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New Owner of UDRP.com Turns Out to Be Both a Domain Investor AND an End User

As you may have heard, Bido.com sold UDRP.com for $16,500 last week. Considering the important role the UDRP process plays in the domain industry and the fact that each side in a single UDRP dispute typically spends several thousand dollars for legal services I thought 

someone got a good deal on that domain. As it turns out the buyer was both a domain investor and an end user - noted domain attorney Ari Goldberger (who was profiled in our June 2006 Cover Story). Ari has been the winning attorney in some of the most important domain cases of all time, Including NewZealand.com and Mexico.com.

“NewZealand.com was the first case of a country trying to claim its domain," Goldberger told us. "The owner’s entire business could have collapsed if this case was lost, so the pressure was on big time.  It was a wonderful victory, particularly since the panel found that the Complainant engaged in Reverse Domain Name Hijacking.  The funny thing is that the case was in the name of HRM, the Queen of England, so CNN.com had the headline: 

Ari Goldberger

British Queen Loses Out on Cyber Name.” Mexico.com was another case where an individual had invested a lot and worked very hard could have lost an entire business if I had not won.”   

Goldberger is on just about every experienced domain owner's short list if they have to seek help to defend against an unjustified UDRP filing. Though he and his firm, ESQwire.com, are already well known, acquiring the category killing domain name for this particular corner of the legal arena should only strengthen his position further. The domain could be taken in several different directions including being used as a simple redirect to drive qualified traffic to his own website or developed into the ultimate guide to the UDRP process and/or qualified UDRP attorneys. As the owner of the defining domain name, Ari is now is a position to lead the UDRP discussion if he chooses to do so.

Elsewhere today, the special $795 early bird registration fee for the 2010 GeoDomain Expo - coming up April 28-30 in New Orleans was supposed to expire yesterday (Feb. 28), however since the deadline fell on a Sunday, show organizers decided to extend it through today. Starting tomorrow, the price goes up to $995 where it will remain until April 1 when it will go up again.

The show is going to be held at the historic Roosevelt Hotel, a showplace that just reopened in July 2009 after damage from  

Hurricane Katrina had shut it down for four years.  A $145 million restoration project has returned The Roosevelt to its place as the premier luxury hotel in New Orleans.  

The hotels’ world-famous Blue Room has hosted some of the greatest musicians and singers of all time including Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald. The Roosevelt's Sazerac Bar is also known as the source of the first cocktail invented in America, an absinth powered concoction that is now the official drink of New Orleans. 

Room at the Roosevelt can be reserved at the show's guaranteed lowest rate of $229 per night by visiting the online booking engine or by calling 504-648 1200 and referencing the GeoDomain Expo group rate.

One other geodomain related note - Sedo is hosting a week long auction featuring travel and geo domains starting Friday (March 5th) at 9 a.m. EST and running until March 12th at 9 a.m. EST. Belgium.com, Souvenirs.net and Tourism.biz are a few of the domains slated to go on the block in this sale. You can visit Sedo.com/TravelAuction to view the current inventory.

(Posted March 1, 2010)

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