First, this car thief is a convicted car thief, at least by whatever due process is available via the UDRP.|
Second, lest you think that was some aberrant ruling, here is (don't accept the Comet Cursor spyware, and it's the low bandwidth, crikey!) listing of some of his domains for sale, including: wwwarb-forum.com [note the first link URL]. Now, call me old-fashioned, but this guy is what is known in the trade as a cybersquatter and a typosquatter, with good reason. He is attempting to profit from others' intellectual property, pure and simple.
No, I am not some TM lobby stooge, it was an attempted (and failed) reverse domain name hijacking by a megacorp of the domain of a small Silicon Valley outfit I did some work for a few years ago that first got me into ICANN watching, and then ICANNWatching. You can also read a recent article of mine here to get a sense of what I think about the IP folks figuring they own the namespace. I oppose most (and it is rapidly becoming all) of ICANN's actions, but I am not engaged in such endeavors as Adrian and really don't want or need his help. The problem is that the squatters don't like ICANN so they figure that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Well, sorry no, I say a pox on both your houses. The car thief will tell you, and all, that he wants the streetlamps closer together, or further apart, whatever he thinks you want to hear. It doesn't matter, he's got the slingshot and will take the lights out anyway, he has no intention of playing by the rules. Work to put a fair set of rules into place and he won't play by them either. I in no way want to be seen as allied with the likes of Adrian, no matter how much we may appear to espouse the same causes. So if he has the right of free speech to come here and take a stand (which in general I think he does if he follows the Editors' rules, it's their site), I feel I also have the right of free speech to say Adrian, you're a dumbass cybersquatter (and hope that's not over the line).
BTW, I note from Adrian's pricelist that he seems to be having a storewide halfprice (or is that going out of business?) sale. -g