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Old 18 Aug 2019, 19:07
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Contacting A Webmaster

Well... Here goes... I found that private photos taken of my by ex is now showing up on a adult website... but there is no way for me to delete the photos.. Also.. there is no way to contact anyone from the site to have them do it... I've searched and searched... I thought I would sign up here and maybe you guys would be the experts at this and point in the right direction... What I found so far is that site seems to be hosted by Godaddy.com and photos are hosting by Photopost… can anyone help.... Thank you for any help you might give me...

PS I can give details if you need me to...
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Old 18 Aug 2019, 19:13
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I suggest you first file a copyright claim under 17US106 "Exclusive Copyright" for pictorial or photographic works.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/106

You can find out how and where to file your claim here:

https://www.godaddy.com/legal/agreem...t-infringement
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Old 18 Aug 2019, 19:29
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If the pictures are hosted/located on the forum itself and not by a third party host then your best bet would be to contact the hosting company in question by following the link posted by In Omnibus. If the hosting company also refuses to take action then you might have to take legal action against the hosting company or the owner of the forum.

I don't know the context of the pictures but it could be classified as "revenge porn" of which almost every state has laws against.
The following can help victims: https://www.cybercivilrights.org/revenge-porn-laws/. You might want to reach out to them by phone. See https://www.cybercivilrights.org/victim-services/
Here more information on the laws by state: https://criminal.findlaw.com/crimina...-by-state.html

Unfortunately you have to keep in mind that once something appears on the internet, it will likely remain there forever. You don't know how many people made copies or spread it somewhere else.
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Old 18 Aug 2019, 22:25
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Thank you all for the help... it's a start... They have no where on their website to contact them myself... and or a availability of my deleting the content myself... I will let you know how it goes... thank you...
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Old 21 Aug 2019, 22:25
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carolina1951, use this to look up the website domain information: http://whois.domaintools.com/

Often, you can find contact info. If the website's owner info is private under WHOIS Protection, there should at least be host contact info, example, from 1 of my NameCheap domains:

Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.namecheap.com
Registrar URL: http://www.namecheap.com
Updated Date:
Creation Date:
Registrar Registration Expiration Date:
Registrar: NAMECHEAP INC
Registrar IANA ID: 1068
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@namecheap.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.6613102107


In this case, reach out to abuse@namecheap.com.

If they are hosted with a different host, and that may be possible, look for the "IP Location" and "ASN" information. It might state which web hosting they are with: GoDaddy, NameCheap, Hostgator, DreamHost, etc.

From there, you can get to the host's website and find the contact information as well.
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Old 21 Aug 2019, 22:48
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carolina1951, use this to look up the website domain information: http://whois.domaintools.com/

Often, you can find contact info. If the website's owner info is private under WHOIS Protection, there should at least be host contact info, example, from 1 of my NameCheap domains:

Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.namecheap.com
Registrar URL: http://www.namecheap.com
Updated Date:
Creation Date:
Registrar Registration Expiration Date:
Registrar: NAMECHEAP INC
Registrar IANA ID: 1068
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@namecheap.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.6613102107


In this case, reach out to abuse@namecheap.com.

If they are hosted with a different host, and that may be possible, look for the "IP Location" and "ASN" information. It might state which web hosting they are with: GoDaddy, NameCheap, Hostgator, DreamHost, etc.

From there, you can get to the host's website and find the contact information as well.
Note that the majority of the domains have private/protected WHOIS these days, mainly because of the European privacy laws.

It's possible to contact the abuse email address that is listed on the WHOIS result but it's very unlikely that they'll do anything if you don't take legal matters.
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Old 22 Aug 2019, 01:03
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Follow Up... I was able to contact the webmaster … He says to bad for you.. and is holding me hostage... He says he will remove the photo for $50 … What are my rights now... This is so wrong.... Am I in my rights to report him...
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Old 22 Aug 2019, 02:18
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Follow Up... I was able to contact the webmaster … He says to bad for you.. and is holding me hostage... He says he will remove the photo for $50 … What are my rights now... This is so wrong.... Am I in my rights to report him...
If you capture all evidence and send it to the hosting company of the site then you might have a good chance.
GoDaddy has a page where you can report a site hosted on their network in case you're positive they are hosted on GoDaddy: https://supportcenter.godaddy.com/AbuseReport/Index

Another option is to contact your local law enforcement agency in case your state has laws against revenge porn, but there's a good chance they wont do much about it or are clueless about such internet crimes. Finally like I mentioned in my previous post, I see https://www.cybercivilrights.org/victim-services/ mentioned everywhere online who provide help in situations like yours.

Here is more information https://lifehacker.com/what-to-do-if...orn-1825528442
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Old 22 Aug 2019, 03:14
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Originally Posted by carolina1951 View Post
Follow Up... I was able to contact the webmaster … He says to bad for you.. and is holding me hostage... He says he will remove the photo for $50 … What are my rights now... This is so wrong.... Am I in my rights to report him...
You're not going to get anywhere by contacting the webmaster. You need to file the DMCA Takedown first no matter what else you decide to do. Any lawyer or court will require it as the first step. You have to prove you followed legal procedure to get a court to do anything.

I'm not allowed to give you legal advice because there is no established attorney-client relationship between us but if there were one I would tell you the same thing. Don't waste your time contacting the webmaster or the administrator or anyone else at the site.

File the DMCA. If the hosting or registrar fails to respond to the DMCA then you need to contact ICANN with the DMCA and have their registrar license pulled. It won't go that far unless the host is outside the United States.

If Namechaep is the registrar then follow the instructions here:

https://www.namecheap.com/legal/gene...mark-policies/
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