We’d like to take a short break from our current exposé to talk about a little thing called cybersquatting.
On February 22, 2012, one day after our presence was made known to Hartz, some telling web domain purchases were frantically made and, we imagine, many pairs of soiled pants were deemed “unsalvageable” and thrown away.
The following screenshots show, for the next decade, Hartz Mountain Corporation is now the proud owner of brokenhartz.com, brokenhartz.net and brokenhartz.org. Congratulations, but why’d you stop there?
The Hartz team must have been quite pleased with itself and how clever it was to discover these available, seemingly overlooked, addresses. Surely, they thought this would be a blow to the Broken Hartz cause and its attempts to continue exposing them for the charlatans they are.
As usual, they were mistaken.
Since we had already revealed the extensive web-design experience of the Broken Hartz staff, we are surprised at how easily Hartz fell for this little domain-availability ruse.
Did you really think we hadn’t considered purchasing these, Hartz? You did, didn’t you?
Prior to launch, members of our organization discussed the merits of registering an official domain name for the Broken Hartz site. Through this discussion, it was decided we are quite comfortable with the WordPress platform and the protection its creators offer to those exercising free speech and the right to protest. More importantly, after being made aware of Hartz’ penchant for cybersquatting, through this post at HartzKills.org, the decision was obvious.
We thought it would be much more incriminating, and funnier, to allow Hartz the opportunity to show its desire to contain its latest “challenge” by engaging in another activity that is frowned upon by ethical businesses. In typical Hartz fashion, they either didn’t care, were too scared to think straight or were simply unaware domain names could be purchased privately. Had they known this, they would have been spared the embarrassment of the above screenshots.
Cybersquatting is illegal, but should we really be surprised that Hartz would engage in such a thing? Here are a few other domain names that Hartz is illegally squatting on that will be keeping the Broken Hartz addresses company. We are proud to join the ranks of:
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The sites Hartz was trying to silence via the above captured domains are HartzVictims.org and HartzKills.org. Some of these domains are up for renewal at the end of this year. Better get a move on, Hartz.
A lack of an official domain name does nothing to weaken our cause, but allowing Hartz to take ownership of these addresses has certainly strengthened it.
Sorry, Hartz. This is just the beginning and your attempts to contain us, like your products, just aren’t that good.