Zacr

  • After slow launch, .africa looks to add hundreds of resellers

    … ZA Central Registry is opening up .africa and its South African city gTLDs to potentially hundreds of new registrars via a new proxy program. The company today announced that it new registrar AF Proxy Services has received ICANN accreditation, which should open up .africa, .joburg, .capetown and .durban to its existing .za channel. ZACR…

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  • ZACR to delete 12,000 .za domains next week

    … South African ccTLD registry ZACR is to delete more than 12,000 domains, many of them English dictionary words, ending in .org.za next week. That’s more than a third of the current count of .org.za domains, which stands at about 33,000 today. The list includes many English dictionary-word domains very possibly worth more than the standard…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 20 readers -
  • Chinese to invade .africa? CEO thinks so

    … suspicion that we will probably see a huge uptake coming from the east, which is the China market,” he said. “They’ll probably come in and grab a large number of domain names.” He said that Chinese investment in Africa offline is likely to be mirrored online. Pricing is also likely to be a factor. While .africa will bottom out, ignoring periodic…

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  • Blah blah ICANN blah .africa blah delegated blah blah…

    … Today blah blah ZA Central Registry blah blah .africa blah delegated blah. ICANN blah blah root blah. Blah blah ZACR blah nic.africa. Blah blah five years blah blah contention blah lawsuit blah blah DotConnectAfrica blah. Blah blah Bekele blah IRP blah. ICANN blah blah Governmental Advisory Committee blah blah blah African Union blah blah…

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  • .africa to finally go live after judge denies injunction

    … and unfairly favored ZACR from the outset. Unfortunately, the ruling does not address the merits of these claims. It merely says that DCA is unlikely to win its suit due to the covenant it signed. Halm based his decision on the precedent in Ruby Glen v ICANN, the Donuts lawsuit that seeks to stop ICANN awarding .web to Verisign. The judge…

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  • DCA files for ANOTHER .africa injunction

    …, according to ZACR. DCA last applicant for an injunction was refused by a California judge in December, but last week it renewed its efforts to stymie the long-delayed geo. ZACR said on its web site yesterday: On January 4, 2017, DCA filed an ex parte (emergency) temporary restraining order (“TRO”) asking the Court to prevent ICANN from delegating…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 17 readers -
  • .africa could go live after court refuses injunction

    …: The plaintiff is seeking to enjoin defendant Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from issuing the .Africa generic top level domain (gTLD) until this case has been resolved… The plaintiff’s motion for the imposition of a Preliminary Injunction is denied, based on the reasoning expressed in the oral and written arguments of defense…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 21 readers -
  • Judge hands DotConnectAfrica another bizarre win

    … error did not have a huge bearing on that decision. More remarkably, he’s now suggesting that ICANN may have been wrong to make DCA undergo the same Geographic Names Review as every other new gTLD applicant. Both DCA and ZACR applied for .africa and had to go through the same evaluation processes, one of which was the Geographic Names Review…

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  • Judge throws out DotConnectAfrica’s case against ZACR

    … South African registry ZACR did not engage in a fraudulent conspiracy with ICANN to get its .africa gTLD application approved, a court ruled yesterday. The California judge in the case of DotConnectAfrica vs ICANN and ZACR threw out all of DCA’s claims against ZACR, approving ZACR’s motion to dismiss. The judge said DCA had failed to make…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 23 readers -
  • ZACR wades into .africa lawsuit, tells judge he screwed up

    … ZA Central Registry has told the judge in DotConnectAfrica’s lawsuit against ICANN that the preliminary injunction he granted DCA recently was based on a misunderstanding. The injunction, granted a month ago, prevents ICANN delegating the .africa gTLD to ZACR until the lawsuit reaches a conclusion. But, in papers filed Friday, ZACR points out…

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  • It’s open season on ICANN as judge rules new gTLD applicants CAN sue

    … to successful applicant ZACR. ZACR has the backing of the African Union Commission and, per ICANN rules, over 60% of the governments in Africa. DCA applied for .africa with no government support, but with an AUC letter of support than had already been retracted. The company claims that the AUC was not allowed to withdraw its endorsement under ICANN…

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  • US judge freezes .africa gTLD

    … to be delegated to successful applicant ZACR. The decision seems to be based on the fact that a delegation is essentially irreversible, so even if DCA were to win the lawsuit it would not be able to get its hands on the gTLD. “Plaintiff has demonstrated that once the tGLD [sic] is issued, it will be unable to obtain those rights elsewhere,” the judge wrote…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 17 readers -
  • DCA sues ICANN for fraud, demands cash

    …, and DCA’s request for an emergency restraining order has already been thrown out by the judge. DCA is basically attempting to re-litigate the Independent Review Process case it won against ICANN last year. The company claims that ICANN, ZACR, independent evaluator InterConnect Communications, and the Governmental Advisory Committee improperly…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 13 readers -
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