Cybersquatting on Trial

In 1999, the early years of the internet when the .com boom was still in full swing, Jason Kneen registered WorkBetter.com. Obviously recognizing the value of his domain, Kneen continued to renew ownership. Now, 16 years later, the New York Company Office Space Solutions Inc. has filed a cybersquatting lawsuit against Kneen. Office Space Solutions filed an intent-to-use TM application for the Work Better wordmark with the USPTO and began using the name in February 2015. Cybersquatting laws are meant to protect businesses from people who register domain names after the... Read The Rest →

.sucks sucks, .com rules

Before the rollout of the gTLDs, businesses were really only concerned about owning the domain names that allowed them to promote themselves. Target owns Target.com, Hillary Clinton owns HillaryClinton.com. But now, the crafty domain prospectors over at Vox Populi would like you to believe that the era of positivity has changed. With the rollout of the .sucks domain, all sorts of organizations are clamoring to register their name.sucks before someone who hates them does. And to make it an even bigger headache, Vox Populi is charging businesses an annual fee of $2,500 to... Read The Rest →

Walmart.horse Sent Back to the Livery

Did you know that there is now a .horse gTLD? Neither did we! But this was exciting news for equine enthusiasts as well as people who just thought that horses were pretty goofy. Horse! I dare you to keep a straight face after yelling it in a funny accent. Jeph Jacques, comic artist and horseplayer, thought that the .horse gTLD was so funny that he decided to register Walmart.horse and put up a picture of a horse in front of a Walmart. Why he targeted Walmart isn’t totally clear, but needless to... Read The Rest →

Lessons from #Domaingate: Register All Permutations of Your Domain Name

As election season approaches, we are preparing ourselves for the barrage of campaigning – both positive and negative. But one mudslinging tactic has come to the forefront: domain registration. Yesterday, reporters began to notice that HillaryClinton.net now redirects to CarlyForPresident.com. While many assumed that this was a move made by the Fiorina campaign, a spokeswoman denied that the campaign was behind the redirect. Read more here. Whether or not the Fiornia team was behind the redirect, it’s understandable that she’d be resentful. CarlyFiorina.org, instead of redirecting to her main website, pictures... Read The Rest →

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