In 2021, there are still some business owners who don’t understand the difference between a Cyber Squatter and a Domain Investor.
Today, Domainer gives two easy-to-follow real-life examples.
We will use the following domain names as examples today;
RobertKaay.com (my own personal and unique name)
Can you guess which one is being held by a legitimate domain investor, and which one is being held by a cyber squatter?
Nicole Murdoch from EagleGate Lawyers recently wrote an article about the generic domain name MagicMillions.com;
Jeff Geaney purchased the domain name magicmillions.com and was wrongfully accused of Cyber Squatting.
Cyber squatting only occurs where a person reserves or uses a domain name in bad faith for the intent to profit on the goodwill of, or a trade mark belonging to, someone else.
The term Magic Millions is somewhat descriptive and can be used for any multitude of legitimate reasons around the world.
Nicole addressed this issue in more detail in her article on cybersquatting and reverse domain hijacking(.) As she notes; sometimes trying to reserve a domain name late, is a case of “the horse has already bolted”, as in the case of MagicMillions.com(,) but in other times, it can be a clear case of cyber squatting, like in the following example…
Take my own personal name, Robert Kaay, where the “.com” domain name was recently registered by Frank Meester.
By registering my personal unique name, (admitted in the following written conversation below) Frank Meester has now admitted to the international domainer community, that he, Frank Meester, is an undisputed cyber squatter.
I chose not to register my own name as a “.com” in the past because I’m the only person in the world with this name and I haven’t needed to use it as a brand up to this point. It’s certainly not generic like “John Smith”, for example. It is unique and can only possibly be used by me.
As you will see from the following conversation, Frank Meester proves in writing that he registered my personal unique name as a “.com” domain name to reserve or use the domain name in bad faith for the intent to profit on the goodwill of my unique name.
The story of Frank Meester, the cyber squatter goes as follows;
Frank Meester started following me on LinkedIn in September 2020.
One month later, he decided to hand-register my own unique name as a domain name; RobertKaay.com for himself (as proven below), using domain privacy.
Last week, he then publicly initiated contact with me (by commenting on one of my LinkedIn articles) to alert me to the fact that “someone” had “registered my name as a domain name”.
As mentioned above, I hadn’t bothered registering it over the years, as I don’t trade under that brand and know there is no one else in the world with this name.
At the time, there was no “Buy It Now” price on the domain name parking site for RobertKaay.com(.)
To put it very simply, Frank Meester registered my domain name RobertKaay.com for around $10 for the sole intention to sell it back to me for around $35,000 USD, as documented below.
Out of interest, I wanted to see what sort of a “mindset” an actual cyber squatter goes through when trying to extort someone out of a bunch of money for their own name.
So, I contacted Frank through LinkedIn messenger, and this is how the conversation went…
As you can clearly read above, Frank Meester is a verified cyber squatter.
He admits to registering around 1000 domain names, where the domain names are simply First Name, Last Name .com domain names and his intent seems to be solely to sell these unique names.
We’re not talking about “domain investing” or “domainer” activity here. These aren’t generic names or acronyms.
This is clearly cyber squatting and domainers and the domain investor community is AGAINST THIS FORM OF EXTORTION.
If you, or anyone else has had their First Name, Last Name .com domain name registered, and your name is unique and one of a kind, don’t pay a cyber squatter scumbag any money for it. All you need to do is file a UDRP or an auDRP complaint or commence legal action against the cyber squatter, especially if you know who they are and they’ve ADMITTED DOING IT.
Frank Meester; the cyber squatter has just recently figured out if he prices my name as a “.com” at around the same price as a UDRP (Wipo Domain Name Dispute), I might pay him that amount of money instead of initiating a UDRP or engaging my lawyers…
How silly of him.