I read about the recent UDRP filing for SaveMe.com, a domain name Rick Schwartz bought over 10 years ago. The company that filed the UDRP owns a ccTLD version of the domain, which appears to have been registered just in 2010. In my opinion, this looks like an example of reverse domain name hijacking, although a UDRP panel or federal court will have the ultimate say in the matter.
Whether you like Rick Schwartz and his approach to this issue or not, all domain investors who hold valuable domain names should follow along with this case, especially if the UDRP panel rules in favor of the complainant. I would assume Schwartz will file a lawsuit and likely attempt to set a legal precedent that will benefit all domain investors who are threatened by companies over descriptive domain names.
The email Schwartz sent is below.
Just a very quick little note to make you aware of something in case you have not heard.
Reverse Domain Hijacking has been a serious issue facing the Domain Industry for a very long time. Large domainers can afford to fend off these predators. But the small guy can not afford to fork over $5000 and up to defend each of their domains and so they fold needlessly and the predator with no real rights, wins. It’s sickening when it happens.
Sometime these predators pick the wrong dude. In this case me and that is like peeing on an electric fence as I will soon demonstrate.
Without even a trademark in Brazil let alone the USA, they have decided to file a WIPO suit against me and my domain of 16 years. See I refused their offers because they simply were not in the ballpark plus he misrepresented who he was. I never knew he represented this company until this week when I got the papers. I think you can clearly see the implications and if you can’t, give me 5 minutes to paint you a picture and why ANYONE with a dotcom domain name could be in jeopardy if the CLOWN were to prevail. Especially with thousands of new gTLD’s coming out.
The entire story is on my blog. I am on a mission of awareness and to make this particular person the POSTER BOY for all Reverse Domain Hijackers in the world. The next predator will think twice. Howard and I are determined to make CASE LAW with my POSTER BOY! I am in the process of making this guy FAMOUS as you are about to clearly see as this gets circulated and folks understand what is at stake and the ramifications for not just every domainer, but every domain holder as well.
Thanks for your time and hope you watch the progress of what I hope will become a landmark case that will protect LEGITIMATE domain holders.