You’ll have to excuse me for the Shakespeare quote, but something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
While talking to some of the people involved with the Danish domain industry it becomes evident that there is something something seriously wrong with how .dk handles disputes.
A recent case revolved around the domain orango.dk
The domain had been registered for nearly 10 years (since 2000)
The registrant was using the domain in good faith since they registered the domain name, but now found themselves subject to a dispute.
The dispute involves a 3rd party that have requested a trademark for “orango”, but only did so this year.
Somehow, and this is the bit that makes absolutely no sense to me, the arbitration court found in favour of the complainant!
If that isn’t a reverse hijack then I’d love to know what it is!
Maybe Danish registrants would be better off using other TLDs?
You can download the original text of the decision here (it’s in Danish)
Thanks to the guys in Larsen Data for providing various translations of it. (Peter has posted about it also – again in Danish)