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ISOC chapter breaks ranks, criticizes deal to sell .Org

Netherlands chapter calls on others to join it in denouncing sale. Shortly after Internet Society (ISOC) announced a deal to sell Public Interest Registry (which runs .org) to a private equity company, ISOC sent a notice to its local chapters telling them not to talk to the press about the sale: …You can address any […]

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Kit.com is losing its domain name, switching to Kit.co

Domain lease expires, forcing company to switch domain names. Kit, a service that lets influencers profit by recommending products, is about to lose the domain name it has used for years. Patreon acquired Kit in 2018 and then sold it to GeniusLink a couple of months ago. But the Kit.com domain wasn’t part of the […]

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Walmart’s Vudu is a reverse domain name hijacker

Vudo.com was registered well before the streaming video company existed. Vudu, a streaming video subsidiary of retail giant Walmart, has been found to have attempted reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Vudo.com. The company filed a cybersquatting complaint against the domain name owner, even thought the owner registered the domain name well before […]

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CentralNic in talks to acquire Team Internet

CentralNic is in advanced discussions to acquire advertising company Team Internet. Domain name company CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) is in talks to acquire Team Internet AG, the company confirmed today. Team Internet operates two online advertising businesses. The first is a traditional domain parking company called ParkingCrew. The other is Tonic, which offers many types […]

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HBO wins TrueDetective.com domain name in cybersquatting fight

HBO gets domain name for popular series. It didn’t take gritty police work to solve a case over the domain name TrueDetective.com. HBO has won a cybersquatting dispute over the domain name for its popular True Detective show. The company filed a complaint with National Arbitration Forum under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, […]

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Tucows exits its domain name portfolio

Company no longer holds a portfolio of domains for the secondary market. Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) released its Q3 earnings yesterday. You can see the numbers here (pdf), but they aren’t the headline for the domain segment. Instead, it’s this: after many years of owning its a domain portfolio, Tucows has exited that business. It still […]

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Part of MarkMonitor sold to OpSec Security

Clarivate will retain the domain name business. Clarivate Analytics (NYSE: CCC) is selling part of its MarkMonitor business to OpSec Security. OpSec Security is an anticounterfeiting and brand protection company. It will acquire the MarkMonitor brand protection, antipiracy and antifraud business from Clarivate. This does not include the MarkMonitor Domain Management business. Clarivate is re-organizing […]

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ICANN Board finds no problems with new .Org contract

Board believes Reconsideration Requests are without merit. ICANN’s Board of Directors has found no problems with ICANN’s handling of the .org contract renewal with Public Interest Registry. Two organizations filed reconsideration requests over the controversial contract. Domain name registrar Namecheap objected to the removal of price caps on .org domains. Electronic Frontier Foundation objected to […]

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Scratch Foundation gets Scratch.org in settlement

Owner of Scratch.org domain name transfers it to non-profit as part of settlement. Scratch Foundation has settled a cybersquatting lawsuit it brought against the domain name Scratch.org with the domain’s registrant, Ravi Lahoti. Although full terms of the settlement have not been publicly disclosed, part of the agreement involved transferring the domain to Scratch Foundation. […]

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Lotto Sport Italia and lotto company file dueling motions for summary judgment

Did a lotto company buy domains for its business or to cyber squat?   A battle over lotto-related domain names is about two-and-a-half years old, and it’s entering a critical period. Lotto Sport Italia, the soccer apparel company, filed a cybersquatting dispute under UDRP against the domain names LottoStore.com and LottoWorks.com at the beginning of […]

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