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11|26|2013 02:49 pm EDT

.DE Registry to add Redemption Grace Period (DENIC)

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ccTLDs, Up to the Minute

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As of December 3rd, 2013, DENIC, the operator of the .DE ccTLD will also introduce a Redemption Grace Period (RGP) that allows the original domain owner to recover their expired domain for up to 30 days after the expiry, the same as for gTLDs.

See the full press release after the jump.

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10|29|2012 07:25 am EDT

Speaking out against the Nominet proposed release of second level .UK domains

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ccTLDs

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After releasing single and two letter .co.uk domain names, Nominet, the operator of the .UK ccTLD is currently running a consultation on a release of domains under the second level, i.e. example.uk.On his site MyDomainNames.co.uk domain industry veteran Edwin Hayward from Memorable Domains details why he opposes the proposed procedure for release of those domains with a 22-page document (PDF).
Here’s a short summary of his most important points from his website:
  • Most businesses use .co.uk, and 93% of UK names are .co.uk
  • […] these [second level] names will not be offered to the owners of .co.uk (e.g. the BBC would not automatically get BBC.uk)
  • Instead priority will be given to trademark holders. Sounds fair to you? Read here why this is a bad idea.
  • Existing domain owners will have to prove that they are entitled to the matching .uk domain name, or buy it at auction (if it hasn’t already been taken by a trademark holder)
  • This will cause uncertainty and confusion, and risks damaging trust in .co.uk and hurting UK businesses
  • [Due to the higher proposed annual registration fees] the direct cost to UK businesses will be at least £50,000,000 per year, and associated adjustment costs could run to £billions. This estimate does not account for auction income from domain names that several parties are interested in.
  • Other countries went about the same process quite differently. In every previous case, existing domain owners were given priority ahead of other interests.

If Nominet still decides to go ahead with the release of second level domains, Hawyward is proposing a process (“Proposal for the Equitable Allocation of .uk Domain Names” as of page 8 (PDF)) where the existing registrants of the .co.uk equivalent of the names get priority in a sunrise procedure for registering the .uk counter part.

The phases of the counterproposal are:

  1. Domain Owner Sunrise (60-90 days): Sunrise phase for existing domain owners, also taking trademarks (from current domain owners) into account
  2. Trademark Sunrise (120 days): Sunrise period for trademark owners without existing domains.
  3. Landrush (60 days application + 30 day auction): Expression of interest available to everyone
  4. General Availability (first come first served): Domains available to everyone, normal registration fees
The proposal is backed by a lot of underlying background data, including a comparison how similar launches were handled in other ccTLDs.

What do you think, who should get priority rights for the release of .UK names? Should they be released at all? What do you think of Edwin’s proposal?

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|24|2012 04:32 pm EDT

Metal.com sold for $140,000 USD – Sedo Sales Report until July 23rd, 2012

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Please find the weekly sales list attached. This past week, 834 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling over $1.5 million.

43% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings.

Highlight public sales include:

  • Top .com: metal.com at 140,000 USD
  • Top ccTLD: sugar.co at 30,000 USD
  • Top “other” TLD: car-games.net at 17,000 USD

See the full list of reported sales after the jump.

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04|18|2012 11:54 am EDT

15 Million .DE Domain Names Registered

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ccTLDs, Up to the Minute

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As per a press release sent out by DENIC, the German .DE registry operator, the 15th million .DE domain was registered today at 12:56pm central European time. The domain was “floristennetzwerk.de” (which translates to FloristNetwork.de).

See the full press release after the jump.

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01|25|2012 02:58 pm EDT

Sedo and .ME Registry Partner to Auction .me Domain Names

by NewsDesk Editor in Categories: Domain Sales

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Sedo today announced an exclusive auction of premium .ME domain names. The company has successfully brokered the sale of more than 1,000 .ME domain names, totaling nearly two million U.S. dollars, including such premier names as Business.Me for €40,000, and online meeting platform Join.Me for $45,000. Global brands such as WordPress (wp.me), Facebook (FB.Me), Porsche (Porsche.Me) and Yahoo (ME.Me) have taken advantage of the .ME domain name extension.

Running in partnership with the .ME registry, Domain.Me, the auction begins on February 2, 2012 and runs until February 9, 2012. The auction will include a wide range of prices and a unique selection of premium .ME domain names such as:

The complete list of .ME domain names available for auction on Sedo.com can be found at http://www.sedo.com/ME.

Disclaimer: Managing Editor Frank Michlick of DNN also is working as a consultant for SedoMLS.

07|18|2011 05:20 pm EDT

Google Launches g.co URL Shortener

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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After Google launched the goo.gl URL shortener in 2009, they have just announced that they will be using g.co as an official shortcut for their own websites. goo.gl will remain as is. The purchase price has not been revealed. The registry also announced that 500startups.com has acquired and will be using 500.co going forward. Currently the domain just redirects to 500startups.com.

[COInternet Press Release, Google Blogpost]

04|18|2011 12:12 pm EDT

IDN ccTLD Request From Yemen Successfully Passes String Evaluation

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ccTLDs, Up to the Minute

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ICANN announced the successful completion of String Evaluation on proposed IDN ccTLD string for Yemen, ????? (xn--mgb2ddes).

With this announcement, a total of 27 countries/territories requests have successfully passed through the String Evaluation. Of these, 17 countries/territories (represented by 27 IDN ccTLDs) are delegated in the DNS root zone; with the remainder either readying to apply, or actively applying for, delegation of the string.

ICANN is looking forward to enabling the availability of non-Latin country-code domains for countries that qualify. ICANN will continue to accept applications for new requests in the Fast Track process, as well as processing requests through the String Delegation function. Staff support is available to help all countries and territories interested in participating in the Fast Track Process. Please email idncctldrequests@icann.org for any inquiries for participation.

03|03|2011 02:33 am EDT

.AU Registry Finds Reseller and Registrar in Breach for Spamming

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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auDA, the .AU domain administrator, has recently found that a reseller for the NetRegistry Group, NetAlliance Pty Ltd trading as NetFleet, has breached the .au Domain Name Suppliers’ Code of Practice (2004-04) by mass emailing 1,200 clients of another .AU drop catching service (Dark Blue Sea owned drop.com.au). The email addresses had apparently been collected from whois.

According to the ruling, the actions of the reseller caused the accredited registrar, TPP Internet to be in breach of their accreditation agreement.

To rectify the breach, NetFleet and TPP Internet have undertaken to destroy or permanently erase all records of any information including, without limitation, any domain name or registrant contact record obtained as a result of the breach.

In addition, NetFleet personnel must undertake auDA policy training, and the company must conduct a comprehensive review of all its procedures and systems to ensure compliance with its obligations

[Ed. Granted, this may not be exactly “up to the minute”, as this happened on Feb 24th, 2011]

[via auDA]

01|05|2011 02:06 pm EDT

Groupon Addresses Australian Cybersquatting Problem

by Kevin Ohashi in Categories: Legal Issues

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Groupon has addressed a question in their blog titled Why Groupon Isn’t in Australia. The short answer is a cybersquatter / competitor has registered Groupon.com.au and the Groupon Pty Ltd business name as well as filed for a trademark for Groupon.

The cybersquatter is Scoopon, a Groupon clone, which is owned by two brothers, Gabby and Hezi Leibovitch. This doesn’t appear to be an isolated incident either.  The brothers also own Woot.com.au and redirect it to a site similar to Woot.com (a deal of the day site owned by Amazon).  Their list continues with owning DealExtreme.com.au, DealExtreme.com is a popular deals site in the US, which redirects to their own deal website.  Andrew Mason doesn’t express as much concern about the cloning issue, but the trademark infringement seems to cross a line.

Andrew Mason writes:

“The way we see things, this is a classic case of domain squatting – an unfortunate reality of the Internet business. As Groupon became internationally known, opportunistic domain squatters around the world started to buy local Groupon domain names, thinking that we’d eventually be forced to buy them at an insane price. In fact, we tried to do just that, reluctantly offering Gabby and Hezi Leibovich about $286,000 for the Groupon.com.au domain and trademark—an offer they accepted. But now they’ve changed their minds, and we believe that they’ll only sell us the domain and trademark if we’re willing to buy the entire Scoopon business from them. Left with no other options, we’ve filed a lawsuit against Scoopon, claiming that their Groupon trademark was filed in bad faith (amongst other things).”

Despite believing they could win the lawsuit, they still offered $286,000 for the domain name and trademark. The cost of litigation and the amount of time it would take to resolve the dispute before they could start building a business using their own name must have been factored into that price. Mason states it could take ‘over a year to resolve.’

Ultimately, Mason announces Groupon is filing a lawsuit against Scoopon and launching in Australia under the name a temporary name: Stardeals. His final message is directed towards Scoopon stating the $286,000 offer is still on the table and asks users to help persuade Scoopon to accept their original deal.

What do you think? Is trying to pay off the alleged cybersquatter for $286,000 is a savvy business move or sending the wrong message and encouraging others to follow suit?