i have had some images and personal info stolen and uploaded to a site which i did not authorise and now there seems to be no way of contacting the site as there contact info is bogus and i want the images and info removed.
Can anyone suggest what to do ?
This sounds like it may be the currently very common Phishing problem aimed at models.
The individual/s behind such sites create fake Model Portfolios then use a highjacked
email address, social networking site page or model site portfolio to try to persuade those
models whose images & info were stolen to create a profile to contact the perpetrator/s.
The primary aim is to obtain passwords as some members use the same one for many sites.
You need to contact the photographer who took the pictures, as they own the copyright and thus have the right to force the website to take them down (although making the wesbite do this may be easier said than done, I'm afraid).
If the images are used on the website with the photographer's permission, then there isn't much you can do, unless you have a written agreement with the photographer that gives you control over how the images are used?
This will reveal the IP address of the server and you can use
to find the hosting company.
Send the hosting company an abuse report to the abuse email address they have.
Give the hosting company all the information you have on the infringing site.
Explain that because the infringing site has not valid email address to report copyright infringment you are now holding the hosting company jointly and severally liable for damages for the infringment of your copyrighted material.
Attach a list of the specific image URLs and page URLS that infringe your copyright.
If the host is based in the USA then make sure you add this phrase to the start of your email:
"I am XXXX XXXXX, I am the the the legal owner of the following copyrighted works illegally loaded onto your servers.I have the good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorised by the copyright owner, its agents, or the law."
This is the legal statement required for a valid DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) notification to US hosts.
It's useful to know that almost all Internet firms have terms of service that outlaw illegal activities of any kind. So if any one refuses to help with a legitimate complaint (in this case of IP theft) then you can complain or threaten to complain to others up the food chain, such as their pipeline providers or domain registrars, who also have such ToS. I've found this very useful knowledge in past cases, which rarely fails.