I am not an attorney and any comments I post are not intended, nor should they be construed, as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult a legal expert who is familiar with the area of legal expertise you need.
Update: Noticed some errors in this article https://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/copyright-guide/ that I had missed before. When in doubt, check the U. S. Copyright Office or a qualified copyright lawyer.
Follow-up to my Tygpress Spoofing Blogs August 3, 2019 post.
I decided to do a Whois check on Tygpress. It looks like GoDaddy is who you should contact for Tygpress abuse. From what I see Digital Ocean is likely a company that resells GoDaddy. To report abuse, per the GoDaddy link below
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: email@example.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4806242505
For some strange reason, the individual didn’t spend the extra money to mask their name, address, e-mail address, or phone number which is listed in the link above.
Expect to jump through some hoops with GoDaddy, but if you are willing to jump through the hoops, GoDaddy will honor your DMCA take-down request.
For those wanting WordPress to do more, there isn’t a lot more they can do to address scraping. The same holds true for other blog platforms – Wix, Blogspot, etc. Don’t think that switching to a different company like Blogspot or Wix will make a difference. Scrapers have a bad habit of creating workarounds about as fast as a blog platform creates a minor hindrance to scraping.
I don’t recommend adding a password requirement to access your blog as you will drive away a lot more readers and potential readers than you will keep.
In the U. S., there are two types of copyright – basic copyright which is free and applies to any new creative work that is made and full copyright which costs money. The big difference between the two copyright types is you need full copyright to file a copyright infringement lawsuit and the upgrade to full copyright needs to be done within a certain time frame if you are bringing a lawsuit against somebody who infringed your basic copyright before you upgraded it to full copyright.
Here’s a good source on copyright, it is very long and does make a few mistakes in interpreting copyright law – Copyright Law In 2019 Explained In One Page: https://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/copyright-guide/. U. S. Copyright Office website: https://www.copyright.gov/. The U. S. Copyright Office won’t give legal advice so expect to hire a lawyer if you have questions that you don’t think are answered by the Copyright Office website.
There is a Table of Contents, right side of the page) on the Copyright Law In 2019 Explained In One Page link above.
People really need to invest the time into learning copyright law to avoid running afoul of violating it. I see a ton of misinformation on copyright law – starting with the false belief that once you place something online it automatically falls into public domain. Next worst case is people wrongly assuming that “fair use” is much broader than it really is. Not all countries have a fair use or fair dealing exception. In the case of Canada’s fair dealing, the courts have made it clear that fair dealing rulings will be decided on a case by case basis. In addition, just because you hire a photographer or photo studio to take pictures doesn’t mean it’s a work for hire unless it is specified in the contract.
Good points about blogging – https://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/copyright-guide/#copyright-for-bloggers.