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Here’s the crazy story from the IMI.com cybersquatting trial

A dispute over IMI.com led to a jury trial with what many would see as an obvious verdict. In 2017, concrete company Irving Materials, Inc. filed a cybersquatting claim under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) to get the domain name IMI.com. The domain owner didn’t respond, but it was still surprising that […]

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Epik provides update on 8chan

Epik will provide registrar services but not content delivery. CEO Monster says, “Their community grew and their moderation skills did not.” Domain name registrar Epik has issued an update on providing services to 8chan. 8chan came under fire after the shooting in El Paso this weekend. The site operator moved the domain to Epik, a […]

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Epik CEO Rob Monster statement on 8chan

8ch.net moves to Epik. Here’s Rob Monster’s response. 8Chan, a website again in the spotlight after the shooting in El Paso this weekend, has switched registrars. It already got booted off of its DDoS provider CloudFlare. Now, perhaps to avoid any pressure from its domain registrar, it moved to Epik for registration services. Epik also […]

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Web.com buys Dreamscape for USD $73 million

Registrar buys registrar with big presence in Australia. Web.com is bolstering its business Down Under. The domain registrar and hosting company is buying Dreamscape Networks Limited (ASX: DN8) for AUS $105.2 million, or about USD $73 million. The company employs 600 people. Dreamscape is known for its flagship registrar CrazyDomains, which focuses on the Australian […]

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Namecheap files reconsideration request over removing .Org, .Info price caps

Company asks ICANN to reconsider its decision to remove price caps on some legacy top level domains. One of the largest ICANN-accredited domain name registrars has filed a Reconsideration Request (pdf) with ICANN over its decision to remove price caps in its renewed contracts for .org and .info domain names. Namecheap filed the request as […]

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PIR (.org) releases annual report, shows impact from new Afilias deal

Margins are up thanks to renegotiated contract with Afilias. Public Interest Registry (PIR), the organization that operates the .org top level domain, released its 2018 annual report today. The report includes data for 2018 and gives the first indications into its new contract with Afilias to run the technical backed of the registry. PIR put […]

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U.S. Gov gives Neustar 10-year extension on .Us domain

Neustar wins contract to continue operating .Us through 2029. The U.S. government has extended its contract with Neustar to operate the .Us domain name extension for the next ten years, until 2029. National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced today that the contract was awarded on June 28. The government does not pay Neustar to run […]

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.NZ domain manager sues Whois API

Company goes after another Whois record seller. Domain Name Commission (DNC), which manages New Zealand’s .nz country code domain name, has sued Whois information provider Whois API. The company is also known as Whois XML API. The lawsuit is similar to one it filed against DomainTools last year. DNC alleges that Whois API has accessed […]

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Michael Jackson estate gets KingOfPop.com domain name

Estate owns domain name two years after entering into a settlement agreement with popcorn seller. The estate of Michael Jackson now owns KingOfPop.com after a legal battle. It sued Gourmet Gift Baskets in 2016, alleging that the company’s use of KingOfPop.com for a website selling popcorn infringed on the late musician’s famous moniker. According to […]

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BrandBucket acquires competitor Brandroot

Large brandable domain marketplace swallows another. Brandable domain marketplace BrandBucket has acquired competitor Brandroot, the company announced today. The acquisition was completed June 20 and the price was not disclosed. Combined, the two companies have 70,000 domain names and 1,000 domain sellers. Brandroot is the smaller of the two with about 20,000 domain names. The […]

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