DomainGang wrote what I consider avery scandalous article about 4.cn tonight that I found a bit offending and one sided and I felt it necessary to point a few things. Here was the article
Ever since it changed its policies, Australian Domain marketplace, Flippa, has taken measures to disallow and remove trademark violations.
The new king of obvious domain violations is now 4.CN – a Chinese auction web site that clearly shows the state of lawless anarchy in China, regarding intellectual property.
For example, more than 90 “facebook” domains are being listed on 4.CN; some even have offers!
Let’s not even start with the number of“iPhone” domains listed for sale on 4.CN: an astounding 396 domains!
We also found 157 “Microsoft” domains listed for sale!
It’s a shame that 4.CN is openly allowing its members to pirate trademarks on its marketplace.
Domainers are advised to stay clear from such troublesome domain platforms.
I am defending 4.cn in this case for a variety of reasons. Yes they are my sponsor and have been very good to me. I call many of the people in their company my friends and I am very impressed how their company is growing and the progress they are making. Two, I feel that Namejet, Flippa, and 4.cn have all been called out but they are no different than any auction house and all three are actually better than many.
By no means am I making light of trademark enforcement. There are reasons we have legal enforcement of trademarks around the world. Companies like MarkMonitor are paid millions of dollars to enforce trademarks of thousands of the largest companies in the world. The parking companies and auction houses have a very difficult task of policing the hundreds of thousands, if not millions of domains under their account. It’s not as simple as writing a program and having it check and cull out domains that infringing. In order to do it correctly it has to be a combination of manual and computer. That combined with the companies themselves asking to have them removed. A bigger question for another post would be why does Apple and Markmonitor allow any of these domains to be parked or on the auction platforms? Isn’t that one of Markmonitor’s jobs? Oh yeah, the same reason they show up on most platforms, it’s nearly impossible to take them all down. It takes more hours and money than it saves. It’s probably the reason Apple doesn’t send an email or letter concerning every iPhone name on a parking platform.
So lets get back to the article. DomainGang crowns 4.cn the new king but they are not even close to the worst. I hate to even name the worst because I think highly of them as well but it’s Sedo. They have a lot more of the names listed above
Facebook domains …….425
iPhone domains …….8600
Microsoft……they police this one…..only a few
So they are probably the king if defined by numbers but I personally don’t think of them as wrong doers, nor would I ever ask people to stay away as suggested by DomainGang. I don’t think any of these companies take trademarks for granted and I’m sure they all take offense with the suggestion that they should be avoided. There is nothing wrong with calling out our industry as a whole but to pick on individual companies to me seems a bit personalized rather than rationalized……but maybe its just me.