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Thursday July 6 2006

Oz domain name scammer declares bankruptcy (Bradley Norrish)

Filed under: Bradley Norrish, Chesley Rafferty, UK Internet Registry — Josh @ 7:33 am

Oz domain name scammer declares bankruptcy
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/07/05/oz_domain_scam/

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Oz domain name scammer declares bankruptcy

Shown the pink card

By John Leyden
Published Wednesday 5th July 2006 12:34 GMT

Australian domain name scammer Bradley Norrish has declared himself bankrupt.

Bradley Norrish, along with business partner Chesley Rafferty, ran an outfit called UK Internet Registry, and three other firms, which sent 50,000 fake invoices to domain name holders in the UK during 2003. The information needed to mount the scam was obtained from a data mining attack on the .uk WHOIS database.

The scale of the attack was so severe that Nominet, the .uk internet domain name registry, was forced to suspend its WHOIS database, which allows people to check the registrants of domain names for nine hours to prevent further abuse.

Nominet linked the attack back to UK Internet Registry and sued the firm and its directors for breach of copyright and offences against Australian fair trade laws.

An Australian court upheld Nominet’s complaint, paving the way for it to sue for costs and damages. In January 2006, Nominet was awarded A$1.3m ($970K) in damages against Chesley Rafferty and Bradley Norrish for copyright infringement, as well as an additional A$500K ($373K) stipend to reflect the “flagrancy” of the breaches.

In a letter, published by Domainwatch, Norrish said although he’d been forced to declare himself broke because of legal judgments against him, he might yet return to the domain name business.

“I’m sure most of you on the domain list will be pleased to hear I am now declared officially bankrupt. This will undoubtedly bring varying levels of happiness to those involved in selling domains from those who raise a slight smile, to those who leap enthusiastically out of their chairs,” Norrish writes.

“It was officially at 4.50pm yesterday afternoon that the Pink Bankruptcy Card was raised to send me off the field for three years. So a big congratulations to the captain of the opposite team Nominet as well as all their supporters. If the game’s still worth playing in three years time I might just get a recall, and if I do you know it will be with fresh legs.”

Nominet said the rocky financial straits Norrish finds himself in are a just a consequence of his abuse of the WHOIS registry. Nominet chief executive Lesley Cowley commented: “The bankruptcy brings an appropriate and successful end to the litigation against the directors of UK Internet Registry and proves that data mining the WHOIS is a serious industry issue that Nominet will not tolerate.

“It has been a long, expensive and often challenging process, but we take protection of our intellectual property and copyright ownership very seriously. This case proves that we can and will detect, track down and sue for WHOIS infringement to protect our business and our .uk registrants from domain name scams,” she added.

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Wednesday July 5 2006

Internet scammer announces bankruptcy (Bradley Norrish)

Filed under: Bradley Norrish, Chesley Rafferty, UK Internet Registry — Josh @ 7:16 am

Internet scammer announces bankruptcy
http://www.nominet.org.uk/news/latest/?contentId=3106

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July 04 2006
Domainwatch.org today posted a letter from Australian domain name scammer, Bradley Norrish, announcing his declaration of bankruptcy.

http://domainwatch.org/archives/2006/07/04/bradley-norrish-bankrupt/

Lesley Cowley, CEO, Nominet, commented: “The bankruptcy brings an appropriate and successful end to the litigation against the directors of UK Internet Registry and proves that datamining the WHOIS is a serious industry issue that Nominet will not tolerate. It has been a long, expensive and often challenging process, but we take protection of our intellectual property and copyright ownership very seriously. This case proves that we can and will detect, track down and sue for WHOIS infringement to protect our business and our .uk registrants from domain name scams.”

This case was brought by Nominet against Chesley Rafferty and Bradley Norrish and 3 of their companies in the Federal Court of Australia following Nominet’s discovery in January 2003 that its WHOIS database had been the subject of concerted data mining attacks. This database is commonly used by Internet users to check who is the registrant of a domain name. The sheer scale of these assaults subsequently forced Nominet to suspend its WHOIS system for the only time in its six year history. The attacks captured details of many .uk domain name holders and resulted in 50,000 registrants receiving misleading notices from “UK Internet Registry” regarding their domain name registrations.

In January 2006, Nominet was awarded AUD $1.3 million in damages to conclude the battle against Chesley Rafferty and Bradley Norrish. The Court awarded actual damages for copyright infringement, underlining the value of Nominet’s .uk Register and copyright ownership of its databases, as well as additional damages to reflect the “flagrancy” of the breaches, in using Nominet’s records for direct marketing purposes. The award of AUD $500,000 for the misuse of the data is one of the highest additional damages awards ever made by the Australian Courts.

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Tuesday July 4 2006

Bradley Norrish bankrupt

Filed under: Bradley Norrish, Chesley Rafferty — Josh @ 8:51 pm

Nominet has been successful in bankrupting Brad Norrish after freezing his assets.

Let’s hope this serves as a deterrent for others in the future.

Chesley Rafferty forwarded the following email to the .au DNS List, which is apparently from Brad Norrish:

from: http://dotau.org/archive/2006-07/0015.html

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From: Chesley Rafferty chesleyau@yahoo.com.au
Date: Tue Jul 04 2006 – 02:17:09 UTC

Brad asked me to forward this to the list as he’s not
subscribed :

I’m sure most of you on the domain list will be
pleased to hear I am now declared officially bankrupt.

This will undoubtedly bring varying levels of
happiness to those involved in selling domains from
those who raise a slight smile, to those who leap
enthusiastically out of their chairs with their hands
and feet in the air before landing just in time to
start the exciting scramble to cut out and gather news
articles.

I suggest you take off the Bow Tie, set the TiVo to
record Big Brother and put off updating your blogs and
go have a few celebratory beers down the local pub
because something this exciting might not happen again
for a few more years to come.

It was officially at 4.50pm yesterday afternoon that
the Pink Bankruptcy Card was raised to send me off the
field for 3 years. So a big Congratulations to the
captain of the opposite team Nominet as well as all
their supporters. A special mention to their sponsors
the UK domain registrants, their coach Allens. Well
done to the Groundskeeper Chris and a round of
applause to the Players Enetica, Explorer,
Benchwarmers Rod and Ron, a can of Fanta and a bag of
lollies to Waterboy Josh.

If the game’s still worth playing in 3 years time I
might just get a recall, and if I do you know it will
be with fresh legs,

All the Best

Brad

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Sunday March 26 2006

Nominet Legal Case: Score 1 for the Registry (Bradley Norrish + Chesley Rafferty)

Filed under: Bradley Norrish, Chesley Rafferty, UK Internet Registry — Josh @ 12:55 pm

ccTLD ICANN Meetings in Wellington, New Zealand, 25-31 March 2006
http://www.wwtld.org/meetings/cctld/20060326.Wellington-agenda.html

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wwTLD meeting Wellington Sunday 26th March

ccTLDs best practices: latest and future developments

15:15 Session 5: Nominet Legal Case: Score 1 for the Registry
Presentation of The Ches & Brad Case, Emily Taylor, .uk and Jackie O’Brien, Allens Arthur Robinson.

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Emily Taylor’s presentation is available here (700k PDF).

Saturday February 11 2006

Pest gives himself a sporting chance (Bradley Norrish)

Filed under: Bradley Norrish, IMCO Corporation — Josh @ 9:31 am

from: http://www.theage.com.au/news/business/pest-gives-himself-a-sporting-chance/2006/02/08/1139379572320.html

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Pest gives himself a sporting chance

Date: February 9 2006

By Helen Westerman and Rebecca Urban

NOTORIOUS cybersquatter Brad Norrish, certainly has a never-say-die attitude.

After having his deceptive antics reined in by several Australian courts, Perth-based Norrish has taken on US sporting channel network ESPN.

The sports and entertainment giant recently filed a complaint with the Swiss-based WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center after discovering an entity owned by Norrish, IMCO Corporation, had registered the domain name www.espn.com.au — almost identical to its own internet address www.espn.com.

ESPN, which has television networks in more than 30 countries including Australia, complained that IMCO was using the domain name to divert website users to two misleading and deceptive schemes for its own gain.

One was a purported competition offering a plasma-screen television as a prize, while the other was a weekly horoscope service, for which users were required to pay.

The scam is similar to one involving a website similar to Webjet, which diverted users to competitor travel groups.

Norrish did not respond to the arbitrating panel, which has ordered that the disputed domain name be returned to ESPN.

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whois.ausregistry.com.au

Domain Name: espn.com.au
Last Modified: 14-Aug-2005 00:11:18 UTC
Registrar ID: R00103-AR
Registrar Name: Domain Central
Status: CLIENTDELETEPROHIBITED
Status: SERVERDELETEPROHIBITED
Status: SERVERTRANSFERPROHIBITED
Status: CLIENTUPDATEPROHIBITED
Status: SERVERUPDATEPROHIBITED

Registrant: IMCO Corporation Pty Ltd
Registrant ID: ACN 107034622

Registrant ROID: C3032964-AR
Registrant Contact Name: Domain Administrator
Registrant Email: domains@pantherserv.com

Tech ID: C3032964-AR
Tech Name: Domain Administrator
Tech Email: domains@pantherserv.com

Name Server: ns1.pantherserv.com
Name Server: ns2.pantherserv.com

from: http://arbiter.wipo.int/domains/decisions/html/2005/dau2005-0005.html

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WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center

ADMINISTRATIVE PANEL DECISION

ESPN, Inc. v. IMCO Corporation Pty Ltd

Case No. DAU2005-0005

1. The Parties

Complainant is ESPN, Inc., Bristol, Connecticut, United States of America, represented by White & Case LLP, United States of America.

Respondent is IMCO Corporation Pty Ltd, Perth, Australia.

2. The Domain Name and Registrar

The disputed domain name is registered with Domain Central Pty Ltd.

7. Decision

For all the foregoing reasons, in accordance with paragraphs 4(i) of the Policy and 15 of the Rules, the Panel orders that the domain name be transferred to Complainant.

Alan L. Limbury
Sole Panelist

Dated: January 31, 2006

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