Boris Johnson is trying to recover the domain name backboris.com, after the London mayor's people apparently forgot to renew the registration. BoJo used the domain for the official website of his successful 2007/8 campaign to become Mayor of London, but Whois records show that the registration was allowed to expire in July 2008 …
Belizean domain registrar...
Surely he could ask his pal Lord Ashcroft to just hand it over then?
The fact that the domain name is so cheap is often the problem, especially for large organisations. It costs more in paperwork to approve the spending then the spending itself, so it gets forgotten. After all, if it's so cheap, it can't have much impact, can it?
There's no good reason for any politician to use a .com domain for campaigning, least of all someone operating in a local authority role like Boris - he's not even national to the UK. Using .com suggests a seriously jumped-up idea of his own significance - and just because most politicians have a jumped-up idea of their own significance doesn't make it OK.
But I do have a constructive suggestion - please can someone appropriately located apply to ICANN to operate .london as a TLD? That would at least ensure that those of us who never go there (and don't really recognise London's right to rule us from afar) never have to read anything which is only of significance to those poor benighted souls who can't escape the M25 perimeter.
Or perhaps there should be a dedicated TLD for policitical campaigning sites the world over - offers anyone?
Political campaign TLD's
Off the top of my head...
.bs - already taken
Forgetting is not an excuse: too cheap to buy 5 or 10 years
All my web sites terminate at least 15 years from initial registration. Mind you the .CA mob have a reminder system that would have likely have avoided this, plus a one-month holdover that almost guarantees people like sleepy Boris never forget to renew.
In some domains names can be acquired with seconds of expiry of former registrations.
Forgot or didn't want?
If someone registers a domain and doesn't renew it, doesn't that imply that they no longer want it? There's a few I've used then abandoned after the project was over.
expired in July 2008
And he thinks he should have it back now? Too bad, so sad.
I know I shouldn't feed the trolls but surely Blitheringeejit can't be serious?
1) .com domains are easy for idiots, sorry voters, to remember. Nobody cares about the rules for domain registration and that's why tonga made a fortune selling off those .to domains because they were catchy. Also, is bit.ly based on Libya? I think not.
2) London is the capital of England and we own all the gash round the edges of the isle. Get over it.
Can anyone else see the mileage in selling it to a Russian gay porn site? Hell, I'd *give* them the domain, just for the amusement value.
May I offer an alternative?
As the current registrant of buffoonish.com, I would be more than happy to lend it as an alternative and highly memorable/apt URL.
Great idea. I'd suggest any of the folowing:
Dedicated TLD for political campaigning sites
(Rhetorical) Question: "Or perhaps there should be a dedicated TLD for political campaigning sites the world over - offers anyone?"
Obvious Answer: .con (DOT CON) - nothing else is so appropriate...
Renew for 10 years?
.com's can be renewed for up to 10 years in advance, so you have to wonder if he was too busy playing wiff waff or didn't expect to become mayor ... or mayor again?
I can just see his anti-gravity hair blowing all over the place while he huffs about who didn't renew his domain boo hoo (!)
After beers commentary
It's Friday and some beers have been consumed, so bear with me, but aside from the Nelson Muntz finger-pointing at Boris and company, is it not telling that domain registrars are quite content to hawk the domains of large organisations to their dirty pals in the "domain parking" business, knowing full well that any registration by another organisation would be against their own trademark policies, rather than just invoicing those organisations (yes, even with a slight premium) and keeping everything going with as little hassle as possible?
Domain registrar is surely the occupation of charlatans. Hint: don't check the availability of a domain with some of these people, especially the big one with the initials NS, unless you want to pay off an extortionist outfit an inflated price after they have somehow "found out" that some random domain is of interest to someone after all.
im just here to comment no verizion
I ran into a trademark/domain dispute with verizon. They own a domain without a registered trademark where-as another company im affiliated with holds a trademark to the name.
Upon contacting Verizon I never expected to even get a response but I got one. A PDF full of big lawyer talk about how Verizon will do whatever it takes to maintain whatever it has.
We later found out that verizon did own a company with this name (even though there is no active mark) years ago and appears to keep it around for that reason.
However from what I can see a TM should get it. Seems to me like Verizion isn't shy of cybersquatting itself.
er... when did they register the domain?
from the sounds of it, you guys had a trademark, and decided on the basis of that, that you should be allowed to use some random domain name which had been registered for donkey's years. I'm afraid that's not how it works*. The idea is that you've been using a trademark, and then someone's gone and registered the domain in an attempt to make money off your PR. _THAT_ would be cybersquatting. Refusing to give up a domain name just because someone's come along later and quite fancies using it is not.
If I've somehow misinterpreted your remarks, please let me know; this is mainly due to the "years ago and appears to keep it around for that reason." part of your comment.
*ok, not how it's _supposed_ to work, I'm aware of the many failures of the system