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A troubling connection in a UDRP

The complainant’s lawyer and one of the panelists were in the same law school class and worked at the same law firm. Take a look at this World Intellectual Property Organization decision for the domain name ProntoPro.com. In a 2-1 decision, the majority of the panel found that the Atlanta company that registered ProntoPro.com did […]

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UK residents might lose their .EU domain names thanks to Brexit

European Commission says United Kingdom registrants will not be able to renew their domains after Brexit is completed. Last year a DNW Podcast listener asked me what Brexit would mean for people in the UK. At the time, it was unclear. It’s looking more and more likely that they will lose their domain names because […]

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Payments company commits reverse domain name hijacking

LeuPay company tries to hijack domain rather than pay for it. A Bulgarian payments company has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking in a cybersquatting dispute over the domain name LeoPay.com. iCard AD offers services under the name LeuPay and is getting ready to start using the name LeoPay instead, according […]

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Warning: Be careful of suspicious Skype and Facebook messages

Malware links are going around among domain connections. Over the weekend I received two Skype messages from people in the domain industry who I haven’t communicated with for years. Both of these messages consisted of merely a link that looks like it’s to Google and includes my name. I’ve received these in the past. I […]

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Another example of why your company must by the registrant of its domain names

Airline alleges that former contractors are holding its domain names hostage. A small Canadian airline says that former contractors are holding its two main domain name hostage, causing the company to lose substantial sales. It’s yet another example of why a company must be the registered owner of its domain names rather than letting a […]

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Austria’s TLD takes more nuanced approach to GDPR and Whois

ccTLD will treat personal and corporate data differently. A common interpretation of The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is that it applies to individuals who live in Europe but not businesses there. Still, most models I’ve seen for Whois compliance post-GDPR treat all types of registrants the same. Austria’s .at top level domain is taking […]

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Film director Wes Anderson gets WesAnderson.com domain name in cybersquatting dispute

Domain name was registered to someone in Los Angeles. Wes Anderson, director of films such as Bottle Rocket, Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, has won a cybersquatting dispute for the domain name WesAnderson.com. The domain name was registered by someone who had a parked page on it. The page also noted that the domain name […]

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Domain investors risk being left out of Whois discussion

Buying and selling domain names might be much harder this year. Major changes are coming to Whois and domain name investors might end up holding the short end of the stick. The impetus for change came not from the community, but from the European Union and its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). ICANN only belatedly […]

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Redl discusses Whois availability at ICANN 61

Head of NTIA reiterates United States’ position on Whois data. At ICANN 61 in Puerto Rico today, NTIA chief David Redl again called for restraint in changes made to Whois. Redl and the U.S. government are concerned about the effect that limiting public Whois information will have for law enforcement, intellectual property and security interests. […]

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Insurance company Allianz tries reverse domain name hijacking a domain name

World Intellectual Property Organization panelists have harsh words for insurance giant. Insurance giant Allianz has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking in its attempt to get the domain name AGCS.com. The company formed a business called Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty in 2006 and, at some point, started referring to this group at […]

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