This is semi-old news, but BoingBoing posted about the “top” hosting company, 1and1, and why they said they were blocking Bittorrent trackers from being run on their servers.
On Monday, BoingBoing posted a follow up email from 1and1 explaining how Bittorrent generates lots of traffic and the best way for this guy to distribute his files via plain old HTTP. They also posted about Dreamhost’s Bittorrent rationale.
Finally on Tuesday 1and1 changed its mind and said they’d update their TOS and FAQ sections on their sites.
This poor guy was told to cease and desist for sharing his own files that he created and is the rightful owner of. It turned out that apparently thats what happens you let help desk technicians send out threatening, legal sounding emails to users.
From this ordeal, I found out that:
- Hosting companies are stupid
- 1and1’s corporate headquarters are located within an hour drive from me
I did send them an email in defense of this guy and Bittorrent and told them that I’d personally drive down there and explain it to them in person if they wanted me to. I never heard from them.
<rant>I always did hate those 10 page ads that they clutter my IT magazines with</rant>