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1 more day to comment opposing the .BIZ price increase

Please spend 5 minutes TODAY to send an email to ICANN about opposing the .biz domain name price increase and URS! This is the email address to use: comments-biz-renewal-03apr19@icann.org You just send a simple email saying you oppose the fact that ICANN wants to remove price caps for .biz domains and add whatever comments you …

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Please spend 5 minutes to send an email to ICANN about the .asia price increase!

Please spend 5 minutes TODAY to send an email to ICANN about opposing the .asia domain name price increase by instituting a price cap! This is the email address to use: comments-asia-renewal-27mar19@icann.org You just send a simple email saying you oppose the fact there are no price caps for .asia and add whatever comments you …

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.CLUB launches name blocking brand protection service

.CLUB Domains, LLC has launched the Trademark Sentry Unlimited Name Blocking Service, designed to offer qualified brands and trademark holders protection in the .CLUB namespace. The Unlimited Name Blocking Service (UNBS) protects a trademark from appearing in any portion of a domain with the popular .CLUB extension – literally covering trillions of permutations of a …

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Say “No” to unlimited price increases on .org, .info, .biz and .asia domains!

The ICA has created an easy-to-use Form for you to submit your objections to ICANN regarding its proposed removal of all price caps on several domain name extensions. Although the form focuses on .org you can also use this form to create a similar comment for .info, .biz and .asia. The link for the .org …

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The ICA is organizing a public webcast

The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) is organizing a public webcast which will highlight the ICA’s policy positions and interests. The webcast is scheduled for April 12 at 1 PM EDT. Registration is now open. Among the topics ICA will cover: The possible increase in .com registration fees Pricing policy arising from the differences between legacy extensions which were originally …

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Neustar and .Biz domains want no price caps too!

ICANN is now proposing lifting price cap provisions for .biz domains too. This came shortly after the proposals to lift price caps for .org and .info domains. Of course Neustar, the biz registry, would sure like to get what Afilias and PIR want and ICANN is willing to give them. All these companies want to …

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Michael Gleissner is defeated by Trump in trademark case

The Michael Gleissner sage continues as Gleissner’s appeal against TRUMP TV opposition decision was dismissed. World Trademark Review published an article today detailing how “The England and Wales High Court of Justice (Chancery Division) has upheld a UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) decision that a trademark for the term TRUMP TV, owned by “infamous trademark …

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GoDaddy employee caught bidding on domain name auctions

Paul Nicks, VP & GM for GoDaddy’s Aftermarket, made a blog post tonight saying that GoDaddy identified an employee who engaged in activities in violation of its policies. On March 11, a customer contacted GoDaddy with serious allegations against multiple employees. These allegations alluded to employees potentially participating in auctions, shill bidding (coordinating bids to …

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This Means War! ICANN proposes lifting price cap provisions on .org and .info domains!

This means war! ICANN proposes lifting price cap provisions .org and .info domains! This is the most serious matter that registrants have come up against ever. If these agreements are accepted by ICANN then VERISIGN will come running asking ICANN to lift price cap provisions in .com and .net. So all domains can go overnight …

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WIPO issues WRONG report regarding domain name disputes in 2018

Trademark owners filed a record 3,447 cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center in 2018 WIPO claims that businesses reacted to the proliferation of websites used for counterfeit sales, fraud, phishing, and other forms of online trademark abuse. (Annex 1) But besides that not being the …

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ICANN terminates Alpnames registrar

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) today announced it has terminated the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with registrar Alpnames Limited (IANA #1857), effective immediately. The Alpnames website at alpnames.com does not resolve. The RAA was terminated after the ICANN organization determined that Alpnames was no longer performing required registrar functions as specified …

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How I reply to threats from companies that want to steal my domains

I got a message from a Spanish company trying to steal my domain. They used the contact form that I have on this domain name I own to send the message below. I have nothing more on the domain name except this contact form. No content, no PPC, no ads, no “for sale” sign, no …

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The ICA says that Verisign’s attempt to increase .com fees is still unjustified

The ICA released a very important statement written by Zak Muscovitch on the price increase of .com domains. The ICA said that Verisign’s attempt to increase .com fees is still unjustified the despite diversionary tactic. The important thing here, that is also noted in the statement, is that we should not really care too much …

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Injunction denied! (Oliver Hoger against Konstantinos Zournas)

A Greek court denied the injunction brought by Oliver Hoger against Konstantinos Zournas and OnlineDomain.com in a Greek court. The judge found, among other things, that since the article in question did not contain false statements the article does not have defamatory content. “Consequently, since the aforementioned contested article of the defendant contains no false …

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Oliver Hoger filed a court injunction against Konstantinos Zournas and OnlineDomain.com

Oliver Hoger filed an injunction against Konstantinos Zournas and OnlineDomain.com in a Greek court. The injunction (I am not exactly sure what this procedure is called in foreign courts or if there an exact equivalent as I am trying to translate from Greek law terminology. “Summary procedure” is probably another term for it.) was filed …

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ICA points out the absence of any ICANN oversight over the UDRP

ICA sent a letter to ICANN pointed out the absence of any ICANN oversight over the UDRP such as an office or staff, regular review process, complaints procedure, or contracts with existing UDRP dispute resolution service providers. ICA requests that ICANN includes a budget for such oversight in its current budgeting process. Read the full …

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Whois status and impacts from GDPR on European ccTLDs

CENTR, the association of European country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registries, published a report on Whois status and impacts from GDPR. Respondents of the survey were the following ccTLDs: .at, .au, .be, .ch, .cz, .de, .dk, .ee, .es, .eu, .fi, .fr, .ie, .lu, .me, .nl, .no, .nz, .pl, .pt, .rs, .se, .si, .ua, .uk. (Once …

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WARNING: Google has a bug allowing possibly TM infringing ads to appear on your domain landing pages

This is a warning to be taken very seriously by all domainers that park their domain name with PPC ads. Google currently has a bug allowing possibly trademark infringing ads to appear on your domain name landing pages. I got confirmation from 2 different parking companies (Uniregistry and ParkingCrew) and I have seen the landers …

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Domain name auction house auctioning trademark domains

About a month back a well known domain name auction house was auctioning some trademark domains. This is no big news if the domains were expired or dropped. But in this case the domain names were auctioned by a “well-known” broker/seller in domain name industry. Well, he actually became “well-known” just a few months back. …

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