10 US Laws Every Domainer Needs to Know

10 US Laws Every Domainer Needs to Know
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After the overwhelming popularity of our first ecommerce law article, ‘12 US Laws Every Blogger Needs to Know‘ it became clear that there is a lot of demand for concise, plain talk, tech related legal information. In this, our second installment, we cover ‘10 US Laws Every DOMAINER Needs to Know.’

With top-level domains appreciating at as much as 94% per year by some estimates, it is little wonder that domaining is the new ‘hot’ industry in the internet world. But despite the rapid growth of domaining, there is surprisingly little consensus as to what industry best practices are, or even what laws apply to domaining. In this article we try to sort through the legal and accounting mumbo-jumbo to explain ten of the most important US laws when it comes to domaining and provide some simple and straightforward tips for safely navigating them.

1. Domain Sniffing
“I had a really great domain name idea, which was available when I searched through the registrar, but then five minutes later when I went to buy the name it was gone.” Anyone who has been in domaining for more than a month has heard dozens of versions of that same story. Although not everyone buys that domain sniffing actually exists, there is mounting evidence that domain sniffing exists in some form or another. The real question is, what legal recourse do you have against these sniffers?

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