ANY JOURNALIST WISHING TO USE ALL OR ANY PART OF
THE FOLLOWING IN A MANNER TO SUPPORT THE CONCERNS AND INTERESTS OF THE .INFO LANDRUSH
AND LEGITIMATE SUNRISE STAKEHOLDERS IS FREE TO DO SO WITHOUT THE AUTHOR'S PERMISSION.
What's making the internet community madder than a nest of South American Fire
It's the launch of the new TLD - Top Level Domain extension .INFO.
much heralded launch of .INFO, the first of a number of new internet domain name
extensions has occurred, but it appears that
cybersquatters have plundered the
majority of the most commercially valuable .INFO names, with fraudulent trademark
The internet community is bewildered by the response of the company entrusted
with the .INFO registry - a group of registrars
called Afilias, since the
scale of the fraud became apparent.
Despite Afilias's claims that the rights of
trademark holders would be protected in the Sunrise phase of the release, specifically
trademark holders, it is now apparent that the registry's failure to take
responsibility to purge invalid domain name pre-registration
the first phase, has resulted in the fraudulent registrations of what insiders are
calling "the English dictionary of generic names".
Internet forums such as that
at afternic.com and the ICANN Public Comment Forum are flash points for the feelings
and opinions of those who feel that they have been cheated by what has happened,
and web sites like theinternetchallenge.com are springing up to list the details
of the .INFO names which appear to have been fraudulently registered.
affected are those who purchased contracts with Afilias approved registrars for the
second phase of the .INFO roll out.
Landrush applicants as they are called, bought
pre-registration contracts for a chance to win highly prized names through a
The majority of these names however have gone, registered in the Sunrise
phase by applicants with no more rights to the names
than those who paid for pre-registrations
for the Landrush phase.
Landrush and legitimate Sunrise stockholders are dumbfounded
by comments made by Afilias's Chief Marketing Officer, Roland
LaPlante in a press
release on August 15, when he said in regard to the Afilias's steps "to ensure that
legitimate trademark holders
had an opportunity to register trademarks in the
.INFO domain before the public. The process is working well."
in the Afilias press release of the scale of the apparent fraud or of Afilias's commercial
and ethical obligations to the
Landrush stakeholders, who, like their pre-registration
contracts, appear to have been forgotten.
Afilias currently has no plans to change
the announced commencement of the second phase of the INFO release on September 12,
with what looks to be thousands of the much sought after generic names, which have
been fraudulently registered, unavailable to the Landrush applicants who had spent
money for a chance to win them.
Afilias has advised that it will conduct a check
of the Sunrise registrations which look to have been fraudulently claimed and make
them available to the general public on a first come first served basis, in several
The internet community is holding its breath to see what Afilias
will do next - announce a plan in line with its obligations to the
- or proceed with the second phase, with the integrity of the .INFO registry
currently in tatters, destroyed
It's no secret in cyberspace,
that legal opinion has been sought and that the writs will fly unless Afilias makes
an announcement soon
that ensures the Landrush and the legitimate Sunrise applicants
get what they paid for.
Cyber watchers are wondering if or when ICANN - the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - the internet's
body will intercede, and what impact the events of the Afilias .INFO release will
have on the upcoming launches of
the other new internet extensions.
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