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WIKIA DOES NOT OWN WIKILEAKS DOMAIN NAMES
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – December 8, 2010 – Wikia Inc. does not own any domain names related to Wikileaks. They were sold to Wikileaks in 2007, but some aspects of the technical transfer were not completed by Wikileaks, so the WHOIS information is currently incorrect.
The domain name, along with wikileaks.net, wikileaks.us, wikileaks.biz and wikileaks.mobi, were originally purchased by Wikia Inc. as part of a protective brand measure in January 2007. In May, Wikia was approached by a third party with a request to transfer the domains, which was granted on June 14th, 2007.
Wikia unlocked the domain to allow the transfer to occur, but the third party acting for Wikileaks never completed the transfer. On December 13, 2008, Wikia unlocked the domain again and requested that Wikileaks initiate the transfer, but it was never completed. The related domains were also left untouched.
Wikia does not serve any of the sites, and has not profited from its technical ownership of the domain. During this period, Wikia redirected wikileaks.com to wikileaks.org as per the original request. In early November 2010, Wikia stopped the redirection.
“We stopped redirecting the site simply to disassociate ourselves with WikiLeaks,” explains Gil Penchina, Wikia’s CEO. “But we’ve never been approached with a request to take action on this. We’re just going to let it expire and move on.”
In January, all of the wikileaks domains now registered to Wikia Inc. will be allowed to expire. After the standard domain expiration holding periods are over, anyone will be able to register the domains on a first-come first-serve basis.
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