Web3 #domain squatting a real problem

Riding on the NFT craze arrives the so-called Web3 domain name squatting. Numerous non-official TLDs that exist on the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) blockchain are being registered and that’s a good thing. What’s not so good is the high number of trademark and brand infringements that take place in that namespace. Popular companies, their products […]

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ObamaPresidentialCenter.com: Fifty thousand dollar #domain listing ends up in #UDRP

The domain ObamaPresidentialCenter.com, along with six others, were lost in a UDRP that utilized the fame of the OBAMA mark to usurp the aged domains. The Complainant is The Barack Obama Foundation, filing the UDRP at the National Arbitration Forum. The domains involved in this UDRP are obamapresidentialcenter.com, thebarackobamapresidentiallibrary.com, thebarackhobamapresidentialcenter.com, barackhobamapresidentialcenter.com, barackhobamapresidentialcenter.org, thebarackhobamapresidentialcenter.org, and thebarackhobamapresidentiallibrary.com. […]

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The Rise of #Skywalker : Dot .com #domain gets squatted as soon as new Star Wars trailer is released

A new trailer for the next Star Wars movie revealed the full name: Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker. Within hours, the domain name TheRiseOfSkywalker.com was registered, not by the movie mogul Lucasfilm LTD, which is owned by Disney. The domain is currently at GoDaddy, and the .net and .org have been registered without […]

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Mamoudou Gassama : Migrant hero’s #domain grabbed by [WHOIS REDACTED]

Mamoudou Gassama, a migrant from Mali who lives in France, saved a child’s life by scaling up a residential building. The impressive, Spider-man skills of Mamoudou Gassama were recorded on video, and millions in France praised him for his courage. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, made the 22 year old Mamoudou Gassama an honorary citizen, […]

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Zimbabwean Mnangagwa : Dot .com domain of “no use,” says seller

Emmerson Mnangagwa is the up and coming next president of Zimbabwe, after Robert Mugabe’s arrest following a coup d’etat. Mnangagwa apparently has been chasing the presidential spot for some time, and the right time arrived; the 93 year old Mugabe is far too old and weak politically. Someone went ahead and registered the domain Mnangagwa.com […]

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Little Acorns Fostering lost .com domain to squatter, but who is to blame?

Little Acorns Fostering, a fostering agency in the UK, lost control of their domain littleacornsfostering.com; the current registrant wants 9,000 GBP to release it. Naturally, the company is upset, and its founder, Cheryl Jillions, calls the act “despicable:” “There are horrible people out there doing this just to make money and the police can’t do […]

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“Domain squatters” : The Verge article chastises domain investors with derogatory term

An article at The Verge about how a “hacker” redirected Donald Trump tweets by buying expired domain names, is not exactly friendly towards domain investors. In his article, titled “A Belgian hacker redirected the links in Trump’s old tweets,” Amar Toor, uses the following words to describe domainers: “Domain squatters typically buy up URLs for […]

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Filthy Domain Squatter!

Rick Schwartz acquired Cybersquatter.com as a “trophy” domain on Flippa, and the domain is being used as a forward to the Hall of Shame Reverse Domain Name Hijacking repository. Let’s face it – the term “cybersquatter” is antiquated; when it was coined, Al Gore had just invented the Internet, and Bill Clinton was using a […]

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Royal baby : Will domain squatters abduct the newborn baby’s name ?

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby girl early today, thus delivering a Princess to the British Royal throne. With the birth of this second Royal child, the race to grab the matching .com domain of a potential heir to the throne begins. In 2013, the birth of a baby boy for […]

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Hank Alvarez to open academy for ‘domain squatting’

Forget about domain schools and universities that teach you how to make ‘honest money’ with domains. Hank Alvarez, the notorious domain auction manipulator who drove many investors crazy at SnapNames, is shifting the paradigm of domainer education. Alvarez, whose domain consulting web site is at HankAlvarez.com, has been working on a new teaching principle, leveraging […]

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Das Auto! Porsches.com domain lost in UDRP

Pluralizing a famous trademark does not make the term generic, particularly when it’s about a brand as famous as Porsche. The German automaker filed a UDRP for the domain Porsches.com, which was registered in 2000, according to DomainTools. Would the doctrine of laches apply in this case, as Porsche waited for more than a decade […]

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Sony: No ‘swag’ for domainer newbie in what could be the most clueless UDRP response ever!

Elliot Silver wrote an article about “newbies” in the domain industry risking to lose a lot of money, and this is a textbook example. Sony Corporation is a titan in electronics, and audio-visual technology. If you never heard of the world famous “SONY” trademark, then you need to have you head checked pronto! In a […]

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