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David Redl resigns from NTIA

Man who gave green light to .com price increases is moving on. David Redl has abruptly resigned from his post as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). He served just 18 months in the position. During that time he negotiated a revised agreement with Verisign over the […]

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Last chance to weigh in on .Biz domain price increases

Comment period ends next week. People paid a lot of attention to ICANN’s proposal to remove price caps on .Org domain names. Some paid attention to .info. Now is your last chance to weigh in on ICANN’s proposal to remove price restrictions on .Biz domain names. If ICANN moves forward with its plans, .Biz registry […]

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ICANN books another Spring Break in Cancun

Domain name non-profit decides to party in Cancun for two Spring Breaks in a row. ICANN has named the locations of two more of its meetings taking place in 2021. Apparently getting a two-for-one deal, the domain name overseer has booked another Spring Break in Cancun, Mexico. It’s already going to Cancun for its March […]

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Sun Valley ski resort loses silly cybersquatting dispute

Resort’s owner doesn’t withdraw case after it’s clear that it will lose. Let’s say you’re the lawyer for an oil company that also owns ski resorts. One of those ski resorts is called Sun Valley. You notice that someone registers the domain name SumValley.com (with an ‘m’ rather than an ‘n’). This might pop up […]

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ESPN takes down “ESPN Slaughter” website

Army vet set up site to criticize spending on football. Sports network ESPN has convinced a National Arbitration Forum panel to give it the domain name ESPNSlaughter.com. The domain name was used by a U.S. Army veteran for commentary about the National Football League. With a name like ESPNSlaughter, you might think it had to […]

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The economics of domain name prices

ICANN has a duty to cap renewal prices of domain names. Today is the last day to comment on ICANN’s proposal to lift price caps on .org and .info domain names. If approved, the registries that run .org and .info will be able to raise prices as high as they want on both new registrations […]

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Clothing company tries to reverse hijack domain name

Company was “factually misleading” and committed “egregious overreaching”. Brooksburnett Investments Ltd, which sells clothing under the Incanto brand, has been found to have committed reverse domain name hijacking in a dispute over the domain Icanto.com. The company uses the domain name Incanto.eu. A three-person World Intellectual Property Organization panel did extra research to figure out […]

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Tabloid The Sun tried to buy TheSun.com for $600,000

Then it engaged in reverse domain name hijacking. The British tabloid The Sun unsuccessfully tried to buy the domain TheSun.com for $600,000, later resorting to reverse domain name hijacking to try to get the domain from its rightful owner. The publication uses the domain name TheSun.co.uk. The paper first made a $300,000 offer for the […]

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This stolen domain lawsuit just got messier

First the judge questioned trademarks. Now a company says it bought one of the domains. Yoshiki Okada’s lawsuit to recover valuable domain names he says were stolen from him is getting messier. Okada filed an in rem lawsuit late last year to recover the domain names eol.com, fde.com, jol.com, nnn.com, olp.com, tang.com, wok.com, wtv.com, and […]

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Australia domain administrator denies domain investing ban

Domainers get a victory in Australia. Australian domain name registry manager auDA will continue to permit domain investing in the .AU namespace. The decision comes after its Policy Review Panel suggested a change that would effectively halt domain investing. Current rules prohibit registering a domain for the “sole purpose” of selling or transferring it to […]

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