Most domain name launches are a nightmare for trademark owners and celebrities since it means protecting their trademark and identity in yet another jurisdiction. More troubling for them however is the fact that most of the domain names registration occur on a first come first serve basis. This usually means that cyber-squatters grab up domain names of famous trademark and later attempt to sell it to the very same trademark owners for an obscene price. This menace has been effectively countered by the various Domain Name Dispute Resolution Bodies set up ICANN and national registries. However this still does come at quite a price with just the administration fees coming up to about $1500 plus lawyer fees. This when buying a domain name costs lest than $10.
The DotAsia organization however announced a ‘sunrise policy’ for the .Asia launch. This policy gives a first preference to trademark owners and businesses. The organization has also launched a Celebrity Pioneers Program whereby it gives preference to celebrities to register their domain names before the process is opened to the general public. This was undoubtedly a smart publicity move since Kapil Dev who has lost all his other domain names was one of the celebrities to grace this event because he definitely did not want to lose out on yet another domain name.