Personal dispute jeopardizes all .gd, .tc and .vg domain names

screen-shot-2013-03-13-at-112436Grenada (.gd),  Turks en Caicos Islands (.tc) and British virgin islands (.vg) with a combined population of only about 170.000 people, have all trusted the management of their top level domain into the hands of the English company AdamsNames Ltd. A personal dispute at the top of AdamsNames Ltd is now putting all domain names under .gd, .tc and .vg at risk.

In mid-2012 AdamsNames had entrusted technical management of the TLD’s to KSRegistry. This is a reasonably new registry provider who focuses on running some of the new gTLD’s that will be coming out later this year. The existing TLD’s from AdamsNames were a good way for KSRegistry to showcase their system to future clients.

On March 11′th 2013, KSRegistry sent out a press release that the domain name AdamsNames.net had been transferred away by a third party (Ertan Ulutas) against the will of “Carsten Pauli, CEO of AdamsNames Ltd”. Both the control panel and the nameservers of these TLD’s (.gd, .tc and .vg) are dependant of the domain name AdamsNames.net. So this means the Ertan Ulutas is now completely running these three top level domains and KSRegistry has lost full control over them.

One day later, a press release was made on www.AdamsNames.net (now run by Ertan Ulutas), telling a different story. There it is stated that he is the real registry provider and that he has lost trust in KSRegistry (Key-Systems) and thus ended the cooperation with KSRegistry. According to this story, the domain name AdamsNames.com had actually been stolen by “minority shareholder Carsten Pauli” with the help of Key-Systems. Because of that, he has taken control over the technical management of the registry again and has moved AdamsNames.net to an other provider.

It’s hard to tell who’s who in this story and who is really in charge. One of the key people, Carsten Pauli, is being named as the CEO by one press release and only a “minority shareholder” by an other. The registry services are however now being run by Ertan Ulutas from within Turkey. The domain name AdamsNames.net is now registered in his personal name. It must be noted that AdamsNames Ltd is an English company and in all official information (also to whom .gd, .tc and .vg are delegated) an address in London is supplied. So it’s very unclear if Ertan Ulutas may indeed represent AdamsNames or not.

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This post was written by Bart on March 13, 2013

6 Comments so far

  1. AdamsNames Ltd March 14, 2013 2:51 pm

    AdamsNames Ltd has been run by Ertan Ulutas since it was acquired in April 2012.

    Istanbul is the only operational office which AdamsNames Ltd has:

    https://twitter.com/AdamsNames/status/312182555279491073/photo/1

  2. Volker A. Greimann March 28, 2013 12:45 pm

    To clarify: The domain name Adamsnames.com has not been “stolen” from Mr. Ulutas, it has been transferred from one customer account to another at the request of the legal representive of the registrant. Owner of the domain name according to the whois at the time of the transfer and prior to that time was not Mr. Ulutas, but Adamsnames Ltd.
    When the director of the company requested that the domain name be transferred to his account because of Adamsnames Ltd. having lost their confidence in Mr. Ulutas to act in their interest, Key-Systems verified the authority of the director and then proceeded to push control of the domain name to the legal representative of the registrant. That was the whole extent of the involvement of Key-Systems in the dispute at the time.
    Subsequently, Mr. Ulutas, who had been tasked with the management of the registry system by Adamsnames Ltd proceeded to hijack the TLDs and making wild claims.

  3. Sreejan May 15, 2013 12:24 am

    Should I buy and .gd domains now?
    Or Its involves any risk into?

  4. Mark June 6, 2013 6:10 pm

    Adamsnames Ltd is a UK company with a registered address in the UK. Carsten Pauli is the only current director.

    This is a matter of record that can be established by reference to the UK company database.

    http://opencorporates.com/companies/gb/03714632

  5. Len March 25, 2014 7:31 am

    I can’t renew my .vg domain name. It is the only domain name I have ever been able to get with my common name.

    Whois.com still has it the registrant as GoDaddy, but it is expired and GoDaddy won’t accept my money.

    I bet my domain name is stolen. Surely the British Virgin Islands Government would intervene on this. It’s their country domain.

  6. Morgan Jones April 15, 2014 10:40 pm

    I have a .vg Domain and it was served by Netweaver it stopped working.

    I tried to contact Netweaver but they would not answer any questions that I asked only a computer asking for money and now it is unusable after many years but still my Domain belongs to me.

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