Today’s Irish edition of the Sunday Times has an article on the cybersquatters referred to commonly as “EUBrowser” entitled “Cybersquat Firm Lurks in Digital Hub”.
I’ve mentioned them in the past, as they lost several WIPO cases including adidas.ie, buy-sell.ie and a couple of Google squats (googl.ie and googel.ie) that were settled before WIPO had a chance to publish a decision.
The interview itself is amusing:
Varga and Petho say they plan to fight the WIPO decision in the Irish courts. Varga said:”Large companies have had plenty of time to register their desired names, so it is their fault if they choose not to. As registrations work on a first-come, first-served basis each business should secure its online existence at an early stage.”
Oh give over guys! You infringed Google, Adidas and Buy and Sell’s IP and got caught. Do you honestly expect any court anywhere, never mind Ireland, to suddenly rewrite intellectual property law to suit your nefarious needs?
You were caught. You lost. Deal with it!
But they just don’t know when to stop:
The pair claim the idea for adidas.ie came not from the sportswear company but from the acronym of advanced detailed internet directory and search
That was mentioned in their attempted defence at WIPO.
It reminds me of the skype.co.uk case.
And what of bebo.ie?
I’m amazed that there hasn’t been a case about that yet.
And of course the thing that is going to really get up people’s noses is that these guys are receiving aid from the Irish government, as they are based in The Digital Hub which is described as:
..an Irish Government initiative to create an international centre of excellence for knowledge, innovation and creativity focused on digital content and technology enterprises.
The quote from me is quite short and reflects my opinion:
Michele Neylon, managing director of Blacknight Internet Solutions, a webhosting company, said: “These guys are the biggest single holders of generic and dubious .ie domains. Generic names are fine, but these two have registered so many names that impinge on other people’s rights I don’t know how they expect to get away with it.”
To put it another way.
I don’t take issue with their registration of the generic names. I do take serious issue with their registration of names that blatantly infringe on other people’s intellectual property.