As I’ve written before, Andrew Allemann writes some fantastic articles on Domain Name Wire. He also has some great podcasts with notable players. Well worth a listen.
Whilst most of the above are “USA centric”, many of the issues / topics have relevance in some way to the Aussie domain space.
Of particular interest to me are his articles on UDRP decisions (dispute resolution over domain names). The policy we have in Australia is similar in many ways – we call ours auDRP.
His most recent article is about Nat Cohen’s Telepathy. If anyone tries to acquire one of Telepathy’s domain names by filing a UDRP, then Nat doesn’t muck around! Straight off to Court he goes – and he sues for Reverse Domain Name Hijacking.
An early example of this was on the domain name SDT.com. Andrew Allemann covered that story here. The Complainant ended up paying $50,000!
The latest attempt by a misguided complainant is on the domain name parametric.com. According to DNW, this looks like heading down a similar path. Telepathy has had the domain since 1998.
In my opinion, people or organizations that attempt to procure a legitimately registered domain name through unscrupulous actions deserve financial penalties when they lose. It’s akin to highway robbery. This way, it acts as a deterrent for those that don’t have a legitimate claim.
Ned O’Meara – 8th November 2016