Seriously, think before you ask, "can i use your VPS hosting for....." [sort of rant]
Not looking to name and shame anyone here, but the volume of "Can I host X, Y .. Z" questions I get via the pre sales form or PM's on various boards is getting silly, there seems to be a growth in the number of people who simply think that a $4 VPS is a complete shield against repercussions so I thought I would try to make some effort to nip it in the bud.
I am going to try to write this is a way that keeps things legal and away from the awkward line in the sand that will become apparent in the next paragraph, maybe some other hosts can chip in on this or on parts of it.
If a VPS host set up business in most of the western EU or USA/Canada and specifically advertised the fact that they allow illegal torrents, nulled scripts, hosting of copyright software, links to and warez... how long do you think they would last?
With the way laws are these days rightly or wrongly there is a 99.9% chance the company would be prosecuted and found guilty of facilitating criminal activity.
The reality is most VPS hosts don't really care about the specifics of what you are doing with your VPS as long as it does not generate abuse reports and is not resource abusive, we cant police all of your activities all of the time nor do we even try to that would just be to resource intensive.
So maybe you want to sign up with a host, maybe you want to download the odd TV show from a private tracker, or play with a copy of some software you "found" that you "lost" the license details for, while I understand you may consider it respectful or covering your back by asking first it really should not be laid at the door of the host to make that call for you.
Simply by saying: "I have a nulled script I want to use do you allow it?" or "I want to download from tbp do you allow it?" etc etc, in reality you are asking a host to become complicit in your illegal activity and thus be implicated in any outcome for allowing it to happen with written consent in full knowledge it was illegal.
It essentially breaks down in to: Can I do illegal stuff with your service, will you allow me to do this? and expecting a host to say "sure go ahead, I will take the heat for you"
An individual that does not ask, doing the odd thing on the boarder of what was described above I imagine would be considered a small thing not a big deal, a host actively facilitating such activities with written consent as a company would be burnt alive legally.
So please, if you want to something even a little bit dodgy, don't ask your host to shoulder some of the blame/ responsibility it is your risk to take and yours alone.
I spotted that closed thread about someone wanting a VPS to download game of thrones because they got a letter from their ISP, so you think a host is going to lock away your info in fort knox if they get a similar complaint or letter, why do you think just because you use a VPS if you commit a crime there are no consequences, no host is going to vigorously protect you and the trust and service you abused to begin with for $5.
I used to get a lot of repeat offenders downloading torrents from TPB etc and it was usually blamed on a brother/ sister, oops left the VPN on etc etc I found now that if the first warning asks the question: "Are you happy for me to pass on your personal information to the copyright company so you can communicate with them directly over your choice to infringe the copyright against our acceptable use policy?" it prevents any further abuse in this area.
So yeah, think about what you are actually asking before asking it is the point of the above
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