I was looking to buy a certain domain for a website I'm planning. But darn, somebody already beat me to it. And whoever this person is, is selling the domain at a premium. See screenshot below. (See me beg, hehe.)
What's amazing is I already bid on this same domain last year. And the minimum bid price I was given was only US$1000. Even then I already balked, what more now.
But from US$1000 to US$50000? I guess it's good business. I know when the internet was just starting, a lot of pioneers bought domains left and right, like pieces of real estate. Some of them even bought domains with the names of large multinationals before these big companies could even realize they would need to have their own websites someday. The domains were bought cheap, and they could sell it at a premium to the desperate multinational.
However, developments in World Intellectual Property Rights and through the arbitration and mediation of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), these big companies have found remedy, by asserting their rights over domains that use their trademarked names.
Here are some articles that tackle such domain name legal battles:
IOC wins battle over domain name indianoil.org
I Hate Ryanair website forced to close after legal battle
Lance Armstrong Wins Domain Names
So I guess the trick is, buy a domain that you think would be a likely name for a multinational to use. (Might as well apply for a trademark too.) Because then, the multinational cannot claim they have an existing trademark on the domain, and so, if they really want your domain, they would have to pay you tons and tons of money! (And if you learned that trick from here, feel free to send me a minimal 10% of your windfall. Hehe.)
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