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07|10|2009 12:08 pm EDT

The Story of MichaelJacksonIsDead.com

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

As DNJournal reported we know that at least one fellow Domainer was also present at the Jackson Memorial Event Tuesday this week. Of course this celebrity death also created lots of domain name business, or at least attempts to capitalize his death. However when we checked the whois of MichaelJacksonIsDead.com we were surprised that the name was already registered five years ago. So we contacted the owner with a number of questions and you can read his answers after the jump.

Hi Tony, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. We see that you registered the domain MichaelJacksonIsDead over 5 years ago. What was the reason you picked this domain up?

My reason for buying “Michaeljacksonisdead.com” at that time was pure speculation on Mr Jackson’s death.

Were you speculating he would be dead soon ?

I told all my friends and family that I was positive he only had about 5 years to go, no more. They all thought I was crazy ,said I was morbid and wrong. I’m a poor man, I have a physical disability. I was just thinking Id found a cheep investment that might pay off for a guy like me. If I believed he would live 20 more years I would never have registerered the name.

I called it didn’t I?  I however predicted it would be an accidental over dose not a heart attack.

Did you plan to build something on the domain?

There was never any plan to build a web site as I said my financial resources are limited, nor do I have the PC skill to build a web site.

Do you own other “celebrity is dead” type of domain names? Are you a domain investor?

There were other celebrity dead domains. At one point I owned “RonaldReaganisdead.com” I also owned “Richardpryorisdead.com”. Ironically enough both celebrities died shortly after I bought the domain names (is there a pattern here – just kidding).

I also bought “Deadcelebrities.Com”. The Ronald Reagan domain was registered only a few months before his death but when he died no one seem interested in the name. I even emailed the forsale page to the Regan library but no one cared. I let those registrations lapse and never renewed them but I kept the Michael Jackson domain just on the hope that his fame would transcend.I’m a 45-year-old male from Philadelphia; I am not a professional domain name investor and have only dabbled slightly, 5 years ago I started investing in domain names, I sold “bonorocks.com” for $400+

Did you register any other Michael Jackson domain names this week when you learned he died?

I did not buy any other Jackson domain names now or ever. I feel I had the first and I got the .COM name. At the time I thought my investment was an original idea.

I understand you want $100k for the domain name. Have you received any offers ? Can you speak about the people/companies that have contacted you with offers ?

As for the 100K price tag. That’s not set in stone and I am willing to negotiate and entertain any reasonable offer. Within in minutes of his death I had over 30 emails and within 24 hours I had close to 100 emails, many wanted a price to which I replied “make me an offer”, then when I got offers I simply told the next person emailing what the top offer was. Many of those emailing told me I was scum and should die, other still congratulated me on a smart business idea and suggested that maybe it could be used for a memorial web site.

3 years ago a guy offered 250k and again he never return my emails. The fact is I’m not sure which offers are legitimate I had one for 85K and I was willing to take it but he never responded to my return emails.

There were a few in the last 48 hours when the email negotiating went back and forth so I thought the offers were genuine. That persons highest offer was 22K and although I didn’t want to go that low I wrote him back and said yes. Again he never got back to me. But that’s ok because although im very willing to consider any offer, I’m not willing to sell out that cheep.

I just came off a year lay off; I am disabled and walk with a cane. My car was totaled by a hit a run driver. I think maybe my personal needs are a little more then 22k.

I’m starting to think 100k is a little out of the ballpark for being reasonable my biggest offer that seems legit was 9k, a far cry below what I was hoping for( I need a new car)  of course I have had million dollar offers but they we bogus and I knew it, especially the offer from bubbles the chimp..I decided to hold off and see if i could beat that by at least a little more. This is a calculated risk, but the guys death is still in the news. I’m still getting a boat load of hits on the name and more emails so we will see.

You mentioned hate mail. Surely you are receiving a lot of it about registering the domain name and now trying to make a profit on the name.

Here a few exact pasted excerpts from some of the more colorful emails I’ve received:

Dear Tony
“When you die  I will park your domain….   www.tonygumbahisdead.com but….I dunno if someone will purchase it ……I doubt! “

Tony
“I hope you get a ton of money for this and then have a heart attack and die at the bank where you’re cashing the check”

Hey scumbag
“I hope someone kills you maybe the Jackson family can put a hit on you for your lack of feelings”

Tony, thank you very much for your time – is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

In closing I would like to say I was a fan, I never wished his death so I could get paid. I was just betting the odds.
I would really love it if the Jackson family bought it and kept it for themselves forever. Who ever does buy it will never be exposed by me.

Thanks again Tony.

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Jamie Zoch

July 10, 2009 @ 12:35 pm EDT

Maybe Tony should use some of his “laid off time” and consider reading about trademark laws and trying to profit from a registered trademark ;)

“I would really love it if the Jackson family bought it” That was a funny one! Maybe MJ’s lawyers were the ones sending you emails for proof Tony was/is trying to sell it. LOL

tony

July 10, 2009 @ 12:40 pm EDT

you maybe right but maybe i was reffering to michael jackson down the street from me

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Jamie Zoch

July 10, 2009 @ 12:51 pm EDT

@Tony,

A first year judge would see your true intentions by simply reading your Q&A here:

~ “There were other celebrity dead domains. At one point I owned” Clearly you speaking of Celebrity, not a guy down the street.

~”In closing I would like to say I was a fan, I never wished his death” Referring to the Celebrity Michael Jackson’s recent death. “Not some Michael Jackson” that lived down the street…

~”There was never any plan to build a web site as I said my financial resources are limited, nor do I have the PC skill to build a web site.” Proves Bad Faith

~ “I kept the Michael Jackson domain just on the hope that his fame would transcend”

tony

July 10, 2009 @ 3:13 pm EDT

oh well. if you think thats bad, i recently bought lenoisajerk.com
I thought it petty that he sued for that domain name for a show that didnt even exist up till now, he spent money on lawyers instead of offering the guy to buy it

Bruno

July 10, 2009 @ 4:22 pm EDT

Tony has a big career in the domain business ahead of him. He should invest all his pennies in more crappy domain names like TonyisaMoron.com.

Come see my movie BRUNO!

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tony

July 10, 2009 @ 10:11 pm EDT

I already solf bonorocks.com for 500$

Mj

July 11, 2009 @ 5:03 am EDT

I have a great typo idea. Someone should register IsMichaelJacksonDead.com

that one is worth more.

eric rice

July 11, 2009 @ 6:14 pm EDT

100k? In 3 months this domain will not be worth reg fee.

why is this moron interviewed here….

tony

July 11, 2009 @ 10:42 pm EDT

Moron ?ite me
They probably said the same thing to Gary Dahl , oh in case you didnt know he invented the pet rock , made 3 mil in 6 months, which in todays cash would probably be around 30 or 40 million. market exects told him he was a moron too
the moron is the guy that dont take a shot

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tonytheidiot.com

July 12, 2009 @ 4:16 pm EDT

Tony, you don’t even have a clue, this is a clear case of name squating and you have 0 chance of profiting from one of the biggest celebrity trademark holder there is, infact you will lose every penny you have if you try and sell, total moron. Guys like you who have “no skill” to make a website have even less of idea what domainers are. Get a job buddy

tony

July 12, 2009 @ 4:44 pm EDT

I own nothing got nothing to lose

Terry

July 12, 2009 @ 6:36 pm EDT

You will own less than nothing if the Jackson estate files an ICANN complaint against you, which they should. And they will snatch that domain from you in about 2 seconds. You are indeed a moron, because the ICANN rules for a celebrity to prevail require that the defendant had “no legitimate purpose” in the registration other than “financial gain”. Your interview here makes their case a slam dunk. Moron.

tony

July 12, 2009 @ 6:51 pm EDT

if they cared they would have by now

humor

July 12, 2009 @ 8:32 pm EDT

It’s a good domain as long he sell it quick…

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James Lipsaton

July 14, 2009 @ 9:00 am EDT

Poor Tony, take your bets to AC or vegas buddy, leave the domain name game to the pros. You got lucky with bono and your 15 min of fame with this interview. Best of luck but dont waste any more cash.
James Lipsaton

Domainer Pro

July 15, 2009 @ 1:48 pm EDT

Actually Tony you could still come out of all of this with something. The media just loves these kinds of stories. If the Jackson estate indeed tried to or were successful at taking it from you, you could gain popularity in the media and everyone would want you as a guest on their show and you know TV show guests get a paid a nice amount of money. Remember Joe the Plumber, he was a broke too and he made a fortune from lying and John MCCain helped him gain fame and fortune from it! I know it’s not the same, but look at how a little lie made the guy so rich and famous. Remember Tony, every cloud has a silver lining. I also have an MJ domain.

Web 2.0 Domain

July 17, 2009 @ 9:16 pm EDT

Even if we ignore the TM problems and lack of taste this is still a garbage domain name. Only MJ fans are going to want an MJ domain and this is too brash to appeal to that audience.

Howard

July 23, 2009 @ 3:21 am EDT

I hope you sale! And I am sure that there is nothing ales that will make Michael Jackson happier then to know that after hi past way he was able to help the poor be in a better position financially. That was the men in the mirror! King Michael Jackson.

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