Nominet could choose to simply keep the 2nd level .uk domains in reserved / blocked status for the 3rd level .co.uk registrants who were eligible to claim the .uk domain, but where's the money in that? Nominet won't just profit from the registration fees. The DRS is the .UK equivalent of the UDRP, the domain dispute resolution procedure which applies to .com and many other TLDs. While UDRPs are filed with 3rd party arbiters like WIPO, rather than with the registry, .UK DRS disputes are filed directly with Nominet... and so it's the registry itself which is collecting the fees from every complaint. If you aren't flustered by bothersome ethical issues, it's a time-tested strategy-- create the problem, offer the solution.
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