Daily Poll: Do You Care Who Buys Your Domain Names?

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During the course of selling a domain name, I don’t typically do much buyer due diligence beyond ensuring they will be able to close the deal. I figure Escrow.com, brokerage or marketplace, and/or my attorney can let me know if the buyer is on the OFAC list or if there is another reason I cannot do business with the buyer.

My company doesn’t own many sensitive domain names that could be problematic in the wrong hands. On names that could be sensitive though, I would ensure there are contractual obligations for the buyer’s usage of the domain name that would ensure the domain name is not used in a harmful manner. Sure, I would prefer not to sell a domain name to an organization that does things I don’t like, but it could be very difficult to police that.

I am curious if investors care who buys their domain names. Do you?


Here’s My .com Belt

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At the end of the Summer, I decided to buy a needlepoint belt. I didn’t want something standard – like tennis racquets, wine glasses, fraternity letters, or something along those lines. I thought it would be neat to have a .com needlepoint belt since domain names are my life beyond my family, and .com domain names are where I’ve made my living.

After doing a bit of research to find a custom needlepoint belt maker via Google and Etsy, I found NeedlePainters. I worked with NeedlePainters to design a custom needlepoint belt using the blue and green color scheme from DomainInvesting.com. I requested a chevron pattern with .com overlaid. The team at NeedlePainters helped me design the belt to my specifications.

The belt arrived in the mail on Saturday, and it was exactly what I envisioned. I am not a big “endorsement” person, but I thought the communication from NeedlePainters was great, and they worked closely with me to design the exact belt I wanted. The finished product turned out great:

Daily Poll: At What Price Will Undergraduate.com Sell?

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The Undergraduate.com domain name is in an expired domain name auction at DropCatch.com. This domain name sold publicly two times for around $22,000. Right now, the bidding is at $7,700 with a little more than a day remaining in the auction.

Today’s daily poll asks readers where they think bidding will end this time around for Undergraduate.com:


It’s Better for an Investor to Own a Domain Name

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If you have been watching television during the last month or so, I am sure you have seen a Portal by Facebook television commercial like this one:

As a domain investor watching the advertisement, you probably noticed the clunky url for Portal by Facebook: Portal.Facebook.com. When you visit that url, you can see Facebook has branded its product “Portal,” and Portal has its own logo and brand identity. Unfortunately for Facebook, the company does not own the valuable brand match Portal.com domain name.

Portal.com does not resolve to an active website. A Whois search shows the Portal.com is owned by Oracle. Looking at Screenshots.com, I can see that there was once a landing page with an Oracle logo announcing that “Oracle has acquired Portal Software…

Ordinarily, when a domain name is

You Know You’ve Been in the Domain Business a Long Time When…

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Fun Sunday blog post. Answer the following:

You know you’ve been in the domain investing business a long time when…

Registrant Retains Hims.com Domain Name

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In October, I wrote about the UDRP filed against the Hims.com domain name. The UDRP was decided by a three member panel, and the domain registrant will be able to keep the domain name after the complaint was denied.

The primary reason the complaint was denied was because proving the domain name was registered in bad faith, which is necessary to prevail in a UDRP, was impossible. I mentioned that in the article I wrote about the UDRP filing, and the panel ruled in favor of the domain registrant because of that. Here’s the relevant discussion in the decision:

“Respondent contends that its renewal of the registration does not establish bad faith. When a respondent registers a domain name prior to a complainant establishing rights in a mark, Panels have overwhelmingly found that the respondent did not register a domain name in bad faith. See Telecom Italia S.p.A. v. NetGears LLC, FA 944807 (Forum May 16, 2007) (determining the respondent could not have registered or used the disputed domain name in bad faith where the respondent registered the disputed domain name before the complainant began using the mark); see also Arena Football League v. Armand F. Lange & Assocs., FA 128791 (Forum Dec. 26, 2002) (“[O]nce a Panel finds that a domain name was originally registered in good faith, any subsequent renewal [that] could qualify as having been done in bad faith is irrelevant: the relevant point of inquiry occurs at registration, not renewal of that registration.”). The Panel finds that Respondent’s registration of the domain name predates Complainant’s claimed rights in the HIMS mark by more than twenty years, and that its use of the domain name was legitimate both before and after renewal. Specifically, the Panel notes that Respondent is entitled to use the disputed domain name as he sees fit, regardless of the timing of discussions regarding Complainant’s desire to purchase the disputed domain name. “

Not surprisingly, the domain registrant asked the panel to consider a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH). It looks like the registrant asked for this because of the impossibility of registering the domain name in bad faith so many years prior to the complainant’s existence. The panel declined

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