Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Co.Cc Is Blocking Domains Illegally

It seems the free domain provider Co.Cc is not providing free anything. It is trying to encash upon the goodwill and reputation of a domain registered at its platform. Once a domain is well known and reputed, it is blocking the same for extraneous considerations without any prior notice and explaining grounds for the same.

We were running a news and views site named Cjnews that was also part of Google’s news database. However, on 5th July 2010 it was blocked by Co.Cc without any cause and reason. On further investigation, we were informed by the help centre of co.cc that they think our site could become a phishing / spam / illegal site.

We persisted in our pursuit for the truth and subsequently we received a mail from them informing us that our contents were “inappropriate”. It seems co.cc is trying to hush up something more sinister. Either they are acting on the instance of governmental authorities (Indian or Korean) or they are trying to establish a dubious practice of arm twisting and then forcing free users pay otherwise.

It is high time for co.cc to explain their illegal and unreasonable actions.


What Forced Co.Cc To Block Cjnews Domain Without Any Reason?

In the news piece we wrote at CIO we analysed how Co.Cc is trying to suppress the voice of people by unreasonably blocking the domain registered at its platform. As per the latest communication we received from them through an e-mail, they have changed their stand dramatically.

Previously the site Administrator informed us that they think our site could become a phishing / spam / illegal site. How that could happen was never communicated to us. Similarly, we never received either any warning or any intimation from them regarding this claims of Co.Cc.

Now the e-mail form Co.Cc tells us that our site was blocked due to “inappropriate contents”. It seems our site has suddenly ceased to be site “capable” of phishing, spam and illegal activity in “future”. Now our site is providing “inappropriate contents” in present.

Come on Co.Cc clear your head and give us the real reason for your illegal and unreasonable blocking of our site. The funny reasons that you are giving is only strengthening the suspicion of bad faith and mala fide intentions on your part. Similarly, this episode is all raising lot of doubts about your professional and legal commitments.


Co.Cc Engaging In Unreasonable Domain Blocking

It seems raising your voice against people in power has negative effects? These range from Internet censorship to blocking of websites. As many of our readers are aware we have been maintaining a website named Cjnews that has been providing techno-legal news, views, opinions, articles, etc.

We chose a free domain name provided by Co.Cc in the hope that this company would stand by its reputation and commitment. However, to our surprise, on 5th July 2010 our site was suddenly off the web. We analysed and found that there was a server side error that prevented it from appearing.

Realising immediately that it may be a blocking of website, we contacted both our domain name provider and hosting company. Our web hosting provider was kind enough to explain that there is no problem from their side as all the configurations and settings are proper.

On further investigation we found that it is the Co.Cc that has blocked access to this website. We contacted them and after one day we got the reply that the domain has been suspended because Co.Cc thought it has some “possibilities” to become a phishing / spam / illegal site. For this reason they have blocked our domain and we cannot use it anymore. In addition we can also not change the settings for domain.

If this is the attitude of Co.Cc, we recommend that none should register a free domain with them. Firstly, they never intimated us about any objectionable contents and just simply blocked the domain. They have also not intimated how they think our site could become a phishing / spam / illegal site. The worst part is that they think it “could” be an illegal site without any reason or explanation. Too much for the cost of a free domain from a site named Co.Cc.

Our site is a part of Google news source and it frequently appears at Google news and many other places. This arbitrary, unreasonable and subjective decision of Co.Cc is simply unethical and unprofessional.

We request the Co.Cc to remove this unreasonable restriction upon our right to free speech and expression unless they do not believe in it and the very professional standards they portray.

For others, we wish to say that nothing like this can, and would, prevent us from raising our voices against evil acts or omissions of others, including governmental authorities and agencies.