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LifeHacker: What Do I Do When Someone Has a Domain Name I Want?

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By: Raymond Hackney

Lifehacker did a question an answer piece for a reader who cannot get the domain they want.

Dear Lifehacker,
I’d really like to register the domain name for my last name, but it’s already taken. The frustrating part is that the person who owns the domain name doesn’t seem to be doing anything with it. Is there anything I can do?

Sincerely,
That’s My Name!

Dear TMN,

It is frustrating when you think of the perfect domain name and then find out it’s already taken, especially if the owner doesn’t seem to be using it. Sometimes, they may even be “squatting” on these domain names hoping to make a quick buck off of you, the person that wants to buy it. Unless there’s a trademark issue involved, though, you can’t really force someone to give up a domain name they own. But there are some things you can do.

You can read the whole article here.

What I like to do with these types of posts outside the domain industry, is to read the comments. Its always interesting to see how those outside the domain investor community perceive domains and domainers.

Sometimes they are really interesting,

Most of y’all are too young to remember when McDonalds found out someone else owned mcdonalds.com. They sued the guy and ended up settling out of court. Turns out he was a teacher and I wanna say in NYC, so they settled for McDonalds supplying computers for his school district. The son of a friend of mine heard about that and immediately went out and registered football.com, baseball.com, hotels.com(YES), resorts.com (YES), soccer.com, and many more. And yes, he’s a rich guy now.

Football was regged in 94 and Baseball in 97 so not sure it was the same guy.

Comments

Danny Pryor says:

I found this comment on the site really telling: “The guy who owns my last name.com wants 20k dollars US for it. I said no thanks. Now it’s got quasi-porn dating stuff, etc. on it. I’m working on starting a small consulting business so I can register my name as a business, then I’ll work thru the ICANN process. I think it’s 1300 bucks or so. I’d rather pay someone else the money so the jerk gets nothing. I offered 500 bucks, but no go. Grandma was *not* pleased to find sexy singles when she tried to go to the family site. it’s .net, not .com grandma!”

;-)

Kassey says:

It just tells me to think of investment opportunities when reading news.

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