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Topic: Cyber Squatters
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Aug 18, 2010 05:41PM)
Any one have any experience getting back your web site after it expired?

(Posted here because this is where the techies seem to be.)
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Aug 18, 2010 06:29PM)
Are you saying that your web host had the only copy, and they deleted it?
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Aug 18, 2010 07:04PM)
No

My site came up for renewal and because it was "locked" the only person who could renew it was me - but because I moved net sol would not accept my id (catch 22).

A squatter was in the wings waiting to take it - they did - and I'm wondering if anyone has dealt with icaan - who is the governing body on ownership?
Message: Posted by: MikeClay (Aug 18, 2010 07:35PM)
Jay... I'm so sorry your going through this..

You need to go through ICANN Arbitration or Buy it from the new owner..

for arbitration you have to have the site trademarked and meet these requirements

The domain name must be identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which you have rights.

The current registrant must have no rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain name.

The domain name must be being used in bad faith.

http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/index.html

Filling can get very expensive (The one I did about 8 years ago was $1500, a competitor bought the domain name and used it to talk bad about us, we won)

Another Option is if they are using your old website design and just adding links to it (I have seen this being done A BUNCH with drug ads) is to file a DMCA infraction demanding the registrar delete the domain allowing you to re register.

and the option I hate is negotiating to purchase the domain back (If the person who bought it offered to sell it to you 1st then you will probably win arbitration)

4th option and not a good one..
register a new domain NOW and call me I will help rank multiple pages of the new site for you old domain name so you can get some of the traffic back. and get up again quick..
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Aug 18, 2010 08:55PM)
So It's better if they contact me first? What if they don't? What If I wait another week or so, won't it look like I don't care so they won't bend me over a barrel? (They don't want to get stuck with the name either)
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Aug 18, 2010 09:02PM)
A good buddy in Michigan had this happen to him. The site was in his character name. The buying entity was a porn site targeting teens. It caused him a tremendous amount of embarrassment and lost business. Protect your domain names, guys!
Message: Posted by: MikeClay (Aug 19, 2010 05:45AM)
Skip your friend would have been able to get it back through Arbitration..

Jay if they contact you to sell it back to you it makes it EASY to prove "Bad Faith"

but I would go ahead and try to contact them and work something out as that is the easiest way to handle things..
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Aug 19, 2010 06:28AM)
Mike, I believe he did eventually, but it was a costly and tedious business and his rep was damaged considerably. The point was to monitor those domain name expiration dates and subscribe to auto-renewal systems to keep possession.
Message: Posted by: JoeC (Aug 19, 2010 07:12AM)
Normally these cybersquatters who steal your domain will not contact you - they wait for you to contact them (they deal in volume usually...)

Going price for getting your domain back is $10,000 USD. Probably not what you want to hear. Easier to start with a new domain. (And cheaper too!)

Good luck!
Message: Posted by: MikeClay (Aug 19, 2010 08:16AM)
Yeah for what it would cost many times to get your domain back you can build out a new site and take over Google for your keyword strategy
Message: Posted by: RiotStrike (Aug 21, 2010 09:22AM)
It costs about 9 dollars a year, but regardless of where you get your hosting, get your domains via GoDaddy and pay the extra for private registration. They'll put your domain into domainsbyproxy or wildwestdomains, which don't report the same information the icaan would like. Protects your domain with no fuss or crazy paperwork.

Jay, as soon as you're able to, I recommend ceasing business with network solutions. There are plenty of other good companies out there that are much easier to do business with.
Message: Posted by: Tim Zager (Aug 21, 2010 11:38AM)
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On 2010-08-19 08:12, JoeC wrote:
Normally these cybersquatters who steal your domain ...
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Nothing was stolen here. The domain expired... someone else registered it. At this point, any "intent" the new owner has is just conjecture.

See more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybersquatting
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Aug 21, 2010 02:01PM)
That makes me feel soo much better, Tim

Had you jumped through as many hoops as I did to fall on your face, you might think otherwise.

They signed me up and suggested that I lock the site... That's the rub.
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Aug 26, 2010 07:51PM)
I'm 96 percent up and running again.

I want to thank those who took the time to personally call and offer me their help. I now have a few new friends.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Aug 26, 2010 08:51PM)
To clairfy is http://www.thehouseofenchantment.com the site that was taken over buy the crooks? If so what will be your new site address, please?
Message: Posted by: jay leslie (Aug 26, 2010 10:03PM)
The one you have is correct, Bill.

Thank you.