• Donuts extends DPML Plus and delays price hike

      Donuts has delayed the price increases coming to its trademark-blocking service and extended availability of the “plus” version for three more months. Domain Protected Marks List Plus, which lets companies block brands and variations such as typos and brand+keywords across Donuts stable of 200ish TLDs, will now be available until March 31.

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    • .food goes live, and it’s a closed generic

      The new gTLD .food went live in the DNS on Friday, but nobody except the registry will be able to register domains there. In what I would argue is one of the new gTLD program’s biggest failures, .food will be a dot-brand, closed to all except the “brand” owner. The registry is Lifestyle Domain Holdings, a subsidiary of US media company Scripps Networks.

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    • Verisign announces .net price increase

      Verisign has just announced that prices for .net domains are going up again this coming February. Announcing its second-quarter earnings, the company revealed plans to raise its registry fee from $7.46 to $8.20, effective February 1, 2017. That’s the maximum 10% price hike it’s allowed to claim under its .net Registry Agreement with ...

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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 Commitments Dispute Resolution Process case.

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  • Government anger over two-letter domains

    ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee has clashed with its board of directors over the lack of protections for two-letter domain names that match country codes. The board has now formally been urged to reconsider its policy to allow registries to sell these names, after angry comments and threats from some GAC members.

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  • Schilling expects GoDaddy to return after dumping Uniregistry gTLDs

    Uniregistry CEO Frank Schilling has expressed his “surprise” that GoDaddy has decided to stop selling his company’s gTLDs, but said he expects the registrar to return in future. GoDaddy’s decision to stop new registrations and inbound transfers for Uniregistry’s portfolio of gTLDs came after the registry revealed price increases for 16 strings that ranged from nominal to over 3,000%.

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  • In rare public session, ICANN approves sexual harassment policy

    ICANN’s board of directors this afternoon approved an anti-harassment policy designed to protect community members from unwanted sexual attention. It’s the policy inspired by the now infamous Cheesesandwichgate incident at the Marrakech meeting a year ago. But general counsel John Jeffrey noted that there have been multiple similar complaints to the Ombudsman over the last ...

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  • Schneider quits as chair of GAC

    ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee is looking for a new chair. Incumbent Thomas Schneider intends to leave the role before his current two-year term expires, he told GAC members assembled here at the ICANN 58 public meeting in Copenhagen this afternoon. Schneider said that his boss at the Swiss government agency at which he works recently retired and that he has been ...

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  • Papac named ICANN’s first complaints officer

    ICANN has named its first-ever complaints officer. It’s Krista Papac, a long-time domain industry participant who’s been working for ICANN, most recently as director of registry services and engagement, since 2013. She’s previously worked for the registries Verisign, ARI (now part of Neustar) and data escrow agent Iron Mountain.

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  • Schilling: big price increases needed to keep new gTLDs alive

    Uniregistry is to massively increase the price of some of its under-performing new gTLDs in an effort to keep them afloat. Sixteen TLDs from the company’s portfolio of 27 will see price increases of up to 3,000% starting September 8, CEO Frank Schilling confirmed to DI today. “We need more revenue from these strings, especially the low volume ones, without question,” he said.

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  • CentralNic says revenue more than doubled in 2016

    CentralNic’s revenue was up 110% in 2016, according to the company. The registry today released its unaudited results for last year, showing EBITDA up 65% at £5.5 million ($6.7 million) on revenue of £22.1 million ($26.9 million) The company, which has expanded into registrar services via acquisition in the last few years, said its recurring revenue — mainly domain registr ...

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  • How .com became a restricted TLD

    Verisign has been given approval to start restricting who can and cannot register .com and .net domain names in various countries. Customers of Chinese registrars are the first to be affected by the change to the registry’s back-end system, which was made last year. ICANN last week gave Verisign a “free to deploy” notice for a new “Verification Code Extension” system that e ...

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  • Nominet gets new chair

    Philip Corwin: With the proper insulation, one can touch the third rail and survive ;-)... read more Niu Tupu: Those responsible for ripping off Niue are here http://www.iusn.org/team/ .nu was signed off in Alofi 1999 by Bill Se... read more Philip Corwin: To clarify, while I do view the specific DNA/PIR Copyright UDRP proposal as "pretty much dead" for the foreseeable futur...

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  • Verisign report deletes millions of domains from history

    Verisign has dramatically slashed its estimates for the number of domains in existence in its quarterly latest Domain Name Industry Brief reports, two of which were published this week. The headline number for the end of the fourth quarter is 329.3 million, a 0.7% increase sequentially and a 6.8% increase annually.

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  • Donuts took down 11 domains for Hollywood last year

    Donuts caused 11 domain names in its new gTLD portfolio to be taken down in the first 12 months of its deal with the US movie industry. The company disclosed yesterday that the Motion Picture Association of America requested the suspension of 12 domains under their bilateral “Trusted Notifier” agreement, which came into effect last February.

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  • Did Whois blow the lid off a leadership Labour coup, or is this just pig-fuckery?

    A British Member of Parliament has been forced to deny he was behind the registration of several domain names promoting him as a future leader of the Labour party. Clive Lewis, until recently a member of the shadow cabinet, told the Guardian yesterday that he did not register the batch of domains, which included cliveforleader.org.uk, cliveforlabour.org.uk and their matching .org, .uk and .co.

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  • Sanchez beats Greenberg to ICANN board seat

    Mexican intellectual property lawyer León Felipe Sánchez Ambía has been selected to become a member of the ICANN board of directors by the At-Large, comfortably beating his opponent in a poll this weekend. Sanchez took 13 votes (65%) to 10-year At-Large veteran Alan Greenberg’s 7, in a vote of At-Large Advisory Committee members and Regional At Large Organization chairs.

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