31 May 2011

Cybersquatting

When Welsh actor Huw Marshall registered WayneRooney.com and WayneRooney.co.uk back in 2002, he probably didn’t expect that it would end up costing him £6,000.

You see, when he registered the domain name, Wayne Rooney – the future England and Manchester United football star – was a young 16-year old, just breaking into the Everton senior team.


The official story goes that Marshall was a big Everton fan, so he registered the two domains with the long-term view of setting up non-commercial fan websites. He never quite got ’round to it, and when Wayne Rooney made his big-money move from Everton to rival club Manchester United, that idea was put on ice.

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