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. Click here to continue reading…