ORC backs OVH in the on going Wikileaks hosting saga
ORC BENELUX HQ – Seeings how we’ve been getting quite a bit of questions from the public and press regarding the information about Wikileaks being hosted on the same network and potentially even in the same data-center as Operation Reality by OVH in Roubaix France, we figured we would make a brief public post outlining our position on this matter in order to end any speculation.
As long time customers of OVH for our dedicated server hosting needs (going on several years now), ORC would like to put to rest any concerns or rumors about Operation Reality potentially dropping OVH specifically over the issue of OVH considering to drop legal paying customers of their services solely due to pressure received by politicians or private interests outside the scope of French law because of political or ideological reasoning.
We respect OVH’s judicious decision to not simply cave to political or private pressure as many American companies (Amazon, PayPal, Mastercard, Visa, etc) had done so easily just hours earlier by ousting Wikileaks from their servers/services without referring to any legal justification under American law.
Octave Klaba, the director and founder of OVH basically made it clear they were neither for nor against the site and would follow the French Justice’s ruling on the matter and not that of simple politicians or private lobbyists making demands or threats on political or ideological grounds through back channels. ORC applauds this decision and stance. We would expect nothing less from a legally responsible company such as OVH. Had this not been the case or should this policy in effect ever change, ORC might indeed have to consider other hosting providers, however for now, we fully support OVH’s stance on the matter and their legal responsibility with regards to honoring their existing customer’s contracts as applicable under French law despite external pressure.
For more information please refer to following threads posted by Octave on the OVH Forums.
If you are a member of ORC you may also be interested in the on going discussion thread about this topic in the ORC Forums @ http://operationreality.org/forums/showthread.php?t=6563