We are a website hosting company. We host the websites of
our customers. Just because we host a website does by no means indicate
that we agree with anything appearing on said hosted websites.
If you have an issue with something on a website
published by one of our customers then we suggest you address the publisher
regarding the issue, not us.
"I don't like what your customer is writing - I'm
going to sue you!"
As the host of thousands of web sites and as a company residing in a rather
litigious country, we receive this threat pretty often (so often that it has
long since stopped being "scary"). Why? A cursory glance at the law will show
that online service providers such as Complete-Host are not liable for the speech of
their customers' web sites.
This is for good reason - web hosts are unable to judge the veracity of their
customers' speech, nor are they the ones actually engaging in that speech. Were
the law structured differently, web hosts may very well shy away from hosting
important (but controversial and disliked by somebody!) sites - even those who
are ethically in the right.
The legal reasoning for this is as follows:
The Communications Decency Act
enacted by Congress in 1996 specifically grants legal immunity to online service
providers for the content of their customers' web sites ("No provider or user of
an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of
any information provided by another information content provider"). This law has
since been upheld in a number of federal and state cases, including Blumenthal
v. Drudge, Zeran v. America Online, Inc., Scheider v. Amazon.com, Inc, Jane Doe
v. America Online, Inc. and Barrett v. Fonorow.
For this reason, we ask that you address your concerns directly with the creator
of the content you are concerned about.
"Do you allow adult content websites?"
Simply put, NO. We do not allow ANY adult oriented
material websites on our servers. Additionally, we do not allow file sharing or
storage sites, pharmacy sites (unless you are a licensed pharmacy and proof will
be required), ANY kind of scam or get rich schemes, streaming sites of any kind,
warez or torrent sites. We reserve the right to remove any site for any reason