Domain Name Wire

Domain Name Wire

  • Bitcoin company among end user buyers at Sedo last week

    1. BY - Apr 18, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
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    A bitcoin company bought a domain at Sedo last week.

    Sedo had a solid sales week last week with $1.3 million worth of sales. Here are ten that were purchased by end users. You can view previous end user sales lists here. $10,000 – BitCoin Nordi, a bitcoin seller. $1,900 – FootballAddicts AB, creator of Forza Football app with soccer scores and highlights. $800 – the owner of, a presentation design service. $2,000 – Fashion company STYLIGHT GmbH, owner of the matching .com. $5,000 – Adventist Media Network $3,140 – Auction Nation. I imagine the domain stands for ‘Real Estate Nation’. $13,000 – Shoe company Greats, which has been using $3,995 – Optimal Medicine Ltd in London $777 – Rockville Bank in South Windsor, Connecticut, which is merging with United. $1,495 – Coxco general contractors in Garland, Texas.

  • Afilias’ new top level domain names have very slow first day

    1. BY - Apr 18, 2014
    2. Uncategorized
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    Color me surprised.

    Afilias launched its first six new top level domain names yesterday, and I’d rate it as the worst first day performance of any portfolio applicant.

    I’m basing this on changes to the zone files. Here are the six domains Afilias’ launched in general availability yesterday with how many domains they added to the zone and the current total:

    .red 289 to 341
    .blue 205 to 270
    .移动 142 to 231 (Chinese simplified for Mobile Phone)
    .pink 156 to 202
    .kim 112 to 135
    .shiksha 31 to 63 (Hindi for Education)

    The poor initial performance wasn’t due to price, as the domains retailed for about $17 to $26. It’s fair to blame poor registrar distribution in part. GoDaddy was absent. But I also think the overall market opportunity for the color domains is quite limited.

    Perhaps the projections in Afilias’ applications weren’t so much sandbagging after all.

    I would think for one of the color domains to take off they’ll need to get a few key celebrities, star brands, or startups on board. They’ll have to make the domains mean something when they don’t mean much on their own.

    I-Registry also launched a domain yesterday, .onl. It’s apparently short for “online”. The domain’s zone file grew by 303 domains to 379. That’s not bad given that the registry’s dated website made me question if the domain was even coming out yesterday.

  • Rightside’s first two domain names enter landrush

    1. BY - Apr 17, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    After supporting dozens of Donuts’ launches, Rightside is finally ready to play its own hand.

    Dot DemocratRightside’s first two top level domain names are getting closer to market.

    The company, currently part of Demand Media, launched .democrat and .dance in landrush today.

    Although these are the first two of its own domains to enter landrush, Rightside’s registry operations are handling the backend for Donuts’ domain names.

    Rightside is running a fairly traditional (if not short) laundrush phase. Applicants order domains during the phase and there will be an auction if more than one person registers the same domain., a registrar owned by Rightside, is offering .democrat landrush registrations for $229.99. It will charge $34.99 in general availability. .Dance is $199.99 in landrush and $25.99 in general availability.

    Landrush for both .democrat and .dance run through May 5.

    Demand Media plans to spin Rightside off later this year, and Rightside is counting on new top level domain names to drive growth across its businesses.

  • Panelist digs up key fact in UDRP

    1. BY - Apr 17, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
    3. 1 Comment

    Intent-to-use trademark does in complainant.

    Neal & Massy Holdings, a business conglomerate operating in the Carribean, has lost a UDRP it filed against the domain name is owned by domain investor Gregory Ricks.

    Ricks defended himself without counsel in the UDRP. He made a good defense, pointing out that the domain name is a dictionary word that he registered 14 years ago.

    He overlooked one key thing, though. Panelist Paul M. DeCicco found this key detail himself, and denied the case in part because of it.

    It turns out Neal & Massy recently filed an intent-to-use trademark application for “Massy”. So while it claimed to be commonly referred to as Massy, this intent-to-use application dispels that notion:

    In filing the ITU application Complainant thereby admits that it has not yet used the MASSY mark in commerce, but instead intends to use the mark at some point in the future. See 15 U.S. Code § 1051(1)b. The unavoidable conclusion that Complainant had no rights in MASSY when it filed its Complaint is further supported by the fact that Respondent registered the at-issue domain name over 14 years before Complainant’s UDRP filing but Complainant did not complain about the domain name until now.

    DeCicco declined to find reverse domain name hijacking.

    Neal & Massy UDRP for

  • .Marketing and .Holiday each pick up 2,000+ domains on first day

    1. BY - Apr 17, 2014
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    First day .Marketing numbers seem rather low.

    Donuts launched .marketing and .holiday into general availability yesterday (post the Early Access phase), with both picking up over 2,000 registrations in the first partial day.

    .Marketing picked up 2,564 domains to hit 2,970 and .holiday added 2,125 to reach 2,341.

    These numbers are from the zone files, and the actual registrations are probably slightly more than this.

    I was expecting more from .marketing. Lots of existing domain names end in .marketing, which is why I suspect Donuts may have paid over $1 million to buy rights to the domain from Tucows.

    .Marketing should continue to grow as marketing companies find out about it. Still, it’s a reminder of the different economics of paying $185,000 for a domain versus winning it in a contention set auction.

    I wonder how much initial TLD registration numbers will affect what people are willing to pay at auction going forward. For some of these domains, it’s going to take a long time to recoup a seven figure investment.