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.name WHOIS accuracy (was Re: [ga] repost: Domain not available)

  • To: Hugo Monteiro <hugo.monteiro@xxxxxxxxxx>, "ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: .name WHOIS accuracy (was Re: [ga] repost: Domain not available)
  • From: George Kirikos <gkirikos@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 05:53:38 -0800 (PST)

Hi Hugh,

Network Solutions isn't the operator of .name -- I believe that you should 
contact VeriSign:


If you look at the WHOIS for smith.name, it says:


"Not available for second level registration.
Third level registrations may be available on this shared name."

Performing the same WHOIS lookup for mafalda.name:


"No match."

If mafalda.name really is reserved for 3rd-level registrations, it's odd that 
the WHOIS isn't similar to that of smith.name. VeriSign should either correct 
the WHOIS database, or let you register the name. You might also try using the 
WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System:

http://wdprs.internic.net/ ;


George Kirikos

From: Hugo Monteiro <hugo.monteiro@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: "ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 2:58 AM
Subject: [ga] repost: Domain not available

This is a repost of a message i sent to compliance@xxxxxxxxx, which apparently 
is the proper address to report these kind of activities. This repost, into 
this list, is happening since the original message was sent six days ago and i 
have not received any response, not even an automated aknowledgement.

--- snip ---

Dear Sir/Madam,

I have tried to register the domain mafalda.name on October 31 of 2012.
It was a domain name that was registered by someone else and that had let the 
registry expire.
I have checked the domain availability by querying the whois database, which 
confirmed me that the domain name was not found on the database.
I have tried to register the domain through two different registrars. They both 
accepted my registry submission but later have told me that the domain was not 
available after all.
I have submitted this issue to the GA mailing list and received response from 
Mr Atif Beg telling me to further inquire the reasons of this behaviour and to 
submit this complain if i was to find that there was evidence of non compliance 
My further inquiry was directly made to Network Solutions, which manages the 
.name space and i was told, back then, that the particular domain was being 
reserved for third level registrations only. That was not the case for the 
previous registration since the second level domain mafalda.name was registered 
by someone else before.
It's now the 10th of January, two and a half months have gone by, and still 
that domain is not listed on the whois database and i still cannot register it 
either. This behavior is unacceptable and Network Solutions is performing 
domain squatting in the hopes that there are many interested parties so that 
they can market the domain for third level registration only.
Please take the appropriate actions so that the domain name mafalda.name gets 
available for registration, like it already should be, by now.

Best Regards,

Hugo Monteiro.

--- snip ---

Again, i can't stress how unfortunate all these matters are.

Best regards,

Hugo Monteiro.

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