Do I need to spell it out?
I don’t think they close accounts rashly. Neither do they spell out a fixed policy that could be gamed or restrict their ability to use their judgment in immediately shutting down sites that egregiously violate their ToS.
Here’s an post from about a year ago that I think outlines reasonable policies:
[quote]Hosting copyrighted materials. Does DreamHost check your account regularly? Look through your files?
No, DreamHost will not be respecting your privacy that way although they have the right to do that. Rather, DreamHost runs a script which checks and identify possible copyrighted material. Thereafter, a email reminding you of the Terms of Service will be sent to you if it identifies copyrighted material in your account.[/quote]
Also, here’s a quote from abuse.dreamhost.com:
[quote]"I didn’t upload this - one of my site’s visitors did."
You are, ultimately, responsible for any content associated with your account. We will take into consideration the fact that it’s not always possible to prevent 3rd parties from uploading such material (particularly in message forums, wikis, etc), though it is expected that the operators of such sites will create and enforce policies to act quickly when such matters are reported, prevent ongoing abuse, etc.[/quote]
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