According to a report this morning in The Atlantic Wire, the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has decided to spend $8,000 to purchase the OccupyWallStreet.net domain name. The domain name was hand registered on September 23, 2011 by a Florida resident.
It appears that OccupyWallStreet.com is already owned by someone involved with the OWS movement, although the registration has privacy protection on it. That domain name currently forwards to the group’s website at OccupyWallSt.org.
The Atlantic Wire report also cites a tweet that OWS was offered the opportunity to purchase Occupy.com for $150,000. In my opinion, the report’s author mis-labeled the owner of Occupy.com as “some domain squatters,” which is inaccurate since the domain name was purchased well before the Occupy movement started. A cybersquatting definition can be found on Wikipedia.
According to The Atlantic Wire report, OWS is not interested in buying Occupy.com right now because of the high cost. Perhaps the group will raise funds via the $8,000 domain name and decide to purchase the domain name at a later date.
Thanks to RKS for sending the link.