Legal Eagle “Gets” Domain Names
I’ve been hearing quite a bit on the news lately about the Chinese drywall situation, which is impacting many American homeowners. The short story is that many home builders used Chinese-manufactured dry wall in homes (cheaper and was more readily available), and now this drywall may be causing major problems. Some homeowners are complaining of various illnesses and there have been issues with electronics and appliances as a result of the drywall.
I haven’t done much research on the topic, so I don’t know if the reported issues have conclusively been related to the drywall, but these issues have been attributed by many to the Chinese drywall. Of course, because of all of these issues that have been reported, litigation is very likely.
One website that has a considerable amount of information about the situation is the category defining generic domain name ChineseDrywall.com, which appears to be owned by an attorney. The Whois is private, but the first Domain History archive in December 2008 shows an attorney as the Admin, and the copyright notice on the bottom of the page is that person, as is the information on the Legal page of the site.
I often see companies buy trademarked terms for pharmaceuticals that might face litigation, and I don’t know if that falls under the scope of Anti-Cybersquatting laws. However, owning the generic term should not be a problem, and having a developed website on that domain name will help in Google – currently ranked #1 after Google News entries, for the term.
This attorney “gets” domain names, and she got the best one for this legal issue.
Thanks to Gordon for sending this over!
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