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    Host Name Lookup Help

    I hope I don't get flamed for this one....

    Here is my situation. I have been doing some freelance work on the side. Basically I have a web server on my DSL connection. I also handle the DNS for sites I host on the web server. I have a freelance company web site also hosted. I have a client who had adult content on my web server. Naturally, I didn't list this site on my clients page. But if someone wants to put adult content on their site that is fine with me as long as it isn't illegal. Hence, I am willing to host adult content on my web servers.

    Well some jerk off internet porn tracking organization did a whois on the web site hosting adult content and saw that the DNS host was my company. So what this organization did was it wrote all of the clients listed on my company page saying that my freelance company supports pornography and told them that since they are on my clients page that they are associated with the pornography. A bunch of clients said that they would leave my company if I didn't remove the site. So I had to contact the client who had the adult content and remove the site. I think that this is totally screwed up considering that the adult content was legal. It is really messed up that these organizations actually go out there and try to destroy companies simply because they allow adult content to be hosted on their web servers.

    Anyway I don't think that these people should be getting away with this, and I still want to be able to host adult content. So here is what I am doing. I am setting up a seperate DNS entry for the adult web site. where the dns will be something like dns.adultwebsitehere.net. So there will be no connection to my company. It will still be the web servers that my company is using, but there won't be any connection to them accept the IP Address. But if someone does an nslookup on the IP Address my upstream provider is listed in the host name. I have no doubt that these organizations are ruthless enough to stop at nothing to get adult content removed from the web. And I am worried they will give my upstream provider hell for the content on my web servers. My upstream provider is a small local company and I don't think they would have the guts to tell these people that there is nothing illegal about the site and that they won't take it down.

    So basically my question is how the heck can I stop the IP from pointing back to my upstream provider. Is there anyway I can make it so if a nslookup is done on the IP Address that it will be looked up through my DNS instead of theirs? Maybe there are standard packages that upstream providers offer to have the host name different if you purchase the IP? I don't know, any ideas? This is a honest technical question concerning 100% legal content on a web server, so please refrain from flaming. Thanks.
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    You could try to get your upstream provider to change their reverse lookup tables to something that doesn't name them, possibly www.adultwebsitehere.net. Some will, some won't. It really wouldn't do you much good though. All a person has to do is go to ARIN and lookup the address block and they can find out who "owns" the IP block. There's nothing you can do about that.

    Stuart

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    I don't know... it sucks. These net nanny groups seem so ruthless. I am going to call up my upstream and mention this to them. We have a business account with them, and they already know we are doing hosting. We have also leased quite a few IPs from them. I can't find anything in their terms of service saying that you can't host adult content. I'm just worried that these groups will go writing all their clients and try to destroy their business for allowing adult content just like they tried to do to mine. I wouldn't want my upstream to cave into these groups tactics. I wish I had more information on the group, but I don't. I would love to know who these people are.

    So I think the only thing I can do is call my upstream, and tell them the situation. But I am just worried they will hear "Adult Content" and immeadiately say no. Anyone have any other ideas?
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