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    Do I need Offshore Hosting??

    I have a Financial investments client here in the U.S. that would like to start up a sister company in Belize for possible Offshore Clients and with how FCC regulation go you can't advertise in the U.S. or its entities.

    So can he still have a .com website, and can it be from a U.S. Company or will we need to go through an Offshore host/domain provider? If so do you have any recommendations? I know I can google this but I figured I would ask you guys and gals. Thanks for any information you can provide me with.

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    Tell him to contact a lawyer.

    I'm not even joking on this one...if the US government is that stringent, chances are the law is much more complex and nuanced than you described in the first paragraph and what you can and can't do is probably defined by an act of some sort. But if it were me personally, I'd set up the company using a .BZ TLD and a host in Belize. That way, it's truly arms-length. I don't know of any Belize hosting companies, either.
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    Thank you for your advice Game. I don't know if it is the U.S. being stringent or the fact that FCC wants to lock down and control everything, but regardless he wants to be on the up and up especially since he is a "politician" and in the public eye. Its bad enough when you start speaking of "offshore" people frown upon it, so you probably are right about maybe needed to seek out a lawyer just so he knows how to stay within the rules.

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    Oh yeah...if he's in the public eye, he's going to be scrutinized. Welcome to Fishbowl North America.

    Trust me, you've got nothing on Canada when it comes to locking down and controlling things. I know of a major insurance provider that insists on reviewing all of the copy of its brokers (print, website, radio, TV, everything) and approving it before it goes out. I've been working with a guy for 4 months and we've only gotten the home page done. It all has to be on the up and up because of Canadian insurance regulations as well.
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    Dang that is crazy...

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    I have to agree with the first poster. This is not the place to ask for advice on potentially serious legal issues. It could be much more than offshore hosting to comply with regulations like this. A lawyer who specializes in such matters would be your best bet, and it probably wouldn't be cheap. Hopefully your client has the budget for this sort of thing.

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    ...and agreeing with me is always a smart route to take around here for the following reasons:

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    Definitely worthwhile to consider doing everything offshore in cases like that, not just hosting but also the domain registration and TLD that you choose. There have been several high profile examples of online gambling companies hosted outside of the US that had their .com seized without warning because they were perceived to be breaking US law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingpipe View Post
    Definitely worthwhile to consider doing everything offshore in cases like that, not just hosting but also the domain registration and TLD that you choose. There have been several high profile examples of online gambling companies hosted outside of the US that had their .com seized without warning because they were perceived to be breaking US law.
    Weird...the media slant I've heard on this, and bear in mind that I'm Canadian, is that the gambling sites are getting around it primarily by setting up in two places: Aruba and the reserves here such as Kahnawake (which, if I'm not mistaken, is where Bodog operates). The US can't touch them there.

    Granted, this is media bias so I'm prepared to hear the opposite, but I know I've heard this. Actually did a gym workout watching it on a cardio TV.
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    That worked for those guys until early 2012, when the US government seized their .com domain and laid a bunch of charges.
    The .com tld is administered out of the US, so they have jurisdiction to seize a .com, no matter where they are hosted.
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