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Exploiting Elian

from TBTF for 2000-04-19



Within two weeks of the rescue at sea of Elian Gonzalez, netrepreneurs began registering domain names to capitalize on the boy's plight. Of the 40 such domains registered since that time, as of 2000-04-19 two were put to use in the way the Web intended: they marked actual Web sites advocating on one side or another of the furor over Elian's fate. One name was being used to shill for a get-paid-to-surf racket. Six domains were actively for sale -- if this exploitation doesn't technically sink to the level of cybersquatting, then it surely qualifies as shameful. The other thirty-one domain names were either parked or empty. Some of these perhaps represented an actual intention to erect a site on the Elian affair, but I'd wager most would turn out to be for sale if you inquired.

Note that two of the three the most obvious Elian-exploitation names -- elian.com and elian.net -- had been claimed a year before by a Web services company based in California.

The good guys:

Jim Borkholder, VA free-elian.com 2000-01-26 (was an actual Web
site, now for sale)
Steve Bagenstose, PA freeeliannow.org 2000-01-29 (actual Web site,
1 page only)
The sleaziest Elian exploiter:
Greg Knudsen, FL elian-gonzalez.net 2000-01-12 (shill for a get-
paid-to-shop
racket)
Domain-name squatters:
"Equity Domains," NY elianboy.com 2000-04-13 (for sale)
Tracy Perrin, PA eliangonzalez2000.com 2000-02-12 (for sale)
eliangonzalez2000.net
eliangonzalez2000.org
Jason Cherep, PA eliangonzalezdebate.com 2000-01-16 (for sale)
Engin Dogan, Turkey helpelian.com 2000-01-13 (for sale)
Possible domain-name squatters:
Wesley Smith, IL elianfund.com 1999-12-12 (no server)
elianfund.net 2000-01-11 (parked)
saveelian.net
4elian.net 2000-01-12
elianfund.org
freeelian.net
freeelian.org
helpforelian.com
helpforelian.net
helpforelian.org
saveelian.org
Jesus Lizarazo, MD eliangonzales.com 2000-01-08 (parked)
eliangonzales.org (no server)
eliangonzalez.com
elian-gonzales.com
elian-gonzales.net
elian-gonzales.org
elians.org
"Elian News," FL eliannews.com 2000-01-21 (parked)
eliannoticias.com
elianonline.com
elianonline.org
elianupdate.com
elianupdates.com
Jeff Madsen, WA eliangonzalezhome.com 2000-01-12 (parked)
eliangonzalezhome.net
Darryl Bozwell, MO 4elian.com 2000-01-11 (no server)
Joanna Birch, GA elian.org 1999-12-12 (parked)
Gregory Glesener, OR eliangonzalezgohome.com 2000-01-14 (parked)
Seth Bendfeldt, CT eliansworld.com 2000-01-20 (parked)
Michael Burke, NH returnelian.org 2000-01-27 (no server)
[ TBTF for 2000-04-19 ]

Most recently updated 2000-04-26