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Username: antipodes
Date/Time: Mon, August 27, 2001 at 5:49 AM GMT
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Subject: OPEN LETTER # 4 TO THE CEOs

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vcerf@mci.net, vcerf@icann.org, lynn@icann.org, halloran@icann.org, hcarle@afilias.info, rlaplante@afilias.info

Dear Vint, Stuart, Dan, Heather and Roland,

Please refute that, in light of the events of the .INFO roll-out, it appears that the registrar members of ICANN and Afilias have colluded to practice deception on the Internet community, have aided and abetted other registrars and individuals in their fraudulent claims to IP rights to names and their registration of names in the Sunrise period, and that, if you don't announce an equitable solution for Landrush applicants holding pre-registration agreements for names fraudulently claimed in Sunrise, you plan to misappropriate their money.

Please refute that you have treated the .INFO Landrush applicants like suckers and that they as a group of customers or clients they never really had a chance in your lottery for a crack at the names that have been hijacked by fraudulent claims by registrars, corporations, and individuals.  You stacked the deck, well and good!.

I will give you some examples of what the Landrush applicants have been up against.

The first is that of your registrars going in to bat against their clients in what apparently is an Afilias and ICANN sanctioned activity as I believe that the "registrar reserve" is one of the benefits of being in business with Afilias.


                     Domain Name: STUFF.INFO
                     Created On: 2001-JUL-31 19:09:01.0 UTC
                     Expiration Date: 2011-JUL-31 19:09:01.0 UTC
                     Trademark Name: Registrar Reserved
                     Trademark Date: Registrar Reserved
                     Trademark Country: Registrar Reserved
                     Trademark Number: Registrar Reserved
                     Sponsoring Registrar: 5003-ED
                     Status: NEW
                     Status: LOCKED
                     Status: OK
                     Registrant ID: C223-LRMS
                     Registrant Name: Barry Fellman
                     Registrant Organization: 123 EasyDomain
                     Registrant Street1: 4021 Laguna Street
                     Registrant City: Miami
                     Registrant State/Province: Florida
                     Registrant Postal Code: 33146
                     Registrant Country: US
                     Registrant Phone: +1.3054466811
                     Registrant Fax: +1.3054463456
                     Registrant Email: bfellman@signaturedomains.com

You have seen the Internet community's response to SPY Productions promoting the submission of fraudulent Sunrise applications, you can imagine the way we feel when we see the evidence of your - Afilias and ICANN's - promoting fraudulent Sunrise application through Afilias's Registrar Agreements.

Looks to me that your registrars were permitted to push themselves to the head of the queue of fraudulent applicants.

Tell me that I am wrong and I will publically apologise.

Why are the Landrush applicants as mad as hell?  Because we believed that while the game was risky, it was going to be fair.  I will quote you your words from the Afilias .INFO Rollout Schedule:

"In order to create a system that's fair and orderly for all, Afilias will roll out .INFO in stages."

Hmm, what do you make of that?  Fair?  Well, you and your registrars seem to have done OK.  Orderly?  If you call a buffalo charge of fraudsters orderly, then it was orderly.

I will quote you more of your assuring words:

"The Sunrise Period exists so that the owners of registered trademarks and service marks (registered as of October, 2000) may formally and officially register their marks in the .INFO domain.  The Sunrise Period is designed to protect intellectual property, prevent cybersquatting, and provide time for IP dispute resolution."

It is apparent to all observers of this fiasco that the Sunrise Period was not designed to protect those with bona fide IP rights, nor prevent cybersquatting.  The na´ve like me believed that IP dispute resolution would take place between those with bona fide rights to the same name.

Instead, you are going to have to purge, what, 90% of the .INFO registry as it stands, compromised by what I hope will always be the worst case of institutionalised cybersquatting the Internet will ever see.  This must never be allowed to recur.

Why are the Landrush applicants - and I guess a few legitimate Sunrise applicants - as mad as hell with your management of the .INFO roll-out, it's because, despite the evidence to the contrary, your most recent public announce (23 August) would have the public believe that you have been responsible for a momentous event in the history of the Internet as gauged by the total number of domains registered, the broad appeal of .INFO as gauged by the global participation, and you trumpet, the participation of the corporate world's market leaders.

Not surprisingly, you make no reference to the institutionalised deception and fraud, the Landrush Phase or Landrush applicants, or the reality of the corporate involvement in the Sunrise Period - they too are apparently engaged in fraud.

An example:

                     Domain Name: ALUMINUM.INFO
                     Created On: 2001-JUL-27 19:26:27.0 UTC
                     Expiration Date: 2006-JUL-27 19:26:27.0 UTC
                     Trademark Name: ALUMINUM
                     Trademark Date: 0200-01-02
                     Trademark Country: US
                     Trademark Number: 00000000
                     Sponsoring Registrar: 5035-CD
                     Status: NEW
                     Status: LOCKED
                     Status: OK
                     Registrant ID: C17987-LRMS
                     Registrant Name: Domain Names
                     Registrant Organization: Alcoa Inc.
                     Registrant Street1: 100 Technical Drive
                     Registrant Street2: BUilding C Legal - IPLD
                     Registrant Street3:
                     Registrant City: Alcoa Center
                     Registrant State/Province: Pennsylvania
                     Registrant Postal Code: 15069-0001
                     Registrant Country: US
                     Registrant Phone: +1.7243372768
                     Registrant Fax: +1.7243375959
                     Registrant Email: domain.names@alcoa.com

And the British and Australian variant on the spelling:


                     Domain Name: ALUMINIUM.INFO
                     Created On: 2001-JUL-27 19:26:29.0 UTC
                     Expiration Date: 2006-JUL-27 19:26:29.0 UTC
                     Trademark Name: ALUMINIUM
                     Trademark Date: 0200-01-02
                     Trademark Country: US
                     Trademark Number: 00000000
                     Sponsoring Registrar: 5035-CD
                     Status: NEW
                     Status: LOCKED
                     Status: OK
                     Registrant ID: C17989-LRMS
                     Registrant Name: Domain Names
                     Registrant Organization: Alcoa Inc.
                     Registrant Street1: 100 Technical Drive
                     Registrant Street2: BUilding C Legal - IPLD
                     Registrant Street3:
                     Registrant City: Alcoa Center
                     Registrant State/Province: Pennsylvania
                     Registrant Postal Code: 15069-0001
                     Registrant Country: US
                     Registrant Phone: +1.7243372768
                     Registrant Fax: +1.7243375959
                     Registrant Email: domain.names@alcoa.com

Now these just bobbed up during my ongoing research into the scale of the fraud - but the extent of the corporate involvement may be masked or hidden by the fact that registrars act on behalf of some clients.

An example:

                     Domain Name: TIDE.INFO
                     Created On: 2001-JUL-26 16:27:17.0 UTC
                     Expiration Date: 2006-JUL-26 16:27:17.0 UTC
                     Trademark Name: tide
                     Trademark Date: 10-01-1946
                     Trademark Country: US
                     Trademark Number: 424339
                     Sponsoring Registrar: 5133-RC
                     Status: NEW
                     Status: LOCKED
                     Status: OK
                     Registrant ID: C6743-LRMS
                     Registrant Name: Account Masking
                     Registrant Organization: register.com
                     Registrant Street1: 575 Eighth Avenue
                     Registrant Street2:
                     Registrant City: New York
                     Registrant State/Province: NY
                     Registrant Postal Code: 10018
                     Registrant Country: US
                     Registrant Phone: +1.2125949100
                     Registrant Fax: +1.2125949876
                     Registrant Email: accountmasking@register.com

A TM search indicates that TIDE is indeed a 1946 TM with two more zeros in front of the registration quoted here.  The TM is owned by Proctor&Gamble on a design or distinctive rendering of the word TIDE, the name of a detergent, and provides the owner with no more exclusive rights to the use of the word than you or me.

Why am I personally as mad as hell with you for orchestrating this fiasco, it's because you appear set on compounding your errors and denying me a chance to win names for which I have paid a lot of money in pre-registration agreements with some of you and your accredited registrars.

The following are names for which I had bought a total of 36 pre-registrations in one-name-once-only Landrush queues, up until the time it became apparent that the Afilias .INFO roll-out was perhaps fatally flawed and Afilias apparently was prepared to forget all about the Landrush applicants and their applications.

         Domain Name: CONFERENCE.INFO
                     Created On: 2001-AUG-15 04:20:02.0 UTC
                     Expiration Date: 2006-AUG-15 04:20:02.0 UTC
                     Trademark Name: conference
                     Trademark Date: 2000-10-01
                     Trademark Country: US
                     Trademark Number: 65275
                     Sponsoring Registrar: 5117-NS
                     Status: NEW
                     Status: LOCKED
                     Status: OK
                     Registrant ID: C161631-LRMS
                     Registrant Name: Not Provided
                     Registrant Organization: Organization Name
                     Registrant Street1: StreetAddress
                     Registrant City: City
                     Registrant State/Province: State
                     Registrant Postal Code: 99999
                     Registrant Country: DE
                     Registrant Phone: +1.5555555555
                     Registrant Fax: +1.5555555555
                     Registrant Email: tomaszb@gmx.net
                     Admin ID: C161632-LRMS
                     Admin Name: Attn: info Registration Inquiries
                     Admin Organization: Verisign, Inc.

                     Domain Name: UNIVERSITIES.INFO
                     Created On: 2001-AUG-15 05:43:46.0 UTC
                     Expiration Date: 2006-AUG-15 05:43:46.0 UTC
                     Trademark Name: universities
                     Trademark Date: 2000-10-01
                     Trademark Country: US
                     Trademark Number: e.g. 12345
                     Sponsoring Registrar: 5117-NS
                     Status: NEW
                     Status: LOCKED
                     Status: OK
                     Registrant ID: C163376-LRMS
                     Registrant Name: Not Provided
                     Registrant Organization: Microware Exceltek, Inc.
                     Registrant Street1: StreetAddress
                     Registrant City: City
                     Registrant State/Province: State
                     Registrant Postal Code: 94015
                     Registrant Country: US
                     Registrant Phone: +1.6509926900
                     Registrant Fax: +1.5555555555
                     Registrant Email: MicrowareIC@hotmail.com
                     Admin ID: C163377-LRMS
                     Admin Name: Attn: info Registration Inquiries
                     Admin Organization: Verisign, Inc.


                     Domain Name: WHALES.INFO
                     Created On: 2001-AUG-20 15:23:57.0 UTC
                     Expiration Date: 2006-AUG-20 15:23:57.0 UTC
                     Trademark Name: none
                     Trademark Date: 2001-08-17
                     Trademark Country: none
                     Trademark Number: none
                     Sponsoring Registrar: 5043-DB
                     Status: NEW
                     Status: LOCKED
                     Status: OK
                     Registrant ID:C172318-LRMS
                     Registrant Name: StrategicDomains.Com L.L.C.
                     Registrant Organization: StrategicDomains.Com
L.L.C.
                     Registrant Street1: P.O. Box 55
                     Registrant Street2:
                     Registrant City: Fort Erie
                     Registrant State/Province: Ontario
                     Registrant Postal Code: L2A 5M6
                     Registrant Country: CA
                     Registrant Phone: +1.7166463063
                     Registrant Fax:
                     Registrant Email: theelacht@aol.com
                     Admin ID: C172320-LRMS
                     Admin Name: William Lorenz
                     Admin Organization: StrategicDomains.Com L.L.C

                     Domain Name: STUDY.INFO
                    Created On: 2001-JUL-31 13:02:41.0 UTC
                    Expiration Date: 2006-JUL-31 13:02:41.0 UTC
                    Trademark Name: study
                    Trademark Date: 1997-08-29
                    Trademark Country: KR
                    Trademark Number: 42-1997-163328
                    Sponsoring Registrar: 5155-YN
                    Status: NEW
                    Status: LOCKED
                    Status: OK
                    Registrant ID: C41614-LRMS
                    Registrant Name: YesNIC Co., LTD.
                    Registrant Organization: YesNIC Co., LTD.
                    Registrant Street1: 2F Shinil Bldg, 143-39, Samsung-Dong,
                                           Kangnam-Gu
                    Registrant Street2:
                    Registrant City: Seoul
                    Registrant State/Province:
                    Registrant Postal Code: 135090
                    Registrant Country: KR
                    Registrant Phone: +82.25577011
                    Registrant Fax: +82.25577033
                    Registrant Email: info@yesnic.com

Can you see why I am as mad as hell?

Can you see that I and the other Landrushers would have preferred you had acknowledged the reality of the .INFO roll-out and rather than heading your press release on 23 August -

AFILIAS ANNOUNCES GLOBAL ADOPTION OF NEW .INFO DOMAIN

-you had dealt with the sad truth and headed your release -

AFILIAS ANNOUNCES FRAUDULENT HIJACKING OF THE NEW .INFO DOMAIN - AND THAT IT PLANS TO SAFEGUARD THE INVESTMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS OF THE HONEST LANDRUSH APPLICANTS

It sounds funny.  It sounds rediculous - especially in the light of the fact that you have continued to seek and process more fraudulent Sunrise applications since the time it became apparent fraud on a grand scale was being practiced.

Can you appreciate that people like me will continue to write to you for as long as it takes for you to put in place an equitable solution for the Landrush applicants.

If that fails, then people like me will continue to write to whomever it takes to have the Afilias affair thoroughly investigated and the frauds in ICANN purged so that the institution responsible for the administration of the Internet will in future operate in an ethical, equitable and transparent manner.

There is still time to adopt the Simple Solution or announce the postponement of Landrush until the integrity of the .INFO registry is re-established.

Please acknowledge receipt of this mail and advise me what you personally are doing for a fair shake for the Landrush applicants.

Thank you.
John Byth

 


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