Oggi returns fire in Domainz dispute

Oggi Advertising is refusing to comment on legal action against the national Internet domain name registry Domainz - on the basis that 'substantive proceedings remain on foot' - but has rejected Domainz' claim against it for costs. In a media statement, Oggi says it finds Domainz' intention to seek costs 'given its pivotal role' in a bitter domain name dispute to be 'bizarre' and confirms that 'any attempt to obtain costs will be vigorously opposed'.

Oggi Advertising is refusing to comment on legal action against the national Internet domain name registry Domainz - on the basis that "substantive proceedings remain on foot" - but has rejected Domainz' claim against it for costs.

In a media statement, Oggi says it finds Domainz' intention to seek costs "given its pivotal role" in a bitter domain name dispute to be "bizarre" and confirms that "any attempt to obtain costs will be vigorously opposed".

Domainz chief executive Patrick O'Brien has maintained since the beginning of the case that his organisation should not have been included in Oggi's action against Cameron Mckenzie, who was told recently in an interim injunction to hand the oggi.co.nz over to Oggi.

But Oggi says the involvement of Domainz in the registration of the name oggi.co.nz to Ron Towitt (an alias of Mckenzie), and the fact that only Domainz could "return" the name to Oggi, meant the involvement of both Domainz and its owner, the Internet Society of New Zealand was "essential".

The Oggi statement also denies that either of the two organisations was "dropped" from court action and says "there was simply no need to seek injunctive orders against them given their agreement to abide by any order delivered by the court."

Oggi says it was only this agreement to abide by the court's decision, and not Domainz' prior conduct which was described as responsible by the judge and the ad company continue to maintain that Domainz' registration procedures are "inadequate".

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