GoDaddy helping domain pirates????
mattyb said 2 years, 3 months ago:
I purchased a .com.au domain name, and a week later I went to GoDaddy to purchase the .com with the same domain name but found someone parked my domain name (2 days after my business was registered) and I would have to buy it from them. What’s worse is it appears they don’t have to pay any fee to have it parked, so it is basically being held for ransom at no cost to them.
david_c said 2 years, 3 months ago:
Domain names are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you registered the .com.au domain name, and didn’t register the .com version, it’s not yours. It will still be available on the market for anyone to purchase it through any registrar (not just Go Daddy), and once they purchase it they become the owner of that name. We don’t provide domain names free of cost; if the .com is displaying our parked page, that means someone purchased that .com on our website and hasn’t pointed it to anything other than the default parked page yet.
If you have a trademark on the name, you may wish to take a look at the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (also known as the UDRP) to see what options are available to you:
ShelLuser said 2 years, 3 months ago:
When it comes to providing services I think you don’t have to worry about GD playing things unfairly. I’ve seen enough evidence in the past years to conclude that they run a strict policy against it.
Believe me; it can be worse.. Like with one of GD’s direct competitors (which I won’t name directly, I’m only commenting and not trying to start a rant or so).
Their business scheme is/was to simple register a domain the moment you searched for it on their website, especially when it would look “decent”. After that you could buy it from them; the whole scheme was setup to “protect your interests”. I don’t think they’re doing it now, but a couple of my friends and me tested this 1.5 – 2 years ago and have seen this being put to work.
Its indeed a shame to lose something you were looking out for to someone else. But I think it would be worse when your provider itself were to step in and started claiming domains as well. A stunt which I don’t think we’ll ever see GD pull.
Just my 2 cents here mind you.
Baillee said 2 years, 3 months ago:
Thank you for sharing @ShelLuser. We hope this was able to clarify any suspicions you may have had @mattyb. If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.