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09|10|2007 12:53 pm EDT

10,000 .EU domains suspended

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

EURid, the operator of the .EU registry has suspended 10,000 domains registered by a Chinese woman for cybersquatting. writes:

EURid, the Belgium-based registry for .eu domain names, has blocked the names and has the right to strip the woman, Zheng Qingyin, of the names. EURid legal manager Herman Sobrie told OUT-LAW, though, that the organisation wanted to have a court strip Qingyin of the addresses. He said that case would take around a year.

Qingyin has filed a separate suit objecting to the blocking of the domains in the Court of First Instance in Brussels. This is a fast-track case whose result should be known in a month, Sobrie said.

“This Chinese woman has registered over 10,000 names, she is without doubt cybersquatting,” said Sobrie. “We know she sells these names to people for serious prices. This is a phenomenon we don’t like at all, but there is nothing illegal about this.”

In order for the registry to take action against someone suspected for cybersquatting EURid has to have received several complaints.

“We as registery can just stand there and look at it except in one situation, which is that maybe this registrant is not eligible to have a .eu domain,” said Sobrie. Only people or organisations which are based in the European Union are entitled to hold .eu addresses.

“We started asking for more information about her domicile. She said she was domiciled in London. At first we took that for granted, but we had indications that that was probably not true,” he said. “We have serious doubts about the eligibility of that lady and at a certain point we thought we had enough reason to say that she wasn’t eligible. Under the circumstances we preferred to sue in a Belgian court and have the names revoked by the court rather than do it ourselves and be sued.”

A little more than a year ago EURid suspended over 74,000 domain names and sued “phantom” registrars for registering the names with the intention to resell them.

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Michele Neylon

September 10, 2007 @ 7:38 pm EDT


There’s more coverage of the story here: (me!)

and here: (John McCormack)

One of the stumbling blocks is her supposed proof of domicile and the number of ADR decisions against her


Claude Gelinas

September 10, 2007 @ 8:58 pm EDT

If a domain name is paid, whatever use is done of it, it’s not “squatting”.

Maybe it’s not “desirable” or “ethical” but technically, it has nothing to do with “squatting”, per se.

This being said, let’s all wish all those registered named will eventually turn into beautiful and useful web sites.

Michele Neylon

September 11, 2007 @ 3:00 am EDT


I don’t see how payment has anything to do with whether the registration is “squatting” or not.


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