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Client microsite - still live but want to take down because of clients recent abusive behaviour

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Hi all, 

Have a question regarding a live micro website, that only had an invoice and no contract or T&C's of any kind, for a client who recently has gone FUBAR with drunk abusive racist behaviour in a social environment.

All assets are mine except 50% of his photos.  But I no longer want to be associated with this person or website.

The domain is due to expire in November but want to take the website down now, and release the domain, or block it.

It's a strange one but as there is no contract, there should be no reason for legal repurcussions because of this, if you are the sole owner, for design and development, part of me is saying "wait" the other part of me is saying take down and leave a domain expired sticker over it.

Or 3rd option, evident content of that person's behaviour, via mobile and 3rd party statement of a particular incident (found out this person has mental issues that he's not addressing but continuing to play them out with his demons around him)  made visible for all to see...

Any thoughts or suggestions will be very well listened too and appreciated.

 

Can't believe or remember having to even post something like this in any forum in my 18 yr history working in and out of web.

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Are you hosting the site? If so then you have some responsibility for the content.

Suspend the site, give them a refund and tell them you can arrange to transfer the site to a new host.

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4 hours ago, fisicx said:

Are you hosting the site? If so then you have some responsibility for the content.

Suspend the site, give them a refund and tell them you can arrange to transfer the site to a new host.

No I'm not hosting the site, Freehostia.com are, who actually provide quite a good service for smaller sites.

 

So basically I don't have a leg to stand on, regarding content and ownership of assets? hence no contract

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I'm a bit confused. Who's name is on the whois record? How is the website associated with you?

If you build a site for a client and they manage their own hosting then you have no responsibility for what they do with their website. If the website is registered in your name then you are responsible.

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On 4/14/2018 at 7:17 PM, fisicx said:

I'm a bit confused. Who's name is on the whois record? How is the website associated with you?

If you build a site for a client and they manage their own hosting then you have no responsibility for what they do with their website. If the website is registered in your name then you are responsible.

Its in my name so I presume and I arrange the hosting, basically everything. I just get payment for providing the overall service.... Host, Design and Development, Domain registration and WHOIS data.  There are no published credits on it that I have completed it for him. So I have responsibility?

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Yes you do. The site and everything on it is your responsibility.

Change the name on the whois record to his name and address. Then tell him you can no longer manage his hosting and give him 30 days to find a new hosting package.

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