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    New gTLDs Afilias SUNRISE POLICY Revived.
    posted by jon on Wednesday November 28 2001, @03:31AM

    SanjeevGoyal writes "The registry for .info domains, Afilias is changing its look with new Sunrise Policy and Rules."



    According to new policy which declares on 20 November, 2001 says - "Afilias’ revised Sunrise Challenge rules and policies will require all successful Sunrise Challengers who wish to register a disputed name will be required to produce proof of trademark ownership prior to transfer of the name. This step will help ensure that only a valid trademark holder has the opportunity to register a disputed Sunrise name."

    A good move to ensure to keep domain squatter at bay.

    And it also declares that a process that will enable registrars to make corrections to data that they may have incorrectly submitted during the Sunrise registration period. Several registrars failed to correctly submit vital trademark data given to them by trademark owners.

    This correction process includes the creation of a database that will parallel the existing .INFO WHOIS. Since the WHOIS records for Sunrise names are currently locked and cannot be changed in the registry, the registrars will submit corrected data to this parallel database. Afilias will make a bulk challenge of many invalid Sunrise registrations at the close of the Sunrise Challenge period on December 26, 2001. The correction process is therefore designed to protect valid registrations and prevent Sunrise squatters from submitting updates that could shield them from challenges. This indeed a great move as to make themselves clean. But this great changes should promptly displayed on the front page of Afilias site but they failed to do so.

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    Re: Afilias SUNRISE POLICY Revived.
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday November 28 2001, @07:04AM (#3871)
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    As asked on the ICANN new TLD forum, what happens with someone who has already challenged? Is this change retroactive? If so, did the registrar-registrant contract allow for a unilateral retroactive modification? If not, wouldn't this have legal consequences? In fact, the already existing wording seemed to allow Afilias to do what they are doing without coming out with this new and improved version.

    What I find laughable is that the challenge speculators have ponied up their money to take a chance at names like business.info so both WIPO and Afilias are making additional money from the same name. How is this preferable to using a lottery, or an auction, or how is this is even distinguishable from such? Not that I'm in favor of sunrise for all new TLDs, but for those that use it, if this whole rigamarole is necessary after the fact, why not just do it properly in the first place? Is it because Afilias and registrars would then only get paid once for the name, and WIPO wouldn't get anything? No doubt even more companies would have put up $50k for a chance at running an ICANN TLD if they were aware they'd be allowed to sell a single name numerous times.

    I'd reported earlier that the first .info WIPO sunrise challenge results were in, though incomplete and confusing. Although there have been updates and additions and changes, that still holds true. Where is the actual text of the decisions, as one can access with WIPO UDRP rulings? Well, perhaps we'll never see them. From my wording link above:

    10. Center Decisions

    (a)...The Center shall not be required to state reasons for its decision.

    Secret rulings. More ICANN incrementalism. What's next? Military courts? -g
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    Re: Afilias SUNRISE POLICY Revived.
    by eric (eric@godbless.info) on Thursday November 29 2001, @04:50AM (#3877)
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    I just have a hard time with revisions after people have justifiedly relied upon promises and made detrimental reliance thereon.

    There is a point where the right to revise at anytime upon notice or no notice creates instability on the Inernet.
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    Re: Afilias SUNRISE POLICY Revived.
    by MPRoberts on Sunday March 17 2002, @08:29PM (#5341)
    User #3270 Info
    Have just received a commencement of administrative proceedings with an order to pay $295 else I will have my .info domain name cancelled threat.
    I believe that these bulk emails are designed to earn the company a lot of money rather than to prevent domain squatters. I for one will not be paying the $295 as ordered as I have already honestly and above board registered the domain name with good intent and have also spent a lot of time and effort in developing my web site ready for opening business shortly.
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