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Respond with the Help of a Good Attorney

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One of the things I have learned over the years is that no matter how descriptive a domain name is, there is always the risk that a company will believe it has more rights to the domain name than an investor has. Sometimes, a company will start off by sending a Cease & Desist letter (C&D) to the registrant in an effort to scare the registrant into giving up the domain name for nothing or a pittance. This can be the first salvo in a long legal battle or it can be the last communication.

Responding (or not responding) to a C&D letter may depend on the situation. While it might be tempting to respond on your own, particularly in the case of a serious overreach, I think it is best to hire a good IP attorney with domain name expertise to evaluate the situation and come up with a best response (or non-response). An attorney might suggest how to reply or might be able to write a strong response if necessary, depending on the exact situation.

Logan Flatt shared a brief snippet about a recent situation he was in and gave thanks to attorney Jason Schaeffer for his assistance:

Dan.com Awards 5 Domain Investors


This afternoon at NamesCon, Dan.com announced five domain industry achievement awards for 2021. The awards were given in the following categories to five deserving individuals:

  • Most data-driven domainer of the year 2021 – Nikhail Jain
  • Most community-driven domainer of the year 2021 – Leanne McMahon
  • Best newTLD domain investor of the year 2021 – Swetha Yenugula
  • Best ccTLD domain investor of the year 2021 – Nils Buurman
  • Best .com domain investor of the year 2021 – Ehren Schaiberger

Congratulations to these five domain investors on their success. The recognition in front of peers at NamesCon is well deserved.

BrandForce Sells Floor.com for $3,144,000

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I just learned about the third largest publicly reported domain name sale of 2021. According to an email I received from BrandForce Co-Founder & Vice President Louis Pickthall, BrandForce sold the Floor.com domain name for $3,144,000. Louis and Senior Broker Stephen Byrne brokered this house-owned domain name, and the closed deal was transacted via Escrow.com. Once confirmed and charted by DNJournal, it will become the 11th seven figure (publicly reported) domain name sale of the year to date.

The buyer of Floor.com is not publicly known at this point. The domain name is registered under Whois privacy, and the buyer’s generic Shopify-powered website has been launched. This website does not give away any details about the buyer’s identity, but I will keep an eye out for any type of public launch announcement in the future.

BetU.com Sold for $180k via Squadhelp

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Earlier this morning, James Booth announced that he sold BetU.com for $180,000. The domain name was sold via Squadhelp, a domain name sales platform that helps businesses select a brand name. The deal was announced on Twitter:

Epik Email: “Update and Options for Affected Epik Users”

Yesterday afternoon, the Have I Been Pwned? platform added the Epik data breach to its database. In doing so, it announced that more than 15 million email addresses were contained in the data, along with other information like addresses and phone numbers:

There has been a lot to unpack with this data breach, and more details have been shared on various platforms including a long thread at NamePros and quite a few Twitter accounts. You can search Twitter for hashtags like #EpikFail, #EpikHack, or simply search for Epik to see updates from a wide variety of people who seem to have access to the data.

A short while ago, Epik sent out the email below with links to relevant organizations:

ICA to Host Mock UDRP Hearing at NamesCon

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The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) will be hosting a unique session at NamesCon this week. The ICA teamed up with the International Trademark Association’s Lori Schulman to host a mock UDRP hearing. This session will offer insight about the UDRP proceeding from all sides of a complaint using a fictitious UDRP dispute. I imagine this unique session will be something most domain investors could benefit from watching.

Participating on this panel are five individuals with extensive UDRP and legal expertise:

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