evicted from the internet

Mike Ballard swillsqueal at
Tue Dec 24 18:38:12 MST 2002

December 23, 2002
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Bowing to pressure from the Dow Chemical Corporation,
the internet company Verio has booted the
activist-oriented from the Web.

Internet service provider has been the
primary service providerfor activist and artist
organizations in the New York area for 10years.

On December 3, activists used a server housed by to post a parodyDow press release on the
eighteenth anniversary of the disaster in
which20,000 people died as a result of an accident at
a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India. (Union Carbide
is now owned by Dow.) The deadpanstatement,which many
people took as real, explained that Dow could not
accept responsibility for the disaster due to its
primary allegiance to its shareholders and to its
bottom line.

Dow was not amused, and sent a Digital Millennium
Copyright Act (DMCA)complaint to Verio, which
immediately cut off the internet
forfifteen hours. A few days later, Verio announced
that had 60 days to move to another provider
before being shut down permanently, unilaterally
terminating's 7-year-old contract.

Affected organizations include PS1/MOMA, Artforum,
Nettime, assists renters facing
eviction), and hundreds more."Verio's actions are
nothing short of outrageous," said Wolfgang
Staehle, Executive Director. "They could
have resolved the matter with the Dow parodists
directly; instead they chose to shut down our entire
network. This self-appointed enforcement of the DMCA
could have a serious chilling effect on free speech,
and has already damaged our business."

RTMark, which publicizes corporate abuses of
democracy, is housed Please visit to help survive Dow's and Verio's actions, and to
develop a plan to avoid such problems in the future.

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