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  • Starr.com: 1991 Registration, Subject of UDRP

    August 18, 2017 @ 1:10 PM

    A UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) against the Starr.com domain name. The filing can be seen at UDRPSearch.com, and it is case #1743189. Starr.com has been registered for over 25 years. It was created in November of 1991, and it has not expired since that time. I don’t regularly see domain names this old, let alone seeing a UDRP filed against a domain name that has existed for so long…

  • GoDaddy Drops Uniregistry Again

    August 18, 2017 @ 10:53 AM

    This time it appears to be permanent. Earlier today I recorded a podcast with Frank Schilling that will air Monday morning. During the recording, Schilling informed me that GoDaddy will stop offering Uniregistry top level domain names. This isn’t the first time GoDaddy has dropped Uniregistry names, but it seems they now have put a…

  • Champagne Bong Company Loses Domain Dispute

    August 18, 2017 @ 9:38 AM

    Complainant has drunk too much champagne. A company that sells “champagne bongs” (seriously, take a look) has lost a cybersquatting complaint it brought in an effort to upgrade its domain name to .com. Chambong uses the domain name Chambong.co and filed the case against Chambong.com. The owner of Chambong.com didn’t respond to the complaint, but…

  • Ebay Allegedly Bullying Naturebay

    August 18, 2017 @ 6:43 AM

    According to a report on Fox 13 (the Tampa, Florida Fox affiliate station), Ebay is allegedly bullying a website called NatureBay. It would appear Ebay has an issue with the “Ebay” that is found in the NatureBay branding. The NatureBay.com domain name registration dates back to July of 2009, according to a DomainTools Whois search…

  • Will May 2018 Be The Death of WHOIS?

    August 17, 2017 @ 6:20 AM

    Whois will change forever next year. On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into full effect. The privacy regulation will have a major impact on industries that handle personal data of people in the EU, including the domain name industry. Domain name companies are scrambling to figure out…

  • Namecheap Will Discontinue Several Uniregistry and XYZ Domain Extensions

    August 16, 2017 @ 9:12 AM

    Namecheap announced that it will be discontinuing several of the Uniregistry and XYZ domain name extensions (plus .rich and .luxury) on September 7, 2017. Kudos to Namecheap! The domain name registrar said that it has been increasing the number of top level domain names, or TLDs, that they offer to our customers but from time…

  • Beta Testing Dropcatch.com Private Auctions

    August 16, 2017 @ 7:39 AM

    About a week and a half ago, I noticed a change in one of the headings on DropCatch.com. “Type” was one of the column headings, and I had not seen that before. I reached out to Jeffrey and Andrew Reberry, and they confirmed that the platform would soon allow domain owners to list their domain names for auction…

  • No Domain Front Running at GoDaddy

    August 16, 2017 @ 6:06 AM

    A few days ago, someone wrote an accusatory comment regarding domain name frontrunning at GoDaddy. The comment was made in an article I wrote about GoDaddy’s “Steal a Great Domain Name” marketing campaign at baseball games. Here’s what the commenter wrote: “The funniest thing about the article is that the author failed to mention GoDaddy.com actually steals website names. If you don’t believe me, go to their website choose a common last name and add a company name behind it like johnsontravels.com…

  • Another auDA Director Quits After Conflict Claims

    August 16, 2017 @ 5:27 AM

    Australian ccTLD manager auDA has lost its second director in two week with the resignation of Michaella Richards, announced today. Richards’ position had been subject to criticism by disgruntled auDA members. It had been speculated that her appointment to the board last December was less due to her experience in the domain industry, reportedly lacking,…

  • Endurance Losing Founder-CEO Next Week

    August 16, 2017 @ 5:10 AM

    Endurance International, the parent company of registrar brands including Public Domain Registry, BuyDomains, Domain.com and BigRock, will see its founding CEO resign next week. The company said this week that Hari Ravichandran will be replaced by Jeff Fox, most recently chair of customer relationship management software vendor Convergys, on August 22. Endurance, which makes about…

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