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GotMilf.com Saved in UDRP By Ari Goldberger
The California Milk Processor which has a trademark on the term “got milk” lost its bid to get the adult domain name GotMilf.com, as the majority of three member panel found that the domain is not confusingly similar to the trademark.
AAP Criticizes Amazon’s Bid for .book Domain Name
The Association of American Publishers criticized Amazon’s bid for “closed generic Top-Level Domains” (gTLD), an attempt for “exclusive” control of the new .book domain name.
Go Daddy Cozies Up New gTLD Players, Drops Its Own .home and .casa Bids
Go Daddy has changed tack in its new gTLD strategy, dropping its own applications and positioning itself strongly as a registry-neutral channel to market. The company spent yesterday wooing new gTLD applicants at a specially convened meeting in its native Arizona; there were representatives from about half of the applied-for gTLDs in attendance.
.mii Becomes The First New gTLD to Face Rejection
The applied-for new gTLD .mii is too similar to the US military gTLD .mil and will therefore be rejected by ICANN. While many applications have been withdrawn, this is the first involuntary rejection to be announced by ICANN. The applicant for .mii was MiTek USA, described by DI previously as the filer of the stupidest…
Four New gTLDs Given Geographic Surprise, Others Given a Pass
Four new gTLD applications have been told by ICANN the strings they wanted are geographic and will require government backing if they want to be approved. One of the affected applicants is Tata, the $100bn Indian conglomerate. During a webinar this week, ICANN reported the results of its new gTLD program’s Geographic Names Panel, which…
Go Daddy to Lose The .com
World’s largest domain registrar will drop .com from its logo. That iconic GoDaddy.com logo? It’s going to get a bit shorter. Today at its Registry Days conference in Phoenix, Go Daddy CEO Blake Irving announced that the company is going to drop the .com ending from its logo. That announcement was met with a round […]
Breaking: Go Daddy to Withdraw Applications for .home and .casa Top Level Domains
Domain registrar abandons plans for its own top level domains. Go Daddy is abandoning its applications for the .home and .casa top level domains, the company announced today. Go Daddy CEO Blake Irving announced the news at its Registry Days conference in Phoenix today. The event is designed to start a dialogue with new top […]
Bob Parsons Lands at #974 On Forbes Billionaires List
Parsons is on Forbes’ latest billionaires list. Go Daddy founder Bob Parsons is one of the 1,000 richest people in the world according to Forbes’ recently released Billionaires list. Parsons is tied for #974 with an estimated wealth of $1.5 billion. That’s good enough for a rank of #328 in the United States. (Parsons has […]
PICs could be Beijing deal-breaker for new gTLDs
ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee may delay the approval of new gTLDs if applicants don’t submit Public Interest Commitments tomorrow.
New Expired Domain Rules Go Into Effect in August
Rules mandate practices to protect domain name registrants. The new “Expired Registration Recovery Policy” (ERRP) goes into effect August 31. This policy sets guidelines for how registrars treat expired domain names and how they must notify customers that their domains are expiring. Most notably, the rules will require expiration notices be sent at particular intervals […]
New Expired Domain Rules Go Into Effect in August
Rules mandate practices to protect domain name registrants. The new “Expired Registration Recovery Policy” (ERRP) goes into effect August 31. This policy sets guidelines for how registrars treat expired domain names and how they must notify customers that their domains are expiring. Most notably, the rules will require expiration notices be sent at particular intervals…
ICANN to Reveal Registrant Rights & Responsibilities (and Here’s a Draft Copy)
ICANN is set to publish and start promoting a new Registrant Rights & Responsibilities charter at some point over the next couple of days, we hear.
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade to Speak at ANA Conference
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade has agreed to speak at an upcoming conference of the Association of National Advertisers, we’ve just been told. The speech is currently untitled, according to the agenda, but I’d hazard a guess that Chehade will be turning on his trademarked charm to attempt to bring more ANA members into the multistakeholder fold.
ICM’s Claims Against Manwin Thrown Out of Court
ICM Registry has suffered a blow in its ongoing lawsuit with porn merchant Manwin Licensing, with a judge this week dismissing all of the registry’s counterclaims against the YouPorn owner.
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