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July 19, 2010

73,000 Blogs Shut Down by Whom and Why?

Posted by Dave Blount at July 19, 2010 1:30 PM

Obamunism is getting scary for those of us who rely on the Internet for information. After 73,000 blogs were closed down by Big Government, supposedly for copyright violations, we learn that the actual reason for the shutdown is unknown, as is the identity of the government agency imposing it. From CNET:, a little-known WordPress platform used by more than 70,000 blogs, was shut down by its Web hosting company more than a week ago and nobody seems willing to say why or who is responsible.
BurstNet, the Web-hosting company, informed Blogetery's operator that service was terminated at the request of some law enforcement agency but wouldn't say which one. As for the reason, BurstNet hasn't made that clear either. In an e-mail to Blogetery's operator, BurstNet managers did say that they had little choice but to terminate service.

We do know it wasn't ICE:

[O]n Sunday, a spokeswoman for ICE said "while ICE's Internet piracy enforcement efforts are still very much ongoing, we were not involved with the action."

The RIAA and MPAA — usually responsible for siccing the authorities on pirates — don't know about it either:

A spokesman for the Recording Industry Association of America said Sunday that the trade group for the four top record labels had nothing to do with Blogetery's shut down. A spokesman for the Motion Picture Association of America said he had never heard of Blogetery.

From a later update:

In an interview, a BurstNet spokesman declined to identify the law enforcement agency that ordered Blogetery shut down or provide the reason but did say that it had nothing to do with copyright violations.

Apparently the shutdown was inflicted without a court order.

The ChiComs don't allow open Internet access. Why would Maobama? Be sure that if Moonbattery suddenly disappears, it won't be because I lost interest in resisting liberalism.

More transparency from Chairman Maobama. Via The Astute Bloggers.

On a tip from Henry.