When I first read the WIPO2 proposal
to consider such issues as personal names and trade names in ICANN
domain disputes, I wasn't too worried. I guess I figured there probably
weren't too many businesses interested in pillars.net,
and I'd never heard of anybody named "Pillars".
But the next day a strange woman stopped at a red light, rolled down her
window and motioned for me to do the same, then shouted, "Are you
related to Mary Pillars?"
"No, " I answered, "that's not the name of a person; it's the name of my
Then I read some of the
And I considered, what if this woman named "Mary Pillars" decided that
she didn't like my domain and she appealed to WIPO for domain
transfer? Not much I could do about it.
So I finally decided to apply for delegation of the subdomain
pillars.norfolk.va.us. According to their
naming convention, even if a Mary Pillars in Norfolk, Virginia wanted
a domain, she would have to name it
mary-pillars.norfolk.va.us, which would not conflict.
Only a business by the name of pillars could
The major hassle I'm running into is that nobody claims to be responsible
for the parent domain. The US Domain registry claims that it belongs to
infi.net, and infi.net claims that they
stopped administering the subdomain years ago, and control has
reverted back to the US.
The nameservers for the city webpage
are located a visi.net, but they also
claim no responsibility for delegation of subdomains.
How about it guys? Do people in other countries go through this kind
of hassle to get a regional subdomain? Or elsewhere in the US, even?