Here's where I describe some of the odder domain conflicts, which don't fit into the neat categories elsewhere in the site.
Here's a really odd one. The katie.com case is a very interesting one -- in this case, the problem is not that somebody is challenging the domain owner (who is named Katie, and thus has a reasonable right to use the name on the Internet). Rather, the problem is that Penguin Books published a book by a (different) woman named Katie describing her experience being sexually abused by somebody she met (while still a minor) on an Internet chat room; and they named the book katie.com, obviously thinking they were being trendy and cutesy in this era where every drooling idiot seems to think tagging dot-com to everything is a really neat idea. The problem was that neither Penguin nor the book's author actually owned the domain -- it belongs to a woman in England who does not like the attention this has brought her, particularly because she operates an Internet chat site herself and doesn't like it to be associated with the image of pedophiles in chat rooms. (The book author's actual site is at katiet.com.) That Katie has considered suing the publisher over this appropriation of her Internet address (but hasn't actually done so). Everybody out there who thinks it's cute to stick ".com" on the end of things for effect, without regard to whether they actually own the address in question, should take note.
Update: After several years of nothing much happening in this conflict, it's heated up again in 2004 as the book's author, publisher, and others associated with them are starting to create more products and services connected with it, which they wish to market under the katie.com name. The fact that they don't actually own this domain is hence becoming increasingly embarrassing to them. Unfortunately, rather than attempting a straightforward deal to acquire it, they're making threats to the domain owner, accusing her of cybersquatting (but she had the domain before the book existed!), threatening to sue her if she does anything to profit from the domain, and trying to pressure her into "donating" it to the other Katie. She's not going along with any of this. See discussion at GrepLaw and Slashdot.
Further Update: It looks like Penguin has given in... they've renamed the book to remove the conflict with the unrelated Web site.
Sometimes, lots of people can be the innocent victims of a domain conflict to which they're not even a party. AT&T, which acquired the ISP mediaone.net, told the hundreds of thousands of customers who have email or Web addresses using that domain that they had to change it to attbi.com, because some Midwestern ad agency was in an intellectual property dispute over the domain name which AT&T has no interest in fighting. So they just handed it over -- AT&T's marketing types would probably rather that they use a domain with att in it anyway (though attbi.com is a Stupid Unnecessary Domain Name TM when a logical subdomain of att.com or att.net would have worked fine), so it's just the customers who are screwed, and nobody cares about them! Just another reason why it makes sense to get your own domain so you don't have to rely on your ISP for stability of your email or Web address... (News article about this which I used to link to is no longer online.)
Some other odd conflicts...
This page was first created 16 Mar 2001, and was last modified 06 Aug 2004.