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Serving Subpoenas to Unmask the Identities of Website Owners, Domain Registrants

When unidentified individuals defame businesses or professionals online, the harmed parties can potentially serve subpoenas on relevant entities for documents containing identifying information about the authors of the online defamation. The way this process often plays out is as follows (noting this is extremely generalized): Party A publishes false and...

Online Copyright Infringement and the DMCA Subpoena

Ordinarily, serving a subpoena to identify an anonymous internet poster requires first filing a lawsuit. In fact, we have published several posts about using subpoenas to identify unknown authors of internet defamation and have explained that the first step in the process is filing a complaint against the unknown poster. There...

Video: Options for Removing Defamatory Content From the Internet

The number one question asked by the victims of online defamation is ‘How do I get this defamatory content removed from the internet?’ In the below video, Whitney Gibson — head of the Vorys practice group that focuses on internet brand and reputation issues — discusses several techniques, including contacting websites and...