Stop Domain Name Parking and Cybersquatting
A petition to “Stop Domain Name Parking and Cybersquatting” which was started in 2007 has received 775 signatures so far.
The 1717-day old petition reads:
“To ICANN President and CEO, Dr. Paul Twomey We, the undersigned, are concerned about domain name parking abuse and request that ICANN revisit the Anti-Cyberssquatting Consumer Protection Act and the Trademark Cyberpiracy Prevention Act to ensure that a domain names that are parked would be available for sale at a price tag that would not be considered extortion. We request that ‘Cybersquatting’ issues be discussed, reviewed and formalized this year into a written law to help stop the continuation of domain parking as an extortionist means that cause legitimate businesses to pay high price for the domain name.”
A lot of the comments are hilarious, simply because they attribute the term “cybersquatter” and “cyberextortionist” to anyone who has registered their wished-for domain and asks for a fair market price for it.
Says Chris H., from Peterborough Canada:
“was investigating the possibility of grabbing a domain name for my blog. I thought my last name would be nice, which is Hotte. WTF my last name is premium and they want 3k for it. Hotte.net. Go to website.ws, where the TLD participates in keeping the premium name revenue for themselves. Creating the .ws TLD was nothing more than a quick cash grab. There is no point to creating new TLDs until the issue of parking is resolved. “
Chris L. from London, UK states:
“Starting a new online business is now almost impossible because all good domains are parked with extortionate fees being demanded. This is blocking small-scale business on a global scale for the selfish profit of a few. They should use their turn their business minds to something which advances the real global economy and creates real jobs instead of cowardly blackmailing budding entrepreneurs.”
Joel E. is pulling his panties in a knot, yapping:
“PLEASE! They are stopping us from buying domains at reasonable prices.”
Shanti S. – an example of a lowballer says:
“I am going at it with a guy who is sitting on my name and want’s at a minimum $1000. I offered him $50 and he acted all offended and rude toward me. This is someone trying to sell me my business name that’s been established for 10 years?! Rude.”
It’s amazing when a few late newcomers to the Internet get upset that they weren’t born a couple of decades earlier!