NameVault terminated by ICANN
NameVault, a registrar that once had over 75,000 domains under management, has been terminated by ICANN over multiple alleged contract breaches. ICANN told (pdf) the Canadian company this week that its right to sell gTLD domain names will come to an end June 17. The breaches primarily relate to its failure to provide records relating... - Friday, May 22, 2015 - 13:31
ICANN says “no impact” from TMCH downtime
The 10-hour outage in the Trademark Clearinghouse’s key database had no impact on domain registrations, ICANN says. We reported earlier this week that the TMCH’s Trademark Database had been offline for much of last Friday, for reasons unknown. We’d heard concerns from some users that the downtime may have allowed re... - Friday, May 22, 2015 - 8:56
Chehade quits as ICANN CEO
ICANN president and CEO Fadi Chehade will step down from the post March 2016, he said today. The shock news means he will have served just three and a half years in the top job by the time he leaves. He started September 14, 2012. It sounds like he might already has a new job […] Related posts: Chehade to face Congressional gr... - Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 9:45
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Concern over mystery TMCH outage
ICANN is investigating the causes and impact of a database outage that is believed to have hit the Trademark Clearinghouse for 10 hours last Friday. Some in the intellectual property community are concerned that the downtime may have allowed people to register domain names without receiving Trademark Claims notices. The downtime was ... - Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 13:49
Wildly popular Facebook scam attack hits .ninja
Rightside’s .ninja appears to be the victim of a broad, highly effective affiliate marketing scam that targets Indians and exploits Facebook’s trademark. Today, 11 of the top 12 most-visited .ninja domains are linked to the same attack. Each has an Alexa ranking of under 15,000. They’re all in the top 40 new gTLD do... - Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 8:31
Eurovision deploys dot-brand for ludicrous song contest
It isn’t making a song and dance about it, but the European Broadcasting Union is promoting is annual Eurovision Song Contest using its new dot-brand gTLD, .eurovision. The default registry domain,, is mirroring its regular web site — found at — ahead on Friday night’s televised sh... - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 18:15
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Obama, Apple, cancer and Taylor Swift’s cat top lists of most searched-for .sucks domains
You’ve got to hand it to .sucks registry Vox Populi. The pricing may be “exploitative” and “predatory”, as the intellectual property community believes, but damn if the the company doesn’t know how to generate headlines. Vox Pop has just added a new ticker stream to its web site, fingering the 50 m... - Monday, May 18, 2015 - 20:35
Epic new gTLD fail? Gambling site named after new gTLD but doesn’t use it
Online gambling company owns the domain name but, bafflingly, hasn’t even turned it on. The company runs PartyPoker and other betting sites and is in the business news today due to a takeover bid from rival 888. Having just heard the story reported on the TV, I went to check out its web […] Related ... - Monday, May 18, 2015 - 12:4
XYZ and Uniregistry acquire .car from Google, launch joint venture and Uniregistry have launched a joint venture to operate a trio of car-related new gTLDs, after acquiring .car from Google. Cars Registry Ltd is a new company. It will launch .cars, .car and .auto later this year. Uniregistry won .cars and .auto at auction last year. Google was the only applicant for .car. It […] Relat... - Monday, May 18, 2015 - 11:5
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Barclays confirms move away from .com to new gTLD
Barclays has become one of the first major companies to explicitly confirm it will dump traditional gTLDs and ccTLDs in favor of its new dot-brands. The $25 billion-a-year bank said it will “transfer its online assets to proprietary domain names — .barclays and .barclaycard — away from the traditional location-speci... - Monday, May 18, 2015 - 9:19
URS coming to .travel under big contract changes
The .travel gTLD, which was approved 10 years ago, will have to support the Uniform Rapid Suspension service, one of several significant changes proposed for its ICANN contract. I believe it’s the first legacy gTLD to agree to use URS, which gives trademark owners a way to remove domain names that infringe their marks that [... - Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:58
Momentous denies link to “illegal” pharmacy gang
Momentous says CEO Rob Hall is NOT the man behind a registrar devoted almost exclusively to running “illegal” online pharmacies, after the US Congress was told he was a few hours ago. In written testimony to Congress today, LegitScript president John Horton linked Hall to an “illegal online pharmacy network” c... - Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 13:47
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.sucks explains Sunrise Premium name change
Vox Populi Registry abandonment of the .sucks “Sunrise Premium” brand in favor of a new “Market Premium” service is just a renaming, designed to reduce confusion among trademark owners, according to the company. As we reported Sunday, all mentions of Sunrise Premium — a list of .sucks domain that will al... - Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 8:33
.sucks threatens ICANN with defamation claim after “extortion” letters
Vox Populi Registry has threatened to sue ICANN for defamation and other alleged breaches of US law, over allegations of “extortion” made by two of its constituencies. The registry’s outside law firm wrote to ICANN yesterday, saying that it has “has no interest in pursuing claims at this time” but adding... - Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 6:52
Businesses call on regulators to stop .sucks “extortion”
ICANN’s Business Constituency wants US and Canadian regulators to intervene to prevent Vox Populi Registry, which runs .sucks, “extorting” businesses with its high sunrise fees. The BC wrote to ICANN, the US Federal Trade Commission and the Canadian Office for Consumer Affairs on Friday, saying .sucks has employed &... - Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 11:26
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Has .sucks abandoned its Sunrise Premium program?
Vox Populi Registry has done away with the “Sunrise Premium” part of its .sucks launch strategy, if only in name. The pricing page of the company’s web site no longer makes any reference to Sunrise Premium, the controversial, trademark-heavy list of .sucks domains that would cost over $2,000 a year to register and r... - Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 9:45
.sucks and ICANN not invited to Congressional hearing on .sucks and ICANN
The witness list in next week’s US Congressional hearing into .sucks and ICANN accountability does not feature .sucks or ICANN. The eight witnesses are largely drawn from outspoken critics of both ICANN and Vox Populi, either companies or trade associations and lobby groups. It’s stacked heavily in favor of intellectual p... - Friday, May 8, 2015 - 10:24
Congress to put .sucks on trial
The US Congress is to hold a hearing to look into the .sucks gTLD and ICANN accountability. A hearing entitled “Stakeholder Perspectives on ICANN: The .sucks Domain and Essential Steps to Guarantee Trust and Accountability in the Internet’s Operation” has been scheduled by the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellect... - Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 15:13
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Dot-brand gTLD guilty of domain name hijacking
Fashion retailer Mango, which owns its own dot-brand gTLD, has been found guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking after allegedly doctoring evidence in a .uk cybersquatting case. The company, which runs .mango, lost a Nominet Dispute Resolution Service complaint against New Zealand-based domain investor Garth Piesse over ... - Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 13:0
Whois privacy reforms incoming
Whois privacy services will become regulated by ICANN under proposals published today, but there’s a big disagreement about whether all companies should be allowed to use them. A working group has released the first draft of its recommendations covering privacy and proxy services, which mask the identity and contact details of ... - Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 12:18
Most ICANN new gTLD breaches were over a year ago
Almost three quarters of the security breaches logged against ICANN’s new gTLD portal occurred over a three-month period in early 2014, DI can reveal. Almost every incident of a new gTLD applicant coming across data they weren’t supposed to see — 322 of the 330 total — happened before the end of October last y... - Monday, May 4, 2015 - 15:26
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.porn and .adult sunrises net around 8,000 sales
The sunrise periods for .porn and .adult netted just shy of 4,000 domains per TLD, according to ICM Registry. The company said .porn received 3,995 registrations while .adult trailed slightly with 3,902. Those numbers are a combination of sunrise registrations, which resolve, and “blocks”, which do not. The ICANN-mandated... - Monday, May 4, 2015 - 11:37
“Naked aggression” or genius? .sucks trolls trademark event
.sucks registry Vox Populi has annoyed intellectual property interests by trolling a trademark conference with a .sucks mobile billboard. As tweeted by corporate registrar Marksmen, which described the move as “naked aggression”, attendees to the International Trademark Association conference in San Diego, California saw ... - Monday, May 4, 2015 - 7:47
Dumb ICANN bug revealed secret financial data to new gTLD applicants
Secret financial projections were among 330 pieces of confidential data revealed by an ICANN security bug. Over the last two years, a total of 19 new gTLD applicants used the bug to access data belonging to 96 applicants and 21 registry operators. That’s according to ICANN, which released the results of a third-party audit this... - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 13:0
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.xyz dismisses own ads as “puffery” has dismissed its own claim that .xyz is the “next .com” as “mere opinion or puffery”, in an attempt to resolve a false advertising lawsuit filed by Verisign. Attempting to get the lawsuit resolved without going to the expense of a full trial, the registry has filed with the court a lengthy, rather sel... - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 8:15

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