Generally speaking, the original hosting company and owner of the domain won't cause trouble unless the site owner still owes them money. It's very common and usually very simple to transfer a domain and the website files from one design firm to another. The legalities rarely make sense from either viewpoint, it would cost the design firm to hold onto the domain.. one they can't really use for anything (usually). Just be sure your client has paid their bills before you approach the other company. It should work out fine if everything has been settled. ---------------------------------------- From: "jsWalter" <jsWalter at torres.ws> Sent: Sunday, September 05, 2004 7:33 PM To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Subject: RE: [thelist] Taking over a Web site > -----Original Message----- > From: Seyon [mailto:evoltlist at delime.com] > Sent: Sunday, September 05, 2004 8:23 PM > To: jsWalter at torres.ws; thelist at lists.evolt.org > Subject: RE: [thelist] Taking over a Web site > > > Message from jsWalter (9/5/2004 06:40 PM) > >#1) The design company "owns" it. > > They can do what they will with it. > > > > Now, you can appeal to get it, but that begins a $1,500US. > > What do you mean by this? The design company owns the domain name. They are "owner of record". Regardless of who uses it, or why it was claimed (the domain name). And yes, many design shop and ISPs do just this to "make life easier". But then, I don't but that. It just makes you hostage to them. If someone else "owns" a domain name, and you can show legal rights to it (now that's a whole 'nother kettle of fish!) you can appeal to InterNIC. You can lodge a complaint with InterNIC (or who ever runs it now) to get ownership of the domain back from the design company. But, they want $1500 upfront to start the judication process just to review your claim. This may, or may not work. Like I said, and someone else as well; jus ask them for it, see what happens. Walter -- News! - Evolt.org conference for web professionals. 17-19 September 2004 in Toronto, Canada. Details at http://TOevolt.org * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !