Criminals, Thieves, and Lack of Transparency

Every so often, my blog gets plagiarized. I do a whois, find the offending party, have a short email conversation, and get that person to remove my content, and forget the whole thing ever happened.

Not now. Right now, I’m having a very dissatisfying email conversation with domainsbyproxy.com, DBP. They are protecting creativedevelopment.biz, CD. You will notice that I have not made them urls, by design. As far as I can tell, both of them are evil.

I called DBP today, to talk to someone—anyone about the emails from them that I do not understand. When you find abuse, you are supposed to report the abuse, and they follow up by email. I have provided my original writing link. I have provided the plagiarized link. I have provided evidence of copyright. They are asking for a good faith statement (which should not be necessary since I have claimed copyright), which I believe I have provided. I asked to talk to a manager. No manager was available. I asked to speak to someone who signed the paycheck of the person I spoke with. No one was available. The nice person told me they were all about security.

This is not security. This is about protecting criminals. This is about making it impossible to see who is doing business on the net. I would go as far to say that if you do business with DBP, you are the kind of person I do not want to do business with. You keep company with people who steal.

I put you people on notice. You want “security,” fine. I’m outing you whenever I cross paths with you. I will find bigger fish to tell. You common thief. Hide all you want. We will find you, out you, and crush you. Eventually.

About Johanna Rothman

I help managers and leaders do reasonable things that work.
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4 Responses to Criminals, Thieves, and Lack of Transparency

  1. Drew Kime says:

    Lots of ISPs are very particular in how you submit a DMCA takedown notice. I’ve gotten in the habit — because I’ve done this at least a dozen times — of copying the form off of their site, and then interspersing my text with their numbered items.

    You want a good faith statement? Fine, here is your own text parroted back to you.

    It’s stupid, but it works … or at least it has worked every time so far.

  2. PJ Brunet says:

    “Name Server: NS2093.HOSTGATOR.COM
    Name Server: NS2094.HOSTGATOR.COM
    Created by Registrar: ADDRESS CREATION
    Last Updated by Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC.
    Last Transferred Date: Sat Sep 09 16:01:21 GMT 2006
    Domain Registration Date: Wed Oct 16 06:47:03 GMT 2002
    Domain Expiration Date: Sat Oct 15 23:59:59 GMT 2011
    Domain Last Updated Date: Tue Dec 14 23:36:52 GMT 2010″

    I’d try contacting HostGator first.

  3. Joelle Nebbe aka iphigenie says:

    You’re going at it from the wrong angle.

    Domains by proxy is purely in the business of providing anonymous domain registration. They do not host, they don’t do DNS, they only provide a way to hide your real name and address in WHOIS requests. Because they don’t host or do DNS they have no way of turning a site off. They do on the other hand automatically forward any email to the domain’s anonymised contact emails to the real owner. Because they don’t host or do DNS, they cannot take any action.

    They will not just hand over the details of anyone. If they do that, their business is pretty much gone, since anonymity IS their business.

    Anonymity on the domain name level is something that matters – your real address in whois is visible to everyone, so there are many good reasons to want to avoid that
    - whois is routinely harvested by scammers, spammers and worse. I notice it on the domains where I havent used anonymous registration. I regularly get scam emails trying to get me to pay invoices for services I don’t have on that domain, and worse.
    - if you register your domains as a private individual, people can get your home address from your blog’s domain name – to harass, or burglar, or whatever they come up with…
    - you never know when what you write or say could be labelled illegal or immoral somewhere – just writing about anything about technology or security or human rights is going to set someone off…

    Anyway, to go back to your situation: you need to go to the hosting company or domain name registrar – they are able to take action, and, if in the US, they might be required to take action.

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