How many Liverpool sites do you know where the owner has taken domain names similar to those of his “rivals” and pointed them at his own sites?
We know only one such owner. You guessed it, Koptalk and Duncan Oldham.
It’s a practice known as cyber squatting, and if a site owner feels he can afford the time, effort and money required he can reclaim his domain name from the squatter in most cases. Especially where trademarks (registered or otherwise) are concerned.
Thanks also to Toby for some extra domains we’d missed out, and for telling us this – “One of his methods is to register an alternative domain name of a so-called ‘rival’ Liverpool fan site, point it to their correct domain then threaten to point it to Koptalk if they don’t censor and silence any critics of him or his practices on the site’s forums.” And thanks also to Toby for the image to the right.
Here’s a list of domain names that the owner of Koptalk.com has purchased and pointed (usually) at his own sites.
If you know any more, let us know.
http://www.kraptalk.co.uk/ <– Rather ironic!
http://www.koptalk-insider.net/ <– After someone kindly purchased the .com version for us!
http://www.michaelshields.co.uk <– Yes, he even bought this domain and pointed it to a part of his website containing all of his pop-up ads and the rest of it.
http://www.est1892.org (also est1892.net and est1892.org.uk) <– Bought within days of the launch of est1892.co.uk.
Not “stolen” or “squatted”, but worth noting:-
For more details, see More Details!
UPDATE: February 8th 2007. Duncan added the following domains to his portfolio. That was his anti-Red welcome for the new owners of Liverpool FC – to steal the domains for the holding company they’d set up in order to purchase LFC.
PO Box 556
eNom, Inc. [Tag = ENOM]
Registered on: 06-Feb-2007
Renewal date: 06-Feb-2009
Last updated: 06-Feb-2007