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Rules for Registering a Domain?

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Look, I'm a little mad. mad.gif

I wanted to register my last name for the purposes of a business. Don't get me wrong, the .biz domain is fine and all (and I registered that while I could) but I've done my research and clearly it's nowhere near as popular or respected as .com domains. My last name isn't something too common, so it's not like I'm complaining that smith.com or johnson.com is taken. My name is also not Dell, so trust me when I say I'm not upset about that.

I went to register my domain a couple of years ago, I would say in 2006 and it was taken. I looked again in 2008 and again a few days ago. It has been registered to someone in Connecticut since 1999. I went to the website and it's nothing but a database. A database of nothing at that. There are three links. One link to an apartment for sale from early 2008 (almost four years ago) which lists an e-mail and a phone. Another link which has an uploaded video from 2009, and some other random files and folders from 2008.

On top of that, even if you search Google for my exact last name, the domain doesn't even pop up on the first page. Some Ancestry stuff, Places for my last name, and some other people will their first and last name registered. Even searching mylastname.com doesn't bring it up first.

I attempted to contact the owner this time to see if he was willing to sell the domain, since apparently he has it registered until 2017. I called the number that GoDaddy showed as the list number. Out of service. I tried e-mailing the e-mail on file. Delivery failure. Then I remembered the e-mail and phone number on that apartment page. I called it and got the owner. I asked him if he was willing to sell it. He knew we shared the same last names (caller ID does it's job, I guess) and told me something along the lines of "Oh I don't think so. We use it sometimes for e-mail and I think I would like to pass it down to my children." I was courteous and politely told him to keep my number and call if he ever changes his mind, but man was I pissed.

Is there anything I can do about this? Can you really register a .com just to "sometimes use e-mail"? I know I'm probably sounding stupid but man that's annoying if it's true.
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What he is doing is perfectly legal. Even domain name "squatting" (ie registering and never even using the name, with the intent od selling it) is legal.

The best you can do is:
Wait intil it expires and try and register it before he renews it (not likely, but could work if he is lazy).
Call him up and offer him $$$.

That's about it.
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