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  • Approve dot-gay, ICANN told

    September 28, 2016 @ 1:21 PM

    A 62-page report [PDF] written by Professor William Eskridge – a world expert in sexuality, gender, and the law from Yale Law School – tears apart the organization’s “independent” report and highlights “fundamental errors in the EIU’s [Economist Intelligence Unit’s] reasons for denying dotgay’s community status.”

  • Domain Name Drop Catching Service for Sale for $1,500,000 (Is It Pheenix?)

    September 28, 2016 @ 9:08 AM

    A domain name drop catching service founded in 2014 is for sale and the asking price is $1,500,000. The service is described as “well-known and highly profitable business in the domain speculation and backordering niche.” with a “proprietary software which secures dropped domains with an impressive success rate.” The company claims a yearly revenue of…

  • For $10,000, Donuts Will Block Hundreds of Typos and Premiums for Your Brand

    September 28, 2016 @ 6:22 AM

    Donuts has announced an expansion of its domain-blocking service that will enable brand owners to cheaply (kinda) block misspellings of their trademarks. Brand owners whose trademarks match “premium” generic strings will also be able to take matching domains out of circulation using the registry’s new DPML Plus service. DPML, for Domain Protected Marks List, is…

  • Donuts to Offer $10,000 Brand Protection Service

    September 28, 2016 @ 6:08 AM

    Donuts launches DPML on steroids. Top level domain name company Donuts will offer a new DPML Plus service for the last three months of this year. The service, which has a suggested retail price of $9,999, is an enhancement to the company’s existing Domains Protected Marks List service. The standard DPML allows brand owners to…

  • Huh? UDRP Against 21-year-old Domain Based On 2-year-old Trademark is Not RDNH

    September 28, 2016 @ 5:35 AM

    Panelist wimps out on finding that complaint was RDNH. A National Arbitration Forum panelist has failed to make a ruling of reverse domain name hijacking in an egregious UDRP filing. Arthur Yarlett / Graphic-FX filed a UDRP against Michael McGloin / Visual Voice over the domain name McGloin registered the domain name in 1995…

  • Leicester City Football Star, Christian Fuchs, Loses Domain Name Dispute

    September 27, 2016 @ 10:15 PM

    The footballer’s exact namesake, an engineer from Cheshire, took up the defence of the family name in a complaint to an internet watchdog. But now the other Christian Fuchs, of Honiton Way, Middlewich, has failed to wrest the domain name ‘’ from a westcountry entrepreneur.

  • Nominet Overcharges .UK Customers to Pay for Cheaper New gTLD's

    September 27, 2016 @ 6:43 AM

    Kieren McCarthy published a post yesterday entitled “The Great British domain name rip-off: Overcharged .uk customers help pay for cheaper .vodka; Time for competition authorities to take a hard look at Nominet” Here are some of the highlights of the story “.UK domain name holders are being overcharged while the company behind it wins contracts…

  • .shop Soars With 40,000 Registrations in First 30 Minutes

    September 27, 2016 @ 5:21 AM

    High demand for new .shop top level domain name. GMO Registry launched the .shop top level domain name yesterday and the early results are impressive. 39,801 .shop domain names were registered within the first 30 minutes and 45,427 within the first two hours. .Shop now has over 50,000 registrations including about 5,000 domains registered in…

  • Over 50,000 Names Sold As .shop Has Successful Launch Day

    September 27, 2016 @ 12:45 AM

    GMO Registry has recorded one of the most successful new gTLD launch days to date, selling over 45,000 .shop domain names in the first hours. The company said it sold 45,427 .shop names in the first two hours after general availability started yesterday afternoon at about 1600 UTC. The total at that point was 51,755,…

  • GoDaddy Spearheads Domain Connect Spec

    September 26, 2016 @ 11:46 PM

    GoDaddy has published a new specification designed to make it easier for domain owners to quickly set up web sites using third-party site-building tools. Its new Domain Connect Initiative is tailored for customers who do not know how to configure a DNS record and do not care to learn, according to Charles Beadnall, senior VP of…

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