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A Web-hosting firm says it was ordered by a law enforcement agency to shut down, a free platform used by more than 70,000 bloggers, but a company spokesman won't say why or who is responsible for the termination of service.

CNET reported that BurstNet, the hosting company, informed Blogetery's operator that it was required to end its service at the request of law enforcement, but it wouldn't say which agency. No reason was given for the shutdown, but BurstNet did cite "a history of abuse" on many blogs.

As a result, 73,000 blogs were wiped off the Web.

"Please note that this was not a typical case in which suspension and notification would be the norm," BurstNet wrote. "This was a critical matter brought to our attention by law enforcement officials. We had to immediately remove the server."

When the story broke last week on the TorrentFreak blog, there was speculation that the termination was part of a government crackdown on illegal file sharing.

According to CNET:

Though BurstNet never indicated Blogetery's problems were caused by copyright violations, TorrentFreak, a blog that covers Web file-sharing issues and broke the story, wrote that the U.S. government may be involved as part of stepped-up antipiracy operations. Nearly three weeks ago, a group of federal law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a unit of the Department of Homeland Security -- seized assets and Web sites belonging to people authorities say operated illegal file-sharing sites. President Obama has said his administration is going to get tough on piracy and counterfeiting.

But on Sunday, a BurstNet spokesman told CNET the shutdown had nothing to do with copyright violations. And a spokeswoman for ICE said "while ICE's Internet piracy enforcement efforts are still very much ongoing, we were not involved with the action."

In addition, the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America each said they were not involved.

For its part, Blogetry's operator said he has always run the platform according to the rules and has no idea why he has been shut down.

Read the most recent CNET report here and the original TorrentFreak story here.

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Or maybe there really was no law enforcement agency, and Burst Net shut them down for some other as yet unknown reason and found it would be easier to blame an unnamed law enforcement agency.
Burst Net refused to identify the agency and ICE which has been involved in Internet piracy claims they are not involved.
Not saying there was definitely no government agency involved, just that we really don't know anything yet, so don't start jumping to conclusions.

July 20 2010 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm puzzled by some of these posts. Just how long do they think the government has been invading our privacy and committing other like acts? It didn't start last week. For the sake of argument let's say they are fed up with it. There is a remedy. Part of it will come in November of this year with the mid term elections. We elect the people who appoint the people who make and enforce these laws. that said, these same people can be voted out of office. The problem many times is that those complaining are doing so on a partisan basis either liberal, conservative,libertarian, green, etc. Accordingly if this is being done by their
party they will rationalize it and say "Oh well they are doing it for the good of
the country." Whereas if the other party is doing it they will say, "Out with the bums." The tragedy is the elected officials care very little about any of them and
probably laugh at their blind loyalty. Once the party in power is gone the same or
similar complaints will come from the other side. The American political scene has
no equal.

July 20 2010 at 10:22 AM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply

Have never heard of this blog site, but if they were doing something illegal then they need to be shut down, if not doing anything illegal it reeks of dictatorship.

July 20 2010 at 10:18 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

How sad , I am 71 yrs old and this is not Constitutional or what the Vets sacrificed their lives and died for , our freedoms have been being eliminated one by one , people need to stand up before it is too late.

July 20 2010 at 9:09 AM Report abuse +18 rate up rate down Reply

Now they'll take over communications and monitor our conversations looking for "subversives". Germany, 1938, all over again.

July 19 2010 at 8:59 PM Report abuse +98 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to BobaLou's comment

This is called wild mass guessing. We simply don't have all the facts. It sounds to me as if the physical servers are being taken for evidence. They can't comment because the investigation is ongoing. It might be piracy. It might be child porn. These are far more likely scenarios then Big Brother taking over.

Incidentally Boba, it was the previous Administration that was doing the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens.

July 20 2010 at 9:36 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

Wow, visions of "net neutrality" on it's way!

July 19 2010 at 8:09 PM Report abuse +56 rate up rate down Reply

The Whitehouse's "Civilouge" policy?

July 19 2010 at 8:02 PM Report abuse +81 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

the first amendment is on the attack everywhere. They can demand civility but when they don't reprint a comment that points out the obvious they are shut down. Control is what its all about.

July 19 2010 at 7:52 PM Report abuse +88 rate up rate down Reply

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