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70,000 Blogetry sites shut down by Law Enforcement…why?

19 Lug/10

The WordPress blogging service bloggetry, which is used by roughly 70,000 people, has been mysteriously shut down  with no warning and no explanation according to ReadWriteWeb.  BurstNET, the host of the service said it was suspended at the request of an unidentified law enforcement agency.

“(Blogetery) was terminated by request of law enforcement officials, due to material hosted on the server. We are limited as to the details we can provide to you, but note that this was a critical matter and the only available option to us was to immediately deactivate the server.”

There have been rumblings that copyright infringement might have been the motivation, but how would this justify taking 70,000 individual blogs off-line?  Either way the owner has already clearly said…

“(I) got C&D letters from copyright owners to remove pages with links to torrent/rapidshare. I always handle such abuse reports within 24 hours and remove such material.”

 A spokesperson for the company later told CNET that the case had nothing to do with copyright infringement.

Simply put: We cannot give him his data nor can we provide any other details. By stating this, most would recognize that something serious is afoot…This is the last post we will make on this subject.”

SO far the law enforcement agency involved has not been identified nor has the alleged wrongdoing been made public.  70,000 potentially innocent people though have tonight lost their blogs, for how long remains to be seen.


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