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Username: crs
Date/Time: Tue, September 4, 2001 at 11:22 PM GMT
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Subject: No way


"Though InternetChallenge has 1900 suspicous names listed there are about 50,000 Sunrise registrations. So the Afilias estimate of less than 10% fraud does appear to be right."

Maybe 10% has been taken by fraudsters who just hoped to resell ( / take advantage of the traffic until they're kicked off).
But I'd bet another 10% is people who don't have a valid trademark but thought they might as well apply for a name they'd like for their business.

And it's worth noting that although fraudsters may only have taken 20% of the names, these will be the valuable ones so they probably took 75% of the value.


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