Hosting a WikiLeaks link or mirror


#1

I’d like to use http://wikileaks.[mydomain].com to host either a redirect to the WikiLeaks IP address, or - even better - to host a full mirror of WikiLeaks.[1]

Which, if any, of these two options would be permitted by DreamHost?

Thanks in advance :slight_smile:

[1] Here are a couple of blog posts outlining the sort of thing I mean: http://current.workingdirectory.net/posts/2010/wikileaks-offline/ http://www.paulcarvill.com/2010/12/opposing-government-and-corporate-censorship-of-the-web/


#2

I suggest you steer way clear of associating with WikiLeaks material. DreamHost is a US company, and WikiLeaks has already been pulled from the US-Controlled .org registry and Amazon.

But if you really want to know what DreamHost permits, ask them via a support ticket. We’re customers here and can’t speak for them.


#3

Thanks. Will do :slight_smile:


#4

When they answer your request, do you mind posting the answer in this thread?

Thanks.


#5

[quote=“Tiago_Goddard, post:4, topic:54040”]
When they answer your request, do you mind posting the answer in this thread?[/quote]

Sure thing. Here’s the reply I received:

[quote=‘DreamHost Support’]While I really do appreciate what Wikileaks is doing, full site mirrors are not allowed on Dreamhost. However, pointing a subdomain to their IP is totally OK. You can do that by visiting your panel under “Domains -> Manage domains” and click “DNS” under the domain of your choice. On the following page, put the following information:

Site: wikileaks
Type: A
Value: 213.251.145.96

If you need anything else, please let me know.

Thanks![/quote]


#6

Thanks for sharing the information. Will create the pointer right now =)

Edit: Just made it, the link is http://wikileaks.goddard.com.br/

[quote=“zazpot, post:5, topic:54040”]


#7

[quote=“Tiago_Goddard, post:6, topic:54040”]
Thanks for sharing the information. Will create the pointer right now =)

Edit: Just made it, the link is http://wikileaks.goddard.com.br/

Anyone know if this applies to private servers as well?


#8

Yes, this statement applies to all DreamHost customers, whether you are on shared hosting or a VPS.


#9

What constitutes a “mirror” in this context? Need we remix the data a bit in order to be allowed to host it on machines we rent from Dreamhost? Also, isn’t this the sort of activity that would lead one to rent a VPS because it is prohibited under Dramhost’s Web hosting plans? It seems odd to bar any lawful use of a VPS. It’s a private server. Of what concern to Dreamhost is my choice of how to use it?


#10

Complete mirrors have all kinds of potential problems, but I didn’t hear anything against hosting individual pieces of content that might have originated from Wikileaks :slight_smile:


#11

It’s a “private” server in that it’s not shared with other customers, not in that it’s not subject to our Terms of Service. It is still using our hardware and bandwidth, after all! In particular, one of the requirements we impose in exchange for giving you (practically) unlimited storage and bandwidth is that you use it to host your sites, not a mirror of someone else’s.


#12

The subdomain I created to point to the Wikileaks IP address - following the instructions given earlier - has been removed. It no longer resolves, nor appears in my DreamHost Panel under Manage Domains.

I certainly did not remove it myself.

I’ve just filed a support request to find out what’s going on.


#13

D’oh. The reason it wasn’t showing up under Manage Domains is that it wasn’t added that way. Oops.

As for why it wasn’t resolving, I’m not sure and neither were the DreamHost support staff, but it seems to be fine again now. Maybe I just tried to check it at a moment when Wikileaks was experiencing a DDoS.

Phew! :slight_smile: