The Whois Ireland Blog reported today that the european domain registry EurID have put 73 000 domain names on hold. The blog says and other web site such as forums’ and domain auction site AcornDomains.co.uk said that those domains are placed for registration from the domain speculator company Ovidio Limited.
The company registered thousands of . EUs’ since the landrush in April 2006. Many of those domain names are not active others point to Sedo.com web pages. Sedo is a domain action web site that earns profit from selling domains names and from advertising placed on thousands of one-page web sites where those domains are hosted.
WhoIs check for Ovidio Limited shows that the company is reistered in the offshore zone Cyprus.
“Ovidio Limited owns a portfolio of domain names and operates corresponding websites… Ovidio Limited uses advanced proprietary techniques to identify appropriate domain names for its portfolio and seeks to avoid the registration of domain names in respect of which third parties may have conflicting prior rights.” says the company web site that displays only a short text message.
The .EU domain history shows there are 85 767 European names registered with Cyprus address. 73 579 of those are belived to be registered by Ovidio Limited and have been put on hold for invetigation from EURid.
Ovidio’s dot-eu name is alos put locked by the registry. The address that company uses is 4 Pikioni Street, 3075 Limassol, Cyprus.