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From Friday, any organisation or individual wanting to apply for a new .eu domain name will be able to do so. On 7 April the domain will open for registration to the public, with names available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration for eu domains [eurid.eu] info here.
This is the press release that the Commission put out. It mentions fake registrars and abusive registrations:
.eu, Europe’s Own Internet Domain:
Frequently Asked Questions [europa.eu.int]
Has anybody got their pages hosted on their .eu domain yet.
The one .eu that per registered and got is now up and running, it's just one page with a photo. Not sure what I will do with it. Since Friday I've ordered a few more and they are now live I just need to put up my pages.
I might need some help with what to do with them, where might i post the url's for some ideas?
If you are thinking about doing that here you can't do that. It's against the TOS to post urls.
I am with the Australian guys ( didn't actually no they were from Australia until saw I had been billed in Australian Dollars). The Domain registrar comes up as being in Luxembourg though.
My name is actually on the WHOIS record, and looking on other domai registry sites confirms they are mine. I think I'll have to e-mail them and try and find out.
The domain I lost (the un hyphenated version) has now 'gone live' and is some kind of spammy site, so I guess I will have to try and bargain with them.
If I haven't got either domain, I ain't gonna be a happy bunny.
Yep, pay the EU through the ADR process to dispute the allocation of the names one wanted so they get money from another source!
Is it no wonder that EU citizens view Brussels as a corrupt entity when this sort of mess occurs?
We've already filed our papers for the one domain name we really wanted, our company name, so we'll see what happens and just how this process works. Considering that it is an unusal trading name I would be most surprised if we do not win, however...!
I'm not too sure how many ADRs have been filed yet however when we did ours on Monday, two days ago, we were nearly #700. Of course that's assuming that the numbers have been allocated as received.
As an aside to all this we've been able to register some cracking "my niche trade widget" .eu's during the last few days in English.
What has really surprised me is the huge volume of German language .eu applications. Yes I do appreciate that it is the first most spoken language within Europe then again .de is the #2 after .com therefore maybe I should not be so surprised?
we run multiple domains so we know what sells when you have a good domain name plus everything that goes with that.
moreover whats even more shocking was the fact we were able to get some of the biggest domain names in the world this may have happened if the said company has no eu office.
and under the land rush rules any domain bought after the 7th of april can be used for any purpose and sold on to ever is the highest bidder and although we are not interested in any more they are still available to this day
whether you think .eu DOMAINS are worthless or not any one with a decent .eu will if done the correct way will trap .com traffic which means some companies may have no choice but to pay well over the odds for a .eu domain which in turn will raise the .eu above the .com`s of this world as the european market will over take america and become a dominant world trade mark.
in other words the EU made a <mess> of the whole thing.
but we are not complaining as we got everything we wanted even after the land rush and we got a site up with the new .eu within 2 days....
[edited by: Webwork at 1:16 am (utc) on April 21, 2006]
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I hear what you guys are saying but its not like the .eu just appeared from no-where most of the forums including this one was giving out loads of info`s regaurding this issue before the .eu landrush.
eurid told everyone when they had to claim their own trade mark/brand domains well in advance, if these so-called well run companies cant be bothered protecting their brands then they deserve all they get guys.
the term squatters should also be used in a different way my company likes the term domain "investers" as in this game you think before you buy and what ever you buy its for the long term.
the term squatters should also be used in a different way my company likes the term domain "investers" as in this game you think before you buy and what ever you buy its for the long term.Perhaps you should pay close attention to the EU regulations regarding speculative and bad faith registrations. One aspect deals with whether a pattern of bad faith/speculative registrations by a registrant can be demonstrated. That could be lethal for any speculator or squatter.
EUrid are a bunch of incompetent morons who should not have been given the contract. The Commission made a complete hames of the system which allowed it to be massively gamed. What happens next is anyone's guess. Could there be a mass clear out of speculators? Possibly but this might require competency from the Commission and EUrid - neither of which have demonstrated any detectable sentience in the domain business.
Or even nastier - what happens if there is a mass lock-in of domains registered via bogus registrars and then when renewal time comes up in 2007, no renewal of these domains and all the squatted domains go to Landrush 2?
According to EU commissioner Viviane Reding, the .eu registry Eurid received 390,000 applications in the first 100 minutes after registration opened this morning.
"Europe and its citizens can now project their own web identity, protected by EU rules…making .eu a powerful domain name on equal footing with .com,” she said in a statement.
Firms face a first-come-first-served policy, now that any person or firm with an address in the EU can apply, and the UK is making up for its sluggish uptake of names in the sunrise period. At the time of writing, UK applications accounted for more than 170,000 of the 700,000 applications made so far across Europe.
***"Firms [with trademarks or prior rights] have had about four months to get their applications in so they only have themselves to blame if they haven’t [been successful]," said Phil Turnbull of web hosting firm Hostway. ".eu has the potential to [be as] significant and authoritative an extension as.com."***
the last bit is the important part dont you think,
we are willing to test this in one of the main parkers soon...lol
the last bit is the important part dont you think,It would seem to me that, as soon as you point a domain to a PPC page or parking page, then it automatically becomes a speculative/bad faith registration. Read the regulations rather than a mere press release. :) Do it with enough domains and a pattern of abusive registrations can be established.
we are willing to test this in one of the main parkers soon
I talked to eurid today and asked about this very point.
1/ any domain name purchased afer the sunrise period/pre reg dates are open season to all
2/some domains were not pre-registered for brand protection if this is so tuff luck.
3/ check out what the say on itweek ..uk ( if they cant be bothered to register then you either send your legal eagles lots of dosh or cut your losses now)
4/ if your a registered company and this is your buissness and its registered for tax within europe your fully protected to use the domains which we are!
so it looks as if we are covered m8
let the games begin,,,,lol