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Toushi says

So today I learned a valuable lesson. If you have a great idea, SHUT UP . Well at least until you have some legal documents.

I have been thinking about starting my own web design company for awhile, for a little more than a year now. I have just been doing freelance in the meanwhile. So the past few weeks I really wanted to get it going, I talked to a few people who are willing to become partners. So I have been designing some business cards, and a new website. I have a .net domain set away from last year, and I knew the .com was available. So I went to register the .com and low and behold it was registered. I was like wo, who else could have my same company name, I thought it was really unique. So I went to the address, and it redirects me to a different name but derivative of mine. I got really curious so I looked up the whois records, and bam, the register was a friend of mine back in high school. I had talked to him about my company idea back then and apparently he started a web design company a few months ago.

So would this qualify as cybersquating? I don’t know what do do here, cause I like my name and have graphics built for it and everything.

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Daniel_R says

sorry to hear that toushi. I read once that for every idea you came up with, there is 10 people who have the same one! But actually just one will actually implement it.

I was watching the news the other day and there was this guy from the UK who had an idea for an iphone app. After developing, it became the second most popular social network in the UK! I have some friends who actually have the very same idea! but they were too lazy or dunno.

It is funny what you mentioned about your friend registering your idea for the domain name since it had happened to me at least twice.

How can you prove if this is cyberssquating as you defined it? Braimstorm more ideas for your company and start your own. I’ve been told since 2 years ago for friends and family to start my own video company and just recently started (4 months ago) and thanks to God its a full success!

My prayer is that you will find another cool name soon and your company will become one of the most succesful webdesign companies around the world.

My best wishes! Take care.. ;)

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Toushi says

The thing is this “friend” isn’t creative at all. I don’t think anyone else could ever think up my name. It has a lot of hidden meanings to it. And it is so unique because it incorporates different things. I am pretty sure it is cybersquating because his company is actually called something entirely different. And this domain points towards his.

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Daniel_R says
The thing is this “friend” isn’t creative at all. I don’t think anyone else could ever think up my name. It has a lot of hidden meanings to it. I am pretty sure it is cybersquating because his company is actually called something entirely different. And this domain points towards his.

Dont ever say never…. Everything is possible for the one who believes and perseveres ;)

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KeithDee says

Dude, that sucks. Did you contact your friend?

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Hanniball says

Hey Toushi,

did you ever thought about talking to him about this? I mean, if he’s a friend from old days, tell him you told him your idea because you thought he is a good friend of yours and that you didn’t think he would cheat on you like that. And that you’re really pissed off that he uses your idea and name. He even doesn’t use your name for his company so it shouldn’t be a problem to give the domain to you or at least point it to your webspace.

As you point to talking to people, yes, DON ’T! I did this several times and always someone stole my ideas. So I keep it up to myself now, do the job, go online and then talk to people. Works better, trust me ^^

If your “friend” doesn’t want to give you the domain, you can either just use the .net domain for your company or really think about a new name or something that sounds similar, maybe in a web 2.0 way (leaving a letter or so in the name).

As your friend is not one of the creative ones, you reayll don’t want that possible customers reach his website by mistake because they forgot about you have a .net and not the .com domain.

The bastard way: If he doesn’t help you, tell him he is a full shithead, he has no skill and knowledge and you wil tell everyone what an dumbass he is. :D And then grab your phone, call the ceo’s of his reference pages companies and tell them they have a shitty website, you can do beter for les money. :)

Well, you get the point. If you’re better then him, not the name is getting new customers but your work. And when he is broke with his company then grab the domain from him. Shouldn’t be that hard :P

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CreativeMilk says

It sucks but trust me these lessons are very important for us. The most succesfull people have a lot of these lessons ;)

Dont let this stop from building your business ;)

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Toushi says

Yup cybersquatting. Contacted the guy through email turns out he was waiting and offered for me to buy it from him.

Read up on it and I can submit a complaint to icann, hopefully it will get resolved quickly. If not its back to the drawing board. Brainstorm a new name, redo all my graphics, and this time register it as soon I think of it.

It bites though cause a few of my regular freelance clients already know my name.

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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says

Ouch, thats rough! Generally I try not to disclose any info on my projects to people unless I REALLY trust them. Because you can get burned pretty badly.

Not sure if there is anything legal you can really do about this. Unless you trademarked the name. If the name is not trademarked, you’re pretty much stuck, and you either have to buy the domain from him, or move on.

I personally, would move on. Change your name, scoop up the domains the minute you finalize a new name, build the site, and make it awesome! So that even if he tries to build it on his own anyway, you already beat him to it.

It should make him realize that he gained nothing from his actions, and instead just lost a friend.

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MarkBrodhuber Envato team says

Oh also, I know many people that live by the .com ONLY rule, but I totally disagree with that theory. Com names were prevalent in the late 90’s but I think the way things are moving now, the domain takes a back seat to good concepts, great designs, and even greater marketing!

I personally couldn’t get the com for my company, so I went with NET and I don’t think it will change a thing. Plus, right now you’re on the forums of one of the most successful stock marketplaces, and look up at the address…thats right, its a .net!

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