I was curious a while ago as to who owned the .com of my name as the domain was parked and I wanted to see if I could make an offer on it seeing as whoever owned it wasn't using it. So I did a whois of http://adammalone.com and saw who it was registered with as well as the administrative contact. Feeling all proper I decided to go through the correct channels and emailed the given address with what I'd like to call an email of investigation. Within this email I said:
I have noticed through a whois query that you are the administrative contact for the adammalone.com domain. I've also noticed that the domain is not currently being used. I am just emailing to query the possibility of negotiating a domain transfer at some point in the future.
It should be noted that the email also contained my Australian telephone numbers and my .net email address as a standard footer.
I received a prompt reply asking whether I'd like to point the domain at http://malonelaw.com or some other site. What had occurred instantly became obvious to me as I remembered an incident that occurred a few years ago when I first got onto the internet and decided to google my own name. It revealed that somewhere in the world was a lawyer namesake. Being a mischievous scamp I decided to email the guy and pretty much say "We have the same name". To which he responded with an email along the lines of "You must be a pretty cool guy then."
Clearly he owned the .com address and the administrative contact thought I was him (as we share the same name and thus by definition are pretty cool guys). After thinking for all of 13 seconds about whether I should continue the charade and have him point it at the IP of my server, I considered it a bad move to attempt to take, by subterfuge, a lawyer's property.
I let the contact know the small error to which he seemed thankful and went on my way. A couple of days later, the .com domain was pointing towards the law site.
Thus ends an uneventful story where I could have had the pleasure of my name's .com but didn't because nobody really wants to get into fisticuffs with a lawyer; wherever the balance of truth and law are.