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Infamous typosquatter loses more domains

, posted: 12-Jun-2008 22:33

E-Promote have just lost their 6th domain dispute resolution in New Zealand with the awarding of three typo domain names to trademark owner TelstraClear.


telstaclear.co.nz, telsraclear.co.nz and telstarclear.co.nz are all obvious misplellings of telstraclear.co.nz and the international telecommunications company had no problems in winning their DRS case against the typosquatter.


Like with many of their previous cases, E-Promote didn't both contesting the dispute. Without such cases going to the courts - i.e. without any monetary penalties - you can't help but wonder whether typosquatting continues as a profitable business venture for those who dare to risk the consequences of possible legal action.



It's picture-perfect for art.co.nz

, posted: 20-May-2008 22:27

A month after the disappointment that the auction for motel.co.nz closed early, another short one-word domain is on the chopping block.  This time though, a sale looks likely to proceed.

art.co.nz has met its reserve price on trademe and with 10 hours to go the bids have edged past $7000.

This is a domain that has gone through several transformations since it was first registered back in May 1997 though it would appear to have had just one owner and hasn't been used for any meaningful websites.

With the prices being offered it will be interesting to see whether the domain is snapped up with a website development project in mind or whether it will make it's it way into the hands of a domain portfolio holder.



motel.co.nz : will it drop?

, posted: 15-Apr-2008 19:39

There is just 1 week to go in what could be the most valuable .nz domain name to expire in recent times.

motel.co.nz has been registered since 1997 and has so far not been renewed by it's owners for the current period.

It's not often that a short, single-word, descriptive domain in the lucrative travel industry is allowed to drop and bids in the expired domains market are heating up - the top bid is sitting at $2449.50 at the time of writing this but that still sounds like a bargain compared to the development potential for a domain name like this.

Now it's time to wait and see whether this quality name will make it to the drop.



Names.co.nz - sleek new domains marketplace

, posted: 10-Apr-2008 22:56

A new domain name marketplace owned by web development company On Company Ltd has been launched.

Names.co.nz offers over 1000 pre-registerd domain names for sale including a number of high quality names such as camera.co.nz, flights.co.nz, staff.co.nz, and tech.co.nz.

The domain names on offer all seem to be owned by the same party though the website does mention that other domain name owners can list their domains and websites for sale on names.co.nz for a 10% success fee.



Harvey Norman win plural name

, posted: 2-Apr-2008 22:16

Harvey Norman Retailing Pty Limited have won a domain dispute over a typo of their company name, harveynormans.co.nz.

This case saw the owner of the name argue that their registration had been made on behalf of a Mr Harvey Normans in the UK and that the content of the website did not purport to be associated with Harvey Norman Reailing Pty Limited.

But without any evidence to support that story, DRS Expert Dr Clive Trotman was not convinced that the use of the domain name was fair.  Further supporting this stance was evidence to suggest that the defendent, Woosh Domains Limited has engaged in a pattern of abusive registrations as other company names such as ljhookers.co.nz, dickhubbard.co.nz and minicooper.co.nz are purportedly linked to the company.

Dr Trotman decided on the balance of probabilities that the domain registration was unfair and that the name should be transferred to Harvey Norma Retailing Pty Limited.

It will be interesting to see whether any of the other companies mentioned will subsequently initiate complaints through the Dispute Resolution Service.





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