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10|12|2007 10:45 am EDT

CNET reporter calls CNET CyberSquatters?

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Editorial

(Attention, irony within .ed) OK, most of us know domaining is a big problem. Why? Because we don’t own the real premium domains we’d really like to own – yeah, there might be a few exceptions to this amongst our readers. Well, along comes Lynn Tan and writes a nice article on CNET. About Domainers CyberSquatters and how CyberSquatting escalates in Asia. Oh an yes, cybersquatting outside of Asia is really bad too. And to make things worse, let’s throw in a quote about how cybersquatting relates to child exploitation and spamming.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I do NOT think that profiting from other people’s brands is a great idea. As a matter of fact there should be legal protection against it, no question. But linking all domainers and domaining activities to cybersquatting is by no means fair:

Here’s a quote from the article – by Janna Lam, managing director of Singapore-based IP Mirror:

“The cheaper the domain (name), the more active the cybersquatting activities,” Lam said, noting that cybersquatters have now earned a new moniker, “domainers.”

So this probably makes any one who owns domains and does not “use” them a cybersquatter, right? Now let’s do a quick reality check and see some of the domains that are owned by the author’s employer, CNET:

  • Auctions.com
  • Browser.com
  • Builder.com
  • Buying.com
  • Chat.com
  • Com.com
  • Community.com
  • Computers.com
  • Download.com
  • Freeware.com
  • Gaming.com
  • Help.com
  • Kids.com
  • Labs.com
  • Marketplace.com
  • News.com
  • Online.com
  • Radio.com
  • Search.com
  • Shareware.com
  • Shopper.com
  • Silicon.com
  • Store.com
  • TV.com
  • Updates.com
  • Upload.com
  • Welcome.com

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Dan

October 12, 2007 @ 11:15 am EDT

Hi,

Again another reporter who needs to be educated…go figure!

Its EVERYONES job in the domain industry to educate these ‘sports fans’…because theres a lot of them out there that could use a change of perspective.

On a second note: WOW!

Now that domain list makes ‘quite’ the domain portfolio!

Peace!
Dan

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