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6 lawmakers urge ICANN to reject .Org sale

Warren, Wyden formally ask ICANN to reject sale. Six U.S. lawmakers have asked (pdf) ICANN to reject the sale of .Org to Ethos Capital, a private equity company. The lawmakers include presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, Rony Wyden, Richard Blumenthal, Edward Markey, Anna Eshoo, and Mark Pocan. In a letter to ICANN, they provide a litany […]

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Vint Cerf and Mike Godwin follow bad talking points for .Org deal

Pricing and investment arguments are wrong. Ethos Capital and Internet Society are working overtime to spin the deal to sell .org for $1.35 billion as a good thing. There are certainly some good things about it, but I cringe when I read certain talking points. One is around pricing. Yesterday, from ISOC board member Mike […]

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Naturals.com loss is a “win” for Indian law firm

Its client lost but the panelist didn’t find reverse domain name hijacking. A UDRP for Naturals.com that was filed in October has been found in favor of the domain name registrant. The case was filed by an India-based chain of hair salons and training centers. It will come as no surprise that the Complainant lost […]

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Top Stories: Private equity company acquires .Org

Ethos Capital acquires .org for $1.135 billion. The biggest shock to many people in the domain industry in 2019 was Ethos Capital acquiring the .org registry contract from Internet Society for $1.135 billion. The deal was announced soon after ICANN removed price caps on .org domains, meaning that Ethos can charge whatever it wants when […]

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.Com prices are going up after Verisign pays off ICANN

Verisign will put $20 million in the kitty in return for multi-billion dollar windfall. Last year I made a prediction in my annual predictions podcast: ICANN would let Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) raise prices on .com, but Verisign would pay it extra money for the right to do so. That’s the crux of a proposed agreement […]

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Top stories: Dead people get domain names

Four famous people got their domains posthumously in 2019. Some of the most popular stories on Domain Name Wire are about famous people. In 2019, four famous people got control of key domain names posthumously. (OK, so really it was their heirs that got the domains.) In early 2018, Prince’s estate became the owner of […]

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4 U.S. lawmakers question .Org sale

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren among those concerned about sales of .org registry. Three U.S. Senators and a U.S. Representative have sent a letter to Ethos Capital, Internet Society and Public Interest Registry questioning the decision to sell .org to Ethos. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with Rep. Anna […]

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RDNH: A domain has to be registered in bad faith

A WIPO panelist finds reverse domain name hijacking because the domain was only used in bad faith, not registered in bad faith. World Intellectual Property Organization panelist Tony Willoughby just wrote a decision that reflects a key requirement of UDRP: the domain has to be registered in bad faith, not just used in bad faith. […]

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Owner of Curated.io sues Curated.com, claims cybersquatting

A case of domain name envy? A company that does business at Curated.io has sued (pdf) Deal.com, which uses the domain Curated.com. It claims that the latter is infringing its trademarks and cybersquatting. Among its demands: that Curated.com be transferred to it. Plaintiff Curated Works Inc claims: As a result of defendant’s conduct or that […]

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Why the Steve Jobs decision was wrong

In this guest post, Attorney Paul Keating writs that the recent UDRP decision for SteveJobs.com was flawed. The SteveJobs.com decision troubles me deeply.  In terms of trademark, I see it as attempting to shove a round peg into a square hole and ignoring the many gap.  Although the outcome is perhaps the result of an […]

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