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Is it legal to buy a domain name when it becomes available

Discussion in 'Domain Name Forum' started by coolsitesv, May 27, 2010.

  1. coolsitesv

    coolsitesv New Member

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    I am not sure how this works legally. If someone were to buy a domain after it had expired and the renew period had ended and the original owner had not renewed could a competing business then legally forward traffic to their own site after buying the domain? In this case the domain is the name of the other business.
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    As far as I know that situation happens multitudes of times everywhere. So I guess there is no law restricting it.
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    Yeah, it happens all the time. And pretty much, once the domain has expired and the owner hasn't renewed, it doesn't belong to them anymore.
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    It depends.

    If the name of the domain is trademarked, then there can be problems.

    For example, if Apple.com were to expire and Microsoft were to buy it and redirect to their website, Apple may have a case that Microsoft registered the domain in bad faith to confuse customers and Apple could require Microsoft eiter give them the domain or stop using it.

    What you describe - registering and redirecting the name of a competing company - seems against ICANNS rules as you've done it in bad faith to confuse customers. To quote ICAAN regulations:

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    christian smith New Member

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    YES,, IF the owner has not renewed the domain name after it gets expired, Then the domain name becomes available to register to every 1. ANY 1 can Register it and make it own. No 1 can challenge it.

    7% of the expired domains gets re registered within one day or two after they gets expired.
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    chococheese New Member

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    Most big companies who use trademarked domains most likely will stay on top of their domain and won't let it expire. As long as a domain is expired and you aren't domain squatting, you should have no problems buying it.

    If a well known company does want your domain name and you are domain squatting, there may be a chance you could lose it in that case.
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    There is no law against this as far as I know.
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    xLinkMasterx New Member

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    Lol, ofcourse it is.
  9. angel888

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    Should I Always Buy a .com Domain Name?

    Hi there! Try reading this, coz this might help :)

    This is a question that many will ask themselves, especially when one is thinking to buy a .com domain name. Many sites will tell you how to buy a .com domain name, alongside many other domains. A domain using .net or .org is nearly as common, but their real purposes are much different. The two mentioned were originally designed for networking technologies and organizations respectively. There are many others as well, such as .gov for United States government entities, .edu for educational establishments, and .biz for businesses. These, again, are their intended use. Their real use varies.

    A .net domain is virtually identical to .com today, and if the option to buy a .com domain name is not available, a .net version may be. You may also see .net when trying to find out how to buy a .com domain name. The same can be said for a .org domain, but this is less common and you will see them still come close to their intended purpose. Domains such as .gov and .edu still remain close to their intended use as well, and are unlikely to be available for commercial use. A .biz domain is very rarely seen, being intended for a use everyone with an Internet connection sees. This domain was quickly dwarfed by .com domains, which have since become the go-to domain for commercial and business use, among many other things.

    One may try to purchase one of these other domains, but it is a much smarter idea to buy a com domain if possible. A .com domain is preferred by search engines, and are usually the first results seen. The only time this may not happen is if it is a site that has always gone by another domain, especially in the case of .gov or .edu. Even then, a .com domain will invariably be in the search results. This is because most search engines prefer to use a .com when it can. Because of this, buying any other domain ends up foolish and makes it less likely to be seen right away. If you do not buy a .com domain name, it could cost you time and money that could be better invested elsewhere.

    Unless it is truly impossible to do, one should always buy a com domain. One should always be bought so that they can be recognized by search engines in very little time, meaning more people will see it. This can mean more hits and, if running a business, more money for less time. There is no way one can go wrong with a .com domain, and one owes it to themselves to avoid making any foolish decisions. There is no foolish decision in buying a .com domain name today, only benefits.

    If you want to read more articles regarding domains, just visit my site, snagthebestdomain.com/ :D
  10. ServerSea

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    Well you can buy the domain name after redemption period. There is no restrictions regarding purchase any one can buy it.
  11. eUKhost

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    Absolutely, you can buy a domain name once it is available. There are no such restrictions on it.
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    Yes, you can register the domain name once it is available for registration. It is not illegal. Once the domain is expired, it enters into many stages, like redemption period, pending deletion. The owner of the domain, has to renew it before the domain enters into pending deletion by paying extra. If he is not renewing within this period, obviously domain will go pending deletion stage and it will be available for other to register it. Now, anyone can register this domain name as it is available for registration. Is this illegal?
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    After redemption period the domain is again available for purchase. anyone can buy it there are no restriction. The person who will buy it first .The domain will be his property..
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    Absolutely legal, just done a research and no related restrictions.
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    I don't think there are existing laws prohibiting you on buying such domains. From what you've said,'available' I guess if there's such law,as long as it is available then I believe there's no illegal there!
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    Thanks for making it more clear... :)
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    You are always welcome :) In future you need any guideline i am always there for you :)
  18. eUKhost

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    When you say that a particular domain has expired, crossed the redemption period and is made available for re-registration, then it goes unsaid that it is open to all. No matter if it previously belonged to any brand, it clearly means that they no longer needed it hence hasn't renewed it in the required duration of time. Moreover, considering that there was a delay in renewal and that it was important to them, they could have reclaimed it even if it had entered the redemption phase by paying a little extra than the normal charges.
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    Once the domain expire and redemption period is over. Any one can buy it there will be no issue. The one who buy it first he will be the owner.
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    Ya you can either backorder the domain or its better to contact the respective domain holder for a bargain. The domain holder's contact information can be obtained by having a Whois lookup at http://www.whoisxy.com/ . Hope this helps .

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