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RU-CENTER Wins Appeal Over $7.5m Fine Following .РФ Auction Dispute

The Russian registrar RU-CENTER won an appeal Monday against a fine of about $7.5 million imposed by the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) for holding auctions at the beginning of General Availability in the Cyrillic TLD .РФ (.RF) in the Moscow Arbitration Court.

The court case came about because, according to the registry, tens of thousands of domain names were registered by the biggest registrar in .РФ, RU-CENTER, allegedly with the aim of auctioning them off at higher prices among its clients at a later date.

The scandal was always denied by RU-CENTER, who says they have acted within global best practice by auctioning off the domain names in demand.

The auctions came about following the RU-CENTER rules where there was more than one request for a domain name, an auction would take place with the domain name going to the highest bidder. This is what was to happen with around 24,700 domain names that were registered through RU-CENTER.

The RU-CENTER argued in the appeal that:

1. FAS incorrectly estimated domain name market, without taking into account international standards, foreign domain name space and experience in TLD management.

2. There was no illegal cooperation among registrars on the start of .RF open registration. RU-CENTER processed a part of its clients” applications on .RF names through other registrars. But all these registrars processed applications of their registrants first and then subsequently processed RU-CENTER applications.

3. RU-CENTER registered some domains itself via other registrars in order to process all applications of its existing clients. RU-CENTER received more than 120,000 pre-orders on .RF names at the time General Availability went live. the registry introduced a restriction preventing any registrar from processing not more than 4800 applications per hour.

RU-CENTER registered domains for its clients through other registrars itself and then did not transfer them to registrants because it was prohibited by the registry during the first year of .РФ General availability. All clients registered such domains received official registrant status and were able to use and administer them. After the restrictions on domain name transfer are cancelled (it will happen on 11 November 2011) RU-CENTER will automatically make the necessary registrant changes.

4. .RF auctions held by RU-CENTER are not illegal because domains were auctioned only where there were several pre-orders for the same domain. The price for auctioned domains was defined by registrants competing for them.

Russian Registry Flies To Corners of Country to Promote National TLDs

RU Coordination Center logoThe Russian registry, the Coordination Center for TLD RU, has undertaken a rather unique way of promoting its ccTLD and internationalised ccTLD, .RU and .РФ respectively, to the public by sponsoring an expedition of two small flex-wing trikes, an expedition timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Valery Chkalov’s flight to the Far East.

As of 4 August, the pilots had travelled over 6000 kilometres, making stops in many cities, including Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, and Chita raising awareness in the various Russian regions of the national domain space and promotion of the new Cyrillic domain, .РФ.

“I am flattered to note that we stir interest in almost every place where we stop. We were interviewed in the city of Irkutsk, and in the village of Khorinsk we are very popular with the locals: everyone is curious to know of our route and our flying machines. Everybody knows AN-2 or helicopters; however, people are unfamiliar with an exotic small flex-wing trike,” wrote Alexander Scherbakov in the crew’s blog.

En route, the pilots are engaged in educational activities related not only to the small aircrafts but also for the sponsors to the logos on the ultralight trikes’ wings.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .RU or .РФ domain, check out Europe Registry here.

.CN Domain Registrations Plummet 10 Million in 14 Months To Under 4 Million

Registrations of .CN (China) domain names have plummeted to 3,379,441 active domain names as of 28 February, a decline of over ten million registrations in 14 months, according to statistics published by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) in the past week.The total number of registered domain names has declined from a peak of 13,459,133 as of 31 December 2009 when .CN was the number one country code Top Level Domain (CNNIC publishes registration statistics dated the end of each month).The decline has meant .CN, which was easily the number one ccTLD at its peak is now at best fifth and probably sixth in terms of total registrations.The dramatic reductions are the result of the end of promotions that lasted for much of 2008 and 2009 where domain names could be registered for a few cents and the introduction of restrictions on registrants.The restrictions on registrants were monitored by 600 temporary workers that were hired in February 2011 to check all .CN domain names for pornographic content and inaccurate records according to an IDG report at the time.In terms of total registrations, Germany’s ccTLD (.DE) is still the number one registry with 14,304,857 registrations after it regained the position from .CN. Following is:

  • .UK (United Kingdom) with 9,194,231 registrations
  • .NL (Netherlands) with 4,370,120 registrations
  • .EU (European Union) with 3,383,275 registrations.

Russia’s ccTLD, .RU, is steadily increasing and has 3,250,627 active registrations meaning given the trends has probably overtaken .CN.All registrations are as of 2 April.Among the gTLDs, .COM remains number one with around 92 million registrations and .NET with around 13 million as of the end of December 2010, according to VeriSign’s Domain Name Industry Brief. There are approximately nine million .ORG domain names (March 2011) and 6.5 million .INFO domains (September 2010).

RU-CENTER Domain Names Magazine – first time in English!

Domain Names Magazine DigestFor the ICANN Meeting in San Francisco RU-CENTER has published English-language Domain Names Magazine Digest.

The digest is composed of the materials that were included in Russian Domain Names Magazine, which has been published by RU-CENTER for several years. Being the only local printed edition on the domain theme, the magazine has a reputation of well-known, professional and competent product.

The English digest provides detailed review of domain name industry in Russia. It is composed of articles about .RU, .РФ, .SU TLDs, the local domain name dispute resolution procedures as well as situation with cybercrime prevention. Also the edition contains materials about global Internet addressing technologies and plenty of expert comments, including interview with Rod Beckstrom, ICANN President and CEO.

“We hope the digest will be positively appreciated by the attendees of the ICANN meeting in San Francisco. That will help us to develop the edition further to turn it in some time into full-fledged English version of Domain Names Magazine, published by RU-CENTER”, – says Alexander Venedioukhin, the executive editor of Domain names magazine.

More information about Domain Names Magazine can be found here.

This RU-CENTER announcement was sourced from:
www.nic.ru/news/en/2011/dom_magazine.html

Europe Registry logoTo register your .RU or .РФ domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Russian Cyrillic TLD Launch Tainted By Scandal

The recent launch of Russia’s Cyrillic top level domain, where over 600,000 domain names have been registered in less than three weeks since its launch, has been touched by scandal. According to the registry, tens of thousands of domain names have been registered by the biggest registrar in .РФ, RU-CENTER, allegedly with the aim of auctioning them off at higher prices among its clients at a later date. The auctioned domain names have now been blocked until their rightful holders have been determined, the Russian registry the Coordination Center for TLD RU, the registry for .RU and .РФ (.RF), has said.But the scandal is denied by RU-CENTER, who says they have acted within global best practice by auctioning off the domain names in demand. And it becomes more complicated with allegations of collusion between the registry’s website designer, CETIS, and a prominent registrar REG.RU, who are affiliated.The auctions came about following the RU-CENTER rules where when there was more than one request for a domain name, an auction would take place with the domain name going to the highest bidder. This is what was to happen with around 24,700 domain names that were registered through RU-CENTER. During the auctions, approximately 200 domains were withdrawn on the basis of item 4.1.3., the Domains Preorder Registration Schedule in РФ TLD. Domain names withdrawn from the auction have been given to governmental and municipal authorities, trademark owners and other individuals.Auctions on the first day, 23 November, conducted by the registrar RU-CENTER, resulted in 1446 domains being sold with an average price of approximately $100. The most expensive domain was “лото.рф” (lotto.rf), sold for $1,000.However domain names auctioned were blocked by the .РФ registry late on the afternoon of 22 November with requirements to cancel all remaining auctions over allegations of cybersquatting and inflating the prices of domain names.The registry has ordered RU-CENTER, who put up 25,000 domains with several pre-orders on the auction, to return the domains to those who were the first to apply for the domains.RU-CENTER though claims that global best practice where the auctioning off of domain names in demand to its clients was followed, something the Coordination Center for TLD RU supported RU-CENTER, the registrar claims. To resolve the situation with the auctioned domains a special commission has been organised.But the general availability launch on 11 November was not so simple. The registry imposed a limit of 4,800 .РФ domain names per hour, which was fine for smaller registrars, but for larger ones such as RU-CENTER caused problems as they could in no way meet the demand of their clients. A way around this was for the largest registrars to take advantage of standard reseller agreements with smaller registrars so they could meet the requests from their clients. Using such agreements helped RU-CENTER to meet the requests of its clients, and also to registrar a larger than anticipated number of domain names. After several days of open registration the registrar was accused by the Russian anti-monopoly service in illegal collusion. Currently the investigation is in process.However there are other problems. It has been noticed that CETIS, the website designer for the registry, managed to register domain names such as Секс.рф (Sex.rf), quite possibly the most valuable .РФ domain name going by the recent record sale of sex.com, during the sunrise period. When this was noticed the sunrise period was temporarily suspended. It is alleged that CETIS obtained trademarks similar to keywords and then applied for the same domains. Formally everything was done correctly, so the company’s application was approved.CETIS has also registered other valuable domain names via REG.RU, one of the registrars in .РФ, who, further investigation shows, are affiliated with CETIS. And it becomes more complicated with allegations of collusion between the registry’s website designer, CETIS, and a prominent registrar REG.RU, who are affiliated.

.RU Reaches 3 Million Registrations Mark

RU Coordination Center logoThere are now more than three million active .RU domain names, according to statistics on the Coordination Center for TLD .RU, the .RU registry website.

The growth in .RU registrations in recent years has been particularly impressive. Active registrations have increased by 271,506 (2006), 439,499 (2007), 702,042 (2008) and 687,679 (2009). In 2010, registrations have increased by 468,350 to 3,015,806 as of 4 October, 2010.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .RU domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Crackdown on .RU Registrations to Counter Scammers and Fraudsters

RU Center logoIn a change in policies to crack down on scammers and fraudsters, the .RU the Coordination Center, the registry for .RU domain names, has modified its registration policies as of 1 April 2010.

As of April 1, all .RU registrants will be required to verify their identity through the following means:

  • Companies and organisations will be required to provide a certificate that shows government registrations
  • Individuals and entrepreneurs will be required to provide a copy of their passport.

The changes are intended to ensure .RU registration practises meet best practise. However it is meant to make life more difficult for the scammers and fraudsters who have been giving the .RU ccTLD a bad name. And it is hoped the changes will boost confidence in internet users so they will feel safer when visiting a .RU website.

Due to lax registration procedures where it has been relatively easy to conceal one’s identity, .RU is viewed by many as a haven for cybercrime.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .RU domain name check out Europe Registry here.