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France seizes domain name from American business owner

Domain names are something you create to link others to your websites. You purchase them and brand yourself based on it. It's vital to the success of your company online.

When you have a popular domain name, there's a chance someone could try to purchase it from you. What isn't common is to have someone seize it from you, like in this case. According to the news, the domain name "France.com" was under private ownership, but the French government seized it.

According to a court filing with the U.S. District Court, the man is now suing because the government seized the domain name without justification. He said the seizure is going to cost him millions of dollars.

The man, who is from California, has owned the domain name since 1994. Since then, he's grown it into a business that has been lucrative. The French ministry launched a lawsuit against him years ago to attempt to seize the domain name for the French government. It was successful.

There are many questions as to the ethics of seizing a domain name, particularly since the name was purchased legally in the United States and used in an ethical manner. By taking a domain name in this manner, it's costing this man a large amount of money, and the French government did not offer to purchase the name from him as a way to resolve the issue.

You deserve the right to protect your brand, but if you own a domain that someone else wants or feels you shouldn't have, it can become complicated. Your attorney can help you determine the best way to resolve any conflict that arises.

Source: The Daily Dot, "France seized a guy’s ‘France.com’ domain name, and now he’s suing," Chris Tognotti, April 29, 2018

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