Expired domain name report: 1280.com for $26k and more

Joseph Peterson’s weekly roundup of expired domain name sales.

The sadist in me contemplates a cruel reality TV show in which some unsuspecting person answers a knock on the door to find a camera crew pointed right at him. “John Q. Public, you’ve just won $26,010!” Rubbing the sleep from his eyes, he sees a beaming fashion model holding out to him a cartoonish bag of money. Then, just as our surprised victim reaches for that bulging prize, Alex Trebek¬†blurts out: “Wait a sec! You let the domain expire¬†over 10 bucks? Never mind. Come along guys; we’re done here.” And the camera crew slinks grumblingly away with the cash. Click here to continue reading…

2 domain name owners don’t respond but win UDRPs

Panelists do their job by evaluating cases on their merits.

The owners of Marlboro.reviews and PoolFactory.com can keep their domain names, despite not responding to UDRPs.

Although respondents can win a UDRP without responding, panelists typically give the benefit of the doubt to the complainant in these cases. In one recent case, a panelist even asked the complainant to amend the case to make it easier to side with it!

One of the two cases was brought by The Pool Factory, Inc for the domain name PoolFactory.com. Panelist Steven Maier noted that parking a domain name and owning lots of domain names (as the respondent did) is not necessarily a sign of bad faith. The complainant also shot itself in the foot by trying to buy the domain name and other similar ones: Click to continue reading…

Domain definitions: whois privacy vs. whois proxy

What’s the difference between whois privacy and whois proxy?

With talk in Washington and policy circles about whois privacy, I think it would be good to define both whois privacy and whois proxy, and discussed how the terms are usually used.

Traditionally, whois privacy has referred to a service in which the owner of a domain name is listed in the public whois record contacts, but the privacy service’s contact details (phone, address, email et al) are listed instead of the owner’s.

This makes the registrant the owner of the domain but keeps them from getting telemarketing calls or having to disclose their home address.

A whois proxy goes a step further by masking the identity of the registrant. The proxy service acts as a proxy registrant. Here’s an example of a proxy in whois: Click here to continue reading…

16 end user domain name sales

A debt management company, fabric seller and modeling company bought domain names last week.

Sedo handled $1.3 million of domain name transactions last week, and the .TV domain name Astrology.tv led the way at $25,000 for public sales. That domain name is protected by whois privacy and currently lands on a GoDaddy placeholder page, so we’ll have to wait to see who the buyer is.

Below are 16 end user domain name sales at Sedo from the past week that were purchased by end users. Click here to see this week’s End User list…