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    Posted: 06 Aug 2019 at 1:15pm

Firstly let me say this site is not going to be closed down but there a danger that there will be an issue in the not to distant future.

As you know the site is hosted in the United Kingdom and as such falls under the UK legal jurisdiction, a white paper was released a few weeks ago and as such is on the way to becoming law in the United Kingdom about harm and the UK government  is looking to have the legal right to block sites in the UK or shut them down if they are hosted in the UK if the site hosted in the UK if the UK government or someone within it deems the site to be of harm to “our way of life in the UK”.

This is a very broad definition that includes things like Child sexual exploitation and abuse and how can say no to that type of thing but it also includes items that are not so easily defined such as “inappropriate material” and while you may be thinking of things like “Terrorist content and activity”, “Extreme pornography” & “Revenge pornography” they are explicitly called out in the paper and “inappropriate material” has been discussed through out the process as anything the government deems to be so.

Many of the pro shooting sites will be caught up in the net and a couple of high profile sites are already looking to move out of the UK so they can still publish content via a VPN now while I think this is a little premature it will be come a issue for other smaller sites such as this one in the next couple of years.

While it will be annoying for people in the UK to use a VPN at least that is a way should a site hosted in the UK be taken down at the request of the UK authorities then none will be able to access the content.

 

So we need to discuss the future of this site the options ate the following:

  1. Do nothing – Keep the site where it is and hope that everything works it self out.
  2. Risk the loss of the forum – Leave things as they are and is the UK government take it down we all move on and get on with the rest of our lives.
  3. Move the forum – Move the forum to a non UK host.
  4. Someone else takes over the forum – I know I have not been active on the forum for a while so perhaps it is time to pass the hosting & forum over to a new custodian.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AndyC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Aug 2019 at 4:02pm
Well, I'd suggest wait and see for now until the picture becomes clearer - but also backing up the forum database (perhaps on a regular schedule) so that it can be restored in a jiffy to an overseas host should it become necessary.

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Hi Andy,

The site is backuped daily along with the databases so the information will be safe.

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