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Domain Capital successfully defends H.co.uk domain

This story is brought to you by the letter H. Domain name financing firm Domain Capital has sucessfully defended (pdf) its domain names H.co.uk and H.uk in a cybersquatting dispute. .UK manager Nominet auctioned off many valuable one letter domains in 2011 and a Domain Capital Client bought H.co.uk in the auction for £16,000. The […]

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USMCA would require .US, .MX and .CA domains to have public access to WHOIS

New trade agreement includes provision for Whois of country code domain names. The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, includes a requirement that the three member countries provide public access to Whois data for their respective country code domain names. It also mandates that the country code domains have a UDRP-like mechanism for resolving cybersquatting […]

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.Islam top level domain name rejected

.Islam, .Halal and .PersianGulf rejected as top level domains. ICANN’s board of directors has formally rejected an application for the .Islam top level domain name, as well as .Halal and .PersianGulf. The board made the decision at a special meeting last week. Asia Green IT System applied for the three domain names as part of […]

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.Bond and .ePost top level domains get the axe

University and postal company terminate domains. Bond University in Austrailia and Deutsche Post AG are dropping new top level domain names. Both entities have informed ICANN that they wish to terminate their agreements to run a top level domain name. Bond University is terminating .bond and Deutsche Post AG is terminating .epost. Bond University only […]

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Flying Dog Brewery tries to hijack domain name

Brewery makes “blatant and intentional misrepresentation”, panelist says. Craft brewer Flying Dog Brewery has been found by a World Intellectual Property Organization panel to have attempted reverse domain name hijacking. The brewery uses the domain name FlyingDogBrewery.com but wants the domain name FlyingDog.com. That domain was registered in 1996 and used by its owner to […]

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HAHN Kunststoffe tries to reverse domain hijack Hanit.com

Company filed UDRP after inquiring about buying domain name. HAHN Kunststoffe GmbH has been found to have engaged in “Plan B” reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Hanit.com. The company markets a high-tech plastic under the HANIT mark. According to the decision, domain name owner Kwangpyo Kim of Mediablue Inc. in South Korea […]

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Doh! State Bar of California loses cybersquatting dispute

Organization that oversees California lawyers let domain expire and loses cybersquatting challenge to get the domain back. The State Bar of California–the group responsible for admitting attorneys to practice in California–has shown its member how not to argue a cybersquatting dispute. The organization let one of its domain names, Calsb.org, expire last year. It first […]

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Company that uses Blockchain.com faces the challenge of owning a generic domain

Company files trademark lawsuit against Blockchain.io owner. A cryptocurrency company that owns the domain names Blockchain.com and Blockchain.info has filed a lawsuit (pdf) against the owner of Blockchain.io alleging infringement of its “Blockchain” mark. Are you asking, “Wait, someone has a trademark for the term blockchain?” That’s a fair question. The plaintiffs, BLOCKCHAIN LUXEMBOURG S.A. […]

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Will .Amazon ever see the light of day? There’s some movement.

Amazon region countries reject $5 million gift card but ICANN pushes forward to help Amazon.com get .Amazon top level domain name. Amazon.com’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) long battle to get rights to run the .Amazon top level domain name might still pay off, but countries that are part of the Amazon region continue to play hardball. On […]

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UDRP has its limits when it comes to taking down counterfeit websites

Even if the domain owner is doing a bad thing, UDRP can only be used if all three prongs of the policy are met. The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is a good tool to take over cybersquatted domain names. These names are often being used for nefarious purposes such as phishing or […]

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