A domain name registrar in Germany has deleted the registration for a gruesome U.S.-based online photo gallery that featured stomach-wrenching images from autopsies and medical procedures. Computer Service Langenbach, which operates the Joker.com registrar in Dusseldorf, Germany, yanked the Ogrish.com domain name from its database this week in response to a request from a German prosecutor, said the hosting service and the owner of the site Tuesday. "I've never heard of a case where a registrar can disable a domain over content," said Ted Hickman, who runs Virginia-based ProHosters.com. "I certainly won't be registering any domains at Joker.com...We'll host anything that's legal in the U.S. It's not our job to determine whether content is acceptable to others." Neither Computer Service Langenbach nor the German embassy in Washington responded to inquiries. A search on the domain Ogrish.com in the Whois database lists it as "disabled by government." Hickman provided a copy of the e-mail from Joker.com that said that domain was taken offline "by order of Staatsanwaltschaft Dusseldorf," the public prosecutor's office. If a German government office did order the domain removed, this would be another case of the global Internet running up against national laws, which in Germany can be unusually restrictive. In October 2001, the Dusseldorf government ordered local Internet providers to block access to four U.S. Web sites, including shock site Rotten.com. In October 2000, the Chicago Board of Elections won a court order shutting down VoteAuction.com, a Web site in Austria that claimed to allow Americans to trade their votes in the presidential elections that year. It soon popped up under the new name Vote-auction.com. "The German government has shut Ogrish.com--one of the biggest shock Internet sites around--down through Joker.com," Dan Klinker, the founder of Sterling, Va.-based grish.com, said in an e-mail message on Tuesday. "Ogrish.com is currently being hosted on Ogrish.prohosters.com." In hopes of finding a more free-speech-friendly locale, Klinker said he has tried to transfer the domain away from Joker.com to a U.S. registrar but the transfer has not taken place yet. --By Declan McCullagh, source: news.com (CNET) Article can be read here.