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Accused of cyber squatting

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  1. bluewater4

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    Hello, I have been accused of cyber squatting and had a letter sent to my domain host. The accusers don't state what they want, but are asking my host company for my identity. I don't care about the domain. What should i do?
     
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    Is the name a trademarked name?

    Or is it just someone that thinks they can get over on you as they like the domain name?
     
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    Burn the PC, change your name and surname, get out of the country. You are still reading this? RUUUUUUUN
     
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  4. bluewater4

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    They are claiming trademark
     
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    That is easy enough to check; go ahead and see if you are sitting on someone's marked name.
     
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    Hosting company is not allowed to reveal your identity without the case. Do you know who contacted them?
     
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  8. bluewater4

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    I could see why someone might confuse the two. But i have no intention on what they are accusing me of or awareness. This was when domains were all discounted for the holidays so I bought a bunch. They had time limits on these sales , not a lot of background checking. The hosting company wants me to contact the person ( I assume a lawyer) who sent the letter.

    I would give them the domain since I don't need it and it was a couple bucks. I think if I do this then im admitting to their claims .

    Is there a way to just give the domain back to the hosting company and have them deal with it?
     
  9. bluewater4

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    Yea I know who contacted them because they gave me a copy of the letter that was sent to them.

    Also what do you mean "without the case"? Do they have actually have to take the hosting company to court to get my identity?
     
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    Trademark claim if its legit.

    Check the source company to make sure its not someone trying to just take the domain.
     
  11. Asif WILSON Khan

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    If you are infringing on their Trademark and they can prove it then they can just take the domain by starting an administrative procedure:

    http://www.bitlaw.com/internet/domain.html
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=domain+trademark+infringement
    https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/help/dndr/udrp-en
    http://www.domainsherpa.com/6-ways-to-recover-a-domain-name-from-an-infringing-cybersquatter/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybersquatting
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=domain+name+trolls
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=cybersquatting+trolls

    If you don't care about the domain or don't want to fight then just let it expire.
    If you want to keep it then there are ways to hang on to it for a while longer but if you don't want the hassle then either hand it over or let it expire.
    I wouldn't worry until you receive some legal documentation.

    Also they can only sue you if you have made money from the domain or caused them some form of monetary loss. If you brought the domain in good faith and have not attempted to profit from their trademark then you should be OK.
     
  12. bluewater4

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    Thanks, what should i tell my domain hosting company? Shouldn't they know what you stated above?
     
  13. Asif WILSON Khan

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    Your host won't care, if you have WHOIS privacy that is the only reason they contacted you, just to pass on the letter.
    You can either ignore the letter and let the domain expire or respond and tell them they can have it.
    If you are concerned then contact a solicitor/lawyer for professional legal advice.
     
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