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Damn Cybersquatters

Damn Cybersquatters

Here's a little run-in I had with a cybersquatter while trying to secure a domain name for a company I'm starting.

Apologies ahead of time for being self-serving in using my home page there (promise it won't happen again!), but I had no other place to write the content. Hope you guys will have a look and give me an opinion on things! If anything, it's good for a quick laugh even though I'm completely disgusted at the fact people make a living off leeching off hard-working individuals like you and me in such a manner.
posted by PWA_BadBoy on Apr 12, 2000 - 12 comments

Another company is offering free domains.

Another company is offering free domains. This time, the server is actually up. I registered a domain, and I wonder if this is for real or not.
posted by Mark on Apr 8, 2000 - 12 comments

NBC

NBC isn't to happy with 2600 Magazine registering the domain www.fucknbc.com. They have threatened legal action against 2600. Is this fair, or is it another example of Big Business wanting to control other people's opinions and expressions?
posted by da5id on Mar 27, 2000 - 3 comments

I was thinking buying some new URLs, and I was suprised to see WebDork.com was not only taken, but the owner has a kind of cool site up. Hmm...I wonder if HTMLackey.com or SlaveToTheWeb.com is taken? If you're looking for good unused domains, check Grant's Domain Name of the Week page.
posted by mathowie on Mar 5, 2000 - 2 comments

Another domain battle begins,

Another domain battle begins, as the Honda Motor Corp. is suing the owner of honda.net, a fan site owned by a web designer. The owner has his own take on it, and Alan Herrell wrote a nice summary too. Come on Honda, let it go, this is a pointless fight.
posted by mathowie on Feb 25, 2000 - 2 comments

I thought I'd never get to see the day that this happened, but etoy.com is back online. The War Is Over.
posted by mathowie on Feb 19, 2000 - 1 comment

Here's a nice survey of geographic location

Here's a nice survey of geographic location of domain name ownership. I was surprised to see that people in Los Angeles own more domains than San Francisco, but I assume the researcher didn't lump all the Silicon Valley cities together to get that number. I'm sure a "Bay Area" grouping would be number one. Of the .com, .org, and .net addresses, the US still leads the world with 2/3 of all addresses in that domainspace, so I guess the web will continue to be American-centric for some time.
posted by mathowie on Feb 14, 2000 - 1 comment

The delay in adding new top level domains drags on,

The delay in adding new top level domains drags on, and there seems to be no solution in sight. ICANN can't agree on whether or not to add new TLDs like .biz, .cars, or .corp., but they are discussing it at an upcoming meeting in March. I would hope they add enough domains to make domain squatting difficult, but I bet large corporations will just buy everything with their name it anyway, and fight over others' use of their name with a different TLD. What a mess.
posted by mathowie on Jan 28, 2000 - 0 comments

Finally!

Finally! eToys.com drops the suit against ETOY.com and agrees to pay up to $40,000 of their legal fees. Finally! Now, I wonder what the group of people I built etoys-sucks.com with are going to do with the domain?
posted by mathowie on Jan 25, 2000 - 1 comment

Domain Registrar Dash Snafu

A couple weeks back, there was a snafu by one of the new registrars that allowed people to register domains that ended in dashes. Apparently, they haven't completely eradicated them, since http://microsoft-.com seems to be working (and it's funny too!).
posted by mathowie on Jan 22, 2000 - 3 comments

Network Solutions has pulled etoy.com's domain record

Network Solutions has pulled etoy.com's domain record and email sent to any etoy.com address is bouncing. Since when did a judge in Southern California and a domain registrar in Virginia ever get the idea that they control the internet and can make these decisions that affect the world? In response to this, one of the protestors bought fuck-you.com, which is currently pointing at etoys.com.
posted by mathowie on Dec 15, 1999 - 0 comments

A group of folks from the evolt.org mailing list decided to do something to protest etoys's recent actions. One person purchased a domain, another setup web space, a couple people wrote some articles and I designed the site. Keep that boycott going.
posted by mathowie on Dec 9, 1999 - 0 comments

I'm quickly realizing that everything I buy comes with a URL. Tonight I ordered a pizza, which came in a box emblazoned with www.DominosLA.com, and I noticed that now I can even order my pizzas from dominos online. Even with all this new tech, Domino's still needs to add one thing: an extra field in their customer database for tip rating. I tip heavily and would love to get better service as a result.
posted by mathowie on Nov 11, 1999 - 0 comments

Available Domain Name of the Week

Available Domain Name of the Week In homage to zipper.com's available domain name list, I've started my own decidedly manual dotcom availability list. Let's see how long it takes for someone to snatch up deathplane.com Aw, come on... it'll be fun.
posted by grant on Nov 7, 1999 - 0 comments

I noticed today that zipper.com's available domain name list isn't working as well as it used to. Now that Register.com is a registrar, the zipper dictionary database isn't picking up names registered at Register.com. I also noticed that anything remotely cool or useful on the zipper list has already been bought by domain speculators (squatters).
posted by mathowie on Oct 14, 1999 - 0 comments

If one wants to register a domain, one should go to Joker. No, that price, twenty bucks a year, isn't a joke, nor are their any more catches than with InterNIC. And you thought ICANN and de-regulation wouldn't do anything good.
posted by tdecius on Oct 12, 1999 - 0 comments

This is weird. Today, I accidentally typed 'Addidas.com'

This is weird. Today, I accidentally typed 'Addidas.com' in my browser and ended up at Yahoo. I looked up the domain's owner, but it wasn't Yahoo. Adidas.com is what I was really looking for.
posted by mathowie on Oct 11, 1999 - 0 comments

Due to the recent truce between the ICANN and NSI, new suffixes may be

Due to the recent truce between the ICANN and NSI, new suffixes may be prevented from ever being allowed or at least delayed. It's a shame, because good URLs are running out fast and domain squatters are making a killing.
posted by mathowie on Oct 5, 1999 - 0 comments

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