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Who to contact to Subpoena a blog user (6 posts)

  1. vanmatthew
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I may be me off on my understanding on how the wordpress works, but, if a website is using the wordpress to host or implement its blog. When a user comments on the blog, is the email address and IP logged by wordpress.org? If so, who would I contact at wordpress so that I can subpoena the user's info.

  2. WordPress is a piece of software that anyone can use for any purpose, installed on anyone's server - WordPress.org has nothing to do with the content on any particular self-hosted blog.

    You might want to try contacting the site's web host.

  3. BTW, commenters' IPs are displayed in a WP blog's administration area, so the blog owner should have access to that information.

  4. BTW (2) if you're talking about a blog that is in fact hosted over at WordPress.com (and not self-hosted) you can contact them here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

  5. MickeyRoush
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If a user is using a proxy, tor, or sock or any combination thereof, this wouldn't really matter as once you have that IP you would have to find out where it came from and so on. If they used a combination of any of those, well, you might as well forget it.

    Even if you do get an IP address it may take a court order for the particular ISP to give out who the IP is actually associated with (different laws for different countries).

    But if you're really determined, first find out who the domain is registered to. If it's a private registration, which most are, you'll have to do some more digging.

    But as zoonini stated, if you're talking about a WordPress.com site, then you'll need to contact them as she previously mentioned.

  6. WordPress.org would never be subpoenaed anyway. They have no legal responsibility to how the product is used.

    You go after the person running the site. I.E who owns the domain and who pays for the web hosting. They're legally responsible. If they give you nothing, go to the site host (i.e. the company).

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