I've got a new client who signed up for Intuit's 30-day website trial offer, which includes registering his domain name. (Why do people do this before talking to us?). Now that he knows that the template-based tool generates SEO un-friendly code and looks like a highschool project, he agrees to move to a real host.
Problem is that Intuit has registered his domain name, which is his company name, but not a tradmarked name, and will not let him transfer it someplace else. They say they will keep it for the year it is registered and will not give him control unless he continues with the monthly hosting. He offered to buy it, but they won't agree to anything other than their offer.
A web search on this issue yielded several with the same story. Some reported that Intuit put an ad for their services at the address until the name expired after a year.
The client has a lawyer checking into it but we are not hopeful. We'll proceed with an alternate domain name (same name with dash's), but wanted to see if there are any comments from you guys.