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I sold my domain, NOT my content!

I just sold my old domain, rosecitygardens.com, through GoDaddy premium listing. I've been paid so that's not the problem. The problem is that whoever bought it is using all of my old content, my logo included. I did not work on that site for YEARS to let some thief steal the content. I sold the name, not my reputation. What can I do about this? I have very little money so a lawyer is out of the question. The whois now says DomainsByProxy. Isn't that Godaddy's?

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Super User III Super User III
Super User III

Re: I sold my domain, NOT my content!

Are you sure they've copied your content?  If the domain was recently transferred and is showing an identical website the buyer may simply not have pointed the domain elsewhere yet.  If this is the case you could simply remove the domain from your hosting plan.

 

Domains by Proxy is a privacy service, you can try contacting by email and it may or may not be redirected to the current owner depending on their settings.

 

Unfortunately there is no IP police, it is up to the rights holders to protect their own interests.  You can submit proof of a violation to the claims department, but as copyright law is quite complicated you may need to enlist the help of an IP lawyer to establish your rights.

https://www.godaddy.com/agreements/showdoc?pageid=TRADMARK_COPY&prog_id=&regionsite=www&marketid=en-...

Re: I sold my domain, NOT my content!

They copied it verbatim.  They're linking to all of my WordPress themes. They have my logo, resized, in the header.  I'm in the process of having all of my Wordpress themes deleted from the repository and am also researching a DMCA notice. I guess I send it to DomainsbyProxy, also thier hosting company, right?

Super User III Super User III
Super User III
Solution

Re: I sold my domain, NOT my content!

First try contacting the domain owner, you can find the email address or click the contact owner link from the GoDaddy Whois listing.

https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=rosecitygardens.com

 

If that does not resolve your issue you can file a claim with Domains by Proxy.

https://www.domainsbyproxy.com/policy/ShowDoc.aspx?pageid=trademark_copy_dbp

https://www.domainsbyproxy.com/ClaimForm.aspx?Type=2

 

It looks like the website is hosted by WPX Hosting.

https://wpxhosting.com/dmca

 

 

Re: I sold my domain, NOT my content!


@Nate wrote:

First try contacting the domain owner, you can find the email address or click the contact owner link from the GoDaddy Whois listing.

https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=rosecitygardens.com

 

If that does not resolve your issue you can file a claim with Domains by Proxy.

https://www.domainsbyproxy.com/policy/ShowDoc.aspx?pageid=trademark_copy_dbp

https://www.domainsbyproxy.com/ClaimForm.aspx?Type=2

 

It looks like the website is hosted by WPX Hosting.

https://wpxhosting.com/dmca

 

 


Thanks! Hopefully, this will go smoothly.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: I sold my domain, NOT my content!

Hi @Immacolata. Just wanted to chime in and let you know that in this situation if there is a copyright issue, the best thing to do is reach out to the hosting provider if the new site owner doesn't comply. That is where the actual copyright issue is occurring. The only time you'd want to reach out to the registrar of the domain would be if the domain name itself violates a trademark that you own. I hope that makes sense. 

 

JesseW - GoDaddy | Community Manager | 24/7 support available at x.co/247support | Remember to choose a solution and give kudos.

Re: I sold my domain, NOT my content!


@JesseW wrote:

Hi @Immacolata. Just wanted to chime in and let you know that in this situation if there is a copyright issue, the best thing to do is reach out to the hosting provider if the new site owner doesn't comply. That is where the actual copyright issue is occurring. The only time you'd want to reach out to the registrar of the domain would be if the domain name itself violates a trademark that you own. I hope that makes sense. 

 


Thanks, Jesse. They've got DomainsByProxy, so I guess I'd send it to them first? I am so over this. Smiley Sad

Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: I sold my domain, NOT my content!

Hi @Immacolata. Actually, as @Nate pointed out, the web host provider is WPX Hosting. I would reach out to them at abuse@wpxhosting.com per the information I was able to find online. Domains By Proxy is actually owned by GoDaddy. GoDaddy would be the registrar for the domain per its WHOIS information. I hope that helps clarify things. 

 

JesseW - GoDaddy | Community Manager | 24/7 support available at x.co/247support | Remember to choose a solution and give kudos.