| 1:29 am on Jun 17, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Unfortunately, there's not a lot you can do without consulting a lawyer who is well-versed in legal issues concerning domain names, trademarks and intellectual property.
Bear in mind that the seller may not currently be the owner of the domain, they may be waiting for the domain to drop and are confident they will acquire it. Just because it is the registrar's details on the whois doesn't mean that it the registrar who are contacting you.
Does the seller propose a price that is less that the potential cost of legal action? Do you feel that the seller is holding you to ransom? If you feel the seller is acting in bad faith, then negotiation is probably out of the question as there would be no basis of trust.
| 12:50 pm on Jun 23, 2007 (gmt 0)|
id agree - you don't have a leg to stand on.
Domain names are basically 1st come 1st serve.
Most of the top domain names are in fact already taken by sharks like this who try and sell the domain for more then its worth - which is a waste.
Again the internet is a law to itself.
| 12:56 pm on Jun 23, 2007 (gmt 0)|
I'd certainly investigate further. If someone got it 'on the drop' then it is a new registration and if they then tried to offer it to you then that is usually substantially in your favour. Make sure you get such offers documented as well as you can - even if it means stringing him along to get something in hardcopy or fax, etc.
| 5:07 pm on Jun 23, 2007 (gmt 0)|
You definitely need legal advice.
I'd guess that the change of ownership is in your favour, as they cannot claim to have a 'going concern site' that would be damaged by transferring the name to you.
The Internet IS a law unto itself ... but there are plenty of precedents to refer to on domain names - and in the UK, they tend to favour the plaintiff over the squatter.
But that's a guess; do not act without advice, as it may cost you thousands.
NB I'm not a lawyer etc., etc.
| 12:39 am on Jun 24, 2007 (gmt 0)|
The fact that the "dude" aka new owner sent you an email offering to sell it back to you shows all out bad faith registration what a dumb domainer.... go after it, you have the new owner by the short and curlies keep there email as evidence....against them...
| 1:31 am on Jun 24, 2007 (gmt 0)|
They're already in bad faith, no legitimate use for it and asking for money from you. Save the correspondence on disk (full headers) and hard copy just in case. Here's just one case of a dispute
Do you have a registered trademark? You wouldn't need to here in the States to be enforceable but the UK may be different.