Sedo.tv sold 3 weeks ago at a Namejet auction after it expired. The winner ended up winning the auction with a high bid of $632. Winning bidder was a person from Turkey and he has put up a for sale lander with a $750 minimum offer.
By coincidence I was looking at some "domain for sale" templates at Theme Forest last week and I remembered I saw this exact template for sale there. I decided to build my own on WordPress. The html template is here and it costs $4 for a single installation. The problem is that the owner of Sedo.tv installed the template and didn't change anything on it. Minimum offer is $750 that is the default in the template.
He didn't even change the twitter link that points to the designer of the template. (The screenshot above that I took yesterday had that twitter link. Today it's gone.) So I not sure what's going on or how much he is asking for the domain.
The domain was owned by Sedo GmbH up until last year. It went into "Reactivation Period" last year, meaning it expired. Then it went behind Whois Privacy. I am not sure who owned the domain for the past year.
Last week I wrote of sedo.tv being expired and that a Namejet auction was coming soon. This was an expired domain that was registered at Enom so it went into a 3 day auction at Namejet. Did I bring more attention to this auction? Probably so.
There were 29 bidders in the Namejet auction that ended today and the winner ended up winning the auction with a high bid of $632. There were 3 bidders that made a bid of $600 or more.
The domain was owned by Sedo GmbH up until last year. It went into "Reactivation Period" last year, meaning it expired. Then it went behind Whois Privacy. I am not sure who owned the domain for the past year. I contacted Sedo to inform them that the domain was expired, so they could renew it if it was still theirs.
Let's see if the buyer lists sedo.tv at Sedo. Sedo has filters and does not allow certain trademark or offensive domains to be listed in it's database. Will sedo.tv be allowed in?
Did the buyer made a mistake buying this domain? I know that Sedo is a last name but if you are doing business with Sedo.com it is not ethically correct buying their expired domains.
Really? Do you call yourselves domainers?
I have done a couple of posts in the "What domain not to register" series I started: What domain not to register #1 and What domain not to register #2 and #3 but this one really takes the cake.
I was going through the Namejet backorders today and sorted domains by bidders. I saw that 5 people have backordered the domain sedo.tv that is going into auction in about 4 days. High bid is at $70. This is an expiring domain that is registered at Enom so it goes into auction at Namejet.
It was owned by Sedo GmbH up untill last year. It went into "Reactivation Period" last year, meaning it expired. Then it went behind Whois Privacy. Was it auctioned last year at Namejet and someone bought it? Is it Sedo or last year's winner that let it expire this year?
I don't care about trademarks and all that in this situation. Really? Are you all 5 domainers? Do you list your domains at Sedo? Are you going to list Sedo.tv at Sedo and try to sell it at, you've guessed it, SEDO? This is the point where it becomes simply unethical. As domainers we do business with 5 or 10, maybe 15, companies at most, at a time. Is it really necessary to go after a domain that one of these companies owned?
I will give Sedo the heads up. Sorry "Namejet 5" but I have to do this. There is some possibility that they don't care about the domain anymore. But they registered it when they were starting the company back in 2000.
I wonder if more people will add Sedo.tv to their backorders after reading this post... Actually I don't.
I was going thought the Namejet list of pending delete domains and my eye caught this "hot" domain name. The domain cocacola.biz has a bidder with a $69 bid and drops in a couple of days.
The Coca-Cola Company owns several domain names including:
cocacola.me (won in WIPO)
coca-cola.com (official website)
thecoca-colacompany.com (official company website)
The Coca-Cola Company has filed 61 UDRP complaints with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the National Arbitration Forum (NAF). The Coca-Cola Company has only lost one Complaint. The one for sprite.nu. 3 of the cases are still active. Their first UDRP Complaint was in 2000. So it is apparent that they are vigilant and actively enforcing their trademark rights. The Coca-Cola Company has 490 live trademarks registered at the USPTO.
The domain name was owned by someone from Korea since 2002 and only last year ownership was changed to someone from the US. This is it's first drop as it carries a 2002 registration date.
Before I could recover I saw another one: billgates.info with a $73 bid. Billgates.info is a LR2 domain registered since 2002 to a person in Sri Lanka.
Surprisingly, William Henry "Bill" Gates III, co-founder, former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft, owns NON of these domain names:
Bill Gates operates his official website at thegatesnotes.com: The Official Site of Bill Gates - The Gates Notes. He also operates his and his wifes foundation at gatesfoundation.org: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates has no history of UDRP complaints but Microsoft sure does. He only owns a registered trademark for "BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION" at USPTO.
Again, even from a cybersquatter's point of view registering these domains doesn't make any sense. Why pay $69 or $73 for these domains? These will hardly get any type-in traffic. And why register domain names that nobody will ever want to buy?
So who will register these domain name and why? In What domain not to register #1 the domain was actually caught by the trademark owner. This also might be the case for cocacola.biz but I don't think Bill Gates will register the domain billgates.info. We will know in a couple of days.
I was going through the Namejet backorders today and sorted domains by bidders. I saw that someone has backordered the domain gotmilks.info that is dropping in 2 days. So this gave me the idea of this post. Nobody except the California Milk Processor Board should register this domain. The California Milk Processor Board is a nonprofit marketing board funded by California dairy processors, and administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, most famous for its Got Milk? advertising campaign.
The California Milk Processor Board has 12 live trade marks registered (plus 4 that are not yet registered) with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for:
GOT CHOCOLATE MILK?
They even have 2 registered trademarks in the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs), or OHIM.
The California Milk Processor Board has filed 29 UDRP complaints with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and 1 complaint with the National Arbitration Forum (NAF). The Board has won 18 of the cases while another 7 have been terminated probably because the Respondents gave the domain(s) to the Board before a decision was made. 3 of the complaints were denied while 2 of the cases are still active. So it is apparent that they are vigilant and actively enforcing their trademark rights.
They own several domain names including:
gotmilk.biz (won in WIPO)
gotmilk.xxx displays this message as it is reserved by ICM Registry LLC: This domain has been reserved from registration.
Gotmilks.info was registered on 2010 and it's owner let it expire of a reason. Maybe after a C&D letter. The Board owns the domain names gotmilks.com and gotmilks.net. The California Milk Processor Board filed a UDRP complaint at WIPO last year for the domain gotmilks.com and the case was terminated probably after the owner surrendered the domain to the Board.
Even from a cybersquatter's point of view it doesn't make any sense. Why pay $69 for gotmilks.info when the .org is free and available to register? Why get what seems to be a misspelling of the famous gotmilk.com domain in .info that will hardly get any type-in traffic? Why register a domain that nobody will ever want to buy?
So who would register gotmilks.info and why? If you do you are bound to get a C&D, a UDRP or even be sued. Unless it is the Board that has made the backorder but I highly doubt it. We will soon find out.
The domain name gotmilks.info dropped and it was caught by Snapnames. It seems that it is the California Milk Processor Board that registered the domain as whois shows Com Laude as the registrant. Com Laude is a domain name management company that registers, maintains and renews domain names for companies and law firms. Com Laude is also a domain name registrar. Many of the domain names won by the Board in UDRP are registered with Com Laude:
So it is a good thing that it was probably not a domainer that had the backorder at Namejet and the domain was not registered by a domainer.