How do I find ownership information for a Web site with a Geocities
Assuming you refer to geocities.com, identifying the owner of an
individual site could be difficult because Yahoo owns the domain.
Web sites hosted under the Yahoo Geocities umbrella do not have to
register their own domains. To a certain degree, their owners can
However, it's possible to track down Web site owners
by following the clues they sometimes leave at a site. Look for
e-mail addresses, links to and from the Web site, copyright
statements, references to employers, family or friends in the text,
or invisible information in the source code. If you find an e-mail
address, try searching it in both Google and Google Groups. You
might find a name to go with it. If the address is active, you might
find the domain of an entity you can subpoena.
While preparing to write this response, I reviewed a
Geocities Web site that did not volunteer information about its
owner. Within about 3 minutes, I found a name buried in the page
source text. The name had been coded not to display. I also found an
e-mail address with a domain owned by an unaffiliated ISP and a P.O.
Box in a city in British Columbia. This gives me sufficient
information to launch a focused search for the individual in the
British Columbia city.
If the owner of the Web site does a good job of
covering his/her tracks, you might have to subpoena Yahoo to obtain
his/her name. Good luck!