Posted October 07, 2019 09:51:00 A number of popular web hosting services have been caught in a dispute with the U.S. Department of Justice over how they classify domains.
The issue, which has been simmering for years, has sparked a debate about the ethics of the hosting industry.
While some are worried about the potential for abuse, the hosting companies argue that the DOJ is using the issue to unfairly target them.
“They are claiming that because the DOJ does not want to enforce federal laws, that we are engaging in unlawful activity,” Cloudflare, one of the biggest web hosting companies, told Business Insider in a statement.
“They are wrong.
The Justice Department has been investigating us for months.”
The DOJ has launched a new probe into whether Cloudflares practices violate federal laws.
The complaint alleges that Cloudflaces policies, practices, and documentation have been “abusive and deceptive,” and are therefore “unlawful and fraudulent.”
Cloudfliers code is not open source, meaning it’s not subject to open source licenses.
In addition, the complaint claims that CloudFlares is a “peddler” of open source software and uses it for its own proprietary content.
“The government is using these open source practices to shut down our business and our companies,” CloudFlare’s CEO Matthew Prince said.
“The DOJ is trying to use the threat of litigation to stop us from doing our job.”
Cloudflare is not the only hosting company to be targeted in the recent lawsuit.
A separate case brought by the U