Content theft is a pain in the butt! On Wednesday February 27 I became aware of a theft of an article of mine. We are the World was published on another website, without the graphic video – not surprisingly actually as the website in question is a travel website. I may not be Shakespeare, but what is mine, is mine. Hands off!
The contact form on the website doesn’t work (why is THAT a surprise) but we did find a registration and a contact through the various Whois type services on the web. I duly emailed. Absolutely no response, of course.
Registered through: GoDaddy.com, LLC (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: TRAVELCHANNELSHOWS.COM
Domain servers in listed order:
Everywhere I search this domain, it comes up as GoDaddy being the registrar, so my next port of call was GoDaddy. Their response is as follows:
Thank you for contacting the GoDaddy.com. We are not the hosting provider for this site. We have neither access to, nor jurisdiction over the content on this site.
The web hosting provider for this website is the company responsible for policing any content that appears on this site. To determine the web hosting provider, use a publicly-available tool, like http://www.kloth.net/services/nslookup.php. This tool will give you the resolving IP address which can then be compared to ARIN’s (http://www.arin.net) IP allocation database. This will give you the relevant information for the true hosting provider.
Please submit your complaint to this company based on their AUP.
Content Abuse Team
So I faithfully follow their instructions to the letter and submit a DMCA form with CloudFlare.
I get the following response from CloudFlare:
CloudFlare received your copyright complaint dated March 8, 2013 regarding:
CloudFlare is a pass-through network provider and, at most, automatically caches content for a limited period in order to improve network performance. CloudFlare is not a hosting provider and does not provide hosting services for the domain(s) in question or any other website except for cloudflare.com.
ADMIN839-ARINAdministratorYou should direct your request to:
1. The provider where travelchannelshows.com is hosted; 2. The owner listed in the WHOIS record for travelchannelshows.com and/or 3. The contact listed on the travelchannelshows.com site
Note — a look up of the IPs for a website will show CloudFlare IPs because we’re a pass-through network. The actual website is still hosted at the web hosting provider indicated above. If the web host has any questions please have the web host contact us DIRECTLY regarding this site. We will only provide the web hosting provider with the IP of the web server if they contact us directly.
OK this is getting ridiculous!
I have now duly sent an email off to the above email address, attaching all the previous emails!
I have just received a chirpy email telling me I am now a registered user of serverhub.com’s support center! I don’t want to be a registered user of your support centre, I just want you to take down my stolen work FFS!!!
I will update this saga when (and if) I ever have a resolution!!!
Do you have a similar story of content theft to share? How did you fix it in the end?