Hal Lubsen, Afilias CEO, said, "It is unfortunate that some individuals have misused the Sunrise period in an attempt to abuse the process."
How is that remark compatible with the fact that DomainBank (which Hal has run for years) was submitting 93 fake Sunrise domains for Lorenz, with "None" in place of proper data, in all four Trademark fields where data was mandatory.
The Registry-Registrar Agreement clearly states that names should not be submitted without eligible data in the four TM fields: Name. Number. Country. Date.
In the case of these 93 applications (which DomainBank charged IRO $15000 to sponsor), they each said:
In other words, DomainBank (Hal Lubsen long-term CEO) knowingly broke the Agreement rules, and deceived Lorenz by charging him for a product which they knew they were not allowed to supply.
And then Afilias (Hal Lubsen CEO), flying in the face of their own Registry Rules, granted the registrations in breach of the process.
When Lubsen said, "It is unfortunate that some individuals have misused the Sunrise period in an attempt to abuse the process" was he talking about Afilias and DomainBank?
This seems staggering in its hypocrisy.
This abuse of process by DomainBank and Afilias was then compounded by their refusal to undo this abuse on the request of Lorenz, who had been told the 93 registrations were ineligible, that he had been sold a worthless non-product, and that honest Landrushers would lose out as a result. He requested Afilias and DomainBank over 20 times (I have the e-mails) that they cancel and delete the registrations before the Landrush.
This request was declined. Afilias and DomainBank kept their share of the money instead.
Afilias spin flew in the face of the fact that Afilias had set up a flawed process, they had then ignored that process when it suited them, and Directors had been associated with the abuse of that process (as I've demonstrated elsewhere in this thread).
Bottom line is that honest consumers from all over the world lost the money they had paid for a reasonable assumption that Afilias were operating a fair and honest system based on reliable business Agreements which were being upheld, enforced and protected.
Yeah Hal, "Some people misused the Sunrise period in an attempt to abuse the process."