Domain Names: A Sneaky Attempt To Take My Name

Written by Charles L. Harmon

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I quickly composed a letter and emailed it to that registrar expressing my thoughts. I also raisedrepparttar price ofrepparttar 105210 domain name once I had sentrepparttar 105211 email. Because I was upset aboutrepparttar 105212 matter I decided to raiserepparttar 105213 selling price by a factor of ten. I never received a response from my email and assumedrepparttar 105214 matter was closed.

Well, to make a long story short I received three more emails withinrepparttar 105215 next three weeks, each with attempts to get me to transfer my domain name to them. The emails included dubious documentation and said ďYou must agree to enter into a new Registration Agreement with usĒ. I ignored all attempts to sign away my domain name torepparttar 105216 other registrar.

The last four attempts to get me to surrender my domain name all occurred just after ICANN changedrepparttar 105217 rules pertaining to domain names. That new ruling took affect November 12, 2004 making it easier (in my opinion) for someone to sneakily transfer a domain name. Withrepparttar 105218 current new rules it seems all you have to do is not respond to your registrar within five days of them sending you notice indicating your domain name is being transferred. If you happen to be on vacation, not respond to your email quickly, or overlook such email, you may find yourself short a domain name. If however, your domain name(s) is locked, then you shouldnít have to worry about that problem. My impression is that many registrars are now locking domain names by default so they cannot be transferred automatically, but you should check yours to be sure.

All this fuss over a domain name I made up got me thinking about my rights to my domain name. I checkedrepparttar 105219 Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, signed by President Clinton, November 29, 1999. Iím no lawyer, but it does not look favorable for me, even though I made up a name I did not think anyone else had. Iíll let yourepparttar 105220 reader checkrepparttar 105221 law and come to your own conclusion.

There has been no further action on that domain name and it has been two and a half months sincerepparttar 105222 last attempt to transfer it away from me. Is thisrepparttar 105223 end of that saga?

* Iíve left outrepparttar 105224 first few characters for my protection. Contact me if you must knowrepparttar 105225 exact name.

Charles is a programmer - developer turned web entrepreneur. He has written software for many major U.S. Corporations as well as written and sold his own software. He is currently developing a website for his many domain names and another on top-rated eZines. Charles lives near San Diego, CA and operates He can be reached via the contact form at

Information on Domain Names

Written by Priyanka Agarwal

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For how long does a domain name belong to you? Generally when you register a domain name it is registered for a minimum of one year. However, you can register it for more years, as there is no hard and fast rule as such.

What is Domain Renewal? After one year you need to renew your domain name so that your website doesnít get lost. Generally when your domain is about to expire your domain registrar will send you a reminder mail regardingrepparttar domain renewal.

What happens when your domain name expires? When your domain name expires you can renew it within one month. If you donít renew it in this period it goes into a redemption phase. It stays in this redemption phase for 15 to 30 days before it is then available for purchase again at a normal price. Getting a domain name out of redemption phase is like buying fifty domains as it can cost around $200!

How to find outrepparttar 105209 owner of a domain name? To find outrepparttar 105210 owner of a domain name, userepparttar 105211 WhoIs search tool onrepparttar 105212 Internet .For E.g. Go to and typerepparttar 105213 domain name under Domain Dossier. It will show yourepparttar 105214 name ofrepparttar 105215 registrant/domainís owner/web host.

What is WhoIs record? WhoIS record is a domain name search engine/Internet program where users can enter an Internet entity (e.g. a domain, a network, some hosts) and it will give detailed information onrepparttar 105216 domain registrar,repparttar 105217 owner ofrepparttar 105218 domain, and respective DNS records.

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