Back In April of this year, we wrote about a guy named Alf Temme, who was in that report sued by Dell for $2.4 Million for typosquatting.
In a guest post to SeattlePI.com, Mr. Temme described why he started typo squatting, he business plan he built around it and how it all came tumbling down due to the trademark laws, The Lanham Act and the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA).
You also might remember that Mr. Temme owns the company that sells the Romfab ROM exercise machine for over $14K per.
Basically Temme says he had a plan to offer consulting services to large company’s to point out typo’s of their trademarks and have the companies register them. What he found is when he pitched he services to company’s given them examples of they typo’s that he would recommend they register, they simply registered them on their own and never hired Temme. So Temme frustrated with this approach then started registering the domains first then offering them to the company if they hired him as a consultant.
Where I grew up if you grab something you have no right to own and then offer it back to the owner for cash and other compensation that’s called blackmail and in my experience most people and certainly Fortune 500 companies don’t react will to it.
Most of us learned in school that just because you think a law is unjust you can’t just violate it and if you do then challenge it in the courts as being unconstitutional. Don’t violate the law and then lay down when the lawsuits come flying at you.
Also if you have a business plan and the first responses you get to it are undefensable law suits, maybe you should quit after the first one rather than keep going down the same road.
You can read more about Mr. Temme on his own blog domainnamesquatting.com. (that isn’t a joke, its the name of his blog)