Yahoo is first major tech company to try to get .tel domain name through domain arbitration.
Yahoo has filed for arbitration with National Arbitration Forum to get the domain name Yahoo.tel. Yahoo is the first major tech company to try to get its hands on a .tel domain name through arbitration. Many other tech companies, including Google, registered their .tel domain names during the so-called “sunrise period” for about $300. Arbitration will cost the company about $1,500 plus legal fees.
.Tel is a different kind of domain name designed as a business card on the web. Information is stored in the DNS, and .tel domains cannot be developed into standard web sites.
Yahoo.tel is registered to a man in Spain and includes links to his blog and an association he is president of.
I left a comment on his blog, wondering why he doesn’t give the domain name to Yahoo. He can’t think he has a valid argument.
It’s hard to think that Yahoo missed the .tel sunrise by accident.
Is it possible that they thought that because it’s a ‘yahoo.TLD’ dispute, the publicity would be worth the $1,500 + attorney time?
hanz gruber says
The .Tel domain is starting to gain momentum: (just last week watched the AsianNews video on .tel domains and how it would overtake yellow pages)
So now that the .tel domain is becoming more useful and popular companies are taking notice and wanting those domains. Yahoo doesnt need an pr they just missed the boat on .tel. they were effectively asleep at the wheel.
Looks like dialing your name will soon be a force to deal with, telnames and telfriends will soon be in our vocabulary.
Well best publicity is for .tel “look Joe, even Yahoo wants .tel !”
US Real Estate says
.tel domain names during the so-called “sunrise period” for about $300. Arbitration will cost the company about $1,500 plus legal fees. LOL
This arbitration cost is dust for Yahoo, they might not be informed about .tel or being like some naysayers here but suddently they see their competitor having their .tel so we must have ours too. I’ve check bing.tel and looks like it’s someone outside microsoft that owns, don’t know if this is a concern as it must have been reg in good faith before Bing.com launch as Whois shows March for reg and bing.com launched in June. Reverse hijacking or purchase? No idea.
Could the respondent/panel raise the question as to why Yahoo! failed to apply for this domain during the sunrise process?
If the owner of yahoo.tel is not making any money, is not competing against yahoo and is not causing any harm to yahoo, on what basis they think they can get the domain? Just a trademark does not cut it, there will be a lot of companies wishing they had purchased there .tel domains,since it is only to store information it will be very hard to fight for them.
Edwin van Rooyen says
Does anyone know what the state of affairs is in the osram case and the Heineken case?
Andrew Allemann says
@ Edwin – the only .tel case to be decided is novozymes.tel in favor of the complainant.
mike johnson says
All the companies who failed to register .tel names will be fighting to get them. this is the only communications domain, and the only domain that has its own search engine. goodbye dot mobi haha .tel is real and here to make the next wave of communications on the internet.
I wished i bought more premium .tel domain names since commission junction announced pay per call affilate programs, i would be making a fortune next year.
that will be a good news for tel domain.it could cause heavy attention for all over the world that dot tel domain would raise soon in the near future.
In a word “validation”
Instead of commenting on the junior league move by Yahoo! I’ll stick to complimenting .tel
This domains value is increasingly becoming clearer to those formally not interested or aware previously, and honestly it’s about time.
As for the legal battles, my opinion is any company wishing to claim their .tel after the Sunrise, should pay a minimum fee to the original buyer, say $2500.
this way both parties can walk away feeling OK, one with 100x what he paid, the other with their important, branded, .tel.
This give me back what i threw in the trash yesterday because i’ve changed my mind now that you have it, is BS and at the very least they could pay the salvage man a small fee (we can call it the stupidity fee)
I admit, i like the idea of a stupidity fee, sounds like that it should almost be call that, doesn’t it.
Curious, how many different domains extensions are there out there??
Why wouldn’t a company such as yahoo, just buy there domain name in every extension, no matter of how stupid the domain extension sounds, so as it does cause problems like this. (time,hassle,the use of corporate lawyers, but more importantly, everyone knowing someone else beat them to there own name.)
Its just a thought.