Tips and best practices for reporting domain name abuse

We’re super stoked about almost all things internet and domain related here at Rightside, and especially passionate about the many benefits of a personalized, memorable domain name. For the most part we prefer to focus on the positive use cases with our My Side of the Dot series.

But sadly not all domains are registered with the best of intentions and part of maximizing the benefits of new domain extensions is minimizing any potential hazards or negative impacts. And the good news is that we’ve got an awesome team working to make this happen. To that end, we’ve put together a handy guide to help law enforcement professionals and anyone else who has a domain-related abuse issue unshroud some of the mystery behind abuse reporting.

Curious about what’s inside?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a domain name and a website? Even if you’re already familiar with the terms, do you have a handy toolkit to help explain the ins and outs of the domain industry to your stakeholders? We cover that and other useful information, including the four “Rs” of domains–registries, registrars, resellers, and registrants in our Guide to Reporting Domain Name Abuse.

Aside from general domain related information, we also go into more detail on some pretty serious subjects you may have questions about. These topics range from trademark and copyright issues, to how Rightside is involved with combating illegal online pharmacies, and even how to submit a court order to Rightside, and more.

Most importantly, we have included information to help you identify the correct point of contact specific to your inquiry. This includes how to contact a domain registrant directly, how to find the web host of a domain, and who to contact at Rightside.

If you’re a law enforcement professional, work for a law firm, or just someone who is interested in how to report domain abuse; we invite you to check out our new Guide to Reporting Domain Name Abuse.

We hope you find it useful, and please feel free to share.

Erich Hablutzel is the Compliance Manager at eNom. His team handles all aspects of registrar compliance for Rightside, including its subsidiaries eNom and, ranging from ensuring that registrars operate in compliance with ICANN’s registrar agreement to fraud screening, subpoena response, and investigating abusive domain reports.

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