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Oprah’s Next Chapter With No Domain Name


While Oprah and her people were excitedly (I am sure) announcing the news that Oprah will debut a new evening talk show called “Orpah’s Next Chapter,” someone else was excitedly racing to his computer to see if Oprah or her Harpo Productions had registered the matching domain name, OprahsNextChapter.com.

I can just imagine the feeling of exuberance and jolt of energy that must have ripped through the registrant’s body as he quickly typed the domain name into his Dynadot account, racing other would be cybersquatters from claiming this seemingly valuable piece of Internet real estate that was available for the taking. In my humble, non-legal opinion, just because Oprah didn’t register the domain name doesn’t mean the domain name is fair game – especially when it’s monetized with pay per click links.

In the Wall Street Journal article I read, there was also news that Oprah was starting her own television network (maybe not new news, but I don’t really know), aptly named “Oprah Winfrey Network.” Unfortunately for would be cybersquatters, it looks like Oprah’s crew won the registration race on OprahWinfreyNetwork.com, as that domain name is owned by Web Infringement,  LLC an intellectual property protection firm. The do not own OWN.com, a generic domain name purchased   many years before this new network was consummated.

It seems unlikely that Oprah wanted the domain name for her television show, as she would have acquired it for the registration fee prior to the announcement. However, who knows what will happen with the domain name now that someone else has bought it and is monetizing it with PPC links.

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Comments (8)

    Tim Davids

    That damn Berkins at it again ah?


    April 8th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Jim Holleran

    She will be using Own.tv for everything soon.

    Thanks, Jim

    April 8th, 2010 at 2:12 pm


    It seems Oprah will use OWN.TV for her new ventures.
    Being in her newsletter list and receiving almost weekly news from it I m almost sure OWN.TV will be her new home.

    April 9th, 2010 at 7:07 am

    steve c

    The “don’t get it” beat goes on. Unless she is planning on buying the Interwebs.

    April 9th, 2010 at 10:23 am


    How about Black.TV???

    April 9th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Mike L

    steve c – I think this is a case of where you don’t get it. Oprah trumps domain names. She is a icon. She could have her site on Forestgreendice.com or whatever…and people would still get to the site.

    Obviously, she GETS it – she’s the richest woman in show business!

    April 9th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Dan Vonderheide

    If the big O gets behind a .tv domain, I’ll start feeling pretty good about the money I spent on louisville.tv. Well I do feel pretty good about it…I’ll just stop worrying as much about educating the consumer about .tv and it’s presence.

    April 9th, 2010 at 3:18 pm


    Would anybody know if its against the law to make a website with oprahsnextchapter.com

    January 1st, 2016 at 12:44 pm

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