A friend of mine runs the charity Women4Resources, which had a website at women4resources.org
The domain was registered for her by her web-designer, in his name. He turned out to be a nasty piece of work, trying to extort money from the charity, so he was dumped by the charity, but they failed to get the domain signed over.
Renewal date arrived, but they were unable to renew since the domain was in his (the unscrupulous designer's name).
The registrar is Tierra.net
who said that after 75 days in limbo the domain would be released back on to the open market, and the charity could purchase it again.
My friend made a note in her calendar, and after the allotted time tried to buy the domain, only to find that someone else (VWNames.com
) had already bought it!
For now the charity has a mirror site located at http://women4resources.co.uk
but the .org tld is listed on all their literature...
So, what should she do?
VWNames have no right to the name and no desire to own it - other than to make a fast buck selling it back to the rightful owners!
How did they get in there first?
Does a charity have any legal claim over a domain if it shares their registered name?