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LexisNexis Unveils Guide to Domain Name Law

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LexisNexis ® Launches Essential New Guide to Domain Name Law

LexisNexis, the leading legal information database, launched a new guide focused on domain name law.    As domain name ownership becomes more mainstream, it has become essential for attorneys to be knowledgeable about various aspects of domain name law.    From trademark owners protecting their rights to domain name owners protecting their valuable assets, legal representation is more important now than it has ever been in the past.

Some topics covered in the new guide include:

“Formal and informal dispute procedures, with analysis
Extensions currently associated with each jurisdiction
Registry contact information
Access to lists of known accredited registrars
Registration and transfer processes and procedures
Renewal terms and processes
Chapter appendices setting out forms, registry policies, examples, and other hard-to-find, practical information
Thousands of direct links to domain registries and other important sources of information on the Web”
— Source: DomainInformer.com

While this information will be invaluable to lawyers who are new to the field of domain name law, there are a few experienced lawyers who I can either personally recommend, or I have heard positive things about from others.    A few well-known and respected domain name lawyers are listed below with their website contact information:

John Berryhill
Brett Lewis
Howard Neu
Stevan Lieberman
Ari Goldberger

Welcome to the Domain Blog World, Afteric DLS!

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Looks like there’s a new entrant into the world of domain blogs! Launched on September 18, the Afternic DLS blog will provide “news about Afternic, BuyDomains, and AfternicDLS, the world’s largest domain listing service.” These Namemedia properties have been growing over the past year plus, and I hope the blog will offer some industry perspective from some of the sales leaders.

Televisions.com – A Steal at $215k

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Televisions.com Tunes In $215,000 In the Week’s Top Reported Sale

Televisions.com sold for just $215,000 according to the newest addition of DNJournal.com‘s weekly sales report. This is a great price for the buyer, as I believe this name was worth well over half a million dollars. Recently, Cameras.com sold for well over a million, and I would value this name similarly. My only reasoning for the low price is that people might be searching for TVs rather than Televisions. Although television margins aren’t huge, I think the new owner could open up a tv store without open box inventory. The price paid is much less than what it would cost to open a television business in a typical shopping mall, and the reach is far greater with Televisions.com.

NBA Team Buys Bobcats.com for $50k

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Basketball Bobcats get shorter name from wildlife breeder

Barbara Roe, bobcat breeder and owner of Bitterroot Bobcat and Lynx, of Stevensville, MT., sold the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats her Bobcats.com domain name. The team had been inquiring about it since 2004, but she rejected their offer of just a couple thousand dollars.

Realizing how much traffic they were losing by using BobcatsBasketball.com for the past few years, the team and Roe reached an agreement to sell the name for $50,000 – a bargain price, in my opinion. Although the owner couldn’t have monetized the domain name for basketball or tickets without infringing on the rights of the NBA Bobcats, the name was probably worth much more to the Charlotte Bobcats than to Bitterroot Bobcat and Lynx. This is a good deal for the buyer.

Domain Names for Charity

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Below are a few unregistered domain names I believe have good potential. Although I am not charging anything for researching these names, I am requesting that the person who registers each makes a donation to a non-profit organization.

DiscountOliveOils.com
DomainInvestmentTips.com
SailboatingLessons.com
CustomBicycleHelmets.com
PreownedMP3.com
PreownedWheelchairs.com
ItalianInstructors.com
GermanInstructors.com
HebrewInstructors.com
JapaneseInstructors.com
ArabicInstructors.com
ArabicGuides.com

You don’t need to tell me how much was donated, but I would love to know which charity was helped, so please drop me a line after!

A few non-profits I recommend (with the link to make a donation):

Dana Farber Cancer Institute
ALS Association
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure for Breast Cancer
Simon Wiesenthal Center
Meir Panim

Charities Previously Helped:
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

After 4 Years, Salesforce.com Buys Force.com

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Salesforce.com and the Force family name
Pricing a domain name doesn’t always have to do with a specific valuation strategy. Sometimes a person has a sentimental attachment to a domain name, and he is unwilling to sell it for any price. Take Gordon Force, Sr. of San Jose, CA. for example. He registered Force.com in the early 1990’s for his company, Force Technology, a technology consulting and design services company. After nearly 4 years of negotiations (WOW!), Salesforce.com was finally able to acquire Force.com from Mr. Force. They must have made one big offer!

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