September 26, 2014 · SPECIAL REPORT
It’s been 5 great years already, and how the world of domains has changed since 2009! We now have gTLDs that only existed in “ClownPenis.fart” jokes. Halvarez is nowhere to be seen. Parked.com is gone. Morgan Linton is a millionaire (almost!) Frank Schilling owns a Registry, but... [Read more]
A bunch of yoyos. Another day, another UDRP for Yoyo Email, Ltd. – a UK corporation that has had a record number of UDRP cases filed against it this year. The reason: registrations of corporate names, brands and trademarks in the dot .Email gTLD, a practice that Yoyo Email refers to as a “business model”,... [More]
Shoshana B. Roberts We’ve said it before: if you plan to be part of a viral campaign, make sure you already own your name as a dot .com, maybe even a variation of it. Shoshana B. Roberts, a New York based actress, made national news recently over her role as a naturally beautiful, casually dressed female walking in... [More]
Dot .Realtor might not be as welcome as its Registry believes. In a brutally honest essay on the dot .Realtor availability, Real Estate agent, Teresa Boardman, states that she will stick to dot .com for now. “I think I’ll just stick with my .com domains. I can have domain names like StPaulRealEstateBlog.com and StPaulCondolife.com... [More]
When your brand copies off another business’s name, making claims about the name’s origin won’t work if you also copy their content. A UDRP filed at the WIPO against the domain name DigikaPart.com by DigiKey Electronics, was met by a surprising claim by the Respondent. DigikaPart was registered in Iran... [More]
Sedo has redesigned its homepage and content pages, giving them a much-needed “facelift.” The new design is not responsive, and the homepage places emphasis on the new direction in the domain industry, that of gTLDs. Below the masthead, domain listings are displayed, which refresh every few seconds - a nice... [More]
Artwork by Banksy. A UDRP that was filed against the owner of the domain name Banksy.com, was dropped by the arbitrator at the WIPO, who issued a partial reimbursement of the UDRP fees. While no details were revealed by the UDRP documents, the sleuths at The Register contacted the owner of the domain, who shared some shocking... [More]
Juan Diego Calle in Little Havana. After founding and selling .CO Internet S.A.S. to Neustar for several million dollars, Juan Diego Calle is currently in dire straits. Despite the huge success of dot .CO domain names, Juan Diego Calle’s personal story is heart-breaking; his LinkedIn profile clearly states “Unemployed“. We... [More]
Can’t sleep? Read domain sales listings. If you suffer from insomnia, you are not alone; about 22% of all American adults suffer from a chronic bout of lack of sleep. A shocking 48% reports having insomnia occasionally, and the number goes up as the use of tablets and smart phones at bed time increases. What can domain... [More]
More than a decade ago, Intel Corporation apparently manipulated the performance claims of its Pentium 4 processor; the charges brought against the chip manufacturing giant also name Hewlett-Packard as a “conspirator”. In other words, HP and Intel agreed to hype up the performance of Pentium 4 chips, between... [More]
No quick resolution of domain thefts is currently possible. A brazen Russian thief stole the domain name MLA.com and then fabricated an electronic exchange of a supposed Bitcoin sale. Despite owning this domain since the 90’s, Chicago professional Michael Lee has gone to extreme lengths, trying to prove this is his... [More]
Won’t get past this fella without a TRAFFIC ticket. After ten years as the pioneering domain conference, TRAFFIC 2014 in Miami, Florida defines the end of an era, and the beginning of another. Co-founder Rick Schwartz, started TRAFFIC in 2004 and it soon became the de facto domain conference, attended by thousands... [More]
ICANN – No decision on Morocco/ICANN52 yet. If you want to achieve things excruciatingly slow, then form a committee. Several days after the rumors about ICANN52 in Marrakesh in Morocco being canceled, and two days after its initial announcement of “reconsideration”, ICANN has not issued a decision. Ebola... [More]
Nurse Kaci Hickox is suing the State of New Jersey. If you make the news, abandon all hope that your name-matching domain won’t be snatched. Doctors Without Frontiers nurse, Kaci Hickox, made national headlines when she was detained against her will, as a precaution; she tested negative for the Ebola virus, after treating... [More]
Develi is a city in South-east Turkey. A UDRP that was filed at the WIPO against the domain name Develi.com, resulted in the much coveted “reverse domain name hijacking” finding. A Turkish individual, Arif Develier of Instabul, claimed century old rights to the name “Develi” due to a restaurant chain... [More]
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