on any page, it is the user that enters the url.

    My personal opinion is that they should lose both accounts. I do believe it may be a grey aera, and this is why I ask.

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    Originally posted by coffeecoder
    My personal opinion is that they should lose both accounts.
    You're the host.
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    be a man about it, give em the boot
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