Virginia court claims that domain names aren't actually property

Although you may consider yourself lucky to have registered a catchy domain name that drives plenty of traffic to your website, query whether the domain name is actually your property; not only do companies that provide domain name registration services frequently take the position that domain names are not property, but at least one recent case law suggests this as well.

There’s an interesting blog post by Venkat Balasubramani about a little noticed ruling in Virginia from last year concerning a bankruptcy proceeding, which came to the conclusion that domain names are not property, but rather a contractual right. The ruling is somewhat specific to the bankruptcy context, but basically says that phone numbers and domain names are not really property. 

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