Libyan Spider is forced to find a new hosting provider

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Today, in an unprecedented way, without any prior warning, the management of SoftLayer, an American hosting company, has suspended the account and the serves of Libyan Spider, the prominent Libya’s registrar.

Erroneously, SoftLayer has based its decision on the sanctions imposed by the U.S. government.

However, the sanctions are directed only at the current Libyan government and neither on any other Libyan citizen nor any legal entities related to the country.

Libyan Spider is a privately owned company that is not affiliated in any manner with the affected government. Libyan Spider is not on the list, never was, and there are no foreseeable anticipation it will ever be.

In its deeds, SoftLayer has misinterpreted the directive of the President of the United States.

Hence, it was a terrible mistake to shut down the servers. Thousands of Libyan Spider’s clients, including prominent sites bit.ly might be affected.

Libyan Spider should seriously consider a legal action against SoftLayer for terminating the hosting services without any substantial reasons, causing significant material losses to the company as well as its numerous clients.

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5 Responses

  1. Bit.ly expires on 18th of May 2012 – the better fix the issue by then.

  2. You wrote: “Libyan Spider is a privately owned company that is not affiliated in any manner with the affected government.”

    This is incorrect. In Libyan Spider’s ToS it plainly states that all domains registered with Libyan Spider must be compliant to and adhere to Libyan Law and openly works in concert with the Libyan Government:

    http://libyanspider.com/m/knowledgebase.php?action=displayarticle&id=2

    If removed, excerpted here on CBSi/ZDNet:

    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/perlow/is-using-an-ly-domain-right-or-wrong/15926

  3. One has to read carefully “Executive Order 13566 of February 25, 2011”, Mr Obama orders:

    (a) the persons listed in the Annex to this order; and
    (b) any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation
    with the Secretary of State:
    (i) to be a senior official of the Government of Libya;
    (ii) to be a child of Colonel Muammar Qadhafi;
    (iii) to be responsible for or complicit in, or responsible for ordering,
    controlling, or otherwise directing, or to have participated in, the commission
    of human rights abuses related to political repression in Libya;
    (iv) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material,
    logistical, or technical support for, or goods or services in support of
    the activities described in subsection (b)(iii) of this section or any person
    whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this
    order;
    (v) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act
    for or on behalf of, any person whose property and interests in property
    are blocked pursuant to this order; or
    (vi) to be a spouse or dependent child of any person whose property
    and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

    Libyan Spider falls into neither of the category. More to it, you would expect some prior contact and allowing for system back up at least.

    I don’t think anyone will be able to trust SoftLayer any longer. I would be concerned with the way they had handled the case.

  4. Basical.ly, Mr Obama ordered to chase the property of certain people not the entire nation. Innocent Libians, whose web sites were just taken down by SoftLayer has nothing to do with it. They suffer already enough by the fact there is a terrible war in their country. Why would you make their life even more terrible? In its course it is very inhumain and not the purpose at all.

  5. A proposs, in http://www.zdnet.com/blog/perlow/is-using-an-ly-domain-right-or-wrong/15926 – you mixed Libyan Spider, which is only a registrar and a hoster and nic.ly, which is the registry. They have legally noting to do to each other. It is like GoDaddy and Verisign. Please correct.

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