OpenTLD argues it should have received a formal breach notice first.
Domain name registrar OpenTLD, which had its ability to register new TLDs suspended by ICANN, is back in action for now.
ICANN suspended the registrar for cybersquatting on other registrar’s brands.
OpenTLD has filed for arbitration in the matter, and ICANN has agreed to stay the suspension. The company’s complaint against ICANN is that it didn’t first serve it with a formal breach notice allowing it time to remedy before being suspended. OpenTLD and ICANN apparently communicated about the cybersquatting issue, but OpenTLD believes it should have received an official breach notice first.
The request for arbitration doesn’t deny the cybersquatting claims. OpenTLD and its founder lost UDRPs for names matching competitors such as rrpproxy.me, key-systems.cc and netearthone.biz. It also allegedly registered resellerclub.tk, resellbiz.biz, godaddy.cf and resello.ws.
OpenTLD is associated with Freenom, the company behind the free .tk top level domain name.