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December 21, 2006

Harry Potter Gets Owned by Cyber Squatters

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 12/21/2006 09:42:00 PM

Harry Potter has gotten owned by cyber Squatters aka domain squatters. When the title of the new Harry Potter book was released on JK Rowling's website, cyber squatters started snapping up domain names based on the book's title, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. JK Rowling's agency, Christopher Little, has registered many variants of the domain name like harrypotterandthedeathlyhallows.com and deathlyhallows.com, but apparently they missed many variants. The publisher Scholastic Corp. (Nasdaq SCHL) announced the name in a press release.

You can see that Christopher Little only registered Deathly Hallows on 12/21/06 which is when the title was announced - some poor soul at the firm almost missed it.
Christopher Little Literary Agency
10 Eel Brook Studios
125 Moore Park Rd


Created on: 2006-12-21
Expires on: 2008-12-21

However, squatters got names like deathlyhallow.com deathlyhalows.com and deadlyhallows.com on December 21, 2006.


Created on..............: 2006-12-21 13:18:37
Expires on..............: 2007-12-21 06:18:38

Registrant Info: (FAST-12810728)
The Horcrux
Kaitlin Luther
23 Huluhulu Place
Kahului, Hawaii 96732
United States
Phone: +1.8082833122
Email: kaitlinluther@yahoo.com


Administrative Contact:
Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan (wota_man@yahoo.com)
Fax: +1.7098340744
12 Webster Place
Topsail, Newfoundland A1W 5M7

Silicon Engine, Inc.
7 Coach Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Created on: 21-Dec-06
Expires on: 21-Dec-08

What is a name worth? Apparently enough to worth getting owned!

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