950,000 .info Domains Grabbed and Held by Registrar

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Internet domain registrar eNom is in hot water for reportedly attempting to grab as many as 950,000 (that’s “nine hundred fifty thousand“) .info domain names for domains which already exist as .com domains.

According to a report by Netcraft, eNom registered the domains through Sipence, which, interestingly enough, shares a street address with eNom.


eNom customers have been told that the domains, which by some accounts were registered using the name and contact details of whomever holds the related .com domain, were registered on their behalf. While some have been told that there will be no additional charge for their new (and unasked for) .info domains, others have been told that the domains would be available to them for a small fee.

Even if eNom has no intention of charging the surprised new owner of a bouncing .info domain, Aunty says that they are wrong, wrong, wrong to register a domain in a third-party’s name without their knowledge, let alone permission. Apparently at least some of eNom’s customers feel the same way, with Netcraft reporting that
some eNom customers “are asserting that Sipence/eNom has effectively acted as a cybersquatter”.

You can read more about this here.

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You can read the postings of unhappy eNom customers here.

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2 thoughts on “950,000 .info Domains Grabbed and Held by Registrar

  1. I’m not sure about the law in this case, but it’s possible that the new ‘owner’ of an info domain could just say thanks to eNom and wave goodbye as they take off with their free domain. I’m betting that a court might place that in the same category as unsolicited gifts received in the mail (that someone later tries to charge you for).

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