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How To Pinpoint The Webhosting Company Of An Offending Site?


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#1 Shoban Sen

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 12:40 PM

I could use some urgent help here. I need to find out who is hosting a site whose URL is {offensive url removed} . The offending site has totally copied one of my websites and put it up at that URL using his/her name as the author. I need to make a formal complaint to the website host about copyright infringement. According to the US law, the website host must disable the site or else they may be held legally responsible for copyright infringement. This had happened twice to me before, concerning other sites. But in both those instances it was easy to identify the website host, and when I wrote to them they had immediately disabled the sites.

If it is not easy to identify the website host, is there a place in the Internet to report this kind of abuse?

Edit: Removed active adult oriented URL as it is not needed to know how to reply to the question. ~ Animal
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#2 Galadriel

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 01:19 PM

You can whois the domain.

http://www.domaintools.com/

Note - that link in your post... is that the real URL of the site in question?

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#3 Shoban Sen

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 06:51 PM

Hi Galadriel:

First of all, that URL or domain name that I mentioned in my original posting as xxxxxx.net was, of course, NOT REAL. For various reasons, I did not want to advertise an offending domain name or URL before the matter is settled. But it was alongname.net.

I was researching all afternoon about the problem. That is why I did not even see your reply until now, when I returned to announce that I have myself found out the name of the website host and have already sent a formal complaint about Copyright Infringement to them.

While Googling various key phrases, I found the following site:

Discover Who is Hosting any Website
http://www.dailyblogtips.com/discover-who-...ng-any-website/

They suggested:

whoishosting.com's website at:
http://whoishostingthis.com/

There, in their Search Box, I typed in the domain name and clicked on the Search button. In about 3-4 minutes it returned the Website host's name and a link to the host's site. In that site I clicked on Contact Us and found an e-mail link to report Abuse, which I did. Hopefully, they will take care of my problem now. It seemed like a piece of cake!

I am sure, your link will work too. But the one I used was REALLY EASY and accurate. That is why I wanted to share this info with everybody.

Thanks for your willingness to help.
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Posted 07 August 2008 - 07:00 PM

Hi Galadriel:

First of all, that URL or domain name that I mentioned in my original posting as xxxxxx.net was, of course, NOT REAL. For various reasons, I did not want to advertise an offending domain name or URL before the matter is settled. But it was alongname.net.


That's what I thought, but it turned out that the one you used was a live link to an adult site... be a little more careful next time. ;)

I was researching all afternoon about the problem. That is why I did not even see your reply until now, when I returned to announce that I have myself found out the name of the website host and have already sent a formal complaint about Copyright Infringement to them.

While Googling various key phrases, I found the following site:

Discover Who is Hosting any Website
http://www.dailyblogtips.com/discover-who-...ng-any-website/

They suggested:

whoishosting.com's website at:
http://whoishostingthis.com/

There, in their Search Box, I typed in the domain name and clicked on the Search button. In about 3-4 minutes it returned the Website host's name and a link to the host's site. In that site I clicked on Contact Us and found an e-mail link to report Abuse, which I did. Hopefully, they will take care of my problem now. It seemed like a piece of cake!

I am sure, your link will work too. But the one I used was REALLY EASY and accurate. That is why I wanted to share this info with everybody.

Thanks for your willingness to help.


Glad you found the info you were looking for. Good to know what steps you used to get the info also. :flowers:
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#5 Shoban Sen

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 07:16 PM

Sorry about the xxxxxx.net thing. Like the credit card companies do, instead of real characters they use x's to hide the real account number -- I did the same. Who knew it would be a porn site ... and I am claiming I am the original owner of the site!!! Sorry about all this confusion. I shall be careful next time.
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