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WIPO panelist: “not necessary” to make reverse domain hijacking finding

Panelist cops out of finding RDNH. A World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) panelist decided it was “not necessary” to make a reverse domain name hijacking finding on a dead-on-arrival cybersquatting dispute. WEDIA SA of Paris, France filed the dispute against the owner of Wedia.com. The domain was registered in 1997 by a Japanese company that […]

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Reverse domain name hijacking in PetLife.com case

Company goes after domain name that was registered before it started using the name as a brand. A pet apparel and supplies company has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name PetLife.com. Pet Life, LLC, which uses the domain name PetLifeCentral.com, filed a cybersquatting claim with National Arbitration […]

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A coming push for Trusted Notifier programs in .com

U.S. Government would like Trusted Notifier programs for .Com. Last week, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a statement when it renewed its Cooperative Agreement with Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN). Here’s the second paragraph of the brief statement: Amendment 35 confirms that Verisign will operate the .com registry in a content neutral manner with […]

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Holy sh!t…Verisign just called out “Domain Scalpers” and its biggest customers

Verisign says its biggest customers are engaged in a questionable practice of reselling domain names. Fresh off a win with the U.S. government that will let it increase prices on .com domain names, Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) has dissed its biggest customers: domain investors. In a blog post today, Verisign calls people who buy domains to […]

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Who wins, who loses from Trump Admin decision on domain names

Verisign is the big winner as consumers face higher bills for .com domain names. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has extended the Cooperative Agreement between it and Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN). This agreement governs how Verisign is able to operate .com, which has a contract with ICANN to run. The biggest […]

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Verisign stock skyrockets on new contract terms

Stock up 18% after U.S. government grants pricing windfall. Shares in Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) are trading sharply higher today after the company signed a new agreement with the U.S. Government for .Com. That Verisign would continue to run .com was never in doubt, but the Department of Commerce also agreed to let Verisign increase the […]

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Gab.com is apparently on a payment plan. That should serve as a warning.

Domain name appears to be on a payment plan at Escrow.com. The valuable domain name Gab.com is in limbo. It is used for a ‘free speech’ social network and it seems that the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter was radicalized (in part) by using the service. GoDaddy told the company to move its domain name elsewhere. A […]

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Valuable three-letter .Com domains stolen

NNN.com, Wok.com among domains man claims were stolen. A Japanese man alleges that valuable domain names were stolen from his registrar account and transferred to another registrar. These aren’t run-of-the-mill three-letter domains, either. Among the domains he says are stolen include nnn.com and wok.com. Yoshiki Okada filed (pdf) the in rem action in U.S. Federal […]

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Verisign files intriguing domain backorder patents

Patent describes way to sell future rights to domain names through “encoding domains.” Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) has filed two patents related to buying future rights to domain names for if they become available. The process is rather unique and it makes me wonder what Verisign (which manages the .com registry) has up its sleeve. Only […]

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Jon Nevett leaves Donuts

Nevett completes co-founder exodus from Donuts. Jon Nevett, one of four co-founders of top level domain name Donuts, has stepped down. He was the last remaining founder in a full-time role at the company. He will remain an advisor to the company. Nevett ran policy for the company and helped it navigate the new top […]

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