Are Domain Disputes Suffering From Arbitrators Arbitrarily Cutting & Pasting Decisions?

from the that-doesn't-sound-good dept

JJ sends over this post concerning some troubling evidence that folks from the National Arbitration Forum, who are involved in domain name disputes, have been doing an awful lot of cutting and pasting from earlier decisions in creating their new decisions, leading to nonsense text being included in the decisions, and raising some questions about the outcomes of certain rulings. For example, the article discusses how the company Woot won a domain dispute for the domain name wooot.com, and the domain was supposed to have been transferred to Woot. Instead, the domain was canceled, and some of the text of the decision talked about AOL and a totally unrelated domain name iaol.com.

In an era of cut & paste simplicity, perhaps this isn't too surprising, but when you go to the trouble of going through an arbitration hearing, you would at least like to think that the decision has been considered carefully -- not sloppily cut and pasted from earlier decisions with apparently little or no review.
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    vilain (profile), 6 May 2010 @ 10:48pm

    Careful, the US will just take over ICANN and the whole Internet

    I can see this happening very easily. All the root servers become US property and taken to the nearest US Embassy. Then Cyberwarfare is easy. Just redirect all China's traffic to LOLcats.

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    Tav, 6 May 2010 @ 11:15pm

    HAHA

    That is so stupid, how can someone even when they cut and paste, not read through it and make sure it makes sense.

    Personally I would have them fired, sloppy work, taking shortcuts like that has no excuse, sure they got good money to copy/ paste. they obviously were not even doing what they are paid for.

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    RobShaver, 7 May 2010 @ 7:44am

    Lowest Bidder

    That's the risk you take when you let contracts to the lowest bidder, don't you think? Thank God it's not government regulated. Then you get the same incompetence but it costs a lot more.

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    Pixelation, 7 May 2010 @ 7:49am

    Outsourcing

    Perhaps they are outsourcing arbitration these days too.

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