Someone Registered My Name as a Domain Name: What Are My Options?

Aaron Minc is a nationally recognized leader in the specialized area of Internet defamation and is known as the go-to attorney for the most malicious Internet defamation crises.
Last updated on: November 02, 2020
Domain names can be a big deal, defining a brand or entire company. Yet someone can register your name as a domain name for as little as $8 to $15 on a “first-come, first-served” basis.
Someone Registered My Name as a Domain Name: What Are My Options?

If someone registered you or your business’s name as a domain name, you have three primary options available to acquire the domain:

-Reach out to the cybersquatter or cyberpirate and try to informally resolve the domain name dispute,

-File a lawsuit based on cybersquatting laws to obtain the domain, or

-File a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) using the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) process.

-Below, we examine each of these methods in greater detail and discuss the process of using them. We also address related issues that commonly arise in domain name disputes, such as allegations of trademark infringement.

Before tackling the above, the first step you must take is to confirm that a particular domain name has been registered.

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