EURid, which manages the .eu country code, has suspended 74,000 registrations.
When Bob Parsons and others criticized EURid for its handling of .eu registrations, most people thought no action would be taken. But EURid has taken action, although not because some of the registrants were actually US companies.
EURid announced it suspended 74,000 registrations made by three registrars because the domains weren’t registered by the registrar’s customers. Instead, the registrars (which all appear to be the same company) stockpiled the domains without a customer request. According to a lawsuit filed by EURid, the three registrars were a front for 400 US-based registrars.
“As a registrar, you should have an end user ask you to register a domain name for you before you can register it,” EURid’s Patrik Linden explained to ZDNet UK on Monday.
A major irony to all of this? The owners of the three registars web sites, including ovidiolimited.com, are hiding their true identity using GoDaddy’s Domains by Proxy service. I wonder if GoDaddy’s Bob Parsons went behind Domains by Proxy’s firewall to find out the true owners of these registrars as part of his original research on the subject?