This is intended to be a discussion framed around such US hosting companies that knowingly accept Iranian customers and furthermore let them act in violation of the company policies and terms of service, So please don't make it political or religious or whatever that is not related to the subject.
As for me, I'm seeking for your expert advice and information regarding the topic so long as it is within forum rules..
I think in most hosting discussion forums, serious talking about this aspect of hosting business has always been missing.
The US hosts usually do not avoid the provision of their services to persons in Iran or the Islamic Republic regime. Those that take evidential reports into consideration and account are very few and generally are not concerned about this matter and/or copyright infringement/violations of their AUP until they see their actions may be brought to public or federal governments attention.
There are many kinds of Iranian sites hosted on US servers.
's in which x replaces most of US hosts, has often been a waste of time and energy no matter of how much precise details, records and evidence sent to them.
At this point, we need some examples and as this forum is not a court or trial, any responsive representative of the companies involved in the matter whose their trade names get mentioned here are very welcome to join the thread and clear themselves of blame.
Initially some background legal information is needed to start with.
Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control has issued a June 2003 ruling that hosting Iranian Web sites violates the Trading With the Enemy Act.
The provision of marketing services to persons in Iran or the Government of Iran, as well as the exportation, reexportation, sale, or supply, directly or indirectly, from the United States, or by a United States person, wherever located, of any goods, technology, or services to Iran or the Government of Iran is prohibited under the ITR.
The provision by U.S. persons of Internet access to Iran falls within the scope of the prohibitions contained in the Iranian Transactions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 560 (the “ITR”), on providing services to persons in Iran or the Government of Iran, or where the benefit of such services is otherwise received in Iran. ITR, §§ 560.204, 560.410.
I don't like tough bad guys, therefore, the first example would be Softlayer.
with their American "leading edge hardware and proprietary management portal", delivers next generation virtual IT environments for Blackmice or BMC at my.blackmice.com.
BMC IP address is: 22.214.171.124 and Locates in: United States - Softlayer Technologies Inc, other whois records are available at: http://whois.domaintools.com/blackmice.com
1. Applications(Warez) at:
2. Ebooks and Magazines at:
3. Templates, Fonts, Wallpapers & Icons at:
4. Movies and Music Downloads at:
What do you think of Softlayer and the motives they may have for empowering Iranians to administer a site that is promoting what is commonly referred to as illegal content?
What's been said about emailing is tested with this softlayer,
discussing the matter can help to find out why some US hosting companies are interested to do likewise in similar cases.
Please tell me If you consider the softlayer example inappropriate.