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Username: ElvisSaysHi
Date/Time: Mon, January 28, 2002 at 5:33 AM GMT
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Subject: for your eagle eye...


                "Afilias announced that it would challenge the questionable entries through an intellectual-property arbitration forum, after allowing individuals time to mount challenges of their own.

LaPlante said he expected the company to recover most of the names that have been questioned without a fight. Recovered names will be made available to the public around the end of March, he said.

"Our expectation is that most if not all names challenged will remain undefended," LaPlante said.

Some .info name holders caught in the Afilias sweep blamed domain-name retailers for their predicament.

They asserted that retailers submitted applications during the "sunrise" period without their consent, exposing them to Afilias' challenge.

Other registrars encouraged customers to file during the sunrise period whether or not they had trademarks to protect, said Robert Connor, a University of Minnesota professor.

Connor forwarded an email to Reuters from domain-name seller SpyProductions, which urged customers to apply during the sunrise period because Afilias was not checking to see if trademarks were valid.

SpyProductions president Lars Hindsley told Reuters his company submitted all applications during the sunrise period unless customers specifically said not to.

If customers did not supply trademark data, SpyProductions filled in the applications with meaningless, "default" data, he said. Customers could update the forms with legitimate trademark data if they wished to do so, Hindsley said.

"Anybody who participated in SpyProductions' preregistration system was very well informed," he said.

Afilias' LaPlante said the company would not intervene in disputes between retailers and their customers."



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