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  • China's Real Name Verification Requirements are Finally Enabled for .com Domains

    July 27, 2016 @ 10:54 AM

    .COM is the First of Many Foreign Domain Extensions to Comply with Chinese Requirements for Real Name Verification Simon Cousins and Matt Johnson, Allegravita, with contributions by Kassey Lee A crucial pillar of China’s MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) domain name regulatory regime was completed this week, as Verisign’s .COM and .NET domain…

  • ICANN Report: Very Few Trademark Holders Use The New gTLD Sunrise Periods

    July 27, 2016 @ 4:51 AM

    ICANN announced the publication of the Draft Report of the Independent Review of the Trademark Clearinghouse. Specific considerations related to the matching criteria, Trademark Claims service and Sunrise period are assessed in the review, conducted by Analysis Group. Key Findings: Expanding Matching Criteria to include non-exact matches may be of limited benefit: The dispute rate of…

  • Court Denies Donuts' Request to Delay .web Auction

    July 27, 2016 @ 4:50 AM

    Judge faults Donuts on procedural grounds and the merits, so auction will go ahead today as planned. An auction to resolve the .web top level domain name contention set will go forward today as originally planned. United States District Judge Percy Anderson denied (pdf) Donuts’ request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to postpone the…

  • "Ditch .com!" Government to Tell Indians

    July 27, 2016 @ 1:49 AM

    The Indian government is to urge citizens to register .in domain names instead of .com, according to local reports. The Economic Times reports today that the Ministry of Economy and IT is to launch a “massive advertising campaign aimed at companies, individuals and startups” promoting .in. Rajiv Bansal, MEIT joint secretary, is reported as saying…

  • Donuts Denied! .web Auction to Go Ahead Today

    July 27, 2016 @ 1:11 AM

    A California judge had denied Donuts’ eleventh-hour attempt to delay today’s .web gTLD auction. In a ruling late yesterday, Judge Percy Anderson rejected the company’s request for an emergency temporary restraining order preventing ICANN from selling off the premium gTLD. This means the auction is pretty much certain to go ahead starting at 1300 UTC…

  • ICANN: Wednesday's .web Auction Must Go On

    July 26, 2016 @ 5:22 AM

    Group responds to lawsuit and argues auction should take place on Wednesday as planned. ICANN has responded (pdf) to Donuts’ lawsuit over the .web top level domain name auction, saying that Donuts’ allegations are unfounded and that the auction should proceed as planned on Wednesday. Donuts is trying to halt tomorrow’s auction because it believes…

  • Donuts .web Claims "Discredited", ICANN Tells Court

    July 26, 2016 @ 1:41 AM

    Donuts’ attempt to delay tomorrow’s .web gTLD auction is based on a now “discredited” reading of a single email from rival bidder Nu Dot Co, ICANN told a California court yesterday. Supporting ICANN’s opposition to Donuts’ motion for a temporary restraining order, two top NDC executives also swore under penalty of perjury that the company…

  • Donuts Sues ICANN Over .web Domain

    July 25, 2016 @ 5:30 AM

    New top level domain applicant unhappy with ICANN’s response thus far, so it takes its complaint to court. One of new top level domain name company Donuts’ subsidiaries has sued ICANN in an effort to postpone the auction for .web and potentially disqualify one of the participants. Donuts and at least two other applicants are…

  • Nominations Open for Annual Domain Industry Awards

    July 25, 2016 @ 4:15 AM

    Howard Neu sent out an email this morning announcing that the nomination period is now open for the annual domain industry awards, formerly known as the TRAFFIC Awards. The awards will be announced and given out at THE Domain Conference on September 13. Domain industry award nominations are being solicited for the following awards…

  • Donuts Files $10 Million Lawsuit to Stop .web Auction

    July 23, 2016 @ 11:42 PM

    Donuts has sued ICANN in an attempt to block the auction of the .web gTLD this Wednesday. The gTLD portfolio registry filed a lawsuit in California on Friday, seeking over $10 million in damages and a temporary restraining order to stop the auction going ahead. The complaint alleges breach of contract, negligence and unfair competition…

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