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Domain registrar contests frauds

Afilias, the registry for domain names ending with .info, says it has started contesting suspected fraudulent claims to trademarked names of the new top-level Web addresses. The group, a coalition of 18 domain-name sellers, has submitted more than 700 challenges to those it believes falsely registered trademarked names, such as www.books.info, during a special preregistration period for .info. Up to one-fourth of the names given during that period may have used false information, according to a study. During the review process, overseen by the World Intellectual Property Organization, registrants will have to give proof of their valid domain names to maintain ownership.

Afilias, the registry for domain names ending with .info, says it has started contesting suspected fraudulent claims to trademarked names of the new top-level Web addresses. The group, a coalition of 18 domain-name sellers, has submitted more than 700 challenges to those it believes falsely registered trademarked names, such as www.books.info, during a special preregistration period for .info.

Up to one-fourth of the names given during that period may have used false information, according to a study. During the review process, overseen by the World Intellectual Property Organization, registrants will have to give proof of their valid domain names to maintain ownership.