Domainz loses patience with domain name spam

Domainz has been forced to deal with another domain name provider from Australia that has spammed New Zealand customers and its chief executive Derek Locke is calling for the Commerce Commission to act.

Domainz has been forced to deal with another domain name provider from Australia that has spammed New Zealand customers and its chief executive Derek Locke is calling for the Commerce Commission to act.

"We're about to cut them off at the knees at the registry to stop them registering names. It's not acceptable," says Locke.

The latest Australian company, Internet Registry has targeted New Zealand domain name holders with an email that claims they should register the .com version of their name to "avoid confusion".

If it sounds familiar it's because the Internet Name Group (ING) from Melbourne tried this a few months ago and tried again only last month through a different provider after Domainz had removed their rights in the New Zealand name space (see ING's use of another provider not illegal, but Domainz upset).

One of Domainz's rules for registrars is that they not engage in unsolicited email campaigns, spam, and Locke says any company that does that is in breach of its terms and conditions.

"These guys also have a "whois" button on their site that links straight through to the Domainz site and that's just not on. You're absolutely not allowed to do that."

Locke says such flagrant abuse of both Domainz's systems and the Fair Trading Act should be dealt with quickly and at the highest level. Late yesterday afternoon Locke confirmed he had switched off Internet Registry's access to the Domainz database and also to its own website.

"We are in contact with the Commerce Commission and if that carries on they're going to have to sue them under the Fair Trading Act. It's deceptive and misleading practice."

Locke says he is trying to find out whether Internet Registry is run by the same people that run ING.

Internet Registry's New Zealand office did not immediately return IDGNet calls. Phone numbers listed for the Australian parent company did not appear to be connected.

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