Sunday, December 16, 2007

unicolet.org continued

I contacted AIT which is, well was, the registrar of unicolet.org until last november. They say they tried to contact me about the renewal of the domain but I failed to answer so the registration expired. In fact I never received any email from AIT regarding the domain renewal not only this year but also in the past 4 years years that I've been with them.
Also they don't know or can't say what the emails were about because they are generated from an automated system. They only aknowledge the email was sent to my gmail account on certain dates before the renewal expiry date. Now this looks strange to me: it has indeed happened that gmail marked legitimate emails as spam, but it happened very rarely. Because of this gray area I can't make up whether the failure to renew unicolet.org was on my or AIT's side (so I guess I'll just blame myself for not checking more thoroughly).

Lessons learned: if you have registered any domain make sure that your registrar is actually renewing the registration. It could be a very bitter morning when you wake up to find out that it was taken from somebody else.

This is a link to another case of cyber squatting.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Cyber squatting

I also eventually became a victim of cyber squatting. The domain unicolet.org, which I registered in 2004, has become registered to a domain parker called sedo.
Not I used that domain a lot, but it really feels bad when someone walks in, takes away something of yours and then, if you want it back, you have to pay.

The folks at AIT domains which was supposedly in charge of handling the registration and renew process of unicolet.org say they can't do anything. The simplest procedure (the Uniform Dispute Resolution Process created by ICANN) to have the domain back without paying the snatchers will cost at least 1000$.

I'll contact AIT to understand what's happened...