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Got a question, hope someone can answer... If I delete my account with 123, will they keep my domain name? Thanks in advance for any comment. My 2nd question... Is it a good practice to buy HostGator names of actual peoples names? I have two right now and it seems like I have had people bite in the past, but due to "liability issues" they decided not to pursue. People have said in the past there is a probability that a person could ask for the name and legally they are entitled to it. Does having a persons name lower the amount at which the HostGator name is worth? Does it have any indication on the price? I am a little new to HostGator names and was curious..


Comments (15)

I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer to your question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I find an decent answer. You should email the people at 123 reg as they probably know..

Comment #1

So for the future I shouldn't buy exact names? I have two names which are both players that eventually become big. Could I still sell them for something like $100 eventually or will people not touch them at all?..

Comment #2

I wouldn't touch them. There's alot more at stake here than a few bucks... Openly admitting you'd be regging the player's names merely for the intent to resell them for a profit leaves the door wide open for not only UDRPs, but potential lawsuits...

Comment #3

There are people out there that will buy them & don't really care about if there will be issues, but there are others as well that won't touch them at all. So there is always a possibility of selling it to someone else, depends on the person that comes along...

Comment #4

IMO, dot bother..

People flip domains everyday and never touch another persons name..

Just not a good practice....

Comment #5

Well, that is good to know for the future. In theory though regging a name early on you could park it and keep it low key and flip a few bucks right?..

Comment #6

I have bought a political FAMILY name, without the first name as, for example, or or

May I be in trouble for TM ??.

I need your opinion..

Comment #7

I don't think that politicians have the same rules. There is something about being a public persona where the name becomes fair game. I am not sure where the line is or the details...

Comment #8

That's interesting - what if it's not a politician? I.e. just last name of a celebrity, no first name:. or

Can owner get in trouble with these? Thinking about it, there can be many pitts in the world, so should be difficult to sue it would seem, am I wrong?..

Comment #9

Anything generic is OK. There can be Pitt's and Jolie's and Bush's and Clinton's out there who aren't the one's we all know..

Once you start putting the first and last name together, that's when you're getting into problems...

Comment #10

Thanks. it there still a possibility I get sued for <lastname> domain? anyone heard of any cases?..

Comment #11

I'm no expert, but I'm guessing that it would depend on your usage of the domain, even in cases such as or What if you put up a fansite for the celebrity? Could that get you in trouble? I'm sure that one surefire way to lose a HostGator would be something like putting nude pics of Angelina Jolie at

I think it just depends on what you do with it. Generally you're probably safe with just a last name, but still be careful with what you put on the domain...

Comment #12

I had and they (john deere) came after me even though it's a generic last name. As soon as their lawyer asked I gave it to them.

That was my first and only last name..


Comment #13

That tells a lot - thanks.

So basically even <celeb. lastname> names are dangerous..

Comment #14

What about celebs with only one name?.

Cher, Sting, Moby, etc...

Comment #15

Alanis Morissete interestingly grabbed the HostGator name even though the site did not have any Alanis Morissete related content. It was just a parking page..

It's still not a guarantee especially if the lawyers of the cyberbullies are really good, and your lawyer sucks...

Comment #16

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.