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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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Domain Services Pty Ltd / ProWeb (Bradley Norrish + Craig Oehlers)

Filed under: Bradley Norrish, Craig Oehlers, Domain Services — Josh @ 8:47 am

Reports are coming in of domain name renewal notices being posted out by “Domain Services Pty Ltd” ACN 107 919 237 – www.domain-services.com.au

Domain Services Pty Ltd notice (Craig Oehlers)

If anyone else has evidence of these notices, then I would appreciate a copy for www.domainwatch.org

from: whois.ausregistry.com.au

Domain Name: domain-services.com.au
Last Modified: 24-May-2005 01:12:43 UTC
Registrar ID: R00020-AR
Registrar Name: Explorer
Status: OK

Registrant: Domain Services Pty Ltd
Registrant ID: ACN 107919237

Registrant ROID: C1098907-AR
Registrant Contact Name: Domain Administrator
Registrant Email: info@proweb.com

Tech ID: C1098907-AR
Tech Name: Domain Administrator
Tech Email: info@proweb.com

Name Server: ns2.proweb.net.au
Name Server IP: 204.10.36.195
Name Server: ns1.proweb.net.au
Name Server IP: 204.10.36.194

from: whois.nic.us

Domain Name: PROWEB.US
Domain ID: D2088805-US
Sponsoring Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Domain Status: ok
Registrant ID: BRADBRAD764B2E04
Registrant Name: Brad Norrish
Registrant Organization: Intraspatial LLC
Registrant Address1: PO Box 5484
Registrant City: Edmond
Registrant State/Province: OK
Registrant Postal Code: 73083
Registrant Country: United States
Registrant Country Code: US
Registrant Email: brad.norrish@intraspatial.net
Registrant Application Purpose: P1
Registrant Nexus Category: C11
Administrative Contact ID: CRAIDOMAA5EEF1BD
Administrative Contact Name: Domain Administrator
Administrative Contact Organization: Domain Services Pty Ltd
Administrative Contact Address1: Level 40
Administrative Contact Address2: 140 William Street
Administrative Contact City: Melbourne
Administrative Contact State/Province: VIC
Administrative Contact Postal Code: 3000
Administrative Contact Country: Australia
Administrative Contact Country Code: AU
Administrative Contact Phone Number: +61.1300133595
Administrative Contact Email: info@proweb.com.au
Billing Contact ID: CRAIDOMAA5EEF1BD
Billing Contact Name: Domain Administrator
Billing Contact Organization: Domain Services Pty Ltd
Billing Contact Address1: Level 40
Billing Contact Address2: 140 William Street
Billing Contact City: Melbourne
Billing Contact State/Province: VIC
Billing Contact Postal Code: 3000
Billing Contact Country: Australia
Billing Contact Country Code: AU
Billing Contact Phone Number: +61.1300133595
Billing Contact Email: info@proweb.com.au
Technical Contact ID: CRAIDOMAA5EEF1BD
Technical Contact Name: Domain Administrator
Technical Contact Organization: Domain Services Pty Ltd
Technical Contact Address1: Level 40
Technical Contact Address2: 140 William Street
Technical Contact City: Melbourne
Technical Contact State/Province: VIC
Technical Contact Postal Code: 3000
Technical Contact Country: Australia
Technical Contact Country Code: AU
Technical Contact Phone Number: +61.1300133595
Technical Contact Email: info@proweb.com.au
Name Server: NS1.PROWEB.NET.AU
Name Server: NS2.PROWEB.NET.AU
Created by Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Last Updated by Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Domain Registration Date: Fri Apr 26 14:14:11 GMT 2002
Domain Expiration Date: Tue Apr 25 23:59:59 GMT 2006
Domain Last Updated Date: Fri Aug 05 16:24:41 GMT 2005

Monday January 23 2006

Scammers go offline (Bradley Norrish + Chesley Rafferty)

from: http://www.theage.com.au/news/business/playtime-at-portsea-may-get-rough/2006/01/22/1137864806219.html

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Scammers go offline
By Helen Westerman and Rebecca Urban
January 23, 2006

IF CYBERLAND is the new frontier, then Chesley Rafferty and Brad Norrish are definitely its cowboys.

The pair have gained a reputation as profligate cyber-scammers for sending out misleading invoices to businesses asking them to register their domain names.

And it seems their activities continue. Norrish has been ordered to hand over a site he has been using that shares the domain name of online travel booking service Webjet.

The travel group’s website, webjet.com.au, generated $77.5million from 2004 to 2005 and was rated Australia’s No.1 travel site in the same year by Hitwise.

But Norrish’s domain name, webjet.com, which he bought in October, takes users to Webjet’s competitors and some porn sites for good measure. Webjet complained to the international arbiter, the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), that by using the same name, Norrish was confusing users and using the website in bad faith.

The elusive Norrish did not respond to the panel, which also found he had provided a false phone number to register the domain name.

Panellist Ross Wilson ordered Norrish to transfer the website over to Webjet.

The action follows a $1.3 million fine imposed last month by the Australian Federal Court on Norrish and Rafferty, for an elaborate copyright scam involving 2.2 million websites registered in Britain.

In 2003 the pair illegally “scraped” the database of Nominet UK, the national registry for .uk domain names, for the details of 50,000 registrants.

Judge Robert French found the pair and three of their companies — Diverse Internet Pty Ltd, Internet Payments Pty Ltd and Seychelles-based UK Internet Registry Ltd — had broken copyright and Australian free trade laws.

Judge French said the pair’s conduct had been “flagrant”, and also ordered them to pay costs, estimated at $1 million.

But getting the money will not be easy. Rafferty was declared bankrupt in Australia in October and the company solicitor at Nominet, Edward Phillips, told Full Disclosure that several of the defendants were in the process of being bankrupted by Nominet and others.

“They have some assets, but we cannot accurately predict how much, if any, of this money we will see — some of it is frozen in foreign bank accounts,” says Phillips. But Phillips says if the action is enough to bankrupt them, that may be good enough.

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from: http://arbiter.wipo.int/domains/decisions/html/2005/d2005-1096.html

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WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center

ADMINISTRATIVE PANEL DECISION

Webjet Marketing Pty Ltd v. Brad Norrish

Case No. D2005-1096

1. The Parties

The Complainant is Webjet Marketing Pty Ltd of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, represented by Minter Ellison of Australia.

The Respondent is Brad Norrish of East Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

2. The Domain Name and Registrar

The disputed domain name is registered with eNom, Inc.

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 the Complainant.

Ross Wilson
Sole Panelist

Date: December 29, 2005

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from whois.enom.com

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Checking server [whois.enom.com]
Results:

Registration Service Provided By: eNom, Inc.
Contact: info2@eNom.com

Domain name: webjet.com

Registrant Contact:
NA
Brad Norrish (NA)
NA
Fax:
2/47 Forrest Ave
East Perth, Western Australia 6004
East Perth, WE 6004
US

Administrative Contact:
NA
Brad Norrish (bradnorrish@yahoo.com.au)
888 317 8842
Fax:
2/47 Forrest Ave
East Perth, Western Australia 6004
East Perth, WE 6004
US

Technical Contact:
NA
Brad Norrish (bradnorrish@yahoo.com.au)
888 317 8842
Fax:
2/47 Forrest Ave
East Perth, Western Australia 6004
East Perth, WE 6004
US

Status: Locked

Name Servers:
dns1.name-services.com
dns2.name-services.com
dns3.name-services.com
dns4.name-services.com
dns5.name-services.com

Creation date: 02 Oct 1995 00:00:00
Expiration date: 01 Oct 2007 00:00:00
Whois-Services: 8d4c43df-6a82-4026-bc06-4bfafddd0eda@whois-services.com

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Friday January 6 2006

Nominet wins data mining case (Chesley Rafferty + Bradley Norrish)

Filed under: Bradley Norrish, Chesley Rafferty, UK Internet Registry — Josh @ 7:18 am

from: http://www.vnunet.com/2148077

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Nominet wins data mining case
Fraudsters ’scraped’ WHOIS database to send misleading domain name notices

Ken Young, vnunet.com 05 Jan 2006

Nominet UK, the national registry for all .uk domain names, has been awarded more than AUS$1.3m in damages following a data mining scam that led to thousands of Nominet registrants receiving misleading domain name notices.

Legal firm Pinsent Masons said that the case goes back to January 2003 when Nominet discovered that its WHOIS database, which lists domain names and their owners, had been illegally mined.

Details of registrants were “scraped” from the database and 50,000 registrants received misleading notices from an unknown “UK internet registry”.

The unsolicited notices resembled invoices and tried to sell .com names to the holders of .uk names.

Nominet warned its registrants to disregard the notices, and began an investigation which led to Chesley Rafferty and Bradley Norrish and three of their companies (Diverse Internet Pty Ltd, Internet Payments Pty Ltd and Seychelles-based UK Internet Registry Ltd).

In September 2004 Rafferty and Norrish, together with their three companies, were found liable for copyright infringement and breaches of Australian fair trade laws by copying data from Nominet’s WHOIS service, and issuing misleading domain name registration notices.

Nominet has been awarded damages for copyright infringement of AUS$810,953, with additional damages of AUS$500,000 to reflect the “flagrancy” of the breaches.

The latter award is one of the highest additional damages awards ever made by the Australian courts, according to Nominet. The defendants are also liable for the costs of the proceedings.

“We take the protection of our intellectual property and copyright ownership very seriously, both as the core of our business and in protecting our .uk registrants from domain name scams,” said Nominet chief executive Lesley Cowley.

“This judgment not only recognises the value of Nominet’s domain name register, but underlines the responsibility of legal systems worldwide in tackling internet scams.

“By fighting, and winning, this case we are very clearly showing that scamming is a serious industry issue which will not be tolerated.”

Struan Robertson, editor of Pinsent Masons’ Out-law website, explained that the case was a civil action rather than a criminal proceeding.

“The WHOIS database is in the public domain, but you are not entitled to scrape it and use it in this way. They may also have been ‘passing off’ by pretending to be a Nominet representative,” he said.

“It was copyright infringement on a large scale but, because it is a civil action, there is no threat of a custodial sentence in such a case.”

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Domain scammers hit for $2.3m for UK sting (Chesley Rafferty + Bradley Norrish)

Filed under: Bradley Norrish, Chesley Rafferty, UK Internet Registry — Josh @ 7:14 am

from: http://networks.silicon.com/webwatch/0,39024667,39155298,00.htm

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Domain scammers hit for $2.3m for UK sting
‘Renew now or lose your website’ fraud costs them dearly…

By Will Sturgeon

Published: Tuesday 03 January 2006

Two scam artists who duped victims with bogus demands for domain name registration have been hit for AU$2.3m (£980,000) by an Australian court.

Brad Norrish and Chesley Rafferty copied personal information from the Whois listings of Nominet, the dot-uk domain registrar. They then contacted around 50,000 domain owners and told them they must pay a fee or risk losing their domain.

The pair were found guilty of “flagrant” disregard for Nominet’s copyright and ordered to pay AU$1.3m in damages to the registrar, after it was forced to close down its Whois database. They were also hit with AU$1m in costs.

Lesley Cowley, CEO of Nominet, said the company takes “protection of our intellectual property and copyright ownership very seriously”.

Cowley said in a statement the need to protect its customers is also paramount and praised the international co-operation which had secured the conviction.

She said: “By fighting, and winning, this case we are very clearly showing that scamming is a serious industry issue which will not be tolerated.”

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