The other morning when my alarm clock radio went off, I was surprised to hear two bloggers from ThePensblog on 102.5 WDVE. Since I was groggy, I could not quite understand everything that was being said. It turns out ThePensblog is a victim of Cybersquatting. Here is the definition of Cybersquatting from Wikipedia:
Cybersquatting (also known as domain squatting), according to the United States federal law known as the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, is registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. The cybersquatter then offers to sell the domain to the person or company who owns a trademark contained within the name at an inflated price.
ThePensblog details how this all came about in this blog post.
They refer to the bogus ThePensblog site as Bizzaro Pens Blog, a tribute to an episode of Seinfeld. Out of curiosity, I went to the Bizzaro Pens Blog website, and quite frankly it is so lame. Remember, the site only exists to receive false hits and make a few pennies each time from Google AdSense.
My blog is so, so tiny, I do not think I will ever have to worry about Cybersquatting. I feel bad for the authors of ThePensblog and all of their readers.