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07|29|2011 03:09 pm EDT

Jeff Kupietzky to Leave at the End of August

by Frank Michlick in Categories: People


According to a note that reached DNN from a spokesperson of, Jeff Kupietzky is going to leave at the end of August. He had been with the company for five years, the last two and a half years as CEO and President. According to the note Jeff has elected for personal reasons to relocate his family to Israel.  The day-to-day operations and strategic vision for Oversee will be led by the company’s Co-Presidents, Debra Domeyer and Scott Morrow.  They are supported by an operating committee which includes CFO Liz Murray, and General Counsel Todd Greene.

On behalf of the Board and all Oversee employees, I thank Jeff for his service to the company,” said Board Chairman and Oversee co-founder Lawrence Ng.  “He successfully navigated the company through some difficult challenges and positioned it as an industry leader.  We all wish him the best of luck in his new home and as he continues his successful career.”  Mr. Ng also expressed his confidence in the company’s leadership: “We feel extremely fortunate to have such a talented team of executives who are well respected throughout the industry.  We are extremely confident in their knowledge and capabilities, as well as their passion to lead us to our next chapter of growth.

07|28|2011 01:28 pm EDT

FaceBook files TypoSquatter Lawsuit Based on Domains

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues

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Apparently Facebook has not only continued their practice of filing disputes for domains names it saw infringing on its trademarks but now also has changed gears and filed a suit on July 22nd against more than 100 parties claiming Cybersquatting, Trademark infringement, False Designation of Origin, Trademark Dilution, Breach of Contract and Tortious Interference . The filing with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (PDF) lists 104 different domains with the majority of names containing the term “facebook” in some variation (i.e. but also lists the domains (14) that the typo-domains are/were redirected to (i.e. which according to a notice posted on the site was a redirect service at one point and

The listed defendants are:

  • Cyber2Media, Inc.
  • Daniel Negari
  • Cleanser Products
  • Counter Balance Enterprises Ltd.
  • FB Promotions/Freebie Promos
  • Mackrooner Ltd. Inc.
  • Newgate Services Ltd.
  • Pioneer Enterprises Ltd.
  • Rabbit Gogo Media LLC
  • SMTM Enterprises Ltd.
  • YourTick
  • Zilt
  • Jacob Daniels
  • Jerry Hui
  • Ryan Johnson
  • Eric Jordan
  • Karrie-Lee Karreman
  • June Kimchi
  • Tim Meyers
  • Ankit Pandey
  • S. Pace
  • Elise Petri
  • Mark Risi
  • John Souza
  • Michael Suggs
  • and John/Jane Does 1-119

This topic was also covered by Elliot Silver and Bill Hartzer. Hat tip to Domain Trader.

07|27|2011 12:43 pm EDT for Auction, $2,500 USD to Register to Bid

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Auction, Up to the Minute

Tags: , , , , is going up for bidding in a private auction organized by RokMe. The auction takes place as a silent bid auction at first that may be extended into a second round English auction if necessary. Bidders are charged a non-refundable fee of $2,500 USD, which will not be applied towards their bid. The auction ends September 22nd, 2011. More information can be found on the website. The domain name was hand registered in 1992 and has not been offered for sale before, according to the auction website.

07|26|2011 01:44 pm EDT

KeySystems and NameDrive Merge into KeyDrive SA

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

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As DVMag reports (German) that the Luxemburgian Investment Fund BIP Investment Partners announced today that it is combining the Registrar Key Systems (St. Ingbert, Saarland) with the domain parking company Namedrive (Luxemburg) in a new holding company named Keydrive S.A. based in Luxembourg. The new ownership was already added to NameDrive’s ICANNWiki entry earlier this month.

NameDrive had been restructured and received an investment by BIP earlier this year.

While information on the new holding is not yet available in the registry of Luxembourg, DVMag was able to confirm that Horst Siffrin is the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Keydrive SA and Alexander O. Siffrin who also is CEO of Key Systems GmbH will become Chairman of the Board of Management.

BIP owns 26.04% of KeyDrive SA and has invested a total of 6.1 M Euro according to the semi-annual filing of BIP, valuating the company at 23.42 M Euro. Prior to the forming of the new company BIP held 6.8 M Euro of Key-Systems GmbH, owning 33.33% of the company.

Apparently some of the shares are owned by IS Inter-Services GmbH, which calls itself the German Holding for the KeyDrive SA. General Manager of this company are Alexander O. Siffrin and Dr. Eva C. Siffrin-Kokert is owned by Frank Schilling’s NameAdministration (whois).

07|26|2011 11:47 am EDT

Joe Higgins joins Rook Media

by Frank Michlick in Categories: People

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According to a post on Domain Name Wire and tweet by the new monetization company Rook Media, long time domain industry veteran Joe Higgins joined the company. Rook Media was founded by former NameDrive managers (Ash Rahimi, Ed Russell, Daniel Law, Martin Andersson) after the company changed ownership and restructured earlier this year. Joe Higgins left DomainSponsor earlier this year, where he had been a senior account manager for 6 1/2 years. Last year he helped to establish DomainSponsors’ European operations.

The Swiss based company is accepting applications to test their new parking system. According to DailyChanges they currently host over 120,000 domains on their DNS.

07|22|2011 03:27 pm EDT

Domain Name Thief Sentenced to 5 years

by Adam Strong in Categories: Legal Issues

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Back in November of 2009, Daniel Goncalves was indicted on charges that he had stolen the domain name from domain name investor Marc Ostrofsky and Albe and Leslie Angel.  The details of the case and investigation were docmented in a story on DNN published in August 2009.

Although there have been other notable cases of domain names being stolen, most notable being, this news marks the first time an individual has been arrested, prosecuted and sentenced for a domain name theft.

According to the whois the domain is now back in the Albe’s hands.  The domain name had been stolen and sold to a third party, NBA star Mark Madsen.  Madsen purchased the domain name in September of 2006 from Goncalves on Ebay for $150,000.

Goncalves plead guilty to the charges and was sentenced today in Superior Court Judge Stuart Piem in Union County, New Jersey.

In talking to the Albes in 2009 it was clear a lot of effort went in to tracking down this criminal and making the case stick. The diligent effort by the victims over the course of 5 years is notable enough, and I know that they agree that it took a team effort. Domain professionals Richard Lau, Ellen Rony and Josh Pelissero, as well as cyber-crime law enforcement effort by Detective Sergeant John Gorman and prosecutor Kenneth Sharpe led this case to the successful resolution.

Full press release available here.

07|21|2011 02:09 pm EDT

Google Buys Illegal Domain Name on Domain Aftermarket

by Bill Hartzer in Categories: Registries

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This post has been syndicated (and slightly edited to reflect updates) from a post by SEO expert Bill Hartzer.

Google, in an effort to protect their interests in their new Google+ Plus social network, has recently acquired the International Domain Name (IDN), also known as The problem here is that ( is an illegal domain name–the domain name violates IDNA2008, as published by the IETF.

The use of the + character in the .com TLD is not allowed, and violates IDNA2008. Under current Verisign .com rules, it appears that the domain name cannot be renewed, and according to Mozilla, IDNs are not allowed on the .com TLD.

I realize that Google would want to protect their brand and protect their new Google+ Plus social network by purchasing the domain name. But from what I can tell, this was a mistake–especially because the is not allowed in the .com TLD.

It doesn’t look to me like Google “did their homework” when they purchased that domain name.

What has been disallowed in IDNA2008 (IDN in application, a standard for handling IDNs in apps) is most symbol domains. IDNA2003 (the previous version of IDNA, still running in most applications as of right now, including browsers) allowed symbols.

See here to compare how the domain is handled:

In IDNA2003 it worked fine, in UTS46 (a transition standard between IDNA2003 and IDNA2008) it still worked fine, but in IDNA2008, it won’t resolve. At this point, when does come up for renewal, we do not know whether or not the domain will be allowed by Verisign.

I have obtained a copy of the email from Verisign to Registrars regarding the deletion of certain domain names that are not allowed under IDNA2008. Below is the email:

As you may know, the IETF/IESG has adopted RFC 5891, which applies to Internationalized Domain Names in Application (“IDNA”). Compliance with this new RFC is necessary to ensure the security and stability of registry operations. RFC 5891 affects allowable second level strings in IDN domain names. As such, and in compliance with RFC 5891, Verisign implemented filters to block registration of disallowed strings, and updated our Software Development Kit in early Q1 2011. In addition, Verisign will insure compliance with RFC 5891 by deleting existing domain names and child hosts from the .com and .net databases.

You are hereby given 120 calendar days notice that Verisign will delete the attached registered names from the .com and/or .net databases. The attached names will be deleted on the 121st calendar day after the date of this notice, as measured by United States Eastern Time.

As a courtesy, Verisign will issue a credit to your account with Verisign for any deleted domain names pursuant to this notice, which will be calculated as follows: for each deleted domain name, Verisign will determine the remaining registration period as of the date of this notice and round it up to the nearest year.

Pursuant to Section 2.11 of the .com and .net Registry-Registrar Agreements, registrars are required to comply with (and include in their registrant agreements) an obligation for the registrant to comply with, operational standards, policies, procedures and practices of the registry as established from time to time. As such, you are directed to provide immediate notice (and in no event later than ten (10) calendar days after the date of the instant notice) of these actions to the affected registrants.

[Hat tips to Drewbert and JS Lascary]

07|18|2011 05:20 pm EDT

Google Launches URL Shortener

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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After Google launched the URL shortener in 2009, they have just announced that they will be using as an official shortcut for their own websites. will remain as is. The purchase price has not been revealed. The registry also announced that has acquired and will be using going forward. Currently the domain just redirects to

[COInternet Press Release, Google Blogpost]

07|18|2011 10:51 am EDT

Peter Dengate Thrush Switches from ICANN to TLDH

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

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As announced yesterday Peter Dengate Thrush, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICANN has been appointed Executive Chairman of Top Level Domain Holdings, the parent company of Minds+Machines. Thrush lead the ICANN board when it approved the new gTLD program during its board meeting in June 2011. His term ended in June 2011.

Antony Van Couvering, CEO of TLDH, said:

“Peter will be an outstanding asset to TLDH. Peter and I have worked together as ICANN participants since its inception, and I am very pleased to welcome him as our Executive Chairman. Peter championed successfully the approval of the new gTLD programme at the highest levels and with Peter on board I have every confidence we will achieve the same success at TLDH. I can’t think of a better addition to our team – Peter is a superstar in our field, and we are delighted to have him at the helm.”

Mr Dengate Thrush has been actively involved in international policy development and governance of the Internet since 1995 and is a regular media commentator on Internet issues. Peter is a past Chairman of InternetNZ and past Chairman of the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association. A barrister and registered patent attorney specialising in intellectual property matters, Peter is Vice Chairman of the New Zealand Electricity Rulings Panel and a member of the New Zealand Copyright Tribunal.

Following these Board changes the composition of the Board of the Company is as follows:

  • Peter Dengate Thrush, Executive Chairman
  • Antony Van Couvering, Chief Executive Officer
  • Fred Krueger, Chief Strategy Officer and Deputy Chairman
  • Guy Elliott, Chief Investment Officer
  • David de Jongh Weill, Chief Financial Officer
  • Clark Landry, Non-executive Director
  • Michael Mendelson, Non-executive Director



07|13|2011 11:01 am EDT

Sedo unveils Domain Price Index – IDNX

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales


IDNX screenshot
In partnership with entrepreneur and researcher Thies Lindenthal, Sedo has developed a standard price index for domain names. More than 6 years of domain sales transaction data from Sedo, coupled with Lindenthal’s expertise in real estate research – a field in which he holds a PhD – makes IDNX is the first quantitative analysis of domain market sales that takes into account the inherent quality of domains, and compares the trends in transacted domains to those of other economic indices such as the NASDAQ. You can see the monthly updated index at .

[Updated] Sedo states in their release that IDNX is first, there is a prior Domain Price Index at: DomainsIndex, which is based on 280,000 domains from a number of different sources and constantly updated.