Surely this is a contradiction. The whole purpose of the ROR period was to give current .co.uk owners the chance to reg the uk. All registrars contacted the co.uk owners at numerous stages throughout this period explaining the options. They had EXCLUSIVE rights to the uk. The registrar did not. By saying they are 'protecting' the co.uk owners they are registering domain without the rights. They said it ; That sentence alone goes against the express rules of the ROR period doesn't it ?