If you feel a domain violates any applicable copyright laws, providing a properly formatted Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or "DMCA", complaint to the hosting provider and/or registrant is the best way to proceed. You can find more information about the scope and application of DMCA complaints here .
Please note that unlike the hosting provider and registrant, the registrar of a domain does not have any control over the content that is displayed on a domain. Finding the hosting provider and registrant is a quick and easy process that will ensure your claim is addressed as quickly as possible.
Finding the registrant
To identify the registrant of a domain:
- Perform a whois search on the domain. Many sites, like www.who.is, perform this type of service.
- Identify the "Administrative Contact". This is a good address to send your copyright complaint yo, as the administrator of a site has access to the domain's content.
Find the hosting provider
To identify the hosting provider of a domain, you will need to find the IP address of the domain.
To find the IP address and hosting provider using who.is:
- After you have performed a whois search on the domain, click on the "DNS Record Button" located under the heading "Who.is Lookup."
- Find the table closest to the bottom of the screen that is labelled "DNS RECORDS". Copy the IP address to the right of the "A" type records.
- At the very top of the screen, there is a link that says "IP Index". Please click on this link.
- Paste the IP address you have copied and click Who.is Search.
- You will now see the hosting provider's information. Always make sure to check for an "Abuse Contact".