Town & Village Domain Names.

https://www.raczyna.pl and https://www.raczyna.com

I wrote a post a while back about Sovereign Domain Names over Iceland the Country trying to sue Iceland the Grocery Chain in the UK.

However moving on I acquired two domain names from where my mother was born in Rączyna (Raczyna.com & Raczyna.pl) in Poland, which I have since developed.

Now I have in the back of my mind slight anxiety because I know how crazy this country Poland is and I have seen first hand how they demand things, similar to the the Royals in UAE.

Upon doing some research it is apparent that Town & Village Domain Names cannot be trademarked unlike country domain names which in theory cannot be registered as they are part of the sovereign state. Meaning the Country Name alone cannot be registered and has to have a second or third keyword after it eg: ‘UK Domain Brokers’ or ‘UK Website Designers’.

So even though I have recently dropped some ‘Neom’ Keyword domain names I am now feeling slightly apprehensive because the Polish domain names are part of a blog to expand my personal branding and services, but also to teach local farmers about hemp cultivation and CBD products.

So your thinking why I am getting myself into a bit of a pickle is because the village ‘Rączyna’ has most of my family living there and because of an on going family feud I also wanted to let the whole village know what type of people my family are.

I have tried twice to offer an olive branch to make peace and both times was told they were not interested in making amends. So without mentioning their names, the villagers will put two and two together and will know who I am as news travels fast amongst villagers.

I have purposely not mentioned their names but have put the article under ‘Rączyna News’, not only that I plan to write an autobiography to include how they have treated my daughter and I. Basically to cut a long story short my Aunt has scammed her way into taking land that rightfully belonged to my mother. My proposal was that they could have the land as long as they started growing hemp. However my cousin said it was illegal to grow hemp which in the blog I have proved him wrong. I told him if he did not want to work with me I would make sure he would never be able to sell his produce should he changed his mind.

So even if they did not use their real names in applying for investments they would surely be found out once they sign written commission agreements which would require a sworn affidavit.

So either way my family bridges have been burnt and to think all I wanted was a public apology from my cousins mother and his wife.

If You want to read about it here is the link: https://raczyna.pl/renata-chciala-publicznych-przeprosin-od-rodziny It is written in Polish but there is a translator widget you can use.

So even though I am slightly apprehensive I will wait it out and if the local authorities try to demand I release the domains to them as I have documented evidence that I did try to contact them a while ago to see if they had any objections or if they were interested in acquiring it from me.

Towns don’t have trademarks on their names so trademark law does not apply. Anything with a geographical origin cannot be used as a trademark. But once you include some additional letters or text then it is whole new ball game and these type of domains can be trademarked.

Hence “Cardiff” cannot be trademarked but “Cardiff Pizza” can.

The only time things could go belly up is if the domain damages the reputation of a specific town or village then the domain owner may be held liable for this damage, which will result in a legal complaint and that could result in you losing the domain name.

Obviously I have not said anything derogatory about the village, just about some of the people in it.

My main focus is to advertise hemp cultivation and CBD production. Even if I lost both these domain names which are merely pointing to my blog they cannot take my blog down and I will have plan B as I have acquired the following domain names which I would put in its place I am merely taking advantage of the fact how much traffic I can generate at this present moment in time:

www.polandmonthly.com

www.konopiepoland.com

www.cannabidiolpoland.com

So the only time I think it may be a problem is if:

The intended use for the website is illegal and detrimental to your town. (Which it is not).

If the domain is readily available to register then there should not be a problem unless it has been registered and is deemed as cybersquatting in exchange for a ransom monetary demand.

The domain is available for registration (if you can go through with the registration it means that it hasn’t been listed as reserved, registries have lists of domains not available to the public which sometimes include geographical locations), I beg to differ on this as when I first started out many years ago I got a ticking off even though it was not a geographical location for having guccishoes.wales in which Gucci demanded I surrender the domain name. This was many years ago may I add and have since learnt what you can and cannot register.

All I can say is whatever will be will be….

Just remember do not just buy a domain name and sit on it. Develop it to create traffic which will make your domain name more valuable and if you can offer a product or service you are in theory creating equity.

Using Offshore Web Designers – Domain Dispute Part 3

If you have been following the story of the electrician that lost his domain name because the website designers in India forgot to renew the domain name (so they claimed) and it was later registered to someone who then made a clothing site even though the keywords in the domain name did not appertain to the inventory on the site.

Since then my client sent an invoice for the loss of business and a covering letter saying he would be taking legal action the website designers then sent my client an email, saying they would re-design the site and instructed him to clear his cookies and caches.

So this means they are associated with the person who registered the domain in bad faith.

This is how the site looked like before it was taken down with the clothing inventory.

And this is how it looks like now:

So this person has lied through his teeth, said he did not know who registered the domain and upon receiving an invoice took the website down.

Since I got involved with this I have had multiple phishing emails coming into my inboxes on a daily basis, I do not know if it is coincidence as I cannot prove anything, but it seems fishy to me.

I have now registered on behalf of my client and we have a contract in place the dot UK version of the .co.uk which is now pointing to his website I built for him courtesy of someone I was talking to on Namepros.com forum about this.

So this web designer has lost all hope in hell of my client ever doing business with this company in India ever again.

I certainly would not go to these lengths to keep a client as it is unprofessional and underhand and just gives a bad name for people in the industry that want to make an honest living.

Anyone reading this should avoid this person and the company like the plague or in the present climate the coronavirus.

Stay safe people and support local businesses, they need you right now.

Using Offshore Web Designers – Domain Dispute Part 2

Update from my last post…….it has transpired that my client’s domain name was transferred to a marketing company who instead of asking him to change DNS records asked to takeover the domain name to manage. They then had a website site designer company develop a website for him and this year due to the Coronavirus Lockdown and breakdown of communication the website designers admitted that they were at fault and failed to renew my clients domain name.

I have the emails that they had dropped the domain by accident and did not renew it.

As a consequence my client who has been in business for over 15 years and has branded his vehicles with the domain name lost the domain name to someone else who registered the domain in bad faith.

I will explain in a moment and will also warn anyone that gets contacted by these companies which are based in India & USA to stay well away.

The marketing company that first took over the domain was https://www.hmlmarketing.co.uk

So moving forward HML Marketing had SEOFIED developed my clients domain name. The website designers are www.seofied.com located in India.

So this is where it gets interesting in April of this year according to seofied.com they dropped the domain name by accident and failed to renew the said domain which I will come to in a moment.

My clients domain name that has been compromised is owned by someone who registered the domain in bad faith and I will now show you why:

https://www.firstphaseelectricalwales.co.uk/ which points to a clothing website as the keywords in the domain name have nothing to do with the fashion industry and get this the site even has powered by ‘First Phase Electrical Wales’ in the footer of the website lol.

My clients branding has been jeopardised, never mind his carbon footprint of backlinks he has accumilated over the last few years.

Here is proof of his branding.

First Phase Electrical Wales Branding.

The reason why I am involved in this is my client came to me a while ago and said he was concerned that www.seofied.com were not doing their job properly and were not updating him or replying to his emails.

So I asked if he had an agreement with them like a contract and he said he did not.

I then instructed him to give www.seofied.com notice and ask for them to transfer the domain back to him and for my client to change the DNS records to point to a website I had built him www.electricianswales.co.uk

Re-Branding Estimated Costs

Brand Audit / Discovery£1000£10,000
Brand Strategy£1000£50,000
Brand Identity£2500£50,000
Brand Guidelines£1500£10,000+
Signage Design£500£5,000
Stationery Design£300£10,000
Packaging Design£1000£10,000
Vehicle Livery£500£10,000+
TOTAL COST                    Low Cost £7,400            High Cost £155,000

As per the time of my email to my client I calculated how much income he has lost because his domain was inaccessible based on the 83 days would have beeen as follows:

Consumer unit (fuse box) replacement £500 (0.5 – 1 day)

Electrical inspection report £90 – £180 (4 – 8 hours)

Install and supply a double socket £80 – £130 (1 – 3 hours)

Light fitting replacement £40 – £60 (0.5 – 1 hour)

Repair a damaged power cable £40 – £60 (0.5 – 1 hour)

Electric cooker installation £50 – £80 (0.5 – 1 hour)

Electric shower installation £250 – £400 (1 day)

Install an external security light £90 – £140 (1 – 3 hours)

EV charge point installation £200 to £300 (1 day)

The average loss of business is between:

£180-£350 per day.

Low @ £180 per day x 83 days is £14,940.00
High @ £350 per day x 83 day is  £29,050.00

So therefore my clients total losses based on 83 days would be something like:

LOW COST: £14,940.00 in lost income plus re-branding £7,400.00 Total £22,340.00
HIGH COST: £29,050.00 in lost income plus re-branding £155,000.00 Total £184,050.00

However it has surpassed 90 days from the time my client no longer had any access to the domain that was registered on the 10th July 2020.

I need to also note my suspicions as my clients website was still showing as it were an electrical website up until August so that meant that the owner of the website simply changed registrant owner details in July 2020 and in August changed the look of the website.

The current owner has the domain registered with www.openprovider.com

I spoke with Nominet and they told me to get my client to contact this registrar to pass on a message to the owner.

I also sent a direct message on the contact form of the compromised domain/website to cease and desist using the domain name and not surprisingly I did not get a reply.

Nominet advised to start a complaint via www.nominet.uk/go/drs if my client does not get a reply from the current owners registrar.

Moral of the story – support local businesses and consider this, if a website designer offers a low cost website from abroad , what they are essentially doing is reeling you in. Do not think for one moment you are getting a bargain on the contrary in the long run you are getting what you pay for.

I have also added a link to more nightmare web designer stories:

Finally if your are approached by www.hmlmarketing.co.uk or www.seofied.com

BEWARE: AVOID www.hmlmarketing.co.uk & www.seofied.com AT ALL COSTS.

If you are in South Wales UK and need any electrical work Commercial or Electrical do give my client a call and check out the website I built for him.

With the coronavirus affecting a lot of businesses and my clients brand in limbo do try and support him, by liking, sharing, and commenting on this post.

www.electricianswales.co.uk

Using Offshore Web Designers – Domain Dispute Part 1.

Before I start to explain why I have written this post today, I would firstly like to make this introduction my most important point. Whenever you are going to engage in website design and domain name registration with another company, you MUST have a CONTRACT in place if things go pear shape further down the line.

With companies popping up in India daily offering you cheap web design and hosting it is very tempting to get drawn to these companies but what happens when the company suddenly disappears or transfers your domain and points it to another website that they own, this in turn can causes major problems for your business. What do you do?

Whenever you engage in business with another party, always check them out, see if anyone has written anything bad about them and see how many connections or followers they have. It is always good to perform due diligence on a business to see if they are legitimate or not.

If a company has 190 followers but according to their website they have 90+ staff you may want to question are these figures true and what else are they not telling you, when in reality they have 72 employees in the LinkedIn profile, with offices right round the world.

Did you know you can buy telephone numbers and adresses from different locations around the world to make it look as if you are located in may countries, but in reality you are working in you bedroom all by yourself. Did you also know you can buy followers and likes to social media accounts in which some are just bots and not real users. The world is fake and we need to be careful to suss out the real businesses from the shady ones.

Also if a business claims to have all these offices right round the world but uses the business address as a Flat No, this should set off alarm bells. Just because a website is nicely designed does not mean anything if the owner of the website is indeed not telling you the truth and refraining from drawing up contracts.

So like I said there is a reason for this post as a client of mine contacted me yesterday and said one of his other websites and domain name was pointing to a clothing site yet he is an electrician. So to try and help him I performed a whois report and found the domain had been renewed on the 10th July 2020 and changed servers 7 times in its history, which to me meant that the company that registered the domain on behalf of my client are now cybersquatting his domain name.

My client as a result is losing business hand over fist as his domain name has a carbon foot print many miles long.

I am trying to get my head round this, say for argument sake a client comes to me and orders a web hosting package and asks me to register the domain name on his her behalf. I would first and foremost draw up an agreement stating what would happen if the client defaulted or came to end of his/her contract. I would not leave them in the lurch for starters. Secondly I would not be changing servers. If say I used a particular domain name provider and wanted to host the domain on one of my servers I would not start changing servers unless there was something wrong with them. By changing servers whilst hosting and transferring domain names you will be able to change the ip address and make it more difficult to trace the domain owner.

After more digging I even found a blog that my client is most probably not aware of, using his brand name and logo which has affiliate links integrated into it. All this will be in my report to my client and again all there is a contact form but no email or other contact details. Considering this company I am investigating claims to be professional they are giving a bad name for all other website designers in India and their blog looks like a five year old has done it.

For all intents and purposes I will not post the business entity name or the CEOs for legal reason just yet, which may I add I have sent invitations to connect with me today on Linkedin until I get postive feeback from them.

Hopefully this will get resolved without the whole world knowing about it and it will be a lesson learnt always have a contract and maintain communication between you client and web developer.

As you know I have nearly 8,000 connection of LinkedIn most of which are domain name investors, brokers, website designers and internet marketers and yes some are from India.

(I am not saying all businesses in India are bad, just this particular one that looks very shady www.seofied.com), in fact far from it as I do have some very good clients that I work with from India and this particular company I am investigating is giving everyone else a bad name.

I have in the past had my fair share of emails from dubious web developers from India claiming they can do this that and the other and being something that they are not and if they do not have email signatures or links to their websites stay well away, especially if they use western names rather than their own.

As an exampIe for argument sake I may have an email from someone called ‘Tom Jones’ not the welsh singer but in fact someone in India using a western name, the trust of that person has immediately gone through the window and I will not entertain that person.

If you cannot be honest and use your real name and your real location then you obviously have something to hide. You must be transparent in your business so that people can trust you.

The reason why there are so many web designers, app developers and computer programmers from India is because schools in India from elemetary teach their children computer science as a compulsary subject. This is the future and computer programming, web design, software, app development and artificial intelligence are the main stream industries to be in.

With this said I also have connections with some of the top registrars and connections with WIPO so it would not be beneficial for this company to not try and resolve this issue as quickly as possible as they certainly would not want the bad publicity.

But for the time being I will leave you with these thoughts, whenever you are doing business with a web designer/ app developer or software progammer or business in general from another country make sure you have a written agreement in place and always do your homework and check them out before agreeing to anything.

Will update you when my client and I get some news.

Stay safe!

Sovereign Country Name Domain Names

Country Domain Names

Soverign Country Domain Names on my mind.

I was having a conversation with my solicitor a while back and we were talking about branding and how you should not brand your business as a country name. Moving forward to today I had a request to help sell a country name and basically you cannot register country names with the view of branding them without getting yourself in to hot water. Here is a scenario a British well known PLC company Iceland.co.uk branded themselves as Business selling Frozen Food.

Iceland Foods Ltd is a British supermarket chain headquartered in Wales, with emphasis on the sale of frozen foods, including prepared meals and vegetables. They also sell non-frozen grocery items such as produce, meat, dairy, and dry goods. The company has an approximate 2.2% share of the UK food market. CEO: Malcolm Walker (Feb 2005–) Founder: Malcolm WalkerFounded: 1970Number of locations: 800Parent organization: Brait

However they have got themselves into a bit of a pickle as Iceland Government are attempting to sue them. Please read the following link: https://www.compumark.com/blog/getting-right-happens-brand-name-country/

So the moral of the story, although country domain names have been bought and sold before, its only a matter of time when the Government of that country may turn around and sue. https://namebio.com/?s==kTN1MzM4IjM Do you want to face legal action by not being original.

The Icelandic government has confirmed it is considering launching a lawsuit against British supermarket Iceland over its name. It has taken 46 years for Iceland to contemplate filing a law suit against the tradmark ‘Iceland’ according to Iceland’s ministry of foreign affairs. This would mean that a “cancellation action” against the supermarket’s Europe-wide trademark registration for the name Iceland.

Promote Iceland, a marketing agency linked to the Icelandic foreign ministry, said it has no intention of forcing Iceland Foods to give up its brand, but wants to make sure Iceland the brand does not stop other companies also calling themselves ‘Iceland’ across the UK & EU. (I can already see an argument as a tradmark can argue that if another company sets themselves up in th EU for instance selling Iceland Foods that they could have a stake claim towards that company) Is it me or can I see a future UDRP? Your comments are welcome….. Manging Director Jon Asbergsson of Promote Iceland’ Marketing Agency said “We are looking for a ‘live and let live’ outcome”.

The way I see this is the word ‘Iceland’ can be interepreted as ‘Ice Land’ which can be argued. Furthermore if the brand is helping the economy and is no way affiliated with Iceland the Country and it has been trading since 1970, why take 46 years to sue the tradmark owner? As long as the sovereign state secure the dot com for its country then the other domain extensions could be used for other purposes.

The government said the supermarket chain has launched and won “multiple cases” against Icelandic companies for using the word, “even in cases when the products and services were not competitors.

According to the Icelandic Government. a decision about legal proceeding with this claim will only be made after full evaluation of the interests of Icelandic businesses and their people.

The spokesman for ‘Iceland’ the brand said “We have also traded as Iceland for many years in other EU countries, and in non-EU countries, including Iceland itself. We are not aware that our use of the Iceland name has ever caused any confusion with Iceland the country.”

The relationship between the supermarket and the Nordic nation is by far a very frosty one.

To read the full article please follow this link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/23/cold-war-iceland-the-country-may-sue-iceland-the-chain-over-name

In relation to other country names I personally would steer well clear of them unless you were branding yourself like www.ukwebsitedesigners.co.uk or www.ukdomainbrokers.com or www.cymrumarketing.com Can you see where I am going with this and that I have not just used the Country ‘Cymru’ or ‘UK’ alone but instead used a combination of words.

Stay Safe People!

More news coming in on the same topic of ‘Sovereign Immunity’ date 29/08/19 or for the US readers 08/29/19. A chap by the name of Jean-Noël Frydman, who registered France.com in 1994 was sued by the French Government and he lost his domain. It stands to reason you do not hold a country name hostage. You cannot register a sovereign name unless you like the publicity. You can read more about it here: https://domainnamewire.com/2019/08/29/court-rejects-frances-appeal-in-france-com-case/

I do have one question, why did it take so long for it to come to court? ummm……