Article shines light on growing problem for businesses.
Domain name theft is getting mainstream exposure today thanks to a Wall Street Journal article.
The article focuses on the recent theft of ShadesDaddy.com, but also discusses other companies that have fallen victim to domain name theft. It also quotes the ICA’s Phil Corwin and attorneys Enrico Schaefer of Traverse Legal and David Weslow of Wiley Rein.
It also refers to domainers, but describes them in a much better light than the typical article about domain name investors. It calls domainers “entrepreneurs who snap up particular domain names with plans to resell them”.
Domain theft is a growing problem. In ShadesDaddy.com’s case, the company filed a lawsuit and put lots of pressure on the registry to get the domain name back. It was returned within a couple weeks.
It got the domain returned much faster than a lot of people. An Austin man recently had a domain name stolen and it was transferred to Chinese domain name registrar eName (the same registrar that ended up with ShadesDaddy.com after it was stolen) and found the process of getting it back to take months. The registrar where he previously had the domain name didn’t have a good internal process for handling domain theft. (I won’t name the registrar, because an employee there stepped up to help when I reached out.)
On this week’sDomainSherpa Discussion, we talk about ways you can prevent domain name theft.