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Dear Sir or Ma'am,
I am writing to protest the fact that name
squatting is bieng allowed to continue except for cases of existing trademark
infringement. No where to the best of my knowledge is this practice
allowed to exist except for the internet. I could not go to a courhouse
and file a list of d/b/a's and turn around and sell them for drastically
inflated prices, so why should an individual be allowed to do this on the
internet. I understand if someone has a legitimate business idea, but is
approached by another party and is offered or negotiates a decent profit, but
the at large registration of domain names for resale is nothing but a scam that
is one more reason to avoid business on the internet.
In my particular instance, I filed my d/b/a, then
the next day, an individual filed for my business name as .com and .net.
After four months of not putting up a website for either, I contacted him and
asked what type of business he was in and if he planned on using both. His
response was to offer .com for $2500 and .net for $500, which amounts
to extortion of my business name as he appears to have no business operating or
registered to that name other than to make money off of the domain
To summarize my feelings on this, resale of
domain names should be illegal, this is infringement on fair business
practices. Please correct this error as soon as possible to protect
America's businesses from this type of fraud.
Bruce Towler, owner