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.feedback threatens to shut off MarkMonitor

Top Level Spectrum, the controversial .feedback gTLD registry, has threatened to de-accredit MarkMonitor unless it apologizes for “breaching” its registrar contract. The move is evidently retaliation for the MarkMonitor-coordinated complaint about .feedback’s launch policies, which last month led to TLS being found in breach of its own ICANN contract. De-accreditation would mean MarkMonitor would not […]
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Now new gTLDs are being scapegoated for child abuse material (rant)

The guy responsible for getting the string “rape” closely restricted for no reason in .uk domain names is now gunning for ICANN and new gTLDs with a very similar playbook. Campaigner John Carr, secretary of the little-known Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety, wants ICANN to bring in strict controls to prevent convicted pedophiles registering […]
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DENIC approved as ICANN escrow agent

German ccTLD registry DENIC has been given ICANN approval to provide data escrow services to registrars. It becomes the seventh company to receive this accreditation, the second in Europe after the UK’s NCC Group. The company said it signed its ICANN contract and first registrar, Global Village, at the ICANN meeting in Copenhagen last week. […]
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.feedback gTLD in breach of contract after big brand “fraud” claims

ICANN has slapped .feedback operator Top Level Spectrum with a contract breach notice after a huge complaint about alleged fraud filed by a gang of big brands. The company becomes the third new gTLD to be hit by a breach notice, and the first to receive one as a result of losing a Public Interest […]
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Planning on Going to India for DomainX or ICANN?

By Zak Muscovitch. Two big upcoming conferences are taking place in India; DomainX in August, and ICANN in November. I have been to India twice now, with my most recent trip being August, 2015, for DomainX. I plan on going for my third trip this Aug...
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"Tough Luck" in UDRP Complaints: How Armani and Sony Lost UDRP Complaints

By Zak Muscovitch. Sometimes even a famous brand owner just runs up against the wrong domain name owner. Take for example, the cases of Armani and Sony. Armani lost a UDRP complaint for Armani.com and Sony lost a complaint for SonyHolland.com. How? That's where the "tough luck" comes in. Both names were registered to individuals whose actual names corresponded to the respective domain names.
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ICANN systems compromised through phishing attack

A number of ICANN’s staff email accounts have been compromised by a phishing attack, which lead to administrative passwords to other systems being exposed as well, as Necraft reports. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has fallen victim to a phishing attack which resulted in the attackers gaining administrative access to some […]
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