From the ICANN/AFILIAS contract of May 2001, defining the obligations on Registrars:
order for trademark and service mark owners to qualify to receive a registration
during the Sunrise Period (a "Sunrise Registration"), the following information MUST
be provided to Registry Operator: (i) the ASCII characters name of the trademark
or service mark; (ii) the date issued; (iii) the country where issued; and (iv) the
TM registration number. Registrar SHALL REQUIRE this information, in addition to
the standard information required of all potential registrants, be provided by potential
Sunrise Period registrants.
For any Registrar to breach these contractual rules
is unacceptable, and an abuse of honest customers (who were subsequently defrauded
to the sum of $3million at Landrush).
For the company of the CEO of Afilias itself
(Hal Lubsen and DomainBank) to breach these contractual rules MUST - because of the
visible conflict of interests between the profit made by DomainBank and the loss
sustained by Landrush customers - result in action by ICANN.
The facts (using the
case of the 93 William Lorenz applications via DomainBank as an illustration):
Lubsen's company charged in region of $13000 to "sponsor" these applications and
submit them to Afilias (of which, conveniently, Hal Lubsen was CEO).
of this irresponsible profiteering was that people all over the world, who had paid
honest money to be in the Landrush for these names, were deprived of what their money
had paid for.
All 93 of Lorenz's applications stated "NONE" for Trademark; "NONE"
for Trademark Date; "NONE" for Trademark Country; "NONE" for Trademark Number.
ICANN contract stated that it was obligatory for Sunrise applications to provide
specific details in EACH of these four fields.
The Lorenz applications had "NONE"
in ANY of the four fields. They were wholly ineligible, according to the ICANN contract.
the Afilias CEO to be party to the submission and registration of these names - thereby
abusing his own rules and the ICANN contract - cannot be left unanswered.
it be overlooked that Lorenz - in a fit of conscience - made 23 documented requests
for these names to be deleted, so that Landrush customers would not lose out.
requests were declined and Hal Lubsen's DomainBank kept the $13000 it had charged
(to break the ICANN contract, abuse the Sunrise system over which Lubsen himself
presided as the Afilias CEO, taking money from Lorenz for products he could never
obtain, and causing the resultant defrauding of honest Landrush customers).
Hal Lubsen was quoted in a press release four days before the Lorenz "zero-data"
applications, complaining that some people were abusing the Afilias Sunrise system...
yet his own company was taking thousands of dollars for a total breach of the Sunrise
For FOUR months, Hal Lubsen has been asked, again and again,
to answer these very serious concerns. His silence has been met by disgust and bemusement
among consumers who believed that ICANN insisted on openness, honesty and transparency.
members of the Internet community, request once again that Vint Cerf the Chairman
of the ICANN Board, and Hal Lubsen the Afilias CEO, offer some explanation of why
this TOTAL breach of contract was accommodated.
The abuse and corruption of the
agreed contract is made even more serious by the emerging scale of the Sunrise fraud,
the scale of the losses sustained by honest consumers, and the number of Registrars
(still practising) who submitted false data to acquire Sunrise names and in some
cases provided the invented data for their customers so that they could cheat the
rest of the internet community.
For the Afilias CEO to be party to such brazen
breach of contract, and then refuse to account for it, indicates that ICANN is not
requiring accountability, and consequently not offering adequate protection to the
consumer. Vint Cerf has advertised the "openness and transparency" with which ICANN
is supposed to operate, but he has been made well aware of these breaches of contract
and but has STILL not responded to the detailed and serious concerns.
In the name
of honesty and fairness, where is Vint Cerf? Where is Hal Lubsen? How can ordinary
consumers be treated with such contempt?
I repeat the passage from the ICANN/AFILIAS
In order for trademark and service mark owners to qualify to receive
a registration during the Sunrise Period (a "Sunrise Registration"), the following
information MUST be provided to Registry Operator: (i) the ASCII characters name
of the trademark or service mark; (ii) the date the registration issued; (iii) the
country of registration; and (iv) the registration number. Registrar SHALL REQUIRE
this information, in addition to the standard information required of all potential
registrants, be provided by potential Sunrise Period registrants.
DomainBank did NOT "require" this information.
It took the money anyway.
then Hal Lubsen's Afilias registered the names with NONE in every single required
Is this acceptable conduct? Who protects the consumer?