I believe everyone should own a domain name, and use it - at a minimum - for their personal email. This way you have control of your email address, and don't have to solely rely on – or be hostage to – an ISP or service.
Over the next several posts, I will be writing about domain names and email addresses. My hope is to present my thoughts, hear what my small but mighty readership has to say, and will shape them into larger publications of some form or another.
As I believe strongly in controlling your own Internet presence, I hope this forum can serve as a springboard to sharing this information to an even larger audience.
I have a friend whose son has made it into several movies/commercials etc. He would like to own his “name” via domain, however someone else has purchased his personal name/domain and is holding it captive - any thoughts on this one?
Thanks - Jeff
Comment by Jeff Mullen
on 10/07/07 at 01:22 PM
Hi Jeff - There are several options. They can attempt to buy the name from that person, whether they have it listed for sale or not. If it is a unique name, thus having a strong claim to the name as compared to John Smith, for example, then you can file a case with icann.org, the body that oversees domain names and other aspects of the Internet.
One thing he should do is buy up other variations on his name, and establish an Internet presence for himself. If you have any other questions on this, feel free to contact me outside of the blog as I work with several clients to acquire and develop domain names.
Comment by Mike Maddaloni
on 10/07/07 at 09:53 PM
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