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    Recovering a domain name

    Hello folks, this is my situation.

    • I had registered a domain name but I forgot to renew it when time came to do so. Someone else grabbed it.
    • My domain name was my actual name (i.e., FirstNameLastName.com).
    • As far as I can tell, the person who grabbed my domain name has never used it. There's not even a "work in progress" sign on the site.

    Has any of you successfully recovered a domain name that you owned at some point? How easy/difficult is it to do so? I guess I'm looking for any information you can provide.

    Thanks.

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    Unless your name is also a trademark, I think your options are pretty limited. You could wait for it to expire again and hope the new registrant lets it lapse, or you could make them an offer to purchase the domain (though there's some risk that if you show them you're interested they're less likely to let it lapse in the future).

    There are methods (google "Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy") you could use if the name in question was a trademark, but I've never heard of a regular (non-famous) person recovering a name in that manner. And there are costs associated with that sort of procedure - you could probably buy it from the new owner more cheaply than going through arbitration and registering your name as a trademark.
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    Once you let a domain expire, and it's gone past the grace period and someone else get's it, you're out of luck even though it is your name. I would suggest to just sit back and see where it shows up. For sale again with a ridiculous price hoping you will buy it , on a Chinese site, a marketing site, etc. There are 1000's of people out there that buy any domain that drops, doesn't matter the name of the domain, just so they can use it as a click through marketing scam to make money off of it.

    Go here and check the Whois on it and maybe that will give you some more info.

    Good Luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macandal View Post
    Hello folks, this is my situation.

    • I had registered a domain name but I forgot to renew it when time came to do so. Someone else grabbed it.
    • My domain name was my actual name (i.e., FirstNameLastName.com).
    • As far as I can tell, the person who grabbed my domain name has never used it. There's not even a "work in progress" sign on the site.

    Has any of you successfully recovered a domain name that you owned at some point? How easy/difficult is it to do so? I guess I'm looking for any information you can provide.

    Thanks.
    Yes, I have...but it was a .ca domain, it wasn't a domain I personally owned, and it was 8 years ago.

    It can be easy, or it can be difficult. That would depend on who took the domain and what, if anything, they intend to do with it. If they're squatting, you can get it back by sending a threat to the owner that you intend to pursue legal action to recover the domain and any costs associated with the recovery. That's what I did, and it worked in my case. Mind you, 8 years ago the .ca domain dispute process was a lot less complex than it is now. The .ca and .com processes are similar.

    Basically, what it comes down to is this:

    1) You have to prove that you have a legitimate interest in the domain...since it's your full name, that's easy.
    2) You have to prove that the other party does not have a legitimate interest in the domain e.g. the party registered it to drag your name through the mud. This can be much trickier.
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