Blog Content Theft 2

Thanks to terrific Support resources provided by WordPress, I followed instructions to trace the shady website KALEIMAILEALII <dot> NET.

This is a clear case of copyright infringement.

The domain registrant is:  Domains by Proxy, Inc, 15111 N. Hayden Rd. Ste 160, PMB 353, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Domains by Proxy

The domain is registered through GoDaddy.com, Inc; created on 24 April 2005, and expires on 24 April 2011.

The website is hosted by:  HostGator. They have a bizarre reporting procedure, in which they will only accept DMCA infringement complaints via FAX or MAIL. Wow.

They also have a link “DMCA Takedown” at which exasperated bloggers like me can pay $99 for them to “take care” of the infringer. Wow.

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3 Responses to Blog Content Theft 2

  1. Dahmia says:

    Does this mean their stolen information will disappear next month? Sorry you’re having to spend your creative mind on these types of things but of course you are adept at multi tasking – good for you!!

  2. Kawika says:

    Aloha Ku’ulei!

    Bummer. I don’t believe it is legal for Hostgator to require payment or to not accept DMCA notification by email. The registration requirements include listing of an email address as well. If they don’t act on a notice provided in accord with the OCILLA portion of the DMCA they may be ineligible for the “safe harbor” provisions and could be accountable for the illegal actions of their customers. More on OCILLA at, e.g., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_Copyright_Infringement_Liability_Limitation_Act#Safe_Harbor_Provision_for_Online_Storage_-_.C2.A7_512.28c.29

    If you go to the official listing of agents beginning with “h” at the U.S. Copyright Office at:
    http://www.copyright.gov/onlinesp/list/h_agents.html
    there are 3 listings for hostgator, all listing as their agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement.

    It couldn’t hurt to provide formal notification by email as described in the wikipedia article.

  3. I do hope there is a more successful resolution to this in a Part 3, this is just awful.

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