Company and occupied domain

Started by IsaritaMarks, Mar 29, 2023, 12:07 AM

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I would like to inquire about a situation involving the acquisition of a domain name. Has anyone encountered a similar issue before?

Let's take the company "Example" as an example. It has been in existence for 12 years and is now looking to establish a website. Naturally, they went to namecheap to check if the domain name is available.

Unfortunately, this name is already taken, even though the corresponding website has not been active for quite some time. It seems that the name was obtained through an auction, and attempts to contact the domain owner have been met with silence.

In light of this, I would like to ask if the company has the right to obtain this name in the DE zone through legal means, considering it is a registered trademark.

It's important to address these legal matters to ensure fairness and protection of intellectual property rights.

Thank you for your attention!


If a domain name has been registered for an extended period and its data status remains unverified, it is advisable to contact the registrar. Registrars typically have strict policies regarding unverified domains, even if the owner fails to respond, especially if delegation is not yet in effect (as one may have experienced first-hand).

It is crucial to address such situations promptly with the registrar to avoid potential complications in the future.

As technology continues to evolve, ensuring the legitimacy and validity of domain names becomes increasingly important. Timely actions and clear communication can help resolve issues related to unverified domains and maintain a secure online environment.

Feel free to reach out to the registrar for guidance and assistance when encountering similar circumstances.

Thank you for bringing up this topic!


I had a conversation about a comparable scenario involving the owner of Previously, there were "pirates" occupying the domain, but now the legitimate Sony Music has taken control. Interestingly, when Sony Music was offered the domain for $10k, they declined and chose to pursue legal action instead.

The details of how the situation unfolded remain unknown to me, but it resulted in Sony Music successfully acquiring the domain. It's worth noting that the previous owner promptly removed all content related to illegal music products after being contacted regarding the potential domain buyout.

This example highlights the importance of protecting one's intellectual property and taking appropriate measures to secure rightful ownership of related domains. Legal avenues can provide resolution in such cases, ensuring that legitimate businesses have control over their online presence.


Since ancient times (well, relatively speaking, around 2003-2004), I have a couple of intriguing domains, each consisting of four letters, with the .fr extension. Initially, I acquired them for my projects, but as time went on, they became less relevant, and I started using one of them for email purposes. These domains are not accessible through the web since I haven't connected them to hosting. Moreover, sending an email to these domains is only possible if you are aware of the specific anti-spam suffixes I utilize.

The registrar has already taken care of their auto-renewal for another 10 years, ensuring their continued ownership.

In case you wish to take legal action, your chances may depend on whether the word in question is an invention of your own or a commonly used term. If it falls into the latter category, you might only be able to prohibit its use within the same area where you registered it as a trademark.

Furthermore, the fact that you receive no response from the domain owner is telling. If they were willing to sell, they would likely respond promptly.

This situation underscores the complexities and considerations involved in domain ownership and the potential legal actions that can be pursued.