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01|14|2013 12:12 pm EDT

And here is the court order that stopped the deletion of publication.com

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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In the case of the non-deletion of publication.com last Friday, DNN has now obtained a copy of the court order that prevented the deletion and you can see it here (PDF). Please note that this is the unsigned version of the restraining order as it was currently published by the court, but DNN does have a copy of the signed version as well. The order was enacted by Hon. Stanley R. Chesler, the United States District Judge for New Jersey at 10:30am EST the day of the deletion.

As background information, there are some additional documents showing an email exchange on the evening preceding the scheduled deletion between the registrant of the domain, Blake Ellman and James Hubler, Senior Corporate Counsel at Verisign. In the emails Hubler agrees to stop the deletion of the domain if a court order meeting the following conditions is received before 11am on the day of the deletion:

  1. Because of jurisdiction considerations, a federal court order is required.
  2. The order should direct Verisign as a non-party to the suit to remove the subject domain name from pending delete status.

We were not able to locate any other suit as referred to in the exchange. Since the deletion of the name was stopped, Verisign did accept the order of the District Court.

The complaint also includes some background information that states that the domain in question was deleted due to an “inadvertent mistake of ‘Dotster/domain.com’“. DNN has reached out to the other involved parties for comment.

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01|12|2013 04:56 pm EDT

Publication.com deletion stopped by court order

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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Many domain investors were wondering yesterday why Publication.com was renewed during the deletion process. VeriSign (VRSN) apparently received a court order forbidding them to delete the domain.

Here is an official statement from VeriSign that we received a few minutes ago:

The status of publication.com was changed as the result of a court order. Verisign responds to lawful court orders subject to our technical capabilities. When the company is presented with such lawful orders impacting domain names within our registries, we respond within our technical capabilities.

01|11|2013 02:54 pm EDT

Why did publication.com not drop today?

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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The name publication.com was scheduled to be deleted today and had a large number of interest with the various backorder platforms – for example over 170 bidders at Namejet and pre-bids over $3,000. The drop just completed, yet the name was not deleted.

[Update]: The deletion was apparently prevented with a court order against VeriSign (VRSN).

Here is the whois as it was displayed earlier today:

Domain Name: PUBLICATION.COM
Registrar: DOMAIN.COM, LLC
Whois Server: whois.domain.com
Referral URL: http://www.domain.com
Name Server: NS1.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS2.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS6.NAC.NET
Status: pendingDelete
Updated Date: 05-jan-2013
Creation Date: 24-oct-1995
Expiration Date: 23-oct-2012

However when we checked the domain name during the early drop, it had been redeemed – something that I didn’t think was possible when a domain is in “pending-delete” status.

Domain Name: PUBLICATION.COM
Registrar: DOMAIN.COM, LLC
Whois Server: whois.domain.com
Referral URL: http://www.domain.com
Name Server: NS1.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS2.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS6.NAC.NET
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 11-jan-2013
Creation Date: 24-oct-1995
Expiration Date: 23-oct-2013

If you check the domain name now, it has been renewed by another five years. Judging from our records, the update happened after 2pm EST, while the drop was running already:

Domain Name: PUBLICATION.COM
Registrar: DOMAIN.COM, LLC
Whois Server: whois.domain.com
Referral URL: http://www.domain.com
Name Server: NS1.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS2.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS6.NAC.NET
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 11-jan-2013
Creation Date: 24-oct-1995
Expiration Date: 23-oct-2018

DNN has reached out to VeriSign for comment.

12|31|2012 08:13 pm EDT

.ORG increases prices to Registrars by 10%

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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As reported by InternetNews.me, PIR, the registry operating the .ORG gTLD has announce a price increase of 10% effective July 1st, 2013. The new price to registrars will be $8.25, an effective increase of $0.55 per domain name year. This makes .ORG more expensive that .COM ($7.85) as of mid next year.

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12|19|2012 05:22 pm EDT

VeriSign to increase .NET prices by 10% on July 1st, 2013

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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Verisign - Domain Name Registration, DDoS and DNS ManagementVeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN) just announced that intends to increase the .NET domain registration pricing by 10% on July 1st, 2013, bringing the price for registrars from $5.11 per domain name year to $5.62. The announcement about the increase for .NET fees follows the agreement with the Department of Commerce and VeriSign that it would not increase .COM prices unless there are significant cost increases in operating the TLD. The price change was announced via a press release on the company’s website. At least one registrar told DNN they have yet to receive a notification about the increase.

VeriSign also just lost their spot in the NASDAQ-100 index earlier this week.

12|12|2012 04:20 pm EDT

DirectI partners with NameJet and AfterNIC for .PW

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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PW - the Professional Web Registry

The .PW Registry, a Directi Business that is launching the .PW ccTLD (Palau) globally, has announced a coopration with NameJet and AfterNIC to operate the sunrise and landrush auctions and offer premium name distribution. This relaunch of the country code is aimed at professionals and businesses around the world.

NameJet and Afternic will provide .PW with a comprehensive solution for the technical and marketing services needed to fully manage all stages of the .PW launch. NameJet will be operating the sunrise auctions upon the close of the sunrise period, which runs from December 3rd, 2012 through February 8th, 2013. The landrush period runs from February 18, 2013 through March 18, 2013, with NameJet auctions commencing at that time.

“NameJet is very excited to be partnering with Directi to operate the .PW sunrise and landrush auctions,” said Matt Overman, NameJet General Manager. “We believe that they have done a great job marketing .PW thus far and look forward to working with them on this and future TLD launches.” “NameJet and Afternic will play an integral role in the Sunrise & Landrush auctions and valuation & distribution of premium .PW names,” said Sandeep Ramchandani, Business Head at .PW Registry. “We’ve gone the extra mile to ensure that we partner with industry leaders on .PW and are excited to work with NameJet and Afternic, who provide the highest caliber services in their respective fields.” “Being selected by Directi is an honor, and a testament to our leadership in all premium domain sales,” said Bob Mountain, Senior Vice President of Business Development & Account Services at Afternic. “The partnership with NameJet and Directi allows us to continue our mission of bringing more domain choices to consumers across the globe.”

[via Press Release]

11|21|2012 12:20 pm EDT

.CA Breaks 2 Million Domain Registrations, .CZ breaks 1 Million

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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CIRA passes 2 Million Registered Domains

As per a tweet from the .CA registry,  the registry passed the 2 Million domain mark yesterday. However with today being a Wednesday, that number has dropped below the 2 Million mark again, as the registry drops deleted domain names in their “to be released” process once a week. There is no press release on this highly anticipated milestone yet., but there is a list of 22 “facts” that the registry published on Facebook – including 7 false facts that they are asking you to find.

 

.CZ: Over 1 Million Domains registered

As reported on Robbies’ Blog, the  Czech ccTLD registry for .CZ passed 1 Million domain name registrations. The registry publishes realtime statistics on their homepage. According to the announcement by the registry, 58% of domains are owned by individuals. The Czech Republic has a population of just over 10 Million people. Robbies’ Blog also has an interview and more information.

[via CIRA, Robbies' Blog]

08|16|2012 02:44 pm EDT

VeriSign publishes new video promoting .TV

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) just published a new video yesterday promoting .TV domain names. Earlier this year Tuvalu had renewed the contract with the company until 2021.

07|27|2012 02:48 am EDT

Thomson Reuters buys Mark Monitor for an undisclosed sum

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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Information company Thomson Reuters announced today that they bought brand protection company and corporate domain registrar Mark Monitor for an undisclosed sum.

“This acquisition marks the beginning of a transformational shift within the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters,” said Chris Kibarian, president, IP & Science, Thomson Reuters. “It is emblematic of our strategy to accelerate innovation and growth within our business.”

“Thomson Reuters already helps thousands of companies create, manage and protect hundreds of billions of dollars worth of intellectual property assets,” said David Brown, president, Intellectual Property Solutions, Thomson Reuters. “With the addition of online brand protection solutions like those provided by MarkMonitor, we’ll be able to deliver advanced technologies to keep customers one step ahead of brandjackers and reduce the enormous risk posed to brands online.”

The MarkMonitor team, led by President and Chief Executive Officer Irfan Salim, will join Thomson Reuters.

Mark Monitor submitted a number of new TLD application on behalf of corporate clients

See the full release after the jump. [via TechCrunch, hat tip to VSDHoldings]

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02|23|2012 01:28 pm EDT

.DE Registry Publishes Image Video

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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Denic e.G., the German registry operator for .DE, has published a new image video on Youtube yesterday.

The German version of the video has attracted a large number of negative comments to date – what do you think of the video?