Network Solutions Blocks Movie On Quaran: Here’s what you can do.

March 23rd, 2008
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There is a 15 minute film coming out on the 31st called “Fatna.” It apparently presents a thesis that the Quran is inherently prone toward the promotion of injustices, tyranny and so on. I don’t know if this is valid or not, because I has not seen the movie. But it has a lot of Muslims very angry, as one might imagine. Pakistan blocked Youtube to the entire country recently because of this and in the process apparently caused a major worldwide routing glitch that ended up taking the site down to many others outside Pakistan.

Now the website of the movie has been taken down by Network Solutions. Although it’s their right to suspend content that resides on their server, the page, which has been replaced by only a legal disclaimer from Network Solutions, was apparently only guilty of ruffling feathers in the same way that plenty of anti-christian, anti-athiest, and anti-almost-anything movies and websites tend to do. Was the website just outright hatred of Islam and encouragement of violence or some other kind of empty hate speech? Well I don’t know, because there’s no cached version avaliable and the page has been suspended. However, by all accounts this is simply Network Solutions caving to pressure from a very vocal and very offended group. In the interest of freedom of expression, this really isn’t a good thing for a general purpose hosting company to start doing.

The thought police apparently have struck again, but there’s something you can do! Contact Network Solutions, their affiliated companies and the Better Business Bureau Online, of which Network Solutions is apparently part. Be sure to tell them the following: You’re very dissatisfied with their taking down of the website. You will not consider using any of their products or services in the future. You will not patronize businesses affiliated with their website. You will encourage others you know to likewise boycott the website. Tell the BBB and any partner companies that you believe association with Network Solutions reflects poorly on their integrity due to this incident. Also mention you will no longer consider investing in their corporation or any funds which have interest in them.

Here’s how to get to them:
(and don’t ask how I found this stuff out)

The main switchboard number for the corporate office is: (703) 742-0400

Other numbers listed: (703) 742-5817, (703)742-0400, (703) 668-5064, 703.742.4777, (703) 668-4600
The above numbers have shown up on various sites or whois services as being the numbers for contact of Network Solutions Inc.

The mailing address is:
Network Solutions
13200 Woodland Park Drive
Herndon, VA 20171

The Chairman of Network Solutions Incorporated is W . G. Champion Mitchell. Or “Champ” Mitchell. (Yes, that’s his real name)

His company email is: cmitchell@networksolutions.com
His Office number is: (703) 668-5200

Susan Wade is the inhouse press relations for Network Solutions

Her company email is: swade@networksolutions.com
Her Office number is: (703) 668-5057

Network Solutions Contracts to the public relations firm of Maloney & Fox. The name of the account manager is Jillian Smith.

Her email address is: jsmith@maloneyfox.com
Her Office number is: (646) 356-8308

You can file a complaint with the BBB here.

You can provide written feedback to Network Solutions here.
(if you are lazy. But e-mail or phone will likely get their attention better)

Businesses Partners of Network Solutions:

Feedback Forum for FedEx Corporation
Feedback Forum for Intuit Software
Feedback/Contact Forum for Paypal
Contact Forum for ICANN

I encourage all my readers to deluge Network Solutions and their business partners with communications.


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13 Responses to “Network Solutions Blocks Movie On Quaran: Here’s what you can do.”

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    RBR1978 Says:

    Sent a couple of e-mails, but it’s an international call so I’m not sure I’ll give them a ring or not.


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    metatron Says:

    Use Skype. It costs pennies that way.
    To me they were:”How did you get hold of this number!?”
    Well told them what I think anyway!


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    metatron Says:

    Anyway they should just distribute it via Bittorrent and promote it via Digg,Slashdot,Redit etc. A story like that will definitely make it to the front page.


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    Not Telling Says:

    Look, I’m going to be 100% straight with you on this (and there’s a reason I am not putting my screen name here.) You are not anonymous. You put your real name up. People can find you.

    I really think you should take this post down because I like your blog and you are an honest and desperately needed voice for science and against a lot of the hogwash going on now.

    People have been killed for putting up something like this. There are people, in the US and abroad who look at this and believe it is worth ending their own life to end yours. There are people who will think that it is their sacred duty to find you and shot you or mail you a bomb.

    This is not a safe thing to do. Your principles are appreciated, but this is how you get yourself killed. If you come out and insult Islam, or in this case, come very close to it, close enough for a lot of people, you are putting a target on your head.

    The world is not willing to stand up to Islam right now, and if you try to be the hero to stand up you’ll be shot down fast. This is not smart or safe to do.


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    John Doe Says:

    Yes. I agree. Network Solutions took down the site because they had no other choice. They are a company there to make money and not to fight a religion that is more than a billion strong. If they had not taken it down, their employees and property would be in very severe danger. No company is obligated to stand behind something which makes them a target for reprisal like that.

    Please do what “Not Telling” says. I know of a lot of people who have made softer-worded posts than this and have ended up in fear for their lives.


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    Michael Ejercito Says:

    Why is insulting Islam considered worse than insulting Christianity?


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    DV82XL Says:

    Doc, I have to throw my weight behind the last two posters. I have seen or experienced some uninvited attention in meat-space as a consequence of things I have written, and stands I have taken on the web. While no one has threatened me with violence to date, I have always kept my real world identity separate from my cyber-identity, because there are people out there vindictive enough to make trouble if they can.


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    John Doe Says:

            Michael Ejercito said:

    Why is insulting Islam considered worse than insulting Christianity?

    Because this is not medieval Spain or 1600′s Massachusetts. In other words, the worst thing an insulted Christian is likely to do is complain. There’s not much violence in the current Christian movement. Discrimination, pushing of bibles into schools, anti-science legislation, yes. Blowing stuff up? not really as much of a problem.

    One or two abortion doctors were killed in the 1990′s by a couple fringe groups. That is the extent of it. In other words: limited.

    I’m not going to go any further with it than that.


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    metatron Says:

            DV82XL said:

    Doc, I have to throw my weight behind the last two posters. I have seen or experienced some uninvited attention in meat-space as a consequence of things I have written, and stands I have taken on the web. While no one has threatened me with violence to date, I have always kept my real world identity separate from my cyber-identity, because there are people out there vindictive enough to make trouble if they can.

    Oh sure, why not just bend over and make them completely happy.
    People like you will make sure that no one dares voice any complaints.

    They should move to a better host, there are a lot of web hosts that flat out don’t have an “acceptable use policy” and will host anything. I am trying to remember the name of one host I read about on Slashdot, It’s run by a Jewish Guy, but he hosts anything from Holocaust Denial to Anti-Islamic, because he really believes in the first amendment. That’s the way it should be. If you dislike what someone says, beat them with reason and argument.

    Doc, how’s your state for concealed carry? I’ve never been afraid of voicing my opinion when armed even to the face of guys bigger and stronger then me (even in cases when we were both armed and knew it, people just don’t carry a discussion further than shouting in these circumstances). One of the big reasons Europeans are so afraid of voicing their opinions is that they have no real protection(legally or physically) if they wish to exercise free speech.


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    Michael Ejercito Says:

    They should move to a better host, there are a lot of web hosts that flat out don’t have an “acceptable use policy” and will host anything. I am trying to remember the name of one host I read about on Slashdot, It’s run by a Jewish Guy, but he hosts anything from Holocaust Denial to Anti-Islamic, because he really believes in the first amendment. That’s the way it should be. If you dislike what someone says, beat them with reason and argument.

    The best sites would be those that knowingly host criminal fraud sites that spamvertise illegal money mules jobs.

    If they host that , they will host anything.


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    DV82XL Says:

            metatron said:

    Oh sure, why not just bend over and make them completely happy.
    People like you will make sure that no one dares voice any complaints.

    On the contrary, I just pick my battles, and more importantly I pick my ground. If you want to take on an enemy that has a habit of counterattacking, you best have good defenses. This is not ‘bending over’ it’s merely strategic thinking.

    At any rate Steve is a big boy he can make his own decisions, I’m just offering my advice.


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    metatron Says:

            Michael Ejercito said:

    The best sites would be those that knowingly host criminal fraud sites that spamvertise illegal money mules jobs.

    If they host that , they will host anything.

    Oh yeah, there are Russian hosts that are famous for it, but I think you can find free-speech hosting without having to resort to supporting criminals.


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    Vjatcheslav Says:

    The film is called “fitna” (not fatna), and is made by the leader of the PVV (a Dutch party), Geert Wilders.


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