Bolton uncorks auDA court challenge

Bolton uncorks auDA court challenge

Summary: Nicholas Bolton's domain business Bottle Domains has said it is seeking an injunction in the Supreme Court to fight the decision made by Australia's domain name administrator auDA to terminate its accreditation.

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Clarification: This article initially reported comments on Twitter believed to be by Nicholas Bolton. However we now believe the comments were in fact by somebody else.

update Nicholas Bolton's domain business Bottle Domains has said it is seeking an injunction in the Supreme Court to fight the decision made by Australia's domain name administrator auDA to terminate its accreditation.

The company said on its website that the de-accreditation, which meant it would not be able to continue to provide domain name services, related to an event in early 2007 which it disputed and was going to defend. It assured its customers that their domain names were safe.

It asked its customers to hold off making any decisions until the outcome of the injunction was known, expected this afternoon. "We remain confident that your domain names will be returned safely to their rightful location by the end of the day," it said.

The company also had a backup plan in case the trip to the Supreme Court failed. "Should we not successfully reinstate the Registrar affected, we will offer to manage your domains through our Registrar Bottle, which is independent to the Registrar affected by the de-accreditation," it said.

The de-accreditation occurred after auDA had been notified in February by the Australian Federal Police that there had been a security incident affecting Bottle Domains' customers. It also accused Bottle Domains of failing to notify it of a previous incident or to notify customers that their accounts might have been compromised.

For the past few weeks Bolton's name has dominated business headlines due to a complicated battle with transport infrastructure player BrisConnections, which has seen him successfully parlay a measly $47,000 investment in the company into a $4.5 million windfall in a technique that the finance community has viewed as "greenmailing". However, the situation is still complicated to call an eventual winner.

Topics: Legal, Enterprise 2.0

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  • Fake Nick Bolton twitter account

    The twitter account quoted in this article is fake and is not Nick Bolton
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