Beware of Domain Name Traffickers. by John F. Letchford: (From the Archer and Greiner Intellectual Property website.)
Excerpt: “”Domain parking sites collect and index additional links where domain name registrants share revenue generated by web traffic but do not directly compete with the holders of similar legitimate trademarks or brand names. Registrants of parking sites typically use computer software to automatically register expired domain names and then ‘park’ those domains on pay-per-click portal sites..”
***FS*** That statement above is just wrong. That is not a “typical” parking practice. In fact if anything in this author’s piece is “typical” it’s the incorrect use of industry lingo and vernacular serving to cheapen a well intended piece summarizing the ills that plague the domain industry.. It’s unfortunate that some IP wonks (intentionally or unintentionally) throw the baby out with the bath-water, lumping domain parking, legitimate monetization and domain name investment activities with the darker ills of kiting trademarks and cybersquatting. Reading this piece I was left wondering what kind of Internet folks like Mr. Letchford would have us all visit? There is no Internet without domain name registrants. Shrill pieces which lump the good and bad elements of domain investment together, simply serve to flail their arms at decent newcomers wanting to learn more about the space.
I get the sense that the secondary domain “trafficking” or domain resale industry would surely be legitimate if it were controlled by “legitimate” clients like mother telco or father infrastructure co.. or aunt search engine – any legitimate brand really, who will pay the bills of IP ‘experts’ who know little of entrepreneurship and turn a blind eye to cottage industry American capitalism.. I have a good deal of disdain for those who come late to an industry, know little about the subject matter about which they write, then speak from an expert’s pulpit, only to place their feet in their mouths by mischaracterizing the space they profess to have knowledge about.