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ICANN warns about alt-root blockchain domain names

Organization is worried that consumers will be confused. ICANN has published a warning to consumers about alt-root domain names. Alt-root domains are domain names that aren’t compatible with the existing domain name system (DNS). They require special software or browsers in order to resolve. Attempts at creating top level domains that compete against the main […]

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Unstoppable Domains takes its blockchain trademark campaign to Canada

Company wants to trademark terms like blockchain and crypto for domain name registration. Unstoppable Domains, a company that offers alt-root domain names based on blockchain technology, has filed 21 trademark applications in Canada covering its top level domains and the Unstoppable brand. The company also recently filed for a U.S. trademark for the term blockchain, […]

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It’s about to be easier to challenge trademarks

New rules should help clean up bad trademarks. There are a lot of questionable registered trademarks. Sometimes a company fudges first use dates. Other times, they submit questionable specimens of use. And on occasion, people file for fraudulent marks. I’ve written about questionable trademark applications and people using trademarks to frontrun new top level domains. […]

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Nominet names new CEO, and 2 new board members voted in

New CEO and two board members will help guide Nominet back to its roots. Nominet, the group that manages the United Kingdom’s .uk namespace, named Paul Fletcher its CEO today. Fletcher is currently CEO at BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, an organization with 60,000 members. He will join Nominet in February 2022. He’s taking over for interim […]

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IBM files another combosquatting patent application

Application describes a way to find linkage between combosquatting domains used for nefarious purposes. IBM has filed a patent application for Combo-squatting domain linkage (pdf). Combosquatting is when a person uses a famous brand name combined with another word, such as IBM-login .com. These domains are commonly used in phishing attacks. The company filed a previous […]

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Lawsuit alleges 4 numeric domains are stolen

Lawsuit filed against four domain names. A Chinese man has filed a lawsuit (pdf) that alleges four four-digit domain names are stolen. Xia Zhang filed the lawsuit in rem and against John Doe, alleging the perpetrator stole 0927 .com, 0942 .com, 7886 .com and 8831 .com from his GoDaddy account. The plaintiff says he used […]

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Airbnb fails to recover tilt.com through cybersquatting dispute

Company says the domain name was stolen. Airbnb, Inc. has failed to recover the domain name tilt.com, which it says was stolen from it, through a cybersquatting complaint. The company filed a UDRP dispute with National Arbitration Forum. Airbnb acquired the domain name when it bought social payments company Tilt in 2017. The thief tried […]

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ICANN nixes Puerto Rico meeting, will be virtual instead

You’re going to have to wait a bit longer for in-person ICANN meetings. ICANN has canceled plans to meet in person in Puerto Rico for ICANN73 in March 2022. It will be another virtual meeting instead. The organization said it intends to hold ICANN74 in person in The Hague Netherlands in June 2022. But that’s […]

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File a UDRP over a $2,599 domain?

If you’re going to file a UDRP against an inexpensive domain, you better make sure you have a good case. The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) provides an affordable and relatively quick way to resolve cybersquatting disputes. But it still costs money: about $1,500 to file a complaint in addition to legal fees. […]

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After rebranding with Canvas.com, recruiting site faces trademark infringement claims

A job recruiting business upgraded to a great domain name, only to get dragged to court in a trademark dispute. In May of this year, recruiting platform Jumpstart changed its brand to Canvas and upgraded its domain from Jumpstart.me to Canvas.com. That set off a chain of events that has made this rebrand a lot […]

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