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#DropCatch : Half of #China’s investors are bidding on #Pudong.com!

Pudong is a district of Shanghai, China, and the domain name Pudong.com is currently being auctioned. Pudong.com was originally registered in 1998, and its Chinese registrant somehow lost control of the domain name’s renewals. The domain expired, and eventually it dropped. The auction is taking place on DropCatch – where else – with lots of […]

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Trump’s tariffs on #China now include LL, LLL and LLLL .com #domain names

President Trump‘s relentless policies on Chinese goods impose millions of dollars in tariffs. The onslaught on China is rapidly expanding, in order to ensure that the Communist Capitalism model does not spread westwards. New measures now include domain names, and specifically LL .com, LLL .com and LLLL .com domain names. The specific tariff rates will […]

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#China and UDRP : New rules at the #WIPO change the .CN landscape

The WIPO is changing the way China’s two ccTLD strings are to be handled, as far the UDRP process is concerned. The launch of specific domain name dispute resolution services for .cn and .中国 (China) follows different guidelines than with other TLDs. The new process will only affect domains that are 3 years old and […]

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#TATA coin : Chinese #cryptocurrency or opportunistic #domain registration?

The Chinese registrant of TataCoin.com used an interesting defense at the WIPO. TATA Motors, the Indian company that is rolling out the Harrier car, lost a UDRP it filed against TataCoin.com. The Respondent claimed the mark isn’t known in China, where cryptocurrencies are banned. According to their defense, that’s why they offered the domain for […]

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#Chinese investments : After #domains and #Bitcoin, #China is after #Greek real estate properties

Chinese investors moved away from LLLL .com domains, crashing the “Chips” market this year. Their apparent move onto other types of investments, such as cryptocurrency, heralded the end of the “domain as a wealth vessel” economy. It was a well-disguised game of musical chairs, orchestrated by investment companies based in Hong Kong, and they made […]

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#China Internet Report : More than 800 million users and 10,000 court cases

China’s Internet base surpassed the 800 million mark, further establishing itself as the world’s biggest online community. According to reports, the number of Internet users in China rose by 30 million during the first half of 2018, to an astounding 802 million; that’s a penetration rate of 57.7% for the Chinese. The Chinese Network Information […]

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#Domains and trademarks : IP theft rampant in #China

A recent decision against the registrant of the domain AirBNBChina.com serves as a reminder of copyright and trademark violations in China. Intellectual property theft is rampant in China, where trademark registrations by foreign companies must follow the “first to file” Chinese law. Unlike Western trademark offices, where the filing entity must provide proof of “first […]

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#Chinese domain spammer wants to use #Sedo to complete sale!

Chinese domain spammers email the owners of the most popular TLDs, such as .com, .net and .org, peddling the matching dot .CN. What would someone do with a .CN domain, when they have no business presence in China, is beyond perplexing. These phucksticks send out a templated email that attempts to instill legitimacy, by quoting […]

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Two letter domain EM .com : #Sedo says it might end up in #China

Premium two letter .com domains can break out of six figures, and into seven figure territory. Even in a depressed domain market, LL .com domains retain most of their valuation, thanks to the insatiable appetite demonstrated by Chinese investors and companies. Sedo announced that the domain EM.com is now under exclusive brokerage, as senior domain […]

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Chinese #domain market report : The Jingwang Weishi app is after your files

Jingwang Weishi, translated as “web cleansing,” is a Chinese mystery app that is forcefully downloaded into phones in some parts of China. The app records a phone’s identifying information, including its IMEI number, model, phone number, and manufacturer, and many Ethnic Uighurs in China’s west are worried this is the Chinese government’s long arm at […]

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#Chinese #domain market report : One person controls 1.379 billion citizens

China operates on a distinct “Communist Capitalism” model, with the economy structured on top of an amalgam of ethics and culture. Don’t be fooled though; in the end, one person, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, runs the show. Currently, Xi Jinping is also the President of the People’s Republic of China, […]

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Chinese #domain market report : The year of the top dog

China’s domain market has evolved into a complex market place that often follows guidelines issued by the Chinese government; we call this the “Communist Capitalism” model. No longer focused on the so-called “Chinese letters” only, domain investors from China have become apt in targeting a variety of domain genres. The quintessential, core investment vehicles remain: […]

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