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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Thousands of EU net names frozen

Thousands of website names ending in the .eu suffix have been suspended by the body that administers the domain.

Brussels-based EURid froze 74,000 domain names which it believes have been stockpiled by a syndicate of registrars who intend to sell them on.

The process, known as 'warehousing', is not permitted by EURid which is suing 400 registrars for breach of contract.

The organisation believes the domains were acquired by three UK companies which acted as a front for the group.

EURid named the companies as Ovidio Ltd, Fausto Ltd and Gabino Ltd.

'In this case we are convinced that the domain name holders of the 74 000 .eu names are acting as a front for a number of registrars. The domain name holders and the registrars can be regarded as one and the same,' said Herman Sobrie, legal manager of EURid.

"Since registrars should only register domain names for existing customers and not 'warehouse' the names in order to resell them at a higher price, this is clearly in breach of the registrar contract."

Nice to see them taking some action.




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