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    Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) Deceptive Notices from Xchange Dispute Resolution
    posted by michael on Friday April 12 2002, @04:03PM

    Hendrik writes "ICANN published at April 8th 2002 an Advisory Concerning Deceptive Notices from "XChange Dispute Resolution". This type of deceptive behaviour practices is well known in the telephone directory (yellow pages) industry, where people receive bills for registration attempting to mislead the pressured bookkeeper who overlooks the fine print details.

    Now we have found someone able to use the existence of the UDRP as a new route to generate income. By sending out phoney Domain Dispute Notifications."



    It demonstrates that UDRP as an institution is coming at age. As any institution, new rules, create new profit and fraud incentives. Now it will be interesting to see what comes next: police enforcement hunting the collector of these fees behind the deceptive notices and mainly mitigate the annoyance and symptoms or an intervention at the source of the problem?
    By intervening into the source I mean additional rules will be written for registrars as these firms live from mass purchased administrative contact data (from the public Whois-databases) .It is well known that the incentives for this types of deceptors is in submitting a large bunch of letters and hoping some send in the requested fees. A number of registries have already started to restrict zone-transfers, we got the grace period and restrictions on the number of queries per day into the whois-database are also introduced here and there.

    Will the existence of these practices and close monitoring of them (you do need massive whois-querying) become a new way for "quality" Registrars to discern themselves or will it be instituted by additional collective (co-ordinated) industry rules?

     
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