.sucks launches despite trademark lobby outrage
Vox Populi took its .sucks new gTLD into its sunrise period as planned today, despite an 11th-hour outcry from trademark lawyers. Pricing varies wildly between registrars. Registry CEO John Berard told DI today that the TLD became available to trademark owners at a minute after midnight UTC this morning as scheduled. ICANN’s In...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 15:50
US confirms Neustar to lose $475m-a-year contract
Neustar still seems set to lose a critical US government contract that provides half of its annual revenue. The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously last week to begin talks with rival contract bidder Telcordia, saying it will save the US consumer hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Since 1997, Neustar has administ...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 10:18
Will Vox Populi eat its own .sucks dog food?
Vox Populi has yet to decide whether it will put its mouth where its money is and open up its own brand for the .sucks treatment. In a radio interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Day 6 show broadcast on Friday, registry CEO John Berard was asked whether the company would register voxpopuli.sucks and allow [R...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 9:47
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Chehade tries to explain domain “hogging” comments
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade has distanced himself from comments in which he seemed to equate domain investing with “cybersquatting”. In January, Chehade said in a Huffington Post interview that new gTLDs would help prevent domain “hogging”, which was widely interpreted as his taking a dim view of domaining. When as...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 9:9
Man escapes from prison by typosquatting
A convicted fraudster reportedly escaped from a UK prison by typosquatting. Neil Moore was serving time on remand when he used a smuggled mobile phone to register a domain name that looked a lot like that of the UK court service, according to local media reports. The domain was hmcts-gsi-gov-uk, a typo of the genuine […] Relat...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, March 30, 2015 - 8:36
“Halt perverted .sucks shakedown now!” demands IPC
Intellectual property interests have asked ICANN to put an immediate stop to the roll-out of the .sucks new gTLD. A letter to Global Domains Division president Akram Atallah, sent by the Intellectual Property Constituency this evening and seen by DI, calls the registry’s plans, which include an “exorbitant” $2,500 s...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, March 27, 2015 - 15:34
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ICANN 50% renewal predictions not based on registry data
ICANN’s projection that new gTLDs will see renewals of between 25% and 50% is not based on empirical data from new gTLD registries. The predictions, which come in under industry standard expectations, are “conservative and somewhat subjective”, ICANN said. The organization last week revealed that its 2016 budget is ...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 15:38
Governments go on a kill-crazy rampage with new two-letter domain veto
ICANN has confirmed to new gTLD registries that governments now get to unilaterally block two-letter domains that match their home ccTLDs. The organization has essentially given nations a veto — already enthusiastically exercised — over domains including il.army, it.pizza and fr.domains. I’m not making this up. The ...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 14:34
Does Chehade agree with Donuts on .doctor?
Should governments have the right to force business-limiting restrictions on new gTLD operators, even though they don’t have the same rules in their own ccTLDs? ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade evidently believes the answer to that question is “No”, but it’s what ICANN is controversially imposing on Donuts and two other...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 4:22
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Identify.com terminated
ICANN has terminated the accreditation of defunct registrar Identify.com. The company received its final compliance notice (pdf) last week and will lose its contractual ability to sell gTLD domains April 17. Not that many will notice or care. According to the notice, ICANN has been informed that the company is no longer in business. ...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 3:30
Why is .sucks based in Frank Schilling’s office?
The upcoming new gTLD .sucks is being run from the offices of Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry and it has a close business relationship with the registry, DI has discovered. Vox Populi Registry, which runs .sucks and which I and many others have been assuming is completely controlled by Canadian registrar group Momentous, in fact ...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:11
Verisign adds 750,000 .com names instantly with reporting change
Verisign has boosted its reportable .com domain count by almost 750,000 by starting to count expired and suspended names. The change in methodology, which is a by-product of ICANN’s much more stringent Whois accuracy regime, happened on Friday afternoon. Before the change, the company reported on its web site that there were 11...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, March 23, 2015 - 9:16
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All eyes on Donuts as first new gTLD renewal figures roll in
Donuts is about to give the world the clearest picture yet of the ongoing demand for new gTLD domain names. The company has taken the unprecedented decision to disclose its renewal figures on a pretty much live basis. COO Richard Tindal has been blogging renewal stats for .bike, .clothing, .guru, .ventures, .holdings, .plumbing and ....
DomainIncite.com - Monday, March 23, 2015 - 6:44
.tk registrar gets ICANN breach notice
OpenTLD, the registrar owned by .tk registry Freenon, has received an odd contract-breach notice from ICANN. The company apparently forgot to send ICANN a Compliance Certificate for 2014, despite repeated pestering by ICANN staff. It’s the first time I’ve seen ICANN issue a breach notice (pdf) for this reason. A Complianc...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 9:23
ICANN slashes new gTLD revenues by 57%, forecasts renewals at 25% to 50%
ICANN has dramatically reduced the amount of revenue it expects to see from new gTLDs in its fiscal 2015. According to a draft 2016 budget published this morning, the organization now reckons it will get just $300,000 from new gTLD registry transaction fees in the year ending June 30, 2015. That’s down 75% from the […] R...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 8:42
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Could Verisign lose $3.3m .gov deal?
The US government has put its feelers out for information about a possible successor to Verisign as manager of the .gov TLD. A formal Request For Information — potentially a precursor to a Request For Proposals — was was issued by the General Services Administration on March 9. The GSA, which is the sponsor of […] ...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 13:57
Start-ups protest “the dark side of .io”
Two technology start-up companies that use .io domain name are to campaign on behalf of the exiled natives of the islands represented by the ccTLD. As you’re no doubt aware, in recent years .io became a popular TLD among young tech firms squeezed out of .com by the lack of decent available names. It could […] Related pos...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 11:43
It’s St Patrick’s Day, so .irish launches
Dot-Irish has taken the symbolic opportunity presented by St Patrick’s Day today to officially launch. The new gTLD entered its sunrise period today. It will run until May 17 before entering general availability. .irish names will available to anyone, anywhere, to register. If you feel like you’re connected to Ireland or ...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 11:9
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Donuts launches first “not com” ad campaign
Donuts has launched its first ad campaign, part of its plan to raise awareness about new gTLDs as a category. It’s a digital-only video campaign, expected to run on sites including YouTube, the New York Times, Forbes, Mashable and Fast Company. The theme is “freedom of choice”, using the slogan “Welcome to the...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 9:54
Could you survive a .sucks UDRP?
If you register a .sucks domain matching a brand, could you survive a subsequent UDRP complaint? Opinion is mixed. In my view, how UDRP treats .sucks registrants will be a crucial test of Vox Populi Registry’s business model. Vox Populi Registry clearly envisages — and is actively encouraging with its policies — gen...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 8:30
CentralNic signs first legacy gTLD
CentralNic has become the new back-end registry provider for .coop, a gTLD that was approved by ICANN almost 15 years ago. The decision by DotCooperation comes after original back-end Midcounties Co-operative Domains decided to get out of the business, according to the registry. In a statement, DotCooperation said: We would like to a...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, March 13, 2015 - 13:29
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Watch this jaw-dropping .sucks promo vid
Is .sucks just a domain name registry? A way to extort money from trademark owners? No, it’s the about “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, the kind of thing civil rights movement leaders including Martin Luther King and Jesse Jackson could get behind. At least, that’s the message in the jaw-dropping ...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, March 13, 2015 - 8:5
Google leaks 282,000 private Whois records
Google has accidentally revealed registrant contact information for 282,867 domain names that were supposed to be protected by a privacy service. The bug reportedly affected 94% of the 305,925 domains registered via Google Apps, an eNom reseller. The glitch was discovered by Cisco and reported to Google February 19. It has since been...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, March 13, 2015 - 7:35
Here’s why trademark owners will think .sucks sucks
Vox Populi Registry is to launch its .sucks gTLD at the end of the month, and its plans are likely to piss off trademark owners no end. As previously reported, the company has backpedaled on its idea of pricing its sunrise period names at $25,000 per name per year, but it’s introducing some new concepts […] Related posts...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, March 13, 2015 - 5:26
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Nominet to give nod to .uk privacy services
Nominet plans to start accrediting proxy/privacy services in .uk domain names, and to make it easier to opt-out of having your full contact details published in Whois. The proposed policy changes are outlined in a consultation opened this morning. “We’ve never recognized privacy services,” director of policy Eleanor...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 6:1

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