Dear Damon Billian: We're not as stupid as you think!
Please stop your insulting comments on forums
CloudFlare is hosting the DNS lookups for their customers by
providing the nameservers. The entire point of DMCA and other laws
concerning content on the web is to provide due process toward
removing the offending content from the Internet, so that it cannot
be seen by the public. If CloudFlare deleted the nameserver records
for the offending domain, it would effectively be removed from the
web. The content would be unreachable within a matter of minutes.
Stop insulting us, Mr. Billian. Obviously it wouldn't affect the
existence of that content on the original server. It is also true
that if the owner of that server tossed his box into a dumpster,
the content would still be on that server. This is utterly
The point is this: it would be gone from the
web. Yes, the owner can change the authoritative nameservers
to a non-Cloudflare DNS provider through his registrar, and the
content would again be available on the web. But if that happened
we would be one step closer to identifying the owner. This owner is
probably using CloudFlare because you are hiding his identity.
Chances are that he would remove the offending content himself
before exposing information that could reveal his identity.
When you write that you "respond to valid DMCA complaints with who
the hosting provider is to people that file a valid DMCA
complaint," you are being disingenuous. Your DMCA form is carefully
designed to obstruct complaints. On those rare occasions when a
complaint arrives despite this, you respond with the netname and
not the IP address. In every case we've seen, the netname is not
specific enough to identify the box that is hosting the content.
This means that the information you provide is often useless.