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  • Hi – I work for a Public Relations Company. We recently went to set up a blog for one of our more well known clients only to find that someone has already acquired a blog with that URL and they are pretending to be that person/business (it’s a famous salon…) Is there anything we can do about this?

    A Quick Response would be appreciated. Thanks so much. KRISTI

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Use WhoIs and find out who registered the domain AND who is hosting it.

    http://www.keytlaw.com/urls/whoowns.htm

    Contact them (first the person running the site, THEN the webhost, THEN the registrar, would be my suggested order). If you’re working for a PR firm, get your lawyer to fire up a cease/desist (IIRC it’s an impersonation clause or defamation… can’t remember which).

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    Just to echo ipstenu’s response, there’s absolutely nothing we can do here. If the blog is hosted at wordpress.com, you might be able to contact support@wordpress.com for initial assistance but otherwise, this is a strictly legal issue.

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