Domain names are Property Just Like Everything Else
Domain names are valuable and they are treated just like any other commodity in the world so, when domain names go missing or transferred without ones knowledge the police can get involved.
Recently we were watching TMZ the celebrity news show and they were announcing a squabble between two miner celebrities Jeff Beacher the person behind Beacher’s Madhouse at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood and Shorty Rossi from the Animal Planet’s Pit Boss. Apparently these two use to work together and after they parted their ways, Beacher is claiming that so did his domain names.
Beacher claims that when Shorty left, he went into his domain name register and forwarded his domain names over to himself, presumably to make money off them, to hold them for ransom or just to hurt his former partner.
Beacher is also claiming domain name squatting. Squatting is when you are moving into someone’s Trademark Claim with your domain name, presumably to syphon off customers to make money, and it seems that Shorty had purchased many different domains really close to Beacher’s claim and even domain variations of Beacher’s name.
That was just too much for Beacher and he has filed suit. He is interested in having his domains returned, which he has valued at One Million dollars (including pain and suffering we sure) and the domains similar to his name handed over.
There are a few points to this fun blog about domain names, the first is you need to be careful, even with domains about getting too close to someone’s Trademark Claim. You also need to remember that domain names are treated just like any other kind of property and if you make off with them, there is repercussion and you can find yourself in hot water.
We just thought this would be a fun article about domain names but it is actually quite a serious matter, it’s just funny when celebrities get involved and not exactly what we were expecting when we turned on this celebrity news show!
If you hear of any great domain name stores involving celebrities, politicians or other funny stories, we’d love to hear them, you can send us an email or just post them below. We’d also love to hear if you have any questions about domain names we can answer or if you have any ideas for future domain name blogs.
The Internet of Things and Services and it’s effect on Domain Names
Recently the DomFind Team has been hearing a new term thrown around lately. The term is, the “Internet of Things” and sometimes expanded to the “Internet of Things and Services.”
It sounded so interesting we knew we need to do some investigatory work to find out what it is meant by the term and how it relates back into domain names, which is the key focus of our company.
What is the Internet of Things?
The term Internet of things refers to the connectivity of people to objects and objects to objects all through the internet.
Dr. Stefan Ferber of Bosch Software Innovations, writing for the Harvard Business Review states that by the year 2015, not only will 75% of the world’s people be connected to the internet by smart phones, computers and other devices, but an additional six billion objects or “things” will be as well.
This worldwide connection of people and objects is the “Internet of Things.”
Basically when you’re reaching for your iPhone to turn on your hot tub from inside the house, turning on your heat or air conditioner from work, turning on your lights before you get home, this is all part of the Internet of Things.
In the future we’re going to be more connected with more people and even more things.
How will this effect domain names?
With more and more people going on line, more and more people will be needing domain names whatever it is they’re doing. We might see that some of these objects or “things” will need their own domain name as well. We’re already going to the website of our thermostat to turn down the heat or logging into our security system through their website.
While sometimes we will be using our devises to open and close doors and turn on or off our lights the businesses behind the action taken will need domain names and the corresponding apps to go along with them.
This need for more domain names or IP’s on the internet will only drive up prices and make good domain names scarcer. We will see the rise in price and competition for those domain names which fit the criteria of the ones everyone wants:
- Short in Length
- Easy to Spell
- Easy to Communicate
While this may force the industry to open up to new domain name extensions, (i.e. – .asia or .net) I believe the dot-com extension will always be the first or the go to, king of the domains.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Internet of Things, way better than I could explain it, and in a more expanded manner and click on the link to read more in the Harvard Business Review.
We’ve also added Dr. Ferber YouTube video where he draws it out on a big board to help you visualize it better.
So what do you think about the Internet of Things and the fact that your thermistat will be talking to your fridge? Does this idea scare you our are you excited for your automated car to tell the oven to heat dinner; we’d love to know.
Recently we started a question and answers series where we’ve asked the readers of this blog, if they have any questions about what a domain name is, how to find a domain name or just about anything else relating to a domain name and we got quite a few questions.
Based on a question we were asked and expanding on a recent article entitled What is a Domain Name we went looking for a great explanation of what a domain name is, what is a DNS server and how it all works.
The DomFind Team releazies that even if we do know the answer, we may not be the best at explaining the answer. With that said, we came across this great video on YouTube and we thought we would share it with you.
We really think this video does a really great explanation of the basics of domain names what they are and how they work, check it out:
While we thought this video was ineradicable helpful but we’d love to know what you think. We’d also like to know if you have any new questions or if you would like to have anything explained further.
Did you find the video format helpful or would you prefer a different type of explanation. Either way we’d be glad to help and if there is any way we can help you find the best domain name for your business or for anything else, please let us know.