Yesterday a popular newspaper in Scotland published an article that is so far from the truth it is unreal, Journalist Graeme Donohoe wrote this article titled
Cheeky ‘cybersquatter’ buying up Scottish town domain names for as little as 99p and selling them for thousands.
The first fact is where can you find Scottish Towns likewise any other major town or cities available to register for 99p, It’s a complete lie, these domains have been registered by local councils, Businesses and domain name investors who likes many of us in the industry has spent thousands of pounds (dollars) building our portfolios just the same a property / real estate investor does also, however, we own Virtual Real estate not physical we should not be branded Cybersquatters.
The journalist obviously carried out very little research in the domain industry not reading the blogs at Domaining.com or one of the most factual websites DomainJournal.com if he had spent only a few hours learning about the industry maybe his story would reflect some truth and actually share with the public what Domain Name Investing is instead of branding people Cybersquatters.
He should register GraemeDonohoe.com or GraemeDonohoe.co.uk – Both were available at the time of publishing this article, if he had any understanding of Domain Names and how to build a brand for himself as a journalist.
You can read the full article here and below.
George Marshall is facing claims he is attempting to cash in on taxpayers by snapping up internet addresses such asfor as little as 99p and selling them for thousands.
Internet domain names for Scottish towns have been snapped up by a “cyber squatter” who has been accused of trying to hold tourist boards to ransom.
Businessman George Marshall is facing claims he is attempting to cash in on taxpayers by snapping up internet addresses for as little as 99p and selling them for thousands on his Brandwise site.
The so-called “cyber squatter” is demanding £4995 for the domain name.
The 50-year-old also wants £3995 for www.bearsden. .
He is also charging £2995 for www.penicuik. and £2495 for Dalkeith and Thurso websites.
Angus MP Kirstene Hair is furious that Marshall is attempting to cash in onas the town prepares to mark the 700th anniversary of the famous Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.
The Conservative MP said: “The practice of bulk-purchasing domain names or ‘cyber-squatting’ is almost as old as the internet itself. It’s a frustrating strategy which, while not illegal in the UK, can be combated if a trademark or similar domain name is affected.
“It’s a real shame that Arbroath has lost a piece of its potential online identity, especially as we prepare to mark the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.
“Visitors and interested parties could find themselves clicking on totally unrelated links in 2020 if this person does not have a change of heart.”
Cumbernauld MSP Jamie Hepburn added: “It does seem somewhat silly for someone to be needlessly hoarding these domain names when they could be put to use by local community groups, charities or bodies trying to promote some of the great businesses and amenities we have in Cumbernauld.
Marshall claims he is living in the Borders and Brandwise uses a PO Box postal address based in Hawick, Roxburghshire.
Domain name trading is big business. In England,sold for £12,000 in 2015 and went for £9000 in 2009.
UK internet dispute body Nominet rules on complaints about domain registrations.
There have been 40,000 disputes since 1999 but many businesses are believed to have paid “ransoms” to avoid costly legal battles.
Tourist body VisitScotland are also concerned. A spokeswoman said: “Tourism is a vital part of the Scottish economy, creating jobs and sustaining communities.
Marshall said: “Domain names are for commercial use, can be registered by anyone and are lawfully traded on the secondary domain name market.
“Councils etc do not need to usedomain names so are not being held to ransom. They have reserved rights to domain names.”