Can your VPS be used for Adult hosting

November 18, 2012 14.7k views
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As a follow-up:

It seems DO updated their ToS and is now more clear:

3.2 You agree that you will not transmit, distribute, post, store, link, or otherwise traffic in Content, information, software, or materials on or through the Service that (i) is unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another's privacy, tortious, offensive, profane, contains or depicts pornography that is unlawful, or is otherwise inappropriate as determined by us in our sole discretion, (ii) you know is false, misleading, untruthful or inaccurate, (iii) constitutes unauthorized or unsolicited advertising, (iv) impersonates any person or entity, including any of our employees or representatives, or (v) includes anyone’s identification documents or sensitive financial information. DigitalOcean may permit, in its sole discretion, adult websites that abide by state and federal law and regulation.
-- Terms of Service Agreement
Last Updated March 4th, 2014


Under my understanding of these terms it should be ok to host as long as its legal content. That means you obviously can't host copyrighted stuff nor extreme or obscene pornography.

Do some research on 2257 regulations and DMCA notices for adult sites. Consult a lawyer. Play safe.

Also, there's a second part that states that grandfathered accounts can't host adult content. In this case I believe is understandable in the sense that adult content traffic is very demanding.

3.7 As a reward for being early adopters of the Services, Subscribers with grandfathered Accounts shall receive free bandwidth for the duration that such Account is operative and conducts its operations in compliance with these Terms of Service (“Grandfathered Accounts”). The free bandwidth may only be used directly by the Subscriber of such Grandfathered Account. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Subscribers of Grandfathered Accounts must NOT: (i) run Torrents for download or Seed Servers, TOR, or services that include content of an adult or pornographic nature; (ii) resell services through their Account to provide free bandwidth to other individuals; or (iii) transfer the Account ownership to another individual or entity, or otherwise circumvent the intended fair usage of free bandwidth by distributing it freely to others. Failure of Subscribers of Grandfathered Accounts to follow these terms will result in the revocation of their Accounts’ grandfathered status.
-- Terms of Service Agreement
Last Updated March 4th, 2014

As in any case, it doesn't hurt to read the fine print.

You agree that you will NOT use DigitalOcean's services to: violate any applicable state or federal law and regulation, including, but not limited to, any copyright, trademark, patent, anti-piracy, or other intellectual property law or regulation, or encourage or enable others to violate any such law or regulation. Transmit, distribute, post, store, link, or otherwise traffic in information, software, or materials that is offensive, abusive, inappropriate, malicious, or detrimental, including, but not limited to, those that: Are pornographic, obscene, fraudulent, or discriminatory, including any containing nudity, erotica, profanity, or obscenities. You agree that you will NOT use DigitalOcean's services to run a Content Delivery Network. That includes but is not limited to using DigitalOcean's services to create a network of servers that transmit and/or distribute content for third parties specifically for the purpose of resell or otherwise free dissemination."
Sorry we do not allow Adult websites on DigitalOcean.

As per our Terms of Service, Adult Hosting is allowed.

By Russ answer, is it possible to use VPS for Adult Sites, like "Escort Service" with videos and photo galleries from escorts?
@cas: Legal adult content is allowed.
Thanks for your answer Kamal.
I want to create a site for adult services, with privacy on first place, not a porn site, just galleries of pictures and videos from whom offer services.

Did you think it's ok on DO?

can someone knows about it ?

What about using DigitalOcean's VPS as a VPN server to traffic adult site?

Is that allowed?

not host, just traffic to adult site..

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