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Thursday, January 20, 2011

CONSUMERS: BEWARE: SEDO.COM, LLC



BBB of Eastern MA, ME, RI, & VT
290 Donald Lynch Boulevard, Suite 102
Marlborough, MA 01752-4705
Phone: 508-652-4800 | Fax: 508-652-4820
complaints@boston.bbb.org

**CONSUMERS: BEWARE OF DOMAIN NAMES SOLD OR AUCTIONED BY SEDO.COM, LLC**
This is a German-based company that markets and sells domain names that some U.S. companies allege infringe upon their intellectual trademarks.
CYBER-SQUATTING is a crime.

The Anti-Cybersquatting Piracy Act (ACPA) Lanham Act S. 43(d), 15 U.S.C.
S.1125(d) prohibits the sort of conduct complained of against SEDO.COM.
The following domain names being offered by SEDO.com are without
the approval of the trademark owner. These domain names have not been authorized by the trademark owner, and, in our opinion, clearly infringe upon the elasvegas trademark: elasvegas.com,elasvegas.co.uk,­­elasvegas.biz.

When presented an opportunity to cure this complaint, SEDO.COM at first denied ownership of the domain names, and instructed NAAS Agents to contact the person(s) who they claimed actually owned the domain names. SEDO.COM claimed or pretended that it would at first cooperate. As the NAAS evidence accumulated, SEDO.COM essentially admitted or failed to produce evidence that a legitimate third-party person had actually registered the domain names(s).

In responding to a Better Business Bureau complaint, SEDO.COM failed to provide the name(s) of the claimed domain name registrants, and instead produced a rambling letter defending its use of the disputed domain names.

Although the SEDO.COM rebuttal letter was not signed by a SEDO.COM employeee, and even though no name of an actual SEDO.COM employee appeared on the SEDO.COM rebuttal letter, and although SEDO.COM did not reference a single law that substantiated its use of the disputed domain names, the evasive letter was apparently good enough for the Boston chapter of the Better Business Bureau. Thus, it is not unreasonable to speculate or assume that the 'A+'accrediation seal that was sold or provided to SEDO.COM by the BBB is simply a fraud on the public by the BBB.

Based upon the foregoing and other evidence, an NAAS-NEWS Media Report rates SEDO.COM with an 'F' grade. However, the Boston chapter of the Better Business Bureau rates this same company with an 'A+'. The fact is that suspicious BBB Accredited Seals of Approval are illegitimate and do not accurately reflect the integrity of a company, or the quality of its products or services.

An NAAS investigation into numerous companies that claim accreditation BBB 'A+' ratings appear to suggest that these companies are the most distrustful, deceitful, high-priced, and complaint-prone.

The Boston chapter of the Better Business Bureau was provided a 14-day ultimatum to revoke the false, deceptive, and misleading 'A+' Seal of approval provided SEDO.COM, LLC, and to cease and desist false references that SEDO.COM has obtained a trademark for its logo seal when in fact NAAS Agents have filed documentation suspending the trademark application of SEDO.COM.

American consumers apparently have forgotten the atrocities of World War II, and the type of deceit used by the Germans against U.S. military personnel, and American citizens. German-based companies are typically deceitful. Americans who accept paychecks from such companies should be viewed with skepticism. Some critics even argue that such Americans are traitors who are willing to ignore the millions of murders, abuses, atrocities, and horrors inflicted upon Americans in World War I, and WWIII by Germans. Such abuses are now taking place on the Internet through the deliberate disrespect of the American consumer and illegal trafficking of domain names that infringe upon the rights of U.S. companies.

Americans should *AVOID* purchasing domain names and using web hosting companies from foreign-based companies since it is typical for these foreign companies to disrespect U.S. laws or to fabricate excuses why U.S. laws do not apply to them.

Do yourself a favor, and your grand children a favor:
**DO NOT MAKE GERMAN CITIZENS RICH AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR AMERICANS RIGHTS, AND THE ABILITY OF AMERICAN CHILDREN TO MARKET THEIR CREATIONS AND INVENTIONS.**

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