Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Domain Name

I had a reference question recently. The bottom line was that the client thought that if he typed in a domain name and he didn't find it, it meant that it was available.

Wrong.

Your clients should be checking the Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers, which will direct them to several other locations. Perhaps the most useful is the InterNIC, which provides: a roster of ICANN-accredited registrars (legitimate organizations that sell the domains), information regarding registered domains (who owns the domain names), a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding domain name registration, and more.

I like to look at a couple sources for registered domains, so I also look at Whois Source.

When I type in ibm or ge or fedex into Whois, I find the domains at .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .us, and are no longer available. Even if they were open, your client should be wary of using them. If a website is a
variation of an existing URL that would likely create "confusion in the marketplace", then the website holder could face litigation and lose the use of the website that they have presumably marketed.

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