Patrick, actually his “case”, as he described it, is not “tricky” at all.
Note this excerpt from The DreamHost Abuse Center, Under “Copyright Infringment, Our Rules”:
[quote] Note that we also prohibit the facilitation of copyright infringement. This means that linking to pirated files (even those located on non-DreamHost servers), operating BitTorrent trackers that primarily feature illegal material, the operation of ‘warez’ forums, etc. are prohibited.
Obviously, there is some subjectivity to these matters, and it is very easy to accidentally facilitate copyright infringement even if this is not intended. For that reason, we do take a reasonable approach when deciding what constitutes contributory copyright infringement. For example, embedding one or two YouTube videos on your site is a very different matter than running a site whose main purpose is to index and link to downloads of commercial Hollywood movies.
For the purposes of our policies, ‘distribution’ entails either distributing material directly from your account (ie. sharing files from your web space or via FTP) or embedding material located on non-DreamHost servers so that it displays within your server. It also includes willfully facilitating copyright infringement by linking to known infringing works, as described above. [/quote]
(bolding is mine)
“Bringing it up to support” is something that the OP is always welcome to do, but DreamHost has made it very clear how they view the kind of situation he describes.
This is pretty much the standard position that most reputable U.S. based web hosting companies take (depending, of course, on what one considers to be “reputable”).