But do you know that Michael Berkens of TheDomains.com is the real owner? Well, you do know.
I didn’t even know before Friday where Mike was living but I found out by looking at whois of TheDomains.com: Florida. So according to .NYC nexus he can’t register a .nyc domain.
So Michael Berkens is using a “proxy” owner living in New York to be able to register .nyc domains. This is legal. I think…
A combination of events the day that Home.nyc was registered got me thinking and together with a few findings proved to me that the current owner is a proxy.
- Someone on TheDomains.com noticed that the domain Home.nyc was available to register for $30.
- A few hours later Mike wrote a comment that the domain was registered. By him obviously.
- The domain Home.nyc was registered in Mike’s favorite registrar.
- I emailed the owner of Home.nyc and never got a reply.
- The proxy owner is not a domainer.
- The proxy owner owns 400+ .nyc domains and some were won in the auctions during the .NYC launch.
- The owner is somehow related to Mike. I will not mention her name here but it is pretty easy to see whois and find a connection(s) to Mike using Google.
Just to be clear. I am not saying that Mike can’t use a proxy. And I am not saying there is something wrong with the Home.nyc registration like someone implied. The commenter on TheDomains.com could have registered the domain but being outside New York he passed. Mike saw the opportunity and acted before anyone else. Maybe 2 or 3 hours (or more) passed while the domain was available. Nothing wrong with acting fast. Congrats to Mike!
BTW this is not the first time that Michael Berkens got a deal on a New gTLD domain. Back in July when .Tube was released he managed to register many 1-letter and 1-number for $30 each. The backend provider that did the mistake was again Neustar. But at that time the .tube registry decided to take away the domains from Mike. .NYC decided otherwise.