Something geekinthegreen said about Geocities shutting down and not letting you access your data immediately made the shutting down of AOL Hometown in 2008 spring to mind for me. I can't imagine why, can you, but thinking of it made me want to read the Wiki on Hometown (I wouldn't have known there's a Wiki but for the fact I keep getting referrers in my stats from that page).
Perusing another external link on the Wiki, I came upon this guy, who quite hilariously explains why losing your data at some fickle website's whim ought to be against the law. While I hesitate to agree because *ahem, I won't drop any names* some content creators seem to want all their work to disappear forever (for privacy or copyright reasons or hell-if-I-know-whatever), I agree that a website shutting down or changing the range or type of service it offers (as Bravehost did) is no excuse to yank your data away from you and not let you have access to it ever again.
Today I was in the same boat as AOL Hometown users were over four years ago, which means NOTHING has changed in spite of Jason Scott's advocacy, except the name of the site responsible for the data-yank and the reason given for the yanking. Seriously, go read this and this and definitely check out this: good stuff, still as perfectly relevant today as it was four or five years ago, and makes my fight to get my files back from Bravehost seem like the right thing to do (which I wasn't sure about until I read all that JS had to say on the topic).