• Priced to sell: $46m of two-letter .xxx names

    … for $100,000 apiece. There are seven names with adult connotations (such as 69.xxx and bj.xxx) priced at $75,000, eight more at $50,000 and two at $40,000. The rest of the list of 1,227 names are being offered at $37,500, which is roughly 10 times the prices on the equivalent .porn, .sex and .adult domains. While ICM noted the interest in domain investing…

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  • Third ICM windfall due as .sex hits sunrise

    … If we’ve learned one thing about new gTLD sunrise periods, it’s that adult-oriented TLDs sell quite well. ICM Registry started its third such period yesterday, as .sex went into its “TMCH Sunrise” phase. Until October 1, any company with a trademark in the Trademark Clearinghouse will be able to buy a matching .sex domain on a first-come, first…

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  • .xxx boss says new gTLD registries need to “wake up”

    … up for a profitable business.” “The new ‘Well Done!’ number seems to be a lot less than it was six months ago or 12 months ago,” he said. Lawley said he’s among the most “bearish” in the industry when it comes to new gTLD prospects. And that goes for ICM’s own .porn, .sex and .adult, which are due to launch between March and September this year…

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  • ICM will NOT offer free .porn names to .xxx buyers

    … ICM Registry has reneged on its promise to “grandfather” trademark owners and other .xxx registrants in its forthcoming .sex, .porn and .adult new gTLDs. While the changes are sure to infuriate trademark owners and .xxx registrants, the company insists that ICANN is to blame for blocking its original plans. Originally, ICM had promised…

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  • ICM buys .sex for up to $3 million

    … ICM Registry, the .xxx domain name registry, may have paid as much as $3 million for the .sex gTLD. Internet Marketing Solutions Limited, the only other applicant for .sex, withdrew its application this week. Word is that ICM forked out somewhere between $2 million and $3 million for exclusive rights to the string. I hear it was a private deal…

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  • ICANN puts porn gTLDs on hold for no good reason?

    … to grandfather existing .xxx registrants? That also wouldn’t make any sense. .sex has also been applied for by Internet Marketing Solutions, a company with no connection to .xxx or to the 2003 sponsored gTLD round. Why should this company’s application be subject to additional oversight? And why didn’t .career, which “serves the same sector” as the sponsored…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 10 readers -
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