For those of you who obsessively follow my professional life, you are probably wondering why I posted the new site for Aish Boston at aishboston.org and not .com.
It has to do with a phenomenon known as “domain squatting” or “cyber squatting.” Domain squatting is when some steals your name, and builds a site as you to target advertising (and send money) to him.
When I went to register aishboston.com, it was already taken by some dude in China. True, I can probably prove that there is some type of trademark violation going on, but I don’t have the time, patience or money to mount the legal attack (especially since I have to fight someone in China). Hence the reason I was forced to go with the unseemly and nerdy .org.
Cyber squatting is an issue currently being dealt with by the UN – this doesn’t make me feel any better for two reasons:
- The UN is useless
- They will eventually prove that it is Israel’s fault (and pass a resolution condemning Israel and calling for an immediate withdrawal from everywhere in order to contain this Jewish cyber menace).