2004.01.15 16:10 "Re: [Tiff] http://www.libtiff.org/", by Bob Friesenhahn
I must say I'm astonished that it's even possible to hijack a site this way,
He seems to run a business involved in trading domain names. While he is the current registrant, was he the person who hijacked the domain? Did someone else do the hijacking and then just sell it on to Markus? What was the exact sequence of events when the domain registration was lost?
The way I heard it, the company which actually paid for the libtiff.org registration allowed the domain to lapse. The domain was put in a temporary "holding" state. The maintainers of libtiff were unable to acquire the domain while it was in the "holding" state and had no leverage to retrieve it. Apparently the domains are given out in a "first dibs" fashion since it seems that this other company snatched it up as soon as it came out of the "holding" state. More than likely they have advance registrations set up for lots of interesting domain names.
Obviously the company used predatory tactics since they immediately populated libtiff.org with the original material.