Another Indo-Pak warlike situation on cyber arena it seems! At least it has been made so. This is apparently a case of copyright violations and / or domain name overlap, but since the two warring parties belong to two different countries, this has become a rallying point for the overly patriotic / nationalistic Pakistani cyber-activists. This is the sense that I got from the email exchange between these "activists" on the issue. A little bit of insight can be gathered from the following Press Release that was circulated by Mr. Daniyal Waseem, seemingly the representative of Rediffpk.com. Happy reading folks! Errrrr. . . dont forget to comment and leave your piece of information for the benefit of us – the dis-informed public! 🙂
PRES RELEASE: It has been reported by various news organization in India that Rediff.com has won the case against the domain name rediffpk.com which is owned by Orax News Network, we would like to clarify few points regarding the issue.
First of all there is no such case in the office ICANN which is only authorized organization for the allotments of TLD .com .net .org the domain rediffpk.com is still active and owned by our company, the website Rediff Pakistan has completly different logo and contents and it was clearly mentioned in our disclaimer that this website is separate entity and has no connection with Rediff India, the main focus of this news website was to counter the propaganda of rediff.com against Pakistani Institutes and we were doing well in that sense and here the problem started, they started threatening us and tried to shut down our website several times, the domain was register with PKNIC and its existence was completely according to the internet laws there are several examples of identical domain names on different extensions (Spiegel Online is largest news group of Germnay having domain name spiegel.de whereas the spiegel.com is owned by some American company) many other examples can be found and as we were having completely different logo so nobody can say that we were trying to get their reputation or violating any copy right law, we were in kind of news war with them so we just named it after them.
After several attempts within the law finally rediff India approached some Hong Kong based very shady website DNDRC who has no legal status to run any hearing against anyone and we never replied at their any notice because it was having no legal ground afterward they tried some tricks and transferred our domain in their favor with the help of PKNIC.
rediffpk.com was just a data domain which we were having to store our images, it is now our primary domain for Rediff Pakistan and as it is TLD so they cant transfer it with PKNIC so this time they are trying different ways to harass us, and of course they will finally succeed because they are having all the money and connection which we lack, but our mission is to keep encountering the propaganda campaigns against our country on the internet and we will never give up, the domain names and websites are materials and we really don't care about them.