I am a web developer with an LLC and my hands in many other side projects/companies. I have a client that owes me a lot of money and we've since departed ways this month (why keep a client that doesn't pay, right?). Well, I figured that I'd receive his overdue invoices (and clean up this burnt bridge) in full once he wanted ownership of his domain names (two of them). He continued to ask for them and I said, basically, I'm not budging until you pay me at least 50% of what's due to me (hey, it's the holidays...I was trying to be nice). When I refused to do the transfer of the domains, I received an email from GoDaddy this morning.
The Email from GoDaddy this morning:
Subject: Change of Registrant Initiated (for one of aforementioned domains)
Weird... I didn't do anything with that domain so why am I receiving this?
Body of the GoDaddy Email:
This message is to confirm that a change of registrant has been initiated for the following domain name(s):
The email address for the new registrant of the domain is (old client's email).
GoDaddy has determined that the registrant has provided the necessary documentation to initiate a change of account. If for any reason this information is incorrect or you feel this change of registrant request was made in error, please contact us within 15 days at email@example.com.
To retrieve your customer number or password hint or to reset your password, click here.
To save you all the time and back and forth, I called, emailed, and did everything possible to see what happened and what's going on. In the end (and I recorded the call), I was told, more in depth, basically what the emails states, "so and so provided documentation saying they own a business with the same name."
How is this legal? These domains weren't expired. They weren't open or for sale. They were in my account. This was the only chess piece I had in ensuring my work was paid for before they got what they wanted. I was completely bypassed, in every way, shape, and form by GoDaddy and this man stole two of my domains from me.
Am I overreacting? I just don't see how this is possible. So let's say I make a domain name, "www.bwellens.com" and then a company called Bwellens can steal my domain just because they have a business document saying they go by that name?!
This isn't a copyright or trademarked situation so how can they do this to me?!