There was a domain name that was registered for many years for a DOS based software package. The original owners of the domain and software package passed away several years ago and at the time we had no way of supporting the software. So thinking we'd never need the domain name we let it expire. i also thought we'd be able to register it again since this was a pretty old site that got next to no traffic.
Today we're considering updating the software and when i went to re-register the domain, i found someone else registered it and it's just being parked with a bunch of ads on it. The ads aren't even remotely relevant to what the site used to be. I don't know why someone would bother registering a site with almost no traffic with a name that is not similar to any other high traffic site just to park it.
Anyhow, is there any sort of recourse for me to get the name back? I'd be willing to pay $100-$200 if they would be willing to sell it. But before I even contact them I want to know what my options are. The domain name is the same as the software package and I believe it was trademarked by the original owners. I'm friends with the son of the original owner. Everything passed over to him when his parents died. And he'll give me whatever paperwork i might need.
I could have sworn i read somewhere that if someone is just sitting on a domain and you have some sort of legal legit claim to the name, you could get it back.