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  • Cybersquatting Cases Down in .UK

    June 23, 2017 @ 3:50 AM

    The number of cybersquatting complaints filed against .uk domains fell in 2016, according to data out this week from Nominet. The .uk registry said that there were 703 complaints filed with its Dispute Resolution Service in the year, down from 728 in 2015. However, the number of individual domains complained about appears to have increased,…

  • XYZ Asks Appeals Court to Force Verisign to Pay Legal Expenses

    June 22, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

    Keeping the legal system busy. The long-running court battle initiated by Verisign against .XYZ continues as XYZ has asked an appeals court to help it recover legal expenses. A quick synopsis: Verisign sued XYZ for false advertising. A federal district court granted summary judgment to XYZ, and XYZ asked the court to award it legal…

  • Normann Copenhagen and DLA Piper Team Up in Bad Reverse Domain Hijacking Case

    June 21, 2017 @ 10:59 AM

    With help of well-known law firm, furniture company tries to take Normann.com away from guy whose last name is Normann. Normann Copenhagen ApS, a seller of Scandinavian furniture, has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Normann.com. This is a really, really bad case of reverse domain name hijacking…

  • Global Domain Market in 2016: Overall Growth Was 7.1%, No Growth for ccTLDs

    June 21, 2017 @ 6:16 AM

    Afnic has published a complete overview of the global domain market in 2016 in a study based on ICANN statistics, information from registries, specialized web sites and its own research. The overall domain name market growth in 2016 was 7.1%, down from 11.7% in 2015. The 2015 growth was mainly because of the new registrations from…

  • As .boots Self-terminates, ICANN Will Not Redelegate It

    June 21, 2017 @ 5:36 AM

    The dot-brand .boots may become the first single-dictionary-word gTLD to be taken off the market, as The Boots Company told ICANN it no longer wishes to be a registry. Boots, the 168-year-old British pharmacy chain, told ICANN in April that it is unilaterally terminating its Registry Agreement for .boots and ICANN opened it up for…

  • GoDaddy Launches Security Service After Sucuri Acquisition

    June 21, 2017 @ 2:49 AM

    GoDaddy has revealed the first fruits of its March acquisition of web security service provider Sucuri. It’s GoDaddy Website Security, what appears to be a budget version of the services Sucuri already offers on a standalone basis. For $6.99 per month ($83.88/year), the service monitors your web site for malware and removes it upon request…

  • Zero Registrars Pass ICANN Audit

    June 21, 2017 @ 2:19 AM

    Some of the biggest names in the registrar game were among a bewildering 100% that failed an ICANN first-pass audit in the latest round of random compliance checks. Of the 55 registrars picked to participate in the audit, a resounding 0 passed the initial audit, according to data released today. Among them were recognizable names…

  • "UDRP" for Copyright Has Been Officially Terminated by PIR

    June 20, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

    Public Interest Registry (PIR), the .org registry, has officially terminated the Systemic Copyright Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy (SCADR). PIR determined that the SCADR is not ripe for implementation. The intention of the SCADR was to create a narrowly tailored solution to address instances of egregious systemic copyright infringement, while fully respecting the due process rights of…

  • Analyzing Donuts' Deal to Acquire Rightside

    June 20, 2017 @ 7:22 AM

    Rightside had to sell and Donuts is the logical buyer. Last week, Donuts agreed to acquire Rightside (NASDAQ: NAME) for $213 million. As luck would have it, I was vacationing in Costa Rica when the deal was announced. I gave some initial thoughts right after the news broke, and now I’ve had more time to…

  • Another Day, Two More RDNH Domain Cases

    June 20, 2017 @ 5:04 AM

    Two more cybersquatting cases were filed in abuse of the UDRP. It probably seems like I’ve been writing a lot of posts about reverse domain name hijacking lately. Hey, I don’t control the flow of unscrupulous companies filing bogus RDNH cases. I take them as they come. Here are two more. First up is Crestron…

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