If you are wondering how to find out who owns a domain that you want, the good news is that there is a very simple answer. The records of who owns which domain names are organized somewhat like a phone book, which you can access through any company who can look in the database called WHOIS.
If you do a search for WHOIS, you will find a slew of companies who will offer to look up, often for free, the owner of any domain name you choose. Your results will differ depending on the popularity of the domain, so here is a little of what to expect.
If you are searching for a popular and well-known domain, you will receive a lot of information about it. The owner may not be a single person, but a company or a collection of companies. Along with the information about what companies own the name, you may learn about what cities they are located in, their phone number, fax number, email address and much more. If you are not sure how to understand this information, try to talk to someone who is more experienced in the business or in a domain forum.
If you are searching for a name you just made up that is not yet popular, you may find more basic results. A single person may have registered the name, in which case you will find out their information and it will be much simpler than the information received about the companies. The person will have some sort of contact information available so you can use it to get a hold of them. They may be interested in selling the name, which would mean you are very much in luck.
You may wonder why this information is so easy to get. It is helpful for law enforcement and for the owners of companies in case they need to find out who is responsible for setting up a site that is closely related to their own. If you are trying to make a domain that looks just like another or that is somehow infringing on another site’s territory, you should be aware that they will be able to find you through this system. It is best to be aware of all the laws and not infringe on anyone else’s domain name. This includes using a common misspelling of their name or even using their same name but adding an addition to it.