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Username: DaveKing2
Date/Time: Fri, December 28, 2001 at 2:10 PM GMT
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Subject: Afiliass (sic) REALLY screwed up this time


Hi everyone,

Not sure if anybody noticed this, but for several minutes (perhaps more), some of the most generic names (and obvious trademarks) became available for registration again today. Yes, that's right, the previous owners in the whois were simply obliviated into total non-existence.

This of course has resulted in many of these domains being snapped up again by speedy speculators all around the world.

I'm not sure what the pattern of names was (perhaps these were names that were going to be challenged? But I also noticed that many names that were currently *being* challanged at the WIPO also had brand new owners).

I mean, this is just stupidity to its fullest extent. I hope for your sake Afilias, that you can roll-back your WHOIS database, or else Neulevel's lawsuit will look like a walk in the park in comparison to the trouble you're going to be in.

If this whole thing was proof of concept, then the proof is that Afilias is a bunch of complete IT idiots. Grrrr !!!!!!



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