[ale] Acquiring a registered but unused domain name?

Steve Litt slitt at troubleshooters.com
Mon Mar 2 16:24:13 EST 2020

On Wed, 26 Feb 2020 11:12:53 -0600
Todor Fassl via Ale <ale at ale.org> wrote:

> I am part of a non-profit group, the National Federation of the Blind 
> Computer Science special interest group. We'd like to make a web site
> at www.nfbcs.org. If you point a browser there, you get a 403
> forbidden message. Doing a whois on nfbcs.org shows that it is
> registered but there is no meaningful contact info.
> I am thinking maybe the domain is unused and if I could just contact
> the owner, they'd be willing to let us have it. Any ideas on how to
> go about that? The only thing I've tried so far is to send a message
> to root at nfbcs.org.

The whois shows it's a Tucows domain, and when you use Tucows' domain
search, it's shown to be private registrant. So you need to contact
Tucows. I couldn't immediately see a way to do that.

If nothing else, you could snailmail Tucows at the registrant address
(96 Mowat Ave, etc), which GoogleMaps shows to be a Tucows office.


Steve Litt 
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