I am being called a "Cybersquatter" by a "Journalist" at info world, Ted Samson, for registering
pope related domains even tho I have offered the names to the Vatican RIGHT HERE with this post.
I have written Mr. Samson and hopefully he will correct the record and show the difference
between what I did and what I cybersquatter does.
Here is his misguided story.
And Mr. Samson, if you go through my blog posts just in the past few months you will see
I talk about giving the JackKemp.com domain name to the Jack Kemp Foundation.
I asked nothing in return.
I gave YogiBerra.com to Yogi Berra and asked nothing in return.
I gave JoeTorre.com to Joe Torre and asked nothing in return.
And if you go to TerryBradshaw.com you will see I spent about $450 just weeks ago for the HONOR
of giving Terry Bradshaw his name. Just waiting to be contacted.
Does that sound like cybersquatting to you sir?
So I ask that you now only correct the record, but show the good side as well.
Don't you think that would be fair?
But if not, I am sure I can make up names to call you as well and then you will see the error of your ways.
So let's just get this right and move on. Fair enough?
And by the way, why don't you do a REAL STORY on Procter and Gamble getting ruled a
REVERSE DOMAIN NAME HIJACKER that you can read about from all my posts this week.
That sir would be journalism! That would be courageous.
The story has been updated to include a small response from me. I am grateful for that. But maybe
It is time to clearly define what is and is not cybersquatrting and maybe with the P&G story and this,
we can have a start!
"A Florida-based company called eRealEstate.com scooped up a bunch of Pope Francis-themed domain
names, including popefrancis.co.uk, popefrancis.de, popefrancis.be, popefrank.tv, popefrank.net,
popefrancis.tv, popefrancissouvenirs.com, and popefrancisinfo.com. The company's CEO,
Richard Schwartz, said in an email to InfoWorld that he is not a cyber squatter.
In his blog, he offered to make all of these domain names available to the Vatican at no cost,
"not that they would want any."