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I need the actual registration details of a site, and they are now hidden by some "privacy protect" thingie.
There is a "hide and seek" game going on, and the "owners" publish lies, very serious and damaging lies.
Before I start trying to get the real registration details, I would like to know what the best way is to proceed with this, and if some people have experience with this.
Or maybe even know some lawyers experienced with this.
(I am almost sure that if attempts start, "real owners data" will move to convenient countries or will use other methods to "escape", making it hard, if not impossible to "do anything".)
You don't say what country you are in, or what country the offender is in.
In the U.S., I believe the only way to get this information would be through either civil or criminal discovery - that as, as part of the legal process for a civil lawsuit or criminal prosecution.
So, you would first have to file a lawsuit (presumably, for libel), naming multiple John Does. Then your lawyer could file discovery against the registrar to release the registration details.
Expensive, particularly if you go to trial, and potentially bringing liability onto yourself if the case turns out to be frivolous. (i.e. not a good idea to start a case just to get the name.)