I have recently received the following email from Sedo:
Dear [Ms Domainer],You better believe I have gotten in touch with "legal" over at Sedo, who does a lively business in the U.S., where freedom of speech, especially for or against politicians, will trump Sedo's business model any day.
We are writing to inform you that the domains listed below have been suspended from Sedo\\\\\\\'s services because this domain(s) is a potential violation of Sedo\\\\\\\'s policy against domains that include obscene or illegal subject matter. While Sedo strives to protect our users rights to exercise free speech and maintain a marketplace with a vibrant and diverse collection of domain names, we apologize any inconvenience that this may cause.
In the course of removing such domains from our system there is the possibility that otherwise legitimate domains were suspended due to their inclusion of terms used in different contexts. If you have any questions about this decision please contact your Sedo account manager or the Sedo legal department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sedo Legal Dept.
161 First Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Let's see now:
- NOT a TM domain: Obama is a surname, and "president" (the last time I checked) is a generic word.
- NOT a potentially "obscene" or "illegal" domain name.
I will await, with great interest, Sedo's rationale for its decision to blacklist my domain.