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Celebs' identity crisis

tech reviews Updated: Sep 22, 2009 20:26 IST
Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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KatrinaBollywood stars Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif are both going to launch their websites. But Kat may face the same problem that Piggy Chops did while finalising a URL for her site — both priyankachopra.in and priyankachopra.org were already taken, and the actress had to settle for iampriyankachopra.com.

A source closely involved with the site says, “These URLs were taken, so we couldn’t go for them. And then we thought that iampriyankachopra.com sounds classy.”

While Priyanka found a way out, it is increasingly becoming a problem for stars to start sites with a URL of their choice, since these are taken by fans. Some do this with the intent of demanding money from celebs when they ask for ownership of the URL. kareenakapoor.com, amritarao.com, ranimukherjee.com or aishwaryarai.com are examples of sites not owned by the stars whose names they carry.

Identity crisis
Actress Amrita Rao calls this a case of “misrepresentation” and says she will have to create a site “with the URL amritarao17.”

Like Priyanka, Kangna Ranaut too had a hard time when she decided to launch a website. The address kangnaranaut.com was taken by a fan and she had to go for realkangnaranaut.com. Her publicist says, “There were plenty of sites online that were using Kangna Ranaut’s name. We understand that there are provisions within the law for a celebrity to get back ownership of such a URL, but since it’s a time consuming process, we chose this URL instead.”

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Actor Sonu Sood found another way out of the problem. “The URL sonusood.com was taken. Therefore, I chose the .in domain name. I didn’t want to waste time negotiating with the owner of the URL,” he says. Actor Adhyayan Suman also took the same decision. The actor says, “A guy bought the URL adhyayansuman.com in New Zealand after I did Haal-E-Dil, hoping to make money after I got established. He asked my publicist for $4000 to sell the URL.”