Eddie Vedder Wants eddievedder.com Back

I would love to own www.alancross.com, but somewhere in England, a guy with whom I share a name already has it.  And despite some very nice emails from me, he won’t give it up.  In fact, he won’t even answer my emails.  

If he was using the address, I’d understand–but he’s not. There’s just the image of an English flag blowing in the wind.  It’s been that way for years.  Literally.

You’d think he’d want to sell the domain to me given that he’s probably getting a lot of unsolicited email that’s intended for me.  Go figure.

This is why I feel a particular kinship with Eddie Vedder who wants his Internet name back.  Pearl Jam owned www.eddievedder.com until late 2010.  But then I’m guessing it wasn’t renewed and someone who goes by the name “hobeyb” pounced.  The domain is now listed for sale for $18,400.

So what can Eddie do?  His people–and Eddie does have people–have filed a complaint with the World Intelletual Property Association to get his domain back.  “Eddie Vedder” is a trademarked term which means whoever has it now could be infringing on that trademark.

It all depends on what WIPO says.  We’ll see.

Meanwhile, if you’re the Alan Cross in England with the .com address, please drop me a line.  Let’s talk, okay?

(Fusible via Hennemusic)


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

4 thoughts on “Eddie Vedder Wants eddievedder.com Back

  • January 17, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    O poor Eddie. Just cough the 18k up. Snooze ya lose!

  • January 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    It took me a few years but the other Sean Harley finally let his domain lapse. Now I'm the proud owner of SeanHarley.com and get some nice first page placement on Google.

    Unfortunately because the other guy is a sports model, quite a few of my hits are from search terms similar to "Sean Harley Naked"

    They'd be pretty disappointed if I obliged.

  • January 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    You could try sending the UK Alan Cross some physical mail in the post to see if that gets his attention. According to the whois entry cross referenced with Google Maps, it appears to be a residential address. There's also a phone number… but the domain registration also expires in 2014 and you can always put in back order for it just in case they don't re-register in timely manner.

  • January 17, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    CrossX? That works for the music bands.


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