Chinese Woman Stripped
The “.eu” domain extension, short for Europe, was launched in December 2005 and has over 2.5 million registered names to date. Even though there are a few believers that the extension may gain popularity, “.eu” has a relatively small registration population when compared to 73 million active registered “.com,” 10.3 million “.net,” 6 million “.org” and almost 5 million “.info.” With so few “.eu” domains registered, that leaves a lot of room for cybersquatting wich is defined as “registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with bad-faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. The cybersquatter then offers to sell the domain to the person or company who owns a trademark contained within the name at an inflated price.”
Before you run out and register all the .eu domain names that are unavailable as .coms, we would like to tell you about Zheng Qingying. The Chinese woman was recently sued by Eurid (European registry of internet domain names) for registering over 10,000 domain names with the suffix “.eu.” The huge number of names registered by Zheng Qingying aroused suspicion from Eurid. Any person or organization based in an EU country can apply for an unlimited number of .eu domain names, but Zheng Quinying resides several thousand miles to the East.
All the domain names registered by Zheng are now frozen and she is presently incapable of selling or transferring any of the 10,000 domains. We estimate that Zheng around 60,000 euros ($83,699 US) now tied up in frozen domain names. In response to these actions by Eurid, Zheng filed a counter suit, requiring Eurid to release all her domain names. The lawsuit filed by Zheng is to be heard next week, while the one filed by Eurid is not expected to see the courts until next year sometime.