joined:July 23, 2003
Although I am not new to web design & marketing I am fairly new to expired domains, but only since coming across a domain I found for a new business opportunity.
I have found an expired domain that once belonged to a web design company that I am assuming has gone bust. The previous web design company has built websites and stamped them with a link in the footer of them, and these websites are still live. I am not particularly bothered about the linked websites but I do want the domain name because it is what I went out searching for before digging deeper and finding this information.
I want to purchase it and redirect it to our own website before development into a 'sister' part of our business (we have been looking for franchise partners in different locations of the UK), but doing this I want to avoid legal issues with the previous company or individual, if that is at all possible?
I worry that it will look like we are trying to claim the work of the previous web design company, as the link in their clients websites will redirect to our own website and eventually the redeveloped one.
Or should I go looking elsewhere?
We have a lead for a good salesman that wants to franchise our services and this is the reason I went looking for a new domain and found this expired one.
Any advice would be great thanks :)