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29 May 2007
In a press release
sent out this morning, Godaddy says they're the new registrar for
Registerfly's former domains.
Godaddy has their own issues, but they're one of the few registrars that
could import that many domains quickly.
This should solve the problem for the RF customers whose registration
data is correctly transferred over. But it still leaves in limbo those
whose domains went into redemption or expired due to RF's inability
to process renewals. There also seem to be a fair number of domains
whose contact info is wrong due to incompetence or malice at RF.
There doesn't yet seem to be any plan to clean up the rest of the
There's nothing about this on the ICANN web site other than a blog
entry on Friday proudly saying that they finally got RF's Kevin Medina
to show up in court. Whoopee. But there's no reason to doubt what
Godaddy has said.
Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/rfgodaddy.html
A blog entry
from the always interesting Ed Hasbrouck led me to the
latest quarterly 10-Q financial filing
by theglobe.com, which owns
Tralliance, the company that runs the .travel domain. After a most exciting
decade buying and selling a variety of Internet related businesses,
Tralliance and .travel are now theglobe's only activity.
See more ...
Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/travelcroak.html
25 May 2007
In an entry in the ICANN
blog, Paul Levins says they've arranged to move Registerfly's domains
to another registrar.
They won't say who the other registrar is beyond "an existing accredited Registrar with a demonstrated record of customer service" which could be just
about anyone other than Registerfly.
They have "most" of the registrant data.
All is to be unveiled next week.
In the meantime, read the comments on the blog entry about domains that
are expired, domains that have gone into the redemption period and eNom
(for whom RF used to be a reseller) wants a large ransom, and other
Even if the new registrar is utterly wonderful, there's going to be lots
of pieces to pick up.
(Thanks to Larry Seltzer who noticed the ICANN blog entry. He also noted
that, astonishingly, Registerfly's web site still purports to sell
domains and will take your money, although judging from the blog
complaints, the actual process ends after the take your money part.)
Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/rfmove.html
10 May 2007
Forwarding e-mail is so easy that it must be legal, right? Not
everyone thinks so.
Ned Snow at the University of Arkansas recently
Copyright Conundrum: Protecting Email Privacy that argues that
forwarding violates the sender's copyright rights, so it's not.
The article is quite clever and is (as best
I can tell, not being a legal historian) well researched, even if you
agree with me that its conclusions are a bunch of codswallop.
See more ...
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Copyright_Law/snow.html
A student at a well-known US university wrote me and asked
given the huge national interest in getting the industry to unite behind
(at least) one format, did I think that the FTC should've played
a stronger role in pushing the industry to adopt an authentication
See more ...
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/authpolitics.html
05 May 2007
Last December I wrote about Mark Mumma,
who runs a small web hosting company in Oklahoma City and his battle
with Omega World Travel a/k/a cruise.com.
Mumma lost his CAN SPAM suit agains them in December, but Omega's
countersuit for defamation went to trial last week, and I hear that
the jury awarded Omega $2.5 million in damages, which Mumma is not
likely to be able to pay.
This may be painted in some circles as a huge defeat for anti-spam
activists, but it's not.
Mumma has been what one might call an intemperate litigant, as most
impressively documented in
interview with Ken Magill.
Press reports say that Omega would have settled with Mumma for an apology
and no money, which considering Mumma's string of losses was a pretty
But he didn't.
There are plenty of real anti-spam lawsuits going on, with real charges
of behavior that is actually prohibited by law.
A good example is the case that
Honeypot filed last week against spammers who'd scraped addresses off
their honeypot web pages.
I look forward to following its progress.
Update: Read Robert Braver's comment on this message which clarifies
the sequence of suits.
Omega sued first in response to threats from Mumma, but the outcome is
indeed a train wreck.
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/mumma2.html
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