Righthaven Gets Punked By Invalid Whois
Thursday, April 21st, 2011
“Copyright Troll” domain name suspended due to invalid whois information.
Copyright enforcer Righthaven LLC has been punked thanks to allegedly invalid whois information.
The company’s web site Righthaven.com currently shows an invalid whois notice from Go Daddy.
Anyone can make a complaint about invalid whois information. In Go Daddy’s case, the company sends a notice to the customer and gives them time to respond (assuming the email doesn’t bounce right away). If the domain owner doesn’t respond then the domain gets suspended and the customer is charged $10.
That’s what happened in this case.
I just got off the phone with Righthaven founder Steven Gibson. I explained what is going on (he wasn’t aware yet), and discovered that the email address on the whois was invalid.
Righthaven has been lambasted for its aggressive lawsuits, including its request that sites with copyright-infringing material hand over their domain names. So it’s a bit ironic.
It’s probably no big loss for Righthaven, though. A recent cache of its web site doesn’t show any content. But it’s possible the company uses it for email.