fnord writes "Directi's controversial IP claim system, which has received ongoing coverage on ICANNWatch [1, 2, 3], has been scrapped, according to a letter sent to the registrars' list and others by Directi CEO Bhavin Turakhia."
Here it is in full...
Directi had adopted a unique approach during the .BIZ Round Robin Landrush to serve interests of Genuine IP Claimants and Trademark Holders. All in good intention Directi submitted applications ONLY on behalf of genuine trademark holders, and IP Claimants.
Public opinion however to our unorthodox method has been both good and bad. Irrespective of our intentions and the fact that we have been heralded by many genuine IP Claimants, there has been general unrest in the Registrars community, the Registry and ICANN themselves about our methodology.
While Directi has always had only good intentions, and Directi has not violated any legal provisions in its course of business, Directi does not want the Registrar community and all other parties to have any hard feelings against us. Past 1 week has been very taxing on us. We have had inquiries
from Registrars, and from the Registry, and in general it has not been fun being treated as if we had criminal intent.
Directi has decided therefore to cancel all its applications in this .BIZ
Round Robin DNA process and not participate at all in this process. Directi does not wish to harbour any ill-will with any Registrar.
If any Registrar still feels wronged by any of our actions, we are sorry to have put you through any inconvenience.
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