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Domain Registrar Services Ltd (DRS) - which flogged domains by falsely claiming it was linked to Nominet UK - is to quit the business following legal action by the UK domain Registry.

Last year Nominet won a temporary injunction against DRS, and its sister company UK Names, after the companies made unsolicited attempts to flog domains to unsuspecting punters.

What riled Nominet was DRS' dodgy sales tactics and the claim that it was acting with the support of Nominet.

Following legal action, those behind DRS - Scott Denny and Matthew Hayes - have now agreed that "they will not at any time in the future engage directly or indirectly in any business associated with domain name registration and/or maintenance, whether under the .uk top level domain or otherwise."

In addition, they have agreed not to pass themselves off as Nominet and agreed to provide Nominet with a list of all those approached by either company.

DRS also has to stump up £40,000 to cover Nominet's costs in pursuing the case

Said Nominet MD Lesley Cowley: "We are delighted with this result, as people will no longer be confused by cold calls supposedly from Nominet.

"The terms of this agreement are very stringent, demonstrating that we will not allow anyone to abuse Nominet's name or position as the .uk domain name Registry." ®

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