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01|11|2008 02:47 pm EDT

.mobi postpones premium-auction re-run

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

.mobi logoToday .mobi announced on their blog that they are postponing the controversial auction re-run, originally scheduled for January 23rd, 2008. According to the registry the auction was postponed in order also collect further suggestions and comments, which are to be emailed to premium@mtld.mobi.

The registry announcement also states, that “it may be possible to allocate [some] registration tokens without an auction (and without substantial controversy)“.

This might refer to one of the winners in the extended auction, who went public with a video, screenshot evidence and a site called “Eight Magic Words“. The site has since been taken down and replaced by a one page statement.

The creators of the site had won the extended auction for the domain name “tequila.mobi”. By the time the registry decided to nullify the auction, the winners of this name had already paid for the name, received the name and set up a .mobi compliant website.

At no point in time did the registry communicate directly with the recipients of the domain name, who found out about the change of heart via a press release and multiple failed transfer attempts away from their registrar GoDaddy. The registry then finally changed the registrar directly in their backend, without involving registrar.

Here are their suggestions to the registry and Sedo on how to best proceed:

  1. Return previously transferred domain Tequila.mobi to the Rightful Owner
  2. Cancel the Re-Auction of these 100 Premium .mobi Domains scheduled for January 23, 2008
  3. Any Domains awarded to the SAME Bidder in Auction 1 (Cancelled) and Auction 2 (Extended), should be honoured and awarded to the common successful Bidder
  4. Any Domains awarded in Auction 2 (Extended) where the Reserve price was NOT met in Auction 1, should be honoured and awarded to the Auction 2 successful Bidder
  5. SEDO and dotMobi mTLD must work diligently and quickly with all other successful Bidders (Those Awarded SEDO Invoices) to come up with a realistic and fair compromise and equitable resolution

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