Someone's Taken My URL!

Someone's Taken My URL!

Wed, 16 Dec 2009

What do you do when a URL containing your business name is being used by someone else? Does your company have an inherent right to a URL if it holds a brand (or product) name?

The Australian Domain Name Administrator (auDA) is a body that handles disputes of 'cyber-squatting' or misrepresentation over URLs, and over the last seven years they have handled around 160 cases.

Before you use auDA however, the best approach could be to negotiate directly with the current owner of the URL. In the event that you lose a case with auDA, it is likely that the URL owners will massively increase the price (if they're prepared to deal with you at all). Make sure you do some research first, and work out which approach is the most appropriate.

Some well known brands in the list below that have used auDAdrp include Facebook, Neilsen, BT, WhitePages, IBM, Telstra, Calvin Klein, Virgin, True Local, and Hey Hey it's Saturday. Current records show that roughly two thirds of cases were won by the complainant.

This is the list of Domain Names auDA have resolved 2002-2009.

 

adra.com.au
globalcentre.com.au
globalcentre.net.au
cigarettes.com.au
tobacco.com.au
discover-tasmania
paconsulting.com.au
gatekeeper.com.au
esat.com.au
esat.net.au
petsmegastore.com.au
singaporeairlines.com.au
abebooks.com.au
partymob.com.au
bluechip.com.au
internet.com.au
mgm.com.au
bt.com.au
people.com.au
abclearningcentres
abclearningcenters
quiznos.com.au
overture.com.au
swin.com.au
campertrailerswa
unimelb.com.au
carecredit.com.au
supre.com.au
lampeberger.com.au
netratings.com.au
13flowers.com.au
billiingbureau.com.au
justcars.com.au
rnbsuperclub.com.au
flowerfast.com.au
fastflower.com.au
jaccuzispas.com.au
jaccuzi.com.au
premierfire.com.au
premierfire.net.au
archicad.com.au
justcarfinance.com.au
bigbanger.com.au
luxilon.com.au
aru.com.au
sellbuyyourself.com.au
sellbyyourself.com.au
jjdavies.com.au
hytorc.com.au
startcorp.com.au
zte.com.au
hia.com.au
airtowel.com.au
espn.com.au
jasham.com.au
velocityrewards.com.au
migrationsolutions
countrykithomes.com.au
partymob.com.au
truelocal.com.au
truelocal.net.au
trulocal.com.au
flowersonly.com.au
newcars.com.au
melways.com.au
cairnsskyrail.com.au
kurandaskyrail.com.au
yellowbook.com.au
yellowbook.net.au
spiegelau.com.au
buyaustralian.com.au
whitepage.com.au
astonmartin.com.au
australianpenthouse.com.au
freeparking.com.au
pfd.com.au
freetv.com.au
australianmedicalinstitute
advancedmedicalinstitute
impotencyanonymous
healthservicesformen
sydneynewyearseve.com.au
seekbusiness.com.au
adjustit.com.au
adjustit.net.au
doteasy.com.au
sandisk.com.au
napoleonperdis.com.au
clubjenna.com.au
seekfinance.net.au
seekhouse.com.au
seekinsurance.com.au
seekproperty.com.au
seekrealestate.com.au
seeksuper.com.au
zillow.com.au
mapquest.com.au
tinaarena.com.au
australiantooling.com.au
toolingaustralia.com.au
autronic.com.au
questacon.com.au
inventhelpaustralia.com.au
jjj.com.au
lullabyconceptions.com.au
3mlittmann.com.au
littmannstethoscopes
wow.com.au
princessyachts.com.au
googlebay.com.au
ecohort.com.au
darwindaytours.com.au
factoryseconds.com.au
gloriajeans.com.au
propertysecrets.com.au
databank.com.au
hmssydney.com.au
unitedenergy.com.au
greenmobile.com.au
barawards.com.au
bartender.com.au
netstarit.com.au
swarovski.com.au
tkl.com.au
whitepagesaustralia
yellowpagesaustralia
aastra.com.au
emirates.com.au
topfield.com.au
topfield-australia.com.au
topfield.net.au
i-topfield.com.au
i-topfield.net.au
facebook.com.au
clearvision.com.au
ivfsunshinecoast.com.au
scriptlogic.com.au
marinebusiness.com.au
channelweb.com.au
silvasspitroastcatering
justbikeinsurance.com.au
freelife.com.au
googler.com.au
vectorworks.com.au
holdenastra.com.au
justbikes.com.au
insureandgo.com.au
perthairport.com.au
calvinklein.com.au
domuslift.com.au
sitecore.com.au
sitecore.net.au
alphakids.com.au
13cars.com.au
(66 domain names)
telstraonline.com.au
earthmove.com.au
1300homeloan.com.au
1300accountant.com.au
1300electrical.com.au
1300fencing.com.au
1300hampers.com.au
1300plumbing.com.au
1300printing.com.au
1300sparky.com.au
1300weddings.com.au
1800locksmith.com.au
engineer.com.au
navico.com.au
ibuypower.com.au
lufthansa.com.au
greenerydesign.com.au
heyheyitssaturday.com.au
heyheyitssaturday.net.au
adelaidecasino.com.au
transportworkersunion
tonysheldon.com.au
twunsw.com.au
twunsw.net.au
wayneforno.com.au
perpetualhomeloans

 

 

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