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Will May 2018 be the death of Whois?

Whois will change forever next year. On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into full effect. The privacy regulation will have a major impact on industries that handle personal data of people in the EU, including the domain name industry. Domain name companies are scrambling to figure out […]

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Democrats register domains about Rebublican town halls

DCCC registers domains that can be used to attack Republicans. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, has registered domain names containing Republican representatives and “town hall”. The five domain names registered on August 3 are: comstocktownhall.com – Barbara Comstock (R-VA) culbersontownhall.com – John Culberson […]

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Texas man sues Fortune 500 liquor company to overturn cybersquatting decision

Liquor company says that Rufino.com is a typo of its Ruffino brand. A Texas man who owns 60,000 domain names has sued Fortune 500 liquor company Constellation Brands, Inc in an effort to overturn an adverse Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) decision. Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) and its wine-making subsidiary Ruffino SRL filed […]

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XYZ files opening brief in request for Verisign to pay $1.6 million

Domain registry says lower court erred in three ways. XYZ.com LLC and Daniel Negari have filed their opening brief in an appeal against Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) over legal fees. If you haven’t been tracking this saga, here’s a quick overview: Verisign, the registry that operates the .com and .net top level domains, sued the .xyz […]

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EFF whitepaper compares registry policies, disses new TLDs

Paper points to questionable rights protection mechanisms in new TLDs. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge have released a whitepaper comparing policies across various domain name registries, and warning domain registrants to be wary of new top level domain names. The whitepaper points to added rights protection mechanisms in new top level domains, such […]

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.XYZ working to make domains available in China again

Domains haven’t been available at Chinese domain registrars since early May. Many Chinese domain name registrars stopped offering .xyz domain names back in May at the behest of China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). At the time, XYZ CEO Daniel Negari said “CentralNic is updating RNV providers to ensure there is stability in […]

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See, now here’s a good non-response UDRP decision

Panelist correctly denies complaint despite no response from domain name owner. Yesterday I wrote about a a no good, very bad UDRP decision in which the domain owner didn’t respond but the panelist still shouldn’t have awarded the domain name to the complainant, Virgin. Today comes a World Intellectual Property Organization decision with a non-response […]

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HugeDomains gets Reverse Domain Name Hijacking win

Complainants first tried to buy domain before filing UDRP. FPT Industrie S.p.a. and REM Industrie S.r.l. have been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking in a domain dispute they brought against domain investor HugeDomains. The companies, which use the domain fptfastmill.com, filed a UDRP with World Intellectual Property Organization for the domain […]

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Misled panel finds reverse domain name hijacking

Panelist used the wrong dates in finding RDNH, but the complainant might not have known. A single-member National Arbitration Forum panel has found Tupelo Honey Hospitality Corporation to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking for filing a cybersquatting dispute against TupeloHoney.com. Panelist M. Kelly Tillery found in the complainant’s favor for the first two […]

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David Duchovny wins DavidDuchovny.com domain name dispute

X-Files actor gets DavidDuchovny.com domain name 21 years after it was registered. Actor David Duchovny has convinced a National Arbitration Forum panelist that the owner of DavidDuchovny.com is cybersquatting. The panel ordered the domain name transferred to the Golden Globe-winning actor. The domain name is owned by Canadian firm Alberta Hot Rods, which has lost […]

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