I guess this was inevitable.
There are a bunch of domain and internet related companies out there that have totally forgettable and unoriginal names. At some point there’s going to be confusion between two or more of them.
But you’d also think that any sane company would do a small bit of due diligence to avoid these kind of conflicts when registering a limited company name.
Centralnic obviously didn’t ..
So now Centralnic are renaming themselves as “TLD Registrar Services Limited”, but there’s already a very similar company name “TLD Registry Services LLP” which was setup in 2011 by domain industry veteran Nigel Roberts, who also runs .gg and .je.
And yes, people DO confuse “registrar” and “registry” all the time, so the simple difference of one word is practically negligible
What makes it all even more amusing or inane or insane (take your pick) is that you can easily spot the potential confusion if you look at the UK companies’ database:
It’s a bit hard to say, but it sounds like there is a very big difference of opinion between Centralnic’s management and Mr Roberts:
We’ve been quietly working away talking to various small TLD operators both directly and at ICANN meetings on a 1:1 basis, and prior to this little difficulty had already signed up our first couple of already-operational TLD clients.
CentralNIC’s first reaction was that we should both carry on using the TLD Registry/-rar names.
That’s a natural,if misguided, reaction. However we are of quite a different opinion.