We broke the news this morning that an agency of the Provence of Quebec filed a UDRP on the domain name Quebec.com.
Anything.com has owned the domain since at least 1998 making the domain some 15 years old.
The domain is parked but according to Screenshots.com has been parked since at least 2004 or about 10 years.
So why now?
Why did the government of Quebec decide to go after Quebec.com after all this time?
We think the answer is that the government is supporting the new gTLD of .Quebec which should launch next year .
PointQuébec Inc is the company that applied to operate the .Quebec registry.
A Geographic based new gTLD application must have the underlying support of the government.
We don’t know of course what the financial arrangement is between the registry and the government but typically registries pay the underlying government a percentage or fee for each domain name registered and renewed.
So the government of Quebec will make money off of the success of .Quebec which could be the behind the scenes motivation for the UDRP.
At least one of the principal’s of PointQuébec Inc, is also the one of the principal’s of the SX Registry SA which operates the .SX ccTLD for Sint Maarten.