I found out a few months ago that someone had grabbed one of the old blogs that I had intentionally let expire, bought the domain, and reposted the content. I don't know exactly why they did it, but the reasons can't be good.
Anyway, I finally got around to sending DMCA takedowns. My friend Dave said it was easy, and indeed, it was. If someone pulls some weird, possibly identity-theft-related stunt on you, you can:
- Find out what registrar has the domain using the `whois` command.
- Use the `dig` command to find the IP of the web host.
- Use `whois` on that IP to find out who's providing that host.
Then, write emails to the abuse contacts of each of those companies using a template
After you send it, you're presumably done, but I have no idea how these companies will respond. Tasks like this are incredibly aggravating because you can call it done after you do your part, but you don't know if it's truly done or if there will be more to do at some indeterminate time in the future.