01 Jul '17, 4am

A word of caution to startups that think someone is squatting on a domain name

A word of caution to startups that think someone is squatting on a domain name

It’s a conversation that I have at least monthly, and lately I feel like it’s happening even more frequently. I’ll be talking to another startup founder and they’ll say, “we want to rebrand but a squatter is sitting on our domain name, so we’re going to get our lawyer involved.” To which I usually respond by saying, “why do you think they are guilty of cybersquatting?” This usually leads to a blank stare, and often once they do contact their lawyer, it turns out that their lawyer doesn’t know very much about domain name law and the UDRP process. Here’s the deal. Just like my parents bought a house 30 years ago and can sell it for a lot more than they paid, so can someone who bought digital real estate five or ten years ago. I know plenty of people who own property, don’t live it themselves, and then charge more money than they paid for someone else to buy that property. Be...

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