Look no further than a Rocky Mountain News article to understand why.
What happens when a cybersquatter claims he’s a domainer, and then tries to differentiate himself from a cybersquatter? It gives domainers (i.e., domain investors) a bad name.
An article in The Rocky Mountain News covers Leon Lee, a man who has cybersquatted on several professional baseball players’ names.
Leon Lee jumped online and grabbed the domain name ClintHurdle.com the day the Rockies beat the Diamondbacks to go up 3-0 in the National League Championship Series.
A few days later, as the club prepared to battle the Red Sox in the World Series, the Union City, Calif., man paid less than $20 to register KazMatsui.com and YorvitTorrealba.com.
Lee, 32, had secured MattHolliday.com three months before. Though Holliday failed to win the Most Valuable Player award, coming in second, that online real estate is especially valuable.
It’s bad enough that he’s cybersquatting and coming out point blank to admit it. But then it gets worse. Lee explains to the paper that he’s not cybersquatting. Nope, he’s just a domainer. A cybersquatter, Lee explains, is someone who registers trademarks with the intent to sell them.
Lee sought to draw a distinction between the activity and “cyber-squatting.” That typically refers to people buying up domain names of businesses or celebrities with the intent of selling them for a profit.
Hey Lee, meet me at Camera 3.
Psst…over here. You with me? You see, registering a celebrity’s name and parking it is cybersquatting (unless, of course, you have the same name or its a common name). You’d easily lose any UDRP decision, especially now that you’ve come out and told the world your intentions. You can register a politician’s name (it’s free speech), but celebrity names are considered trademarks. And by calling yourself a domainer, you’re giving the rest of us a bad name.