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    Re: Truth, lies and registry/registrar responsibil
    by Anonymous on Wednesday January 01 2003, @01:18AM (#10792)

    And why did Afilias accept preposterous Sunrise applications even from Registrars they knew personally, like Donny Simonton of Intercosmos, who took one look at the Agreements and submitted these names in the Sunrise (all of which he claimed he had TMs for, and all of which were registered for him personally):

    Donny Simonton 404.info
    Donny Simonton asian.info
    Donny Simonton celebrity.info
    Donny Simonton cellular.info
    Donny Simonton cheerleaders.info
    Donny Simonton donny.info
    Donny Simonton fat.info
    Donny Simonton hardcore.info
    Donny Simonton jackpot.info
    Donny Simonton marijuana.info
    Donny Simonton roulette.info
    Donny Simonton sextoys.info
    Donny Simonton shit.info
    Donny Simonton spanking.info
    Donny Simonton teen.info
    Donny Simonton videopoker.info
    Donny Simonton voyeur.info

    Of course, in reality, Donny didn't have TMs for these - not even for Donny.info

    But what examples like these demonstrate is the systematic way the processes were abused, both byRegistry directors and also (as in this case) by the very Registrars the public were supposed to be able to trust. While registrars were selling pre-registrations to vulnerable landrush customers, some of them were also abusing the system themselves, submitting fraudulent applications.

    Did ICANN take any action against accredited registrars who acted inappropriately?

    These registrars remain accredited. They remain "in the club".

    And that was the weakness of the Afilias .info abomination : it was like a club. The Registry was owned by Registrars. The Registrars could make money out of abusing the system. The Agreements were ignored where necessary. The consumer was cannon fodder in all this.

    Their interests were not upheld.

    Their interests were not protected.

    The very Agreements which should have protected them were, in fact, abused from within the registry/registrar community...

    Richard Henderson

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    Re: Truth, lies and registry/registrar responsibil by Anonymous

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