Upon inquiry, the folks who brokered the theft of the hoopla.com domain sent an update as to how they've screwed up the situation even worse:
From: James Baker <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 08:08:23 -0400
To: Michael Alex Wasylik
Subject: RE: Response to letter alleging fraudulent conduct (hoopla.com)
Dear Mr. Wasylik:
During our investigation of the contractual dimension of this issue, the registrant of "hoopla.com" failed to respond to our inquiries concerning the accuracy of contact details associated with this registration.
This failure is a material breach of the registrant-registrar contract, and thus a basis for cancellation of the registrant's registration. Our staff have therefore taken steps to cancel it.
Very truly yours,
In other words, instead of transferring the domain back to Leslie as requested, and instead of notifying her that they planned to cancel the registration so that she could re-register the name, AITDomains simply released the name to the general public.
Then a man in Taiwan snapped it up as it hit the market. A polite request has gone to the new registrant, who now has the choice between Internet hero and Internet goat.
However, the conduct of AITDomains in this case really disappoints me. They had the power and the knowledge to set right a clear wrong and refused to do so, letting the opportunity slip out the door. I wonder if this James Baker - who is apparently the company's legal counsel - has an Uncle Ben?Posted by wasylik at June 11, 2002 10:13 AM