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Username: DomainSpeculator
Date/Time: Wed, October 17, 2001 at 2:52 AM GMT
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Subject: Attempted "Reverse Hijacking" - Need Advice


I was able to register some generic .info names in the  so called  "landrush" phase. Today, I got the follwoing e-mail regarding one of the names (a proper locality name; i.e. city/county):

Dir Sir,

I am the CIO of ******* Capital LLC.  We own the *******.com domain and trademarks dating back to 1994.  Due to some incompetence on the part Network Solutions our request for the *******.info domain was not
processed.  While we believe we have a strong case for forcibly
obtaining *******.info we would rather avoid a messy legal conflict. 
To reimburse you for costs relating to transferring the domain to us we are willing to pay you a one time fee of $500.  This offer is valid until October 31, 2001 at which point I will be forced to turn the matter over to our legal department.  If you have any questions regarding this matter feel free to contact me directly. 



(Seems to be a pretty big company)

Any advice for the novice and now "poor" (already lost quite a bit in .info pre-registration fiasco) speculator?

Any referral to a competent, affordable IP attorney if it comes to that?

Thanks Guys/Gals


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