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Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
An Epik hack – 2021 top stories
Hackers stole data from Epik this year, connecting the dots between extremist websites and their owners. This year, the domain name industry received unwelcome attention when hackers stole data from Epik. Epik is a domain name registrar known for cat...
Discussion
December 31, 2021, 2:20 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
The Metaverse – 2021 top stories
A surge in demand for domains with meta in them. “All the good domains are taken.” It’s a common thing you hear about domain names. I’ve long argued it isn’t true. Many terms were invented or popularized after the best ....
Discussion
December 30, 2021, 7:11 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Dates don’t add up in RegalGames.com UDRP
The Complainant appears to have provided the wrong acquisition date, but the Respondent’s dates don’t add up, either. Regal Games, LLC was found to have attempted reverse domain name hijacking in a recent cybersquatting decision at Nation...
Discussion
December 30, 2021, 6:11 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
NFT mania – 2021 top stories
Many domain investors acquired NFTs this year, which likely impacted the domain aftermarket. 2021 was the year of the non-fungible token (NFT). NFTs have been around for a while but became insanely popular (and sometimes valuable) this year. The bigg...
Discussion
December 30, 2021, 2:18 pm
The Domains
The Domains
IRP Panel Sanctions Afilias, Clears the Way for ICANN to Decide .web Disputes
Verisign posted on their blog an update to the proceedings around .web. This ongoing saga seems to just keep muddling along. Hopefully ICANN will finally put an end to the uncertainty and make a definitive judgement and .web can eventually go live. F...
Discussion
December 30, 2021, 5:29 am
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Voi acquired Voi.com prior to $115 million funding round
Scooter company upgrades its domain, which will allow it to expand beyond scooters. Micro-mobility may be a new term to you, but it describes a multi-billion dollar industry. Companies such as Bird, Lime, and Tier have created electric scooter and bi...
Discussion
December 29, 2021, 6:59 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Former IPC member tries reverse domain name hijacking
A former member of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency represented a company in a UDRP. It didn’t go so well. A World Intellectual Property (WIPO) panel has found (pdf) Pacific House, LLC to have engaged in reverse domain name hija...
Discussion
December 29, 2021, 5:48 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Panel admonishes Afilias over .web appeal, Verisign claims victory
Independent Review Panel says appeal was frivolous and orders it to pay ICANN’s legal costs. An Independent Review Panel (IRP) has denied Afilias’ latest attempt to wrest control of .web away from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) and has ordered t...
Discussion
December 28, 2021, 10:11 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Soaring domain values – 2021 top stories
Like many assets, domain values rocketed in 2021. This is the first in a series covering the top stories and themes in the domain name industry this year. Houses. Equities. Digital artwork. The value of all types of assets soared in 2021, and top-tie...
Discussion
December 28, 2021, 6:21 pm
The Domains
The Domains
TechCrunch asks “WTF is .xyz?”
Tech Crunch published an article titled, “WTF is .xyz?” It’s no secret to domain investors in 2021 that Web3 companies have adopted .xyz in greater numbers this year. With Swetha and other leading the way there have been many more ....
Discussion
December 28, 2021, 5:30 pm
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