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Aussie Domain Name Business Goes To The Dogs
26 November 2001 Edition|
Regular readers will remember the recent coverage in Aardvark and elsewhere
regarding a bunch of cheeky Aussies known as the Internet Name Group (ING).
the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook
are revealed for all to see!
For the benefit of those who missed it -- you can get most of the relevant
information from these links:
The Great Domain Name Scam? and
That Aussie Crowd.
Even before I published those columns, ING
to sue me.
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Of course, threatening to sue me for telling it like it is can be likened
to waving a red rag at a bull -- so the stories got published anyway.
However, it seems that ING has decided to go ahead and sue one Josh Rowe
who, like myself, published
of letters sent out by ING in their attempts to rake up business.
a posting on the ICANWatch site,
ING is claiming that the publication of these documents represents
a breach of their copyright.
My goodness -- haven't' they heard of fair use? And just look at all those
complaints and investigations ING have prompted!
It kind of makes you wonder whether they all wear white patent leather shoes,
shirts unbuttoned to the waist and large gold "danglers" on thick gold chains
The Gold Dangler Brigade
But wait, there's more!
I've been forwarded a copy of an email which appears to come from Australian
The email warns of a crowd calling themselves "Internet Registrations Australia"
who, it alleges, are conducting a very deceptive campaign designed to swipe
customers from other registrars.
It says, in part:
"The new rules for Domain Name Companies specifically require that to
change billing contact, the Domain Name Company requires the customer to
sign a form 'authorising a change in domain name management'
The letter from Internet Registrations Australia invites you to get your
site listed in a new business directory website at
In accepting a free listing, you are unknowingly agreeing to the term 'I
authorise the domain name management and submission of details to the
Once signed, you are opening yourself up to the irresponsible renewal
practices of Internet Registrations Australia."
Now I have to make it clear that I haven't been able to check the veracity
of this email or the claims it makes -- but it certainly suggests that
the "gold dangler" brigade are alive and well in the Australian domain
What is it about certain industries that attract this kind of person?
At one time, these people used to be content selling scruffy used-cars but
moved on to selling cellphones when they were first launched. Then, when the
PC became a hot item, many of the dangler-boys were seen hawking cheap PC clones.
Of course when the Net took off, a great number of them instantly became "Internet
consultants" and now (at least in Australia) they seem to be moving into
the domain name game.
Pssst... Hey cobber, wanna buy BrooklynBridge.com?
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