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Breaking: ICANN and Verisign agree to .com extension with 7% price hikes

The only surprise was how fast it happened after the comment report was published. Did you have time to digest ICANN’s staff report on comments about the .com price hike? It was published yesterday. Today, Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) and ICANN agreed to the amendment as planned. The agreement will allow Verisign to increase the price […]

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Taco spat ends in reverse domain name hijacking

Texas Mexican restaurant chain tries to reverse domain name hijack from an Alabama restaurant chain. A Texas chain of taco restaurants has lost a domain name fight with an Alabama Mexican restaurant chain and was found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking. Roy Upshaw d.b.a. Taco Casa and R&S Upshaw Franchising, LLC, filed […]

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What’s next for .Org in light of COVID-19

A pandemic throws a new wrinkle in the deal to sell off .org. Public Interest Registry, Ethos Capital and Internet Society have agreed to extend the deadline for ICANN to make a decision on the sale of .org to April 20. They want ICANN to decide by this date. So what happens now? COVID-19 was […]

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ICANN cancels May events, sets 2022 meeting for The Hague

Near-term events canceled, but ICANN also looks forward. ICANN has canceled the upcoming GDD Industry Summit and ICANN DNS Symposium, which were both scheduled to be held in France in May. The GDD Industry Summit is more of a get together for registrars and registries than a typical ICANN conference. I’ve seen events canceled out […]

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Lotto Sport Italia tried reverse domain name hijacking, court rules

Company tried to take two ‘lotto’ domain names away from Canadian man. A Canadian man who registered LottoStore.com and LottoWorks.com has prevailed in a legal dispute with Lotto Sport Italia, with the court granting his motion for summary judgment (pdf). The judge ruled that David Dent can keep the two domain names, and the judge […]

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Are Bernie Sanders supporters this stupid?

This reaction to a simple domain name forward is all too common. My headline is purposely inflammatory and isn’t fair. This post is more a commentary on the state of knee-jerk reactions and associations. More on that later. If you type BernieSander.com (missing the last ‘s’) in your browser, it will forward to a donation […]

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It’s time for domain name renewals beyond 10 years

The arbitrary 10-year limit should be increased. Domain name renewal prices are going up. They’ve been going up for a while, and they’re soon likely to go up in the two most important generic top level domain names: .Com prices will likely be 70% higher at the end of this decade. .Org prices will likely […]

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.Org update: Two more opportunities to comment on proposed takeover

PIR and ICANN offering more opportunities to provide feedback. People with opinions on Ethos Capital’s planned takeover of Public Interest Registry (PIR), the group that operates the .org top level domain name, have two upcoming opportunities to be heard. First, PIR has opened a brief public engagement about the proposed sale. It’s asking for people […]

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Reflex Marketing files lawsuit after losing UDRP

Musical instrument marketing company wants to get a shorter domain name. A regional musical instrument marketing company has turned to the courts after losing a UDRP for the domain name ReflexMarketing.com Reflex Marketing, LLC operates in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas. It uses the domain name ReflexMarketingLLC.com. Earlier this year, it lost […]

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Popular YouTuber Stacy Plays files lawsuit to get domain StacyPlays .com

Lawsuit cites Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. Stacy Hinojosa’s company Stacy Plays Brands, LLC has filed a lawsuit (pdf) to try to get the domain name StacyPlays .com. Hinojosa is known as Stacy Plays. Her YouTube channel has over 2 million subscribers who tune in to watch Minecraft videos and see her pets. She also has […]

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