Some people were able to jump the gun to register domains early, but they didn’t get to keep the domain names.
Investors in IDN.com domain names (internationalized domain names) have waited a long time for Verisign to release its IDN.IDN-transliteration-of-com domain names. So, many were dismayed at what they say was a screwup on the launch of the Japanese transliteration .コム.
Verisign is releasing its IDN domain names in four phases. It starts with a traditional sunrise period and ends with general availability. But between sunrise and landrush is a Priority Access Program designed to let owners of example.com register example.IDN (presumably because the second level domain is an IDN in the same language/script).
The priority period for .コム was scheduled to end May 15 and landrush began May 16 at 00:00 UTC. Landrush allowed anyone to register a domain name, even if they didn’t own the corresponding second level domain in .com.
But on May 15, people were able to register .コム domains at eNom even if they didn’t own the corresponding example.com. Some IDNers speculate that there was lack of clarity of the start time between 00:00 UTC and 12 am in Japan.
Over a hundred domain names were registered early at eNom/Name.com on March 15, before the landrush window opened.
This irked people who were waiting to snap up domains during landrush.
Now the people who were able to get the domains early at eNom are irked.
Without notice to the registrants, the domains were deleted and picked up by the CEO of another registrar.
I reached out to both eNom parent Rightside as well as Verisign for comment.
Enom and Name.com followed the procedures as set forth in the agreements. We defer to the Registry for comments on their enforcement.
Certain domain names that were registered during the Priority Access Program Period in the .コム (XN–TCKWE) new generic top-level domain were not registered according to our Registration Policy. Verisign notified all .コム registrars and then made the domain names available to all .コム registrars for registration on a first-come, first-served basis.
In other words, Verisign says the domains registered on May 15 at eNom were registered during the priority period before landrush began. Because the registrants didn’t own the corresponding .com, they were in violation of the policy.
Verisign then informed registrars it was going to delete the domains, but apparently some of the eNom registrants weren’t aware of this.
Perhaps it was wise for Verisign to release just one IDN transliteration domain so far. Hopefully, the launch of its other IDN top level domains will be without controversy.