I'm looking at various hosting options -- going through some very useful threads with the webhosting
Here's the thing though: the terms of service of dreamhost
all, in one way or another say I can't host "illegal" material.
I was thinking of hosting material on things that are entirely legal where I am, but may not be legal where the hosting company is -- they're all in the US, right? So, say I'm in Amsterdam and I want to create my-favourite-marijuana.com where people can post about smoking dope in dope cafés, or I'm somewhere gambling is legal and I want to create a gambling website, etc., are they going to regard it as "illegal" and refuse to host me? Or worse, decide it's illegal after the fact and cut me off?
Their TOSs tend to be so broad as to be nonsensical.
Verve won't host me if my content "promotes illegal drugs, violates export control laws, relates to illegal gambling" -- but illegal where?
They also helpfully state their hosting plans can't be used either for "pornography" or "child pornography".
TextDrive says it won't host "any material in violation of any applicable law or regulation" or material "in violation of any local, state, federal or non-United States law or regulation". Really? Like, say, the prohibition on representational art of any kind under the Taliban?
Hostgator is actually quite detailed, though very offputting -- their TOS says I can only use their servers for "lawful purposes" and requires me to follow "The laws of the State of Florida, the State of Texas, and the United States of America". So, basically nothing the Bush brothers wouldn't like.
I'd be very interesting in your thoughts and experiences. Am I going to be forced to use some shady "adult" hosting service, not a mainstream one?