Feeds

Legal action threatened against domain slammer

DRoE angers Dutch hosting firms

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

The Dutch hosting provider Deinternetman and its American partner Register.com (no relation to El Reg), ponder legal action against Domain Registry of Europe (DRoE) for sending their customers letters urging them to renew their domain contracts.

The two companies believe it is a deliberate attempt to deceive domain name owners into switching their domain registrations.

"We receive about four to five complaints a week," says Rene Kooyman of Deinternetman, referring to an example of a renewal notice on his company's website. "Taking this company to court will hopefully stop them from continuing these scams. We have asked other hosting providers that use The Register.com as a partner, such as Planet Internet and Versatel, to join us."

It is a familiar theme. Last year, the UK Advertising Watchdog Authority (ASA) slammed Domain Registry of Europe (DRoE) over similar mail shots. DRoE, however, maintained that the notices were "not a bill, rather an easy means of payment should you decide to register or renew your domain(s) with us".

According to its own website the company, originally from Canada, was established in January of 2001 after the deregulation of Domain Name Registrars. It also trades as Domain Registry of America, Domain Registry of Australia and Domain Registry of Canada.

As early as 2001, the Canadian Competition Bureau issued a warning to Canadian businesses to take caution before paying what appeared to be invoices. More importantly, Domain Registry of Canada wasn't certified by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), the official administrator of the .ca domain name in Canada.

Domain slamming gets its name from the practice by some American (upstart) long-distance telephone companies to switch people's service from one carrier to another without informing them or through deception. Web site owners that are not steeped in the technology or the actual registration process are being led astray easily by letters from companies as Domain Registry of Europe. Having switched, many customers discover that their web sites are no longer accessible, because they are not getting the additional technological assistance.

Rene Kooijman of Deinternetman is optimistic about his case against Domain Registry of Europe. Last year, a federal judge in New York ordered Domain Registry of America to stop telling Register.com customers that the two companies were affiliated in an attempt to get their business. ®

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?
MPAA calls Canadians a bunch of bootlegging movie thieves
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
Hungary's internet tax cannot be allowed to set a precedent, says EC
More protests planned against giga-tariff for Tuesday evening
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.