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Censorship

Submission + - Free Website Speech on a Budget

JumperCable writes: When it comes to free speech on the internet things become a little hairy when you run your own website in the US. Satire, parody and truth are all fine defenses in theory, but do little to protect you from a DMCA shut down request. Even if you do find a good US hosting service, everyone knows you can be sued for anything. If a hobbyist doesn't have enough money for a decent lawyer he/she can be shut down & taken to the cleaners in no time flat. Even current & future employment can become an issue since most states provide little or no protection for freedom of speech.

A practical defense, I believe, is to make it more difficult for them to identify who you are and to host off of US soil. Services like Domains By Proxy are fine until they get subpoenaed. I don't think entering in fake domain registration information is a good idea since it is illegal for US residents. Tools like freenet are nice in theory, but of little value since it is not used by the general public.

I realize that no matter what, I will have to take chances and assume some risk or face the frigid confines of the chilling effect. How do I take reasonable steps to minimize my risk? They make it to expensive for it to be worth your while to fight them. I want to make it too difficult to be worth their while to go after a small time pundit.

Are there any decent suggestions for proxy domain name registration & web hosting overseas that won't toss you to the US lawyer wolves at the drop of a hat and are still trustworthy?

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.

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