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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
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Feature idea: deletion dates for domain marketplace listings
Marketplaces could help themselves by making it easier for domain investors to delete their listings on preset dates. Last week I sold two geo domains on Squadhelp on two consecutive days. Unfortunately, I had let one of the domains expire a few mont...
Discussion
December 28, 2021, 1:56 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Starboard takes big stake in GoDaddy
Activist investor takes 6.5% stake in GoDaddy. Investment company Starboard has made a significant investment in shares of GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY). Today, the group filed a 13D with the SEC, disclosing its ownership stake. Shares of GoDaddy are up about...
Discussion
December 27, 2021, 7:20 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Hire a domain attorney, exhibit #3205
A properly-argued UDRP would have likely negated reverse domain name hijacking and possibly ended in a transfer. My brother is a corporate attorney. When I ask him a legal question outside of his specialty, he tells me I might as well ask someone on ...
Discussion
December 27, 2021, 5:46 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
.Budapest top level domain to be deleted
MMX never launched the geo domain. MMX (Minds + Machines) (AIM: MMX) has filed a notice with ICANN to terminate its contract for running the .budapest top level domain name. The company applied for the domain with the support of the Budapest city gov...
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December 27, 2021, 1:55 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Sports business personality sues rival for registering domain names
Joe Pomp sues podcaster who he alleges is forwarding domains to his competing website. Joe Pompliano, the publisher of a popular newsletter and podcast about sports business, has sued (pdf) a competing podcaster for cybersquatting. Pompliano writes t...
Discussion
December 23, 2021, 10:47 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Payment Rails rebrands to Trolley with Trolley.com
Company chooses a more generic name and gets the matching .com. Crunchbase’s Joanna Glasner called 2020 “the year of the noun,” after proclaiming that startup names were becoming “less silly.” Glasner reviewed data that ...
Discussion
December 23, 2021, 2:35 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Squadhelp releases treasure trove of data
Domain marketplace shares data about what’s selling and how. Domain name marketplace and branding site Squadhelp has published its 2021 in Review, disclosing valuable data about what type of domains are selling and how. The company reports that...
Discussion
December 22, 2021, 5:04 pm
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