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Can I force a domain supplier to release a domain name ?

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Can I force a domain supplier to release a domain name ?

I'd like to create a domain with my name in it on Plusnet but it is already registered to one of those irritating domain name bandit companies. Obviously they would just love to host my site for a big fee. Is there any way to get the domain released legally ? I've heard of some successes where domains named after celebrities have been reposessed.

Thanks,

Andy.
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RE: Can I force a domain supplier to release a domain name ?

> I'd like to create a domain with my name in it on Plusnet but it is already registered to one of those irritating domain name bandit companies. Obviously they would just love to host my site for a big fee. Is there any way to get the domain released legally ? I've heard of some successes where domains named after celebrities have been reposessed.
Hi Andy,
Unfortunately there's not much you can do here. Because the internet is not owned by one body, anyone has as much right to any name they choose (except if a domain name registrar's domain name dispute policy applies). Network Solutions I believe can remove your domain name if it is "confusingly similar to a trademark".
The only way you can go is either contact the registrar direct (check the WHOIS) or wait for the domain to expire (also in the WHOIS). I know how you feel though, I've had it happen to me!
Regards,
Mike
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| Mike Grice.....................Unmetered & ADSL solutions
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| PlusNet Technologies Ltd..............http://www.plus.net
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RE: Can I force a domain supplier to release a domain name ?

Thanks for the info Mike. I guess I should be glad it hasn't been turned into a porn site ! ;-)

> > I'd like to create a domain with my name in it on Plusnet but it is already registered to one of those irritating domain name bandit companies. Obviously they would just love to host my site for a big fee. Is there any way to get the domain released legally ? I've heard of some successes where domains named after celebrities have been reposessed.
>
> Hi Andy,
>
> Unfortunately there's not much you can do here. Because the internet is not owned by one body, anyone has as much right to any name they choose (except if a domain name registrar's domain name dispute policy applies). Network Solutions I believe can remove your domain name if it is "confusingly similar to a trademark".
>
> The only way you can go is either contact the registrar direct (check the WHOIS) or wait for the domain to expire (also in the WHOIS). I know how you feel though, I've had it happen to me!
>
> Regards,
> Mike
>
> --
> | Mike Grice.....................Unmetered & ADSL solutions
> | Customer Support......................for Home & Business
> | PlusNet Technologies Ltd..............http://www.plus.net
> + ----- My Referrals - It pays to recommend PlusNet -----
>