Righthaven.com Domain Auction Has Begun

from the place-your-bids dept

As promised last week, it appears that the auction of the righthaven.com has begun over at SnapNames. The auction will apparently run until January 6th at 12:15 PT. So if you were planning to take up a collection to buy it for yourself, start counting those pennies. There have already been a few bids, and at the time I'm writing this, they're asking a bit over $1,000.


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    The Infamous Joe (profile), Dec 27th, 2011 @ 4:04am

    confused

    What makes that domain worth $1000? I don't get it.

     

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    justok (profile), Dec 27th, 2011 @ 4:17am

    Re: confused

    I don't get it either, but let's leave our sex lives out of this.

    The domain isn't worth $1000, it's worth more. As to why, let's round up the usual suspects:
    -name recognition, it's infamous, rather than famous, and good for lotsa hits. The new domain will get traffic just from the publicity alone, regardless of what ends up on the site.
    -repurposing, with a name like RightHaven, there are several other marketing themes/strategies that could be used ("This is the Right Haven for ...")
    -nyah, nyah to poke fun etc at Right Haven (as was) and the related DRM/SOPA/PIP/patent/copyright stuff.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 27th, 2011 @ 4:19am

    Re: confused

    Fertilizer isn't cheap.

     

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    abc gum, Dec 27th, 2011 @ 4:29am

    Re: Re: confused

    Hopefully, no one bids anything for it.

     

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    Spaceboy (profile), Dec 27th, 2011 @ 4:30am

    It's hosted by GoDaddy! Righthaven should have moved it to protest SOPA.

     

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    gorehound (profile), Dec 27th, 2011 @ 5:16am

    Hosted by Godaddy is a reason to not buy this anyways.

     

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    Designerfx (profile), Dec 27th, 2011 @ 5:42am

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    Righthaven should be thanking the buyer! They're stopping righthaven form being stuck with GoDaddy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 27th, 2011 @ 6:12am

    Someone needs to buy it and turn it into a WANTED poster for Steve Gibson.

     

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    Overcast (profile), Dec 27th, 2011 @ 7:12am

    And as soon as they use the name, they'll get sued - I'd avoid it like the plague.

     

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    Liz (profile), Dec 27th, 2011 @ 7:14am

    I'll bid Two bits!

     

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    Manabi (profile), Dec 27th, 2011 @ 7:28am

    Re: Re: confused

    I would find it infinitely amusing if, say, The Pirate Bay bought it and put up a torrent tracker on the site (or some other site that would royally tick off Righthaven's masters).

    Or maybe just slap up a webpage that says "RightHaven sued me and all I got was this lousy domain."

     

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    Chris-Mouse (profile), Dec 27th, 2011 @ 7:31am

    keep in mind that Righthaven won't get any of the money from this auction. It's all going to go towards paying the legal bills of one of Righthaven's victims.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 27th, 2011 @ 7:54am

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    You should, then you can move it :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 27th, 2011 @ 8:15am

    I heard Ocean Marketting is wanting it to show Penny Arcade what REAL internet power is, because they've been wwebsite as on the internet for some time.

     

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    David Sanger (profile), Dec 27th, 2011 @ 9:04am

    Trademark

    What about the fact that they registered a trademark in the word Righthaven?

    "IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: Searching and retrieving information, sites, and other resources available on computer networks for others. FIRST USE: 20100301. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20100301"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 27th, 2011 @ 9:09am

    [auction guy talking real fast] blah, blahblahblahblah .... blah blah blah ... SOLD, FOR ONE DOLLAR!!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 27th, 2011 @ 9:11am

    Re: Re: Re: confused

    The RIAA/MPAA might ...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 27th, 2011 @ 11:18am

    Why would someone purchase a domain name functionally identical to the trademark of a notoriously litigious entity?

    I guess there's a chance they've lost their taste for lawsuits (or enough assets to fund them), but I wouldn't bank on it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 27th, 2011 @ 1:55pm

    Re: Re: Re: confused

    Then you missed where in the write-up it says there have already been bids...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 27th, 2011 @ 1:56pm

    Re: Trademark

    That would be an 'asset' to be turned over to the courts, wouldn't it?

     

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    G Thompson (profile), Dec 27th, 2011 @ 7:48pm

    I've been thinking, and yes I know at this time of year its a strain ;) , but what say the Techdirt community buys up the RightHaven domain name and uses it in the same way that Groklaw is used but instead of for patents and software legals for copyright itself.

    Use it to counteract the CP troll's worldwide.

    Most of us pay for the "insider" badge and seeing as the Tshirt is currently sold out *grumbles* Maybe a one off payment for the RightHaven URL would be a good thing. Across 100 of us (or more) would be well worth it. Ownership might have to rest in hands of Floor64 though (unless someone can figure out a co-op situation)

    We could then have a Haven online that shows the Right and ethically correct way copyrights should be used for the benefit of all.

    Just a thought

     

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    fb39ca4, Dec 27th, 2011 @ 9:40pm

    ppl on 4chan should hold a bake sale to raise money and then buy the domain to make it into a successful successful troll site

     

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    abc gum, Dec 28th, 2011 @ 4:58am

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    Never happen, they realize such a move would benefit those behind Righthaven.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 5:54am

    Overcast and #18 coward:
    Sued by whom? Righthaven's assets are being seized and sold...this will eventually include the name and the trademarks.
    Even if the current righthaven people sue, they will not get to keep the money, if any, that they win. If they can collect.

    Besides, even if they do sue, they probably won't show up to court.

     

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    MAtt, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 8:09am

    Re: confused

    A domain is worth more than the actual cost to own/renew it because some idiot, marketing guy, work-from-home profiteer of people clicking on stuff, or domain buyer-seller is willing to pay for the assumption (and often reality) of a ROI on the inflated price paid.

    But isn't that how the whole works? (wall street; real estate; etc.)

     

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