секс.рф (Sex).рф and банк.рф (Bank).рф headlined a group of premium domain names that were awarded to a single Russian company. The release of the .рф (.rf) ccTLD should have merely been a time for celebration, but the event was marred by claims that cronyism turned the sunrise period for .рф into an uneven playing field.
The sunrise period, which was reserved for trademark owners to register their .рф business marks before the general landrush certainly had a suspicious outcome. The following seemingly generic names were all snared by the same company: банк.рф, ипотека.рф, знакомства.рф, секс.рф, недвижимость.рф, досуг.рф, кино.рф. In English, a simple Google translate interprets these names as Bank.RF, Mortgage.RF, Dating.RF, Sex.RF, Properties.RF, Leisure.RF, and Movies.RF.
Who was the “trademark holder” awarded these domains? CETIS. A Russian web development company. But according to a Russian new site here: “CETIS is a subsidiary of REG.RU, which first received permission to register domains in the zone .рф. Moreover, CEO Alexei Korolyuk was part of a working group to develop the rules of registering domain names in Russia.”
Another investigative report found that CETIS registered the trademark банк.рф (Bank).рф under the guise of an umbrella trademark: “The trademark “movie” was registered in the class ‘water heaters, lamps, lanterns,’ and the trademark ‘banks’ in the class ‘umbrellas, handles for umbrellas and suitcases.’ “
May 27, 2010 6 Comments