[thelist] registering a .net when .com is held

Bob Meetin bobm at dottedi.biz
Mon Dec 20 13:29:20 CST 2010

Nan Harbison wrote:
> Isn't it more about who was there first and can prove it?
> I did a website called, say, websiteinc.com because a guy in Florida is
> sitting on website.com. He briefly started a website with a similar business
> model, although he specialized in a different clientele. He used the same
> font we were using though. My client looked into suing him, although didn't
> pursue it. Her lawyer might have tried threatening him. I think since we
> came first, we had some basis to sue him. He eventually gave up the site,
> and is just sitting on the domain name. He would sell it for a lot of money
> of course, which my client didn't have.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org
> [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Jeff Schweibing
> Sent: Monday, December 20, 2010 1:22 PM
> To: bobm at dottedi.biz; thelist at lists.evolt.org
> Subject: Re: [thelist] registering a .net when .com is held
>  On Mon, 20 Dec 2010 11:14:56 -0700, Bob Meetin <bobm at dottedi.biz> 
>  wrote:
>> I understand that perhaps no one on this list can give legal advice,
>  You don't even need that advice.
>>  Is there any cause for
>> concern?
>  Of course! Even if they legally have no real right to sue you, nothing 
>  stops them for anyone suing you and causing you big legal fees and big 
>  headaches etc. And they know that.
>  Jeff
Silly me.  Of course anyone can file a lawsuit for just about anything.  
Was the coffee too hot?  Let's have your attorney talk to mine...

But in spirit of the question, what Nan says is what it is.  We're 
talking about squatter's rights.  So someone has been camping on a 
domain for years with perhaps no intent other than to sell it given the 
opportunity.  Does that give them the 'right'?  Or just to be safe is 
there a site, government website perhaps, where we can do a lookup to 
see if there is a legitimate business lurking in the background?

Bob Meetin
dotted i
303-926-0167 (home/business)

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