[LINK] Aussie Domain Name Squatter - permitted by INA and auDA
Sun, 25 Mar 2001 08:42:21 +1000
This story REALLY annoys me. This guy has CLEARLY violated the policies of
registration "knowingly" and "intentionally" registering a business name to
register a domain name he "considered" someone else would want.
What's worse is INA and auDA let him get away with it. And it's not the
first time he's done it.
I'll bet he isn't trading commercially under his NSW Registered business
name. I'm STUNNED that Seven don't sue him for misrepresentation and
probably use of their trademark. (Surely Seven registered "sevendigital"
as a trade mark??
I also object to NetRegistry taking claim to being the source of domain
name data for com.au when auDA has a VERY clear copyright notice an
policy. Maybe it's about time auDA did something about that too.
Cyber whiz nets digital address ahead of Seven
By Daniel Dasey
A CYBER entrepreneur has snapped up a potentially valuable internet address
ahead of the Seven network.
Stephen Muller, who successfully registered the business name Sydney 2000,
is the owner of the web address sevendigital.com.au.
He is offering to hand over the rights to the uniform resource locator
(URL) to the network provided it makes a sizable
donation to charity.
But Seven claims it is not interested and will continue using another
address to promote its new digital service.
All Australia's major networks began broadcasting in a digital format on
January 1 this year.
Inquiries by The Sun-Herald last week showed that both the Nine and Ten
networks owned websites which reflected the new medium.
The Ten network is showcasing its digital television capabilities at the
tendigital.com.au website and offers consumers advice on how to use the
The Nine network uses its NineMSN.com.au site to promote its digital
capabilities. However, the network also owns the currently inactive
Mr Muller last week said he was amazed the sevendigital URL was available
when he was looking at registering a web address in December last year.
Nine registered its digital address in May 2000 while Ten claimed
its digital URL in January 2000.
Mr Muller registered the address for $125 to promote his business running
internet directories in seven States and selling digital television set top
Mr Muller, who last year attracted the ire of SOCOG by using the business
name Sydney 2000 Fashion Expo, said he had a legitimate claim to the
"I'm not cybersquatting on any name," he said. "I have the business name
legally and the [URL] legally and I am using it."
Mr Muller said however he would part with the name if Network Seven was
prepared to make a "sizable donation" to charity.
A Seven spokesman said the network promoted its digital capabilities
through the www.7digital.i7.
The spokesman said the standardised addresses, such as www.harrys
practice.i7.com.au and www.i7news.
com.au were used for network websites.
He said the network would not accept the offer to acquire the sevendigital
"We're not interested in taking up his offer at the moment," the spokesman
Internet addresses have changed hands for tens of thousands of dollars in
In 1988 entrepreneur Brendan Yell sold AOL.com.au to US internet giant
America On Line for an estimated $50,000.
Who Owns What
ninedigital.com.au Nine Digital Television
tendigital.com.au Network Ten
sevendigital.com.au Stephen Muller
abcdigital.co.au ABC Digital Corporation
sbsdigital.com.au Still available
7digital.i7.com.au Network Seven
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