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Make sure your contact info is updated when you sell a domain

If you don’t, you could be on the receiving end of a UDRP. Mike Mann just lost a UDRP. That’s what the record will show, anyway. But he actually sold the domain in the UDRP, WashingtonJournal.com, for $75,000 earlier this year. The new owner didn’t update the Whois record. C-SPAN filed a complaint against the […]

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Owner of eGrandstand.com files UDRP against Grandstand.com

Company wants to drop the ‘e’ from its domain name. A glassware and apparel company that goes by the name Grandstand has filed a UDRP against GrandStand.com, a common word domain name that was registered in 1995. Based on DomainTools historical whois records, the current registrant has owned the domain name since at least 2001, […]

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Beijing starts issuing ICPs on new top level domains

Beijing residents of approved TLDs can now get a license to use them. Getting approval for registrants to use and host content on new top level domain names in China can be a complicated process for registries. First, they need to get approval from Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). But it doesn’t stop […]

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Uber (the ride hailing company) is causing a headache for Uber (the IT company)

Healthcare IT company sues Uber for trademark infringement after being inundated with misdirected communication. A healthcare IT company in Florida called Uber Operations, LLC is suing ride hailing company Uber Technologies for trademark infringement after dealing with confusion between the two companies. The lawsuit (pdf) explains a number of headaches the company has experienced from […]

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Clothing company Aether is a reverse domain name hijacker

Domain owner used the domain for a business. Apparel company Aether, LLC has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking in its attempt to get the domain name Aether.com. The company that owns Aether.com used to offer a product at the domain name. The product is no longer offered and the domain […]

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ICANN asks new TLD registries to ask for permission on China

Operators must submit RSEP for approval. Are Chinese gateways used to comply with real name verification rules in China a registry service? To date, it seems like only the operators of .XYZ think so. They submitted a so-called RSEP to ICANN to get approval for their gateway before they introduced one. Now other registries, including […]

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Gaming company Playtech Software Limited guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

“Any reasonable investigation would have revealed that this was a Complaint that could not have succeeded,” panelist says. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has found Playtech Software Limited to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain Playtechla.com. Playtech uses the domain name Playtech.com. The company filed a cybersquatting complaint under UDRP […]

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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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