Lone Lantern Society.org down

Gary Franchi's "Lone Lantern Society" website has been shut down. The web host, GISOL, claims an "AUP violation".

You can read a chronology of events here:

This message is on the front page of the Restore the Republic website:

First, we want to thank all who contributed to LoneLantern.Org's call for help over our hosting company’s extreme demands of 36 months in hosting fees paid up front. With your help we were easily able to raise the money a day earlier than expected.

What wasn’t expected is what our hosting company told us next. This morning on our way to express mail our host the ridiculous 36 month payment up front, we received a phone call from them. They stated because we put out the call for help, we have "libeled" their reputation by explaining to everyone why we needed money for 36 months hosting up front. Furthermore they stated, because of the "libel", they would not put the site back online, nor grant us FTP access to gather our data or move our domain LoneLantern.org to another registrar and hosting entity.

In an even more outrageous turn of events, this rogue host is now saying that they alone own the domain name LoneLantern.org that we registered through them, and they also claim they own ALL of our site’s content, data, and user database that we created since it’s inception.

They have a notorious online reputation and have hundreds of complaints see these links:

These are just a few of the sites where complaints are posted.

We desperately need advice from individuals versed in domain name, DMCA, and/or intellectual property, Internet & technology law so we can fight back against these underhanded practices of our hosting company. Any individuals out there that know attorneys or companies practicing law in this arena please contact us at (go to website to view email address) This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it . LoneLantern.org is in the fight for its life, quite literally. Please assist us in fighting for what’s right; with your help we can take LoneLantern.org back from these modern day digital pirates.

Thanks, Kevin for sending this in. Good luck, Gary.

This is ridiculous. Why

This is ridiculous. Why don't they tell them to screw off and get a new server??

That's too bad

But I think you are screwed. It's unfortunate that you didn't keep a copy of your site off-line. That was a big mistake. Unless you plan on traveling to Russia and kicking their asses, there may not be much you can do. Hopefully this will be a lesson learned to others. Good luck.

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How many saved pages elsewhere?

You know, a lot of people save webpages to their own computers for the sake of scholarly research, which is totally legal. It's quite possible a LOT of people have saved these pages, here and there, for just such purposes. If anyone had a place to send COPIES of such pages, to centralize this, I don't think this webhost would have a leg to stand on. Especially if someone totally unconnected to the original REAL publishers did it. Something much like this happened with "Liberalism Resurgent" after the original publisher's death.

Also, try archive.org, the Internet Archive.

Also, some judicious use of search terms might turn up places where stray references or copies of pages have wandered over the web. Again, such a project wouldn't have to be done only by the publishers. Any interested person could try resurrecting as many pages as possible. Heck, this could make an interesting project for any student of "Internet forensics," strictly from a scholastic project viewpoint.

"Publishing should be the ultimate back-up." I'm only sorry that I haven't made it a point to regularly save anything from your website. It is a reminder of exactly why I DO make it a point to save, not just read, several other sites. Drivespace is just too cheap for any of us to risk losing any politically interesting material, from anywhere in the world.

Does anyone out there have anything to add on this thread, perhaps good ideas on how to save favorite websites, especially in mirrorable form?

Also, does anyone have any idea on the lega status of such claims in the eyes of the big search engines? They often have cached versions of such sites, so you don't always have to go to the original webhost anyway. Just search, and start saving those cached pages. If these guys don't have much respect for legal standards, most likely a lot of other entities don't worry too much about the legal assertions anyway.

get it back from waybackmachine

archive.org might have the last months snapshot?



Is this legal??? This is bull sh*t! How can they get away with this!?!
I hope you can find a way to get what belongs to you. This is an outrage!!!