Afilias is cybersquatting
Date: Monday September 03 2001, @04:42AM
Topic: New gTLDs

simon writes "Afilias, the company which introduced the .info Top Level Domain breaks its own rules. Afilias gives trademark holders priority and let them register their corresponding .info domain name in a so-called sunrise period. Only a trademark holder will get a domain name in the sunrise period according to Afilias policy.

But Afilias has registered many domain names which are in fact trademarks by other parties. Afilias has registered and squatted on UK trademark 276801 (word only). But that is only one example. Below you can find some more."

SEARCH.INFO: They are squatting on UK trademarks (word only) 1056333, 1380291, 1380292, 1436692, 1436693, 1459763 and 1572389

DOT.INFO: They are squatting on European trademark (word only) E1143700, on UK trademarks (word only) 343477, 550623, 840483, 898994, 900985, 957376, 1121916, 1534077 and 2151274

EMAIL.INFO: They are squatting on UK trademarks (word only) 987603, 987604 and 1055042

Afilias has registered 150+ domain names. In fact they could register up to 10000 domain names according to the contract with ICANN. If we would check all the registered domain names, I think this could proof that Afilias is one of the biggest .info cybersquatter like YesNIC Co., LTD., an Afilias-authorized registrar.

Is a trademark "directory" or "dot" less worth than a trademark "apple" or "amazon"?

Is there a law for Afilias and another for us?

Why have a sunrise period, if even the registry is squatting on trademarks?

You can submit your complaints about fraudulent .info sunrise domains here.

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Re: Afilias is cybersquatting
by simon on Thursday September 20 2001, @12:02PM (#2441)
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isn't apple a generic word or orange???

You can trademark apple for computers and orange for a wireless phone provider but not for fruits, apples or oranges! Do you see the difference?

IMHO trademarks shouldn't have such an influence in registering domain names. But when there are rules, this rules should be for EVERY person or institution!

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