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    Oct 2002

    Default Thieves stole our webpage...Watch Yours!

    This message is to protect your webpage.

    Our Department webpage had expired without our knowing. Our local ISP had changed hands 4 times. We once paid for domain registration through the first 3 owners. The last change did not renew our domain name.

    We lost the use of our own fire department name because a man out of Florida registered our own name before we found out. He now wants to charge us big bucks to buy our own name back.

    Please check your own domain for proper registration. There is NO law against this, we looked.


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    I am no expert in this area......... But my understanding of this was that there are ways to try and resolve this. I have no idear how well any of this works, but you might want to check out this.



    All ICANN-accredited registrars follow a uniform dispute resolution policy. Under that policy, disputes over entitlement to a domain-name registration are ordinarily resolved by court litigation between the parties claiming rights to the registration. Once the court rules who is entitled to the registration, the registrar will implement that ruling. In disputes arising from registrations allegedly made abusively (such as "cybersquatting" and cyberpiracy"), the uniform policy provides an expedited administrative procedure to allow the dispute to be resolved without the cost and delays often encountered in court litigation. In these cases, you can invoke the administrative procedure by filing a complaint with one of the dispute-resolution service providers listed at


    For more details on the uniform dispute resolution policy, see


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    Yes I would agree what he has done is called Cyber-Squating, and it can be fought. My suggestion would be to keep all corispondance with the pearson in question, and find out as much about him as you can. Find out what other sites he may have or own.

    There are some tools that you might find usefull at domainbank.com for this.

    Keep us updated on this, if you could I would like to know how this turns out for you.

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