Well isn't this interesting…
Yesterday I ranted about a splog that was stealing content from my (and many others) blogs.
This morning I filed a complaint with Goolge's AdSense abuse and began my quest to hunt down Mr. Splogger and his domain host.
The goal in finding direct contact info was to find out where to file a DMCA Notice of Copyright Infringement. The "DMCA" is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (of 1998). Title II of the DMCA:
creates a safe harbor for online service providers (OSPs, including ISPs) against copyright liability if they adhere to and qualify for certain prescribed safe harbor guidelines and promptly block access to allegedly infringing material (or remove such material from their systems) if they receive a notification claiming infringement from a copyright holder or the copyright holder's agent. (Wikipedia)
A WHOIS search of Mr. Splogger's domain quickly revealed who registered the splog domain. Shockingly, emails and calls to that individual went unanswered. The WHOIS showed the domain was hosted by YellowFiber.net. Frustration quickly set in however, when voice mails and emails to YellowFiber went unanswered. The fax number shown on YellowFibers site was also non-functional.
I noticed however that YellowFiber is a subsidy of MoveClicks LLC. Using the *fabulous* site whois.domaintools.com and searching the IP address resulted in an actual name and phone number for someone in the YellowFiber "abuse department" — one Zack Thompson (no relation). I called Zack's number. No answer, no indication on the voice mail that it was even the right number. So I hung up in disgust.
Less than 30 seconds later, my phone rings. It was Zack! We had a 20 second conversation. He said "Submit a DMCA to [email protected] and we'll take care of it". 15 minutes later I got a form response with a case number, login and password so I could see the status of the complaint.
And a little less than five hours later, http:// realestate . wognews . com (and its sister splog debt . wognews) are no more (they've been replaced by a pic of some borderline underage girl holding a sign that says "I love WOG!". Yes, she is clothed. And no, I will not comment on the attractiveness of said female. She is young. I am old. 'Nuff said).
I don't know if it was YellowFiber, Google, my polite yet quite firm emails and voice mails to the splogger, or just coincidence, but I'll take it. One more vermin off-line — at least for now.
If YellowFiber took them down, then good on them!
If anyone is interested, here is my DMCA Notice. Feel free to use it if you need it!
Now, back to business!
[tags]splog defeated, YellowFiber, Plagiarism Today, Jonathan Bailey[/tags]