Irish Politicians Screw Up With XXX

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An article in yesterday’s Sunday Times (Irish edition) by Harry Leech covers .xxx and Irish politicians and political parties.

It’s obvious that they didn’t do anything about protecting their “brand” in XXX:

Endakenny.xxx and finegael. xxx were both registered in December 2011, as were the addresses sinnfein.xxx and fiannafail.xxx

Needless to say the domains were not registered for either the politicians or the political parties in question:

A spokesperson for Fine Gael was quick to confirm that endakenny.xxx has nothing to do with the taoiseach, instead suggesting it had been bought by a so-called cybersquatter. “We won’t be involving ourselves with anyone looking to exploit the Fine Gael brand in this fashion,” she said.

A spokesperson for Sinn Fein said that it was “the first I’ve heard” of sinnfein.xxx, later confirming that the individual who had registered the site had nothing to do with the party. Fianna Fail’s press office said that it was unaware of the identity of the individual who had registered the fiannafail.xxx domain but that “it has nothing to do with us, absolutely not.”

Of course they could easily have blocked the registrations during the sunrise periods, but didn’t.

What will they do now?

Ignore the issue or go down the route of a UDRP?

Of course the same kind of thing happened to Irish politicians and political parties with the launch of .eu back in 2006.

 

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