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35,000 domains at MarkMonitor need to be updated soon

Registrant name will need to be updated after Serlin departs. About 35,000 domain names at MarkMonitor use the company’s version of Whois Proxy. They are all registered in the name of Matt Serlin, DNStination Inc. Names registered in this name belong to companies such as Facebook and Google. The ownership records for these domain names […]

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.feedback gTLD in breach of contract after big brand “fraud” claims

ICANN has slapped .feedback operator Top Level Spectrum with a contract breach notice after a huge complaint about alleged fraud filed by a gang of big brands. The company becomes the third new gTLD to be hit by a breach notice, and the first to receive one as a result of losing a Public Interest […]
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#9 in 2016: A domain company gets rebranded

Mark Monitor is now part of Clarivate Analytics, so it makes sense that the company went long on defensive domain registrations. Back in September I asked, “Who is Clarivate?“. This would end up being the ninth most viewed story on Domain Name Wire in 2016. Some company had registered a lot of domain names containing […]

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Google Acquires Debug.com

Google has acquired the domain name Debug.com The domain name was parked and under privacy at Uniregistry. The domain sold back in November 11, 2006 for $15K and again for $17,000 2 1/2 years later in April 2009. The domain name is now owned by Google ...
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Big brands condemn “fraudulent” .feedback gTLD in ICANN complaint

Top Level Spectrum has been accused today of running the gTLD .feedback in a “fraudulent and deceptive” manner. Over a dozen famous brands, corralled by corporate registrar MarkMonitor, today formally complained to ICANN that .feedback is a “complete sham”. They reckon that the majority of .feedback domains belong to entities connected to the registry, violate […]
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Guess which registrars sell the most gTLDs

MarkMonitor has become the first accredited registrar to carry over 500 gTLDs. Inspired by a recent Dynadot press release outlining its passing of the 500-TLD mark, I thought I’d put together a league table of gTLD registrars, ordered by which carries the most. It will come as little surprise to most that brand protection registrars […]
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MarkMonitor is now part of Clarivate Analytics

MarkMonitor itself tipped me off to this new brand. Last Friday I asked “Who is Clarivate?” Some company registered a bunch of domain names through MarkMonitor for this brand. One thought that didn’t cross my mind was that MarkMonitor was registering the domain names for itself. As it turns out, Clarivate Analytics is the new […]

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Domain Registrations By Sony Indicate Movie Maybe Coming on Puff Daddy

Several domain name registrations made by Sony yesterday, through corporate domain registrar and brand manager Mark Monitor, indicate a movie my be in the works about Sean Combs a/k/a Puff Daddy. At the moment Puff Daddy has been touring with the “Bad Boy Family Reunion 2016″ Bad Boy Records, is a division of Sony Music […]

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Looks Like At Least 4 Brands Paid Tens of Thousands Each To Register 6 .Shop Domain

Yesterday, September 1, 2016, was the first day of the Early Access Program (EAP) for .Shop. I found six .Shop domain registrations that were made on September 1 by 4 brand-holders. It’s possible these registrations could have been made in the Sunrise period if the brands were registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse but Sunrise for […]

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