Archive for the ‘Domain Names’ Category

BulletSafe Acquires BulletProofVest.com

Posted on August 12th, 2013 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

BulletSafe, home of the $299 Level IIIA Bullet Proof Vest, announced today that it has acquired the domain name BulletProofVest.com for $7,500 from a domain name investor.

BulletSafe is owned by PriveCo, Inc. In the past, PriveCo has purchased premium domain names for up to $1,000,000. PriveCo has run internet web stores since 1998, and understands the importance of simple, recognizable, and easily-searchable domain names. The acquisition of BulletProofVest.com is just one more thing that establishes BulletSafe as a reputable player in the defensive protection industry.

After doing some research of my own, I see BulletProofVest.com was registered in April 1998 and has never been developed….In my opinion, $7,500 is an extremely reasonable purchase price to “own” a category such as bullet proof vests.

@AndrewHazen

I KNOW What YOU Did and I KNOW Where YOU Are!

Posted on April 16th, 2013 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

Most know that I am an angel investor and admitted domain name addict; however most do not know that I am also an attorney specializing in Digital Media law, Internet law and Corporate law with New York’s leading law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek.

With the tragic events in Boston yesterday, the Internet lawyer inside me wanted to look for the Cybersquatters (a/k/a scum) that take advantage of a national tragedy by registering related domain names ONLY in an effort to PROFIT from these horrific events. While I was hoping to find nothing, that is SELDOM the case…..

BostonMarathonBomb.com
registered on 4/15/13 by
Mr. Myers – imdone97(at)yahoo.com
Queen Anne, MD 21657

At the time of this post, this domain name currently brings up a business that sells gift cards – WTF??

BostonBombing.org
registered on 4/15/13 by
Phillip Barton – philzinvesting(at)gmail.com
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

This person appears to be a cybersquatter and is undeniably trying to sell this domain name as it says on the website “Premium Key-Word Rich Domains For Sale! Would you this Domain? Please email me to negotiate a transfer….”

NOTE – this makes me sick!!!

BostonMarathonBombing.com
registered on 4/15/13 and while there is a “private registration” (for $9 extra per year) so we cannot see who registered this domain name….the site is a “memorial site” (if you can say that) and states:

“DO NOT: Donate to any funds or Facebook groups that popped up 10 mins after the event occurred. The Red Cross is your best bet if you’re planning on contributing to the relief effort.
Join the discussion at http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/1ceyx1/boston_marathon_explosions_two_dead_64_injured_as/
for info regarding this domain or if you have a legitimate, charitable use for it, contact info@bostonmarathonbombing.com”

BostonBombing.com
registered on 4/15/13 and while there is a “private registration” (for $9 extra per year) the site does redirect to the American Red Cross site, specifically for the Boston Marathon

BostonBombing.net
registered on 4/15/13 but the Cybersquatter did a “private registration” (for $9 extra) so we cannot see what low life registered this….the website is “parked” which essentially means they are trying to make money from the website/domain name by people clicking on links within the site.

BostonTerror.com
registered on 4/15/13 to:
Developers Anonymous
Patrick Brownell
sales(at)partoutpost.com
Fitchburg, MA 01420

The domain name forwards to a YouTube video which says something about North Korea claiming responsibility for Boston Attack (this is not confirmed)

There are more domain names and I will update this post with my findings…..

To all you Cybersquatters listed above, I hereby DEMAND that you forward these domains to a real 501(c)3 non-profit such as American Red Cross, etc.

Oh, besides being an attorney in New York, I am ALSO admitted to practice law in the Common Wealth of Massachusetts so be prepared!!

@AndrewHazen

Pinterest Files Legal Rights Objection to Amazon’s .pin Domain Application

Posted on March 25th, 2013 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

It has been reported that Pinterest has filed a legal rights objection against Amazon.com over its application to run the .pin top level domain.

As with Amazon’s other top level domain applications, it plans to operate .pin as a closed registry and will not offer second level domain names to consumers and businesses.

While you can understand what Amazon would do with other domain names it has applied for, such as .book or .app, it’s not that clear to to most thus far what .pin has to do with Amazon’s business.

Other legal rights objections published today include .cam, .limited, .axis, .tube, and .bio. – see the entire list here

@AndrewHazen

GiftBasket.com Sells for $350,000

Posted on November 20th, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

‘Tis the season to be selling domain names as FindYourDomain.com has published on its website that it sold GiftBasket.com for $350,000

This is fantastic name and a wonderful sale for BOTH the seller and the buyer in my opinion.

@AndrewHazen

Man Has Made First Amendment Challenge in Domain Name Dispute

Posted on November 7th, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

LegalNewsline is reporting that The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has sent back to district court a Texas attorney’s constitutional challenge to the State of Texas’ attempt to deny him use of his website’s domain name.

John Gibson maintains a website under the domain name “TexasWorkersCompLaw.com.” In February 2011, Gibson received a cease and desist letter from the Texas Department of Insurance, Department of Workers Compensation, which alleged that his use of the words “Texas” and “Workers’ Comp” in the domain name of his website violated Sec. 419.002 of the Texas Labor Code.

The Court of Appeals agreed with the district court and affirmed the dismissal of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment claims. However, it found some merit in Gibson’s First Amendment challenge.

“The United States Supreme Court has recognized that commercial speech is protected by the First Amendment… However, the Constitution… accords a lesser protection to commercial speech than to other constitutionally guaranteed expression,” wrote Judge Edith Brown Clement in the Fifth Circuit’s “as-applied” analysis.

Gibson argued that his website did more than just propose a commercial transaction and thus should have more than the protection afforded commercial speech, and the Court agreed that it might. But, the Court said, “the domain name may nevertheless be considered commercial speech if“ it is an advertisement of some form, it refers to a specific product, and the speaker has an economic motivation for the speech.”

Because the issue of whether a domain name is commercial speech or “a more vigorously protected form of speech” is a new issue, the Court wrote, “This is an issue we need not reach or decide in this appeal without a record of all of the surrounding facts and circumstances involving the website’s domain name.”

You can read the entire article here

@AndrewHazen

GiftCardLab.com Acquires the Domain Name GiftCard.com for $4M+ in Cash and Stock

Posted on October 3rd, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

Gift CardLab, a leading online provider of gift cards, today announced the purchase of the GiftCard.com domain. Gift CardLab will now use the GiftCard.com domain as its primary URL, where customers can search for and purchase store Gift Cards, e-Gift Cards, Customizable Gift Cards and Corporate Incentive Cards.

According to Domain Industry News Magazine, the most paid for a domain this year through September 23rd, 2012 was PersonalLoans.com for $1M.

“The GiftCard.com domain and brand is the crown jewel of the $100 Billion gift card market,” said David Jones, CEO, Gift CardLab. “As we continue our rapid expansion in the gift card industry, the GiftCard.com domain and brand will provide a unique marketing advantage.”

GiftCard.com is growing at a rapid pace, doubling its staff within the last 12 months and approaching $100 Million in gift card sales. After moving to the GiftCard.com domain, the company expects to reach 100% year-over-year growth, providing the Dallas workforce with new and exciting career opportunities.

@AndrewHazen

Kate Spade files UDRP Complainst Against Owners of KateSpade.co & KateSpade.xxx

Posted on September 27th, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

Just caught a headline on Domain Name Wire that Kate Spade has filed UDRP complaints against the owners of KateSpade.co and KateSpade.xxx

According to Domain Name Wire, Kate Spade has filed UDRP complaints before — but these are the first two since 2008.

Both top level domain names offered sunrise periods during which the company could have acquired (or blocked, in the case of .xxx) the domains for a fraction of the cost of a UDRP filing.

The company was successful in its previous four UDRP cases filed between 2002 and 2008.

You can see the recent Case Activity here

@AndrewHazen

Web.com Applies to be Exclusive Registry for .web

Posted on May 31st, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

Web.com Group Inc. has applied to be the exclusive registry for the new “.web” Internet domain name.

The first wave of top level generic domain names in the newly-expanded universe is being considered by the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) and the “.web” domain may be the most important since the “.com” was created, a company news release said.

“We believe we possess the natural platform from which to successfully market the new ‘.web’ top level domain since we are the sole owner of the Web.com trademark as issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office,” said David Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Web.com, in a news release. “With the resources of a nearly $500 million company and the inherent marketing advantage of the Web.com name, we believe we have the best opportunity to initiate and accelerate its adoption as a universally understood and accepted top level domain.”

The domain is likely to be essential because it’s naturally considered part of the Internet not more narrowly defined, such as “.info” or “.org” and attractive to those unable to obtain a “.com.”

The Internet Corp. is a non-profit corporation that manages and coordinates domain name systems, IP addresses and other unique identifiers so computers can find one another across the world. Top level domain names are the highest level in domain name hierarchy.

@AndrewHazen

ICANN Offers Refunds to Domain Name Applicants

Posted on May 8th, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

ICANN, the organization behind a major expansion of Internet address suffixes is offering full refunds to companies and organizations affected by a weeks-long delay in taking proposals.

Each application costs $185,000. Applicants had been allowed to withdraw bids for a partial refund. Now, they can get all of their money back as long as they pull their bids before a deadline that hasn’t yet been determined.

Last month, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) abruptly shut down a system for letting companies and organizations propose new suffixes, after it discovered a software glitch that exposed some private data. The data in some cases offered clues about which companies were proposing what suffixes, which was supposed to be confidential.

Up to 1,000 domain name suffixes — the “.com” part of an Internet address — could be added each year in the most sweeping change to the domain name system since its creation in the 1980s.

The idea behind the expansion is to let Las Vegas hotels, casinos and other attractions congregate around “.Vegas,” or a company such as Canon Inc. draw customers to “cameras.Canon” or “printers.Canon.”

@AndrewHazen

Court Orders Search Engines and Social Sites to De-Index Site

Posted on May 1st, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

According to SFGate, Hermes International SCA, maker of Birkin handbags and silk scarves, won a judgment that includes $100 million in damages against 34 websites that sold fake copies of its luxury goods.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in New York ruled the sites, which didn’t defend themselves in court, sold items that infringed upon at least nine Hermes products including Birkin and Kelly handbags, wallets, watches, belts and jewelry.

Cote said the websites, with names such as HermesBags- Outlet.net, HermesBirkin-Bags.org and HermesOutletStore.Com, were liable for federal trademark counterfeiting and infringement. They had also disregarded her previous temporary orders restraining them from selling counterfeit Hermes items, Cote said.

The court also ordered that any money held by PayPal Inc. to be given to Hermes and ordered Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) and merchant account providers, as well as third-party processors and search engines including Google Inc., Microsoft Corp.’s Bing and Yahoo! Inc., to immediately stop providing services to the defendants or links to their sites.

The judge also directed social media companies including Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. to “de-index” and remove from any search pages links to the infringing defendants.

The order to the search engines and to the social networking companies to de-index the sites is an interesting one.

@AndrewHazen