Say I hosted a virtual private network somewhere on a cloud hosting provider, say an amazon aws server. If I shared access to that VPN to other people (say for simplicity's sake, 5 friends), someone could potentially use it to access illegal content while trying to remain anonymous.
I know I could be subpoenaed or sued for this. Of course, being personally innocent, I would hand over the server logs, or do whatever was required of me.
- If the logs showed that the illegal traffic was going to another IP address not in my possession, am I still liable for routing that traffic?
- If the logs for whatever reason couldn't prove that the illegal traffic was going to another specific IP address not in my possession, does liability default to me personally, for having ownership over the VPN server which routed it?
I'm trying to ascertain the level of risk associated with hosting my own VPN server, for extra-personal use, but not as a business. No contracts, no fees, just like a club that also accepts donations to keep the service alive.