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Why You Should Care About Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

Posted on 25 September 2013 by Andrei

Lots of domainers think that they shouldn’t care about reverse domain name hijacking because they’re not one of the “big boys” (large portfolio holders) and ironically enough, that’s exactly why they *should* care.

The lower you are on the food chain, the more you can be affected.

Reverse domain name hijacking is a form of corporate bullying.

In other words: you own a great domain and the company who is after it wants to weasel itself out of having to negotiate for it.

What do they do? They try to convince a panel to take the domain name from you and give it to them.

Why are smaller players more affected?

For lots of reasons such as these two:

1) because you will most likely deal with this issue for one of your good domains and realistically speaking, smaller players don’t have *that* many good domains, so the effect such a situation could have on your portfolio can be devastating (potentially losing one out of let’s say 4-5 good domains is considerably more devastating than losing one out of 1000 or 10,000)

2) smaller players probably can’t afford a good Internet Property-savvy lawyer

In other words, let’s assume a company goes after two good domains.

One owed by “Rich Domainer” and one owned by “Poor Domainer”.

1) Rich Domainer owns thousands of other good domains, so even in a worst case scenario, losing one good domain won’t be that devastating. Poor Domainer only owns a couple of good domains, so losing one would be very difficult.

2) Rich Domainer can afford a brilliant IP lawyer, Poor Domainer can’t

Yet despite the fact that smaller players are considerably more vulnerable, most of them are not willing to promote projects like Rick’s because they don’t consider the issue of reverse domain name hijacking a threat.

Huge mistake.

You don’t have to own a blog or anything like that to help.

A post on a forum, a facebook message or a tweet can and do count.

Even if only a few thousand domainers are committed to spreading the word, it all adds up.

But we’re not there yet and we had better hurry.

Help those who are willing to fight for you *before* something happens to your own domains because if you only start taking action after you’re personally affected, it may be too late and there might not be anyone left to fight for your rights.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Tom Says:

    Very interesting. I sadly think this is becoming a more common tactic by the big companies too.

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