bought the domain from its
American owner for $75,000 (the highest reported
price for a .us domain to date). 10 months later, someone
alerted the registry to the fact that the contact
information in the WhoIs record was no longer valid. The
.us registry, Neustar, responded by deleting the
domain which was then caught and auctioned off by Pool.com
in February 2008.
The previous owner lost their
$75,000 investment and the new owner, based in Luxembourg,
paid just $18,500 to win the
Pool auction and gain control
of the domain. But they ran afoul of the registry too.
Citing Nexus requirements that .us domains be owned by a
U.S. citizen or someone with a business presence in the
U.S., Video.us was deleted still again, only to be caught
again Monday, this time by Galcomm.com.
They too are auctioning the domain off, with the bidding
scheduled to end at Noon Thursday (July 17).
It will be interesting to see
what the domain is valued at this time and whether or not
a non-U.S. buyer will risk going after it again. If they
do, history shows they had better be able to convince the
registry that they have a valid presence in the U.S. and
keep the information in their WhoIs record up to date
(wise advice for all domain owners).