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Username: Watchman
Date/Time: Mon, November 26, 2001 at 5:41 PM GMT
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Subject: Afilias closes Sunrise Challenge loopholes.  Good news for clearing out squatters.


                Afilias has posted updated Sunrise challenge procedures.  Looks like progress in closing loopholes, and getting ready for the big mass-challenge Afilias promises for the end of December.

In the old .info Sunrise process, ysomeone could challenge and take away a name even if they didn't own a trademark for that name.  Pretty lame.  But from now on, if you challenge a name and want to take it away, you have to prove you own a registered trademark for it.

Afilias is also addressing the problems that regsitrars created when they submitted data incorrectly.  Afilias is not letting anyone change their sunrise WHOIS records.  But it is setting up a parallel database that will help them figure out what Sunrise registrations were valid, and which ones Afilias should challenge.

It's progress...

No word yet on how or when the names will go back up for claim by the public.


Link: Notice of changes to Sunrise rules

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