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    Mama in Charge Anne's Avatar
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    Who is the loser who bought my name?
    http://www.annefognano.com/

    I always find this so interesting that people do stuff like this. By the way, only one other person has my name and she is in her 80's.... So, someone bought this just because it is my name.....

    Interestingly enough, shortly after my Revenue article

    domain: annefognano.com
    created: 26-Jan-2007
    last-changed: 26-Jan-2007
    registration-expiration: 26-Jan-2008

    nserver: ns57.1and1.com 74.208.2.9
    nserver: ns58.1and1.com 74.208.3.8

    status: CLIENT-TRANSFER-PROHIBITED

    registrant-firstname: Oneandone
    registrant-lastname: Private Registration
    registrant-organization: 1&1 Internet, Inc. - http://1and1.com/contact
    registrant-street1: 701 Lee Road, Suite 300
    registrant-street2: ATTN: annefognano.com
    registrant-pcode: 19087
    registrant-state: PA
    registrant-city: Chesterbrook
    registrant-ccode: US
    registrant- +1.8772064254
    registrant-email: proxy590309@1and1-private-registration.com

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    There's a phone number on the site.

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    I recently discovered my first and last name domain was occupied by someone in the UK. In this case though, he actually does have the same first and last name as me.

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    It sucks. I think the person who put up the site is a cyber squatter.

    Why?
    Look at the header image.
    annefognano dot com/Atlanta.gif
    would you name a boston website and boston banner by the name of Atlanta.gif???
    Makes no sense.

    This is what I found besides your domain
    ericmalka dot com
    same exact template and check out the content too

    There are cyber squatter laws out there or laws that you can use to claim that domain but I am not sure if that is worth the time to go though all that. More than likely, check back in 1 year and he/she might not renew it as that person is not monitizing it

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    I'm not so sure it's cyber squatting - unless you trademarked your name.

    It is a pia, that's for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oziman
    I'm not so sure it's cyber squatting - unless you trademarked your name.

    It is a pia, that's for sure.
    True. I take my cyber squatting remarks back.

    I did read in one of my law classes that one of the actors/actress sued somebody as they bought his/her domain name and monitized it. That actor/actress won the case.

    Edit: Did some quick search on the web

    How do you prove someone is cybersquatting?

    - The domain name registrants intention was to profit from your domain name in bad faith

    - Your trademark was in effect and widely known at the time the domain name was registered

    How do you know there is a bad faith intent? Well, there is probably no bad faith intent if one of the following is true:

    - domain name is the same as the person's name or nickname.

    - Does the web site owner actually have a legitimate use of the domain name? This would be, for example, true for a company named "McDonalds Plumbing". They would have a legitimate reason for owning the "McDonalds" domain name.

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    Right, but that's a much more obvious case of cyber squatting:

    1. someone's who uses their name as their business and is well known.
    2. no other content - obvious monetization going on.

    While it seems that the domain the OP mentions was probably taken in reference to the article, as long as there's no obvious squatting going on (monetization/this domain is for sale type things), it's a very tough case to prove.

    Quote Originally Posted by FairFieldGetaway-EricEwe
    True. I take my cyber squatting remarks back.

    I did read in one of my law classes that one of the actors/actress sued somebody as they bought his/her domain name and monitized it. That actor/actress won the case.

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    Personally, I would not do the legal route and check back in 1 yr

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    Quote Originally Posted by FairFieldGetaway-EricEwe
    Personally, I would not do the legal route and check back in 1 yr
    Agreed.

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    Anne, speaking of myspace, do a search there for your name and also your business name. You have a couple of fans!

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    Its a realtor site now...

    Nobody wants to buy my name..... not even me

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    Quote Originally Posted by newestuser
    Its a realtor site now...

    Nobody wants to buy my name..... not even me
    Well it always has been, LOL! I just think it is LAME someone would buy my NAME to park a domain on, in hopes that me being "known" online would bring them business. What losers.

    My point is, it is freaky when you have to buy your own legal NAME to protect it....

    Oh well, I get the last laugh. No one is going to type in my name and decide on impulse to rent an apartment who knows WHERE from JEFF.... lololol! I hope it was ten bucks well spent for him.

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    I needed an apartment, and that one was perfect

    You should buy their name and link it to your site

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    Quote Originally Posted by newestuser
    I needed an apartment, and that one was perfect

    You should buy their name and link it to your site
    Wow, ten bucks well spent then, the last laugh is on me....

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    In the absence of good pics of you, my pic somehow made it on the website. LOL! What a loser.

    Obviously this is a desperate attempt to either extort money from you or make money by using your name. You have ALL my help to nail this bastard, especially since I made it on that website anyhow. You should take this all the way. I bet he is going to regret he made this "smart" choice.

    I think that everyone here should contribute with whatever they can to nail this guy. We are all a family, and a fellow ABWer needs our help!

    Maybe I should buy my own domain name before some freak gets it.
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    From this thread: http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread...535#post630535

    Quote Originally Posted by Celicaphile
    I received an email last week from GoDaddy.com and DomainsByProxy.com - Apparently they charged me $20 automatically for an inquiry made on one of my domains w/ private whois info. It's regarding an alleged legal issue. I contacted the party who made the inquiry & have not heard back. I also contacted DomainsByProxy.com and have not heard back from them either.

    The issue is this - First of all, I didn't know they'd charge $20 for an inquiry! What's stopping people from making inquiries
    Do they have a service like this @ 1 @ 1 ?

    domain: annefognano.com
    created: 26-Jan-2007
    last-changed: 26-Jan-2007
    registration-expiration: 26-Jan-2008

    nserver: ns57.1and1.com 74.208.2.9
    nserver: ns58.1and1.com 74.208.3.8

    status: CLIENT-TRANSFER-PROHIBITED

    registrant-firstname: Oneandone
    registrant-lastname: Private Registration
    registrant-organization: 1&1 Internet, Inc. - http://1and1.com/contact
    registrant-street1: 701 Lee Road, Suite 300
    registrant-street2: ATTN: annefognano.com
    registrant-pcode: 19087
    registrant-state: PA
    registrant-city: Chesterbrook
    registrant-ccode: US
    registrant- +1.8772064254
    registrant-email: proxy590309@1and1-private-registration.com

    Maybe a few of us should try to find out who this person really is. We need to know so we can detrmine which laws are being broken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oziman
    I'm not so sure it's cyber squatting - unless you trademarked your name.

    It is a pia, that's for sure.
    Actually, some famous people have been able to have domains transfered to them via UDRP without have registered TM's on their name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewbert
    Actually, some famous people have been able to have domains transfered to them via UDRP without have registered TM's on their name.
    Is it getting to the point we have to have our given names trademarked? I have CleverMoms trademarked but not , well, Anne Fognano, LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexBet
    Maybe I should buy my own domain name before some freak gets it.
    Great idea Alex!! If you want to buy your name, I'll sell it to you for $5k USD.

    Anne, maybe the 80 year old you mentioned used an alias on the registry? I've been reading about a new generation of techy seniors who have set up operations at various assisted living facilities from where they are running everything from Nigerian letter schemes to identity theft that is based on Wednesday night bingo. These ruthless seniors need to be stopped. I suggest we kick in and run smear campaigns in AARP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne
    Is it getting to the point we have to have our given names trademarked? I have CleverMoms trademarked but not , well, Anne Fognano, LOL!

    Anne you may have forgotten that many many celebrities went through this same thing 10 - 15 years ago. Many of them found that their names had been registered, and as I recall they had little choice but to buy their name for domain ownership. Odd situation - and certainly not ethical, but where there is the perception of money to be made, they come out of the woodwork.
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    At least your not named after a country

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mack
    Maybe a few of us should try to find out who this person really is. We need to know so we can detrmine which laws are being broken.
    Hmmmmmm If this works, maybe a few thousands of us should do it!?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Hamilton
    Great idea Alex!! If you want to buy your name, I'll sell it to you for $5k USD.
    Alan, I will give you my money with pleasure as long as you are benefiting from this.
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