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Old 08-11-2010, 08:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help! I need to defeat a cybersquatter!

Hey All,
I'm freshly out of college and since the economy sucks I've decided to work for myself and start a business. I have come up with a cute name, slogan, have all of my information, services, and pricing in order, and am ready to get to business.

However, I ran into a slight snag this morning. I would like to buy a website to promote my business. I looked at godaddy and the .com was taken, but the .biz,.info, .net, etcs were available. I bought 3 of the available sites thinking I could forward them to the .com if I can get the site. I checked out the .com and it was a basic squatter site. It had a few ads and then linked to other pages. I looked up the domain name on the site Wohis and found out my desired .com was owned by a man in Texas, his "hold" on the site expires in December, and he paid $20 for the site, which is hosted on I also found his e-mail address.

I e-mailed the guy and he responded immediately saying he had "multiple offers" to buy the domain name and I should give him my best bid. I know that is bullshit so I told him I'd give him $100. He responded saying he wanted over $5,000. I am not able to nor willing to pay that.

Does anyone know a way to get the website without me having to sell my soul to this guy? Is there a loophole to get around or anything I may not have thought of?

Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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- Build a major TV franchise.

- Make a major motion picture

- Petition WIPO based on obsure legal mumbo jumbo.

- Cut a cheque.

Voila! You have a url.

This is 2010 not 1996. Do you have the trademark? Do a title search for prior art in USA? Canada? Overseas? Seriously, get creative - add something zippy to the name you want. Do a blog version. Grab every version you can find. It's gonna cost. No way around it. Internet Biz = Moola. <see G-o-o-g-l-e>

Join your chamber of commerce and ask for help. Look for small business advice on-line and in local gov't and universities/colleges.

Get a lawyer. An accountant. Insurance. Line of credit. Advertising help. SEO advice. etc etc.

Allow 3-5 years to get on your feet.

Bonne Chance!
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You're not likely to get it easily. He knows people want it so he'll be sure to renew it well before the expiry date.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Can we get his email address?
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, domains today basically don't just expire. Even if he lets it lapse because he forgets to renew after the 10+ reminder emails GoDaddy will email him, after the lapse GoDaddy keeps it on lock for ~30 days waiting for possible renewal (they'll charge him extra $ to renew after this expiration). Then if he decides he really doesn't want the domain, they may just keep it for themselves and put it up for auction.

The whole domain name thing is pretty ridiculous now.

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Old 08-11-2010, 11:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm kind of on this guys side. Just because you decided now that you want to call your business that name doesn't mean he has to give it up.

Someone actually owns the domain for my name and has been sitting on it for 8 years and done nothing with it. I'd like to have it, but it doesn't mean he has to give it to me for the price I want.
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Old 08-12-2010, 12:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Just curious, what's the business?
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:37 AM   #8 (permalink)
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He doesn't have offers, he's full of shit. Just find a cute way to let know that you're not retarded. You offered $100, he counters with $5,000, so now offer him $101.
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:06 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Just email and say my offer is $100, take that or I'll have a different URL entirely.

It's his, whether you like it or not, there's no "defeating" to be done here.
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:19 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I guess there are some things a college education does not check for the .com before you even proceed with your business name

Seriously though, just use your .net domain and you'll be fine...lots of places use .net and wait the time when this squatter's time lapses. If he renews then forget about it and just do what you gotta do with your business. Obviously he's full of shit that he has "multiple offers"...wait it out and see what happens at year end.
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