skynetblogs.be has forgotten the essentials of domainname protection
When you type the name of a skynetblogs but you type mistakenly skynetblogs.com than you come at this http://www.skynetblogs.com pseudo searchengine page with a lot of adware popups (a different one many times). And they don't have any 404 but a redirect. THey didn't expand very wisely on their business model because they could have taken more ads that are tailored to the kind of blogname that was entered (software, sex, games, travel).
Let me be surprised about another thing;
Skynet is part of Belgacom. Belgacom is not a small startup with no cash. How does it come that it didn't put into effect any domainname policy and bought up from the start the 100 different important combinations, extensions and typos to defend its domainname integrity and its users ?
The legal possibilities are not so great here because the registrar is using a registration service that hides its identity http://savemorenames.com/ The server itself on which the site is hosted is located in California (Concord) USA.
They could try to get it on the basis of trademarks, if they have trademarketed skynet as a telecom-internetprovider worldwide.....
would have been worth a lot of money now with all those wireless providers around looking for a good name, imagine just being able to licence the name would make.... you say oooh
Domain Name: SKYNETBLOGS.COM
Registrar: SAVEMORENAMES.COM INC
Whois Server: whois.savemorenames.com
Referral URL: http://www.savemorenames.com
Name Server: NS.BUYDOMAINS.COM
Name Server: THIS-DOMAIN-FOR-SALE.COM
Updated Date: 10-nov-2006
Creation Date: 09-nov-2005
Expiration Date: 09-nov-2007
and it gets even worse
skynetblogs.net is in the same hands
and you remember all the ads here mobile blogging ? You would think they would have bought skynetblogs.mobi
No - of course not - the Chinese got it
Created On:01-Apr-2007 06:01:50 UTC
Last Updated On:01-Apr-2007 06:02:17 UTC
Expiration Date:01-Apr-2008 06:01:50 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Beijing Innovative Linkage Technology Ltd dba dns.com.cn (633)
Created by Registrar:Beijing Innovative Linkage Technology Ltd dba dns.com.cn (633)
Last Updated by Registrar:Beijing Innovative Linkage Technology Ltd dba dns.com.cn (633)
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Registrant Postal Code:350315
maybe they can try the .tel again if that one becomes active.
and you would think this would be the end of the story ?
Anybody looking to buy a skynetblogs name, plenty of them available
with business models next to them
skynetblogs.org for organisations (paid co-blogging with backup etc)
skynetblogs.name for your name
skynetblogs.cc copyrighted - eventually to pay for access
skynetblogs.tv about tv with video à la Youtube integrated
and so on
have a vision - because at Skynetblogs they seem to need one
for the users and bloggers here over - it is a shame and a pitty.