Once again Sedo screws me big time. They refuse to help me with the legal battle I am having with the Alibaba Group for the past 4 years. But let’s start from the beginning. Back in 2004 I registered the domain name alibaba.info. You know… Ali Baba from the tale Ali Baba and the 40 thieves. Then is 2011 Alibaba Group Holding Limited filed a UDRP complaint against my company at the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre. The Dispute Case ID was HK-1100361. Guess what happened? Alibaba lost! They lost because Ali Baba is a fictional character, never offered the domain name for sale to their company and many other reasons including the fact I was displaying ads from children’s books. Here is the decision in pdf where the dispute is denied. Then the Alibaba Group filed a complained in Greek courts over trademark infringement. I still have not understood why I lost but I did. I guess I do know but I rather not say. I filed for an appeal and my lawyer mentioned that if Alibaba knew that I owned the domain for 5 years and did nothing, then the case would be thrown out. I remembered I have received 3 anonymous offers at Sedo before the complaint. So I asked them to disclose the contact details of the 3 inquiries. A Sedo representative told me after I requested this information: “I have spoken with legal team and we will need to receive a request from your legal representative with the request. As private details will be disclosed, we need to have a formal request in cases such as this.” At about the same time someone from Sedo’s legal department had told me that I need a court order to get this information. A Greek court will not issue a court order on what seems to them to be a “hunch”. Especially to a foreign company. I asked Sedo if I could provide them with 3 names and they could tell me a yes or no. They refused. If I had that I might be able to convince the court to issue a court order. Otherwise I could jeopardize the case. So I paid my lawyer and apparently wasted my time and money to send this formal request only to receive this reply yesterday: “Your email and letter dated 14 October have been forwarded to my attention.
The lessons here? 1) Don’t respond to anonymous offers. Don’t use Sedo to sell domains. 2) Don’t use Sedo or any other service that hides the buyer’s details and then refuses to disclose them in case of a legal matter. Just don’t. It is not worth it. I won the complaint against me for Toyotomi.com a couple of months back, partly because the complainant revealed they had made an anonymous offer to purchase the domain name and after we negotiated they filled for a UDRP. The case would have been a lot harder if And if you think I receive too many UDRP complaints, I say that you are wrong. I have only received 2 in the past 4 years (2011 and 2015) and I won both of them by replying to the complaints myself.