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Username: Srana
Date/Time: Mon, October 22, 2001 at 11:09 PM GMT
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Subject: Another honest registrar?


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.info process should be open, claims industry
by Philip Buxton on 22 October 2001 08:30:00 GMT

Following news that up to a quarter of initial claims for domain names using the new .info suffix could be false, calls are now increasing for the ruling .info registration body to publish details of each claim and the progress of any disputes.

According to Internetters, an ICANN domain name registrar, .info registry Afilias should be required to publish challenges made to potentially false domain name registrations to allow the internet community to assess claims.

Of claims registered in the sunrise period when companies could secure their names before they were made available to the general public, up to 25% have been made using false or incorrect trademark details.

Internetters co-founder Ken Sorrie said: "It is a tragedy that what was going to be a great new opportunity for domain name registration has turned into a debacle. We painstakingly checked every trademark .info application that was made with us to ensure that invalid applications were not submitted via Internetters- costing us time and money.

"Some registrars appear to have even turned a blind eye in submitting
applications with information that was obviously bogus.

One registree Konrad Plankenstein, was found to have registered 4981 .info domain names on behalf of Austrian travel website Tiscover, claiming he had trademarked all the names.



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