Domain Name Disputes

For those interested, InternetNZ is consulting on establishing a dispute resolution process for .nz domains.

The usual benefits of such a system is to allow persons whose intellectual property, such as trademarks, is being infringed or cybersquatted to quickly get the issue resolved, rather than a lengthy court battle.

The flipside can be that some people can try and use a system to bully someone else out of a name which is being legitimately used. The most infamous case was the NZ Government being found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking for trying to claim They eventually paid almost a million dollars for it (which was incredibly stupid also).

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