(CP) -- Theresa Sokyrka's name may be familiar to
Canadians right now, but in cyberspace someone else owns
the rights to it.
If the Canadian Idol runner-up wants her name back,
the asking price is about $7,700.
A New Jersey entrepreneur named Daniel J.
Weixeldorfer registered Sokyrka's name back in mid-April
for $11 US when the 23-year-old Saskatoon singer was
just one of over 100 anxious Canadian Idol prospects.
Sokyrka's accomplishment in reaching the final two
has raised her stock considerably, with Weixeldorfer
receiving offers of $5,000-$6,000 US ($6,445-$7,734 Cdn)
for the rights to her domain name.
Weixeldorfer's company is aptly named
Iwantmynameback.com. He scooped up theresasokyrka.com in
anticipation of her future success after she won a
Saskatoon Idol competition in April by "blowing away the
judges with her incredible voice and outstanding
personality," as stated in a news release.
That contest vaulted to an audition in front of the
Idol celebrity judges in Regina. He read about it on the
Canadian Idol website - a vital source for
name-shoppers. According to Weixeldorfer, the rights for
Fantasia Barrino's domain name, winner of the most
recent instalment of American Idol, went for $50,000 US.
"So I did a Google search on Theresa and she seemed
well worth the $11 investment," he said.
"For a radio station to pick her and say she blew
them away, she obviously had a lot of talent. I figured
she was destined to be in the Top 25."
The registration fee must be renewed each year or the
name becomes available to anyone for $11.
Theresasokyrka.ca is now owned by a business called
webnames.ca, which touts its role as that of "securing
Sokyrka's mother, Sonia, says the companies are
virtually committing identity theft.
"There's crooks and scam artists all over the world,"
"I'm sure that if Theresa makes it and a record
company wants to buy the name, they can. We're certainly
not going to pay $5,000 for our own name."
Sokyrka is spending time at a friend's northern
cabin, the location of which Sonia wanted kept unnamed.
"What she needs now is private time - time to be