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Stop Domain Name Parking and Cybersquatting

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To ICANN President and CEO, Dr. Paul Twomey We, the undersigned, are concerned about domain name parking abuse and request that ICANN revisit the Anti-Cyberssquatting Consumer Protection Act and the Trademark Cyberpiracy Prevention Act to ensure that a domain names that are parked would be available for sale at a price tag that would not be considered extortion. We request that ‘Cybersquatting’ issues be discussed, reviewed and formalized this year into a written law to help stop the continuation of domain parking as an extortionist means that cause legitimate businesses to pay high price for the domain name.
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Hello all I started a petition to stop this. Please sign it and pass it along immediately! AMS
Don't use they are a major violator!
My pregnancy loss high valuate domain name ( of 14 years was sold after an error on the part of It is now registered to someone who will most likely attempt to solicit an extortinous price for it and it will most certainly not be used for the reason it was created. The regulations on these immoral sales and resales should be assessed further to deter this kind of action on both the part of the registrar and the secondary buyer.
HugeDomains are taking personal names that aren't even celebrities and charging $1000's of dollars for them. Please stop this extortion
Perhaps someone can explain this to me.From what I understand, ICANN sells or gives thes domains to resellers who inturn sell them for high prices. Additionally, they resell them to us over and over each year. They call it renewal. That's a sweet deal but nor for the general population. Now they are upping the price for "special" names. I have a vision of only the rich eventually controlling the internet or if Obama has his way, maybe Kenya.
Perhaps someone can explain this to me.From what I understand, ICANN sells or gives thes domains to resellers who inturn sell them for high prices. Additionally, they resell them to us over and over each year. They call it renewal. That's a sweet deal but nor for the general population. Now they are upping the price for "special" names. I have a vision of only the rich eventually controlling the internet or if Obama has his way, maybe Kenya.
I'm a victim of this now, thanks to namebright/hugedomains/dropcatch (all owned by the same company), who when the domain that matches my name, expired and i was going to go register it, they used their own dropcatching service to grab it, register it with themselves (namebright), and now sell it on hugedomains (their own reseller). First, pricing it at $1695, once I called them, moved down to $595. This is downright extortion. I'm not a business/company. I'm not buying the domain for commercial purposes, i'm buying it for my personal website. This kind of thing has to stop. I remember the internet before all this kind of racket happened.
I too am appalled that domain parking for the sole purpose of resale(extortion) is still being allowed. I have been trying to get a domain name for over 15years. Yes! Parked for that just keeps renewing every two years and is sitting on SEDOPARKING.COM(company promoting the problem). The owner wants 10,000 EUR for it!!! This is shameful, and worse that it is permissible. I had a few email conversations with the original owner of the domain who I lost contact with when his domain expired and almost instantly ended up in the hands of these leeches. I am sure the current owner of this parked domain owns hundreds of other domains and is laughing at how the system supports scalping(a fraudulent form of market manipulation) This definitely should NOT be legal!!!!!!! Please do something about this, at least a reasonable deadline for them to find an unfortunate buyer.
Abuse of the Internet has now gone too far, every name that is parked is a potential seed for business, A seed that is effectively being prevented to grow. How on earth can the powers that be expect people to take the Internet seriously when such parasitic practices are allowed to continue, even peoples names are being parked. Just think of the amount of revenue law enforcement could amass by prosecuting and fining these individuals.
I am appalled at domain parking (and even more at extortion). I have been trying to get a domain name that has been purchased in 2006 and which just renewed itself a few days ago for yet another year until May 2015. It has always been a parked domain. The owner of this parked domain owns over 250 domains and is registered as Wynn Smith ( This should NOT be legal!!!!!!! SO glad I found this site and like-minded people.
How can you expect new businesses open on the internet when any new name you look up is being squatted!? Rather than just opening new extensions (.club, .whatever) maybe start a use it or loose it clause.
I'd like to see this parasitic practice put to an end. Signed, Sam.
Parking a small nonprofits organization domain name and selling for $3000. This should definitely be illegal.
I am a small game server host with simple intentions. A domain we used to use was recently parked, and their MINIMUM asking price is $1,000!!! That should be illegal!
It has got so bad that now even misspelled .com domains are being squatted. Cyber squatting is severely damaging the internet and the ability for new imaginative websites to be created.
Internet registrars have created a defacto illegal pricing scheme by allowing domain names to be parked in their systems for FREE. They then offer to 'facilitate' a trade, for a commission of course, with the parker. How is this even remotely legal??? It effectively means that no interesting name can ever be purchased for its fair list price. This is egregious price fixing if there ever has been such a thing and should be COMPLETELY illegal.
It is becoming increasingly more diffcult to develope/register a name that can tie into a web url. When I develope a brand, the A record is useally owned by a parked domain, effectivly having no positive benefit for the rest of humanity.
Perhaps domain re-selling should be managed via ICANN, where there would be a maximum fee of say $15 to sell/transfer the domain, and a large fine for any violations. That would make it not worth it for wannabe entrepreneurs who park domains. But whatever the solution, there would still be many ways around - for example selling a "business" that comes with the free web address you are looking for, or selling a piece of paper with abstract scribble on it for $70k and including a free web address with it, etc.
Functional website or lose the domain name. This is RIDICULOUS. $4,000... $120,000... $75,000... Such a waste. Just keep adding confusing suffixes, great job Twomey.
I REALLY hate this. I have 4 domains I tried to get...all registered in 2006 and NEVER used. This has to be illegal!!!
The point of domain names is to be able to obtain a domain name that fits an individual or business need. It is NOT to be able to bulk-register every domain name that matches what somebody might want then sell those off to the highest bidder. Please take steps to stop this dispicable practice.
There seems a simple answer. To register a Domain name you need to prove you own the trade mark of that name. Trade mark laws and Domain name ownership need to work together. Our brand is trade marked in many countries but a creep registered the .com many years ago. Nina R
This is actually not a viable solution. Not every business actually trademarks thier business name (if they should or not is another discussion). And of course individuals do not trademark their names, side-business, or blog ideas. Current laws do provide fairly straight-forward paths to seizing a domain name that violates any trademark. Domain registrars are in-tune with these laws. The problem is cyber-squatting on every possible non-trademark name out there in hopes that some sucker will shell out for a "premium" name ("premium" meaning only that you did not think of it before the cybersquatter did)
What kind of sleezy, non-contributing greaseballs park domains for nothing but their selfish, hand-wrenching, mwahaha!, profiteering pleasure? No, really; I'd like to know, so that I can add it to my profile list in my Psychology thesis.
Why don’t they simply make a domain name like a gold lease. You must work it or lose it. Simple give everyone 12 months to make it a fully working web site or you forfeit the name and it becomes available again. Everyone wins, the domain name people get extra revenue, and the general public get the chance to buy domain names that suit their business. Taking a domain name out of circulation benefits no one and restricts the true value of the Internet
This is a fantastic idea! But "fully working" needs to be qualifed a bit further. For example, the lease language would need to exclude a cyber-squatter putting up a website advertising to sell you a "premium" domain name! Bottom line is a domain name is already a don't actually own the name unless you keep paying for it. Now let's make it that you can't keep owning the domain if you don't actually keep using it.
I also think this is a great idea. Use it or lose it!!!! I also believe that GoDaddy is responsible for a lot of domain parking (those sleezeballs).
My actual name is parked and they want hundreds of dollars for it, and its just parked. This is so wrong ... if it was being used that's one thing, but its simple parked. Thanks for the theft
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