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    MasterMike HardwareGeek's Avatar
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    Was I wrong when I bought a domain?
    So I am starting a new site cellrants.com, was looking at the refferals and I saw that someone searched for CellRanks.com and google returned my site cellrants.com

    So I said Holy Moly Mother of Domans, CellRanks.com is a nice domain and eventually can use it. So I buy it up and set it to forward to cellrants.com

    Mind you this happened today.

    15 minutes exactly after I buy cellranks.com I get an email from someone threatning to sue me because I bought the domain he was going to buy and that he did google searches to make sure it wasn't registered and he checked the whois but didn't have a credit card with him and that he is going to get his lawyer to sue me.

    I didn't do anyhting wrong did I? I bought a domain that is going to work well with my new site.

    This guys just nuts right no chance he can sue me?

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    First come. He's got no case whatsoever, nothing to worry about.

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    What's the word? Rhia7's Avatar
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    Seems as if you bought it first & it's yours *unless* he has a trademark on the name (then there can be troubled waters)
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    I think its up for grabs to the first person who buys it. And sue you? What Attorney will take his case? Its done. Its was available, plain and simple...At least this is my take on the issue..
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    get real buddy your not the only one that wants to get domains lol now if it was scooped up by a domain squater that would be one thing, but your playing the space...Game on!

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    This guys just nuts right no chance he can sue me?
    You are in the right, but if he is nuts proceed carefully.

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    Oh pshaaaaaaaaaa - the other guy is a sore loser. I'd say you have zero worry Mike. It's actually laughable. The guy is blowing steam.

    I could have a field day suing some West Indies company for buying a domain name with the title of my novel, which is a name I INVENTED for the book if this was possible. And for what? To give money to a lawyer?! Uhhhh don't think so.

    Offer to sell him the domain for 100 grand.
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    Tell him to make sure he has his credit card handy when he goes to see the lawyer.

    (And no, you shouldn't have anything to worry about)
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    Since he emailed you, email him back a link to this thread.

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    You never search Google for an unregistered domain then click a result. He essentially gave you the domain. Smooth move.

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    Ignore it and do not respond to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardwareGeek
    with him and that he is going to get his lawyer to sue me.
    The Internet is an amazing place. I never realized how many 14 year olds had personal lawyers until I started using the Internet. There are quite a few of them.

    Thanks for reminding me. Now I remember that I actually thought of the name Google in the 80's. They stole my idea. Can you ask this person if I can use "their" lawyer to sue Google for me?

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    Hah... why would you use google to find unregistered domains at all? Isn't that like checking the white pages looking for land to buy?

    I'm with Rexanne... sell it to him for a "fair" price.

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    He "can" sue but he would lose!

    My guess is that he jumped to the conclusion that you're in on a scheme with a registrar (he "didn't have his credit card," now the dom's gone), you know the one, where they quick run and register a searched-for domain...

    There'd be plenty of evidence to show that you're NOT one of those creeps, but his emotional response probably blinded him to using sense.

    If he actually consults a lawyer, the att'y should let him know there's no case.
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    You didn't do anything wrong.

    I wouldn't even respond to an email with a threatening tone as that one has.
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    I'm not going to respond.

    GOod thing I put a Vmail number in the whois, he has called it twice already lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardwareGeek
    I'm not going to respond.
    Good choice
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    Kindof persistent for someone with no legs to stand on as far as the matter is concerned...

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    OMG, you know how many times I've been THAT GUY... thinking about a domain and then its GONE! Ugh. That's life. You hesitate you loose. This guy is just trying to intimidate.

    Leader is right that he can sue you... he can sue you for the way you part your hair. But to do so, I beleive, he has to sue you in YOUR town. Yeah, what's the chances of that? And yeah, he'd loose anyway. You got it fair and square. What are you going to do next time, post messages everywhere saying "I'm about to buy this domain, is anyone thinking of buying it?

    Don't sweat it. Good call... don't answer anything. It'll only fuel the fire. Just think this

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    HAHAHAHAHAHA

    I recently had a similar case where a guy paid someone to buy the domain and build a site on it. In the meanwhile, he had gotten his truck lettered to promote the site, so he was driving around with a truck that promoted MY site!!!
    He didn't threaten to sue me but he was somewhat of a horse's ass. Funny thing is, I would have given it to him if he had not been such a d*ck.

    You have nothing to worry about. You are not squatting on someone's trademark so I would tell that guy to go pound sand!


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    unless he's trademarked it, I think you're probably safe...
    and I don't see it: http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe?...ate=dd5br1.1.1
    I google names I'm thinking of all the time. I never thought that someone would see the referral and then buy it. I guess I learn something new everyday.
    But I'm pretty much a one-site-pony, so I'm not really into that whole buy-up-the-world of domains thing.

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    hmmm i thought of amazon.com back in the 90s.... i am off to my cave to write an email to my fella bezos

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    Quote Originally Posted by KGP
    hmmm i thought of amazon.com back in the 90s.... i am off to my cave to write an email to my fella bezos
    I thought of hardwaregeeks.com
    oh yeah, and abestweb.com too

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    hey some guy in Canada forgot to renew hardwaregeeks.com an I grabbed it up back in 2002 with out knowing that, boy he ws pissed but when he saw the site he said I was doing more justice with it than he was.

    I think he took his site down as it use to be hardwaregeeks.ca

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    I am starting actions against several persons in the next few days. You see, they played the Lotto numbers I was thinking of and won. If I had had an extra couple of bucks I would have bought those same numbers!!!

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