This is a dirty way to use an expired domain

A double amputee let his domain expire. Someone bought it for online gambling.

This is a dirty way to use an expired domain
Courtesy: Andrew Allemann | News Source: domainnamewire.com

Not cool: the buyer of this expired domain re-purposed a site by a double amputee into an online gambling site.

Earlier this year, the domain name ScottRigsbyFoundation.org expired.

It was used by a double amputee who successfully competed in an Ironman Triathlon. These days he is also a motivational speaker.

The GoDaddy expired domain auction for the domain attracted multiple bidders and closed for $155 in February of this year.

The domain name itself doesn’t have much value to anyone other than the original registrant, but I’m sure it had some backlinks and good SEO. Some people buy expired domains for their SEO value and repurpose the website. I used to do this back in the mid-aughts.

But I’d never do something like this.

The domain buyer has apparently rebuilt the site as an online gambling information site. They even created a new logo calling it the Scott Rigsby Foundation.

That’s downright dirty. I couldn’t sleep at night if I did something like that.

Scott Rigsby is suing (pdf) over losing the domain, although I question the approach. He is suing GoDaddy in Georgia, claiming various parts of its contract aren’t valid and that he didn’t receive renewal notices for the domain.

I guess GoDaddy has money, but I don’t see this lawsuit going anywhere.

If the real goal is to get the domain back, Rigsby might do better by talking to a domain attorney who can walk him through options to get the domain either through a UDRP or via an in rem ACPA case in Virginia (assuming his claim that the registrant used false registration info is correct). I imagine he can easily show common law trademark rights in the term.