Perez’s longtime host, Crucial Paradigm, took the site offline yesterday after numerous threats from X17’s legal team. The site was dark for a few hours, and it’s back up now, hosted by Blogads. (Really? Um, does Blogads host anyone else? Because, like, they barely host the Blogads service. If you’ve never had to try to deal with that user interface, consider yourself lucky.) The current version of Perez’s site doesn’t include his archives or allow for comments. That last part is really too bad. Now there’s no place for the world’s intelligentsia to weigh in ever so eloquently on the trials and tribulations of the very famous.
But X17’s lawyers are already hounding Blogads about it and threatening legal action. “It’s a precedent that’s huge,” they say “When we were talking to Crucial Paradigm they were saying they were not responsible, dragging their feet. We had to threaten them and show them they were liable. His new host is Blogads, and we’re contacting them already.”
I have to admit, I’m a regular Perez reader (but you guys knew that), and I’m fascinated to see how this case plays out, and the impact it has on the rest of us.