Narnia Dad defends his domain name policies

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  • Pro Bono

    I am not sure why Payne considers that the issue of "free speech" has any relevance to domain registrations, It would appear that the registrant has no intention to put the registration to any use at all (the registrant cannot really believe that an 11-year old would have any wish to have a domain derived from Narnia in any event - he should perhaps check with his son if he even wants the domain transferred to him). I have been involved in a similar point of "principle" which was of course resolved on the basis of a financial settlement. Also, whatever happened to true pro bono work that was undertaken for true pro bono purposes?

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  • Your suspicious minds...

    Goodness me, what suspicious minds, as the song says! We haven't tried to or made a bean! The domain is not ‘parked’; you are seeing a ‘holding page’ created as common practice by internet registration companies, and not listed with any search engines.

    Here is the statement from the registration company going to WIPO: "I am happy to state on behalf of Fasthosts that the redirection of the domain name narnia.mobi to a holding page maintained by [parent company] Sedo was not the result of a request on the part of Richard Saville-Smith.

    I am also happy to confirm that Richard Saville-Smith has not sought to benefit and has not benefited financially in any way whatsoever from this domain name through this redirection.” Clear enough now?!

    And, if it’s anyone’s business, we have quite a number of domain names as we have quite a number of businesses and interests – e.g. we run a media consultancy exclusively for charities – we are launching an internet poetry venture – and a major new children’s charity – along with various related to me as poet and columnist – and, of course, we bought some light-hearted ones for presents to allow amusing email addresses. Not very sinister.

    The domain was available when the new .mobi domains went on general sale to the public as the CS Lewis Company failed to register it in the private three month period given to all trademark holders. And if you can’t see why an email address ‘atNarnia’ is magical for a boy who is a fan of the books, then you’re not a fan yourself…

    We’d like to say how we have been overwhelmed with offers of legal support and thanks SO much to all of them. Especially the fantastic Matheson, Ormsby, Prentice who are kindly sorting out our amateur Response for Monday’s deadline.

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