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Username: antipathy
Date/Time: Thu, February 7, 2002 at 8:29 PM GMT
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Subject: 007Names and Mustard Seed or 007Names/MustardSeed


I think the 007Names/MustardSeedEcommerce gambit in the .info Landrush was a pretty sweet operation.

For those who aren't familiar with the story, 007Names had a .info preregistration web site which appeared to be designed to deter public use of 007Names.  When the Landrush registrations were processed, apparently only Mustard Seed Ecommerce preregistrations had been cueued at 007Names - with great success.

I am guessing that 007Names/MustardSeedEcommerce had the shortest Landrush cueue, with the possible exception of one or two of the very, very expensive registrars which had planned short cueues shortened futher by the readyness of Afilias to process and register fraudulent Sunrise applications.

Until I am shown contrary evidence, I will suspect that the actions of 007Names/MustardSeedEcommerce in the .info Landrush was the worst instance of registrar abuse of ICANN rules on registrars registering names for themselves.    


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