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  • Big names buy domains: Under Armour, Mary Kay, SAP and more

    1. BY - Jul 30, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
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    Large companies snap up domain names at Sedo.

    This week’s Sedo end user sales list is packed with big name end user buyers. Fortune 500 companies bought domains for under $2,000. The list follows.

    You can view previous lists like this here. If you’d like to learn how to sell your domain names like these on Sedo, download this report. $1,200 – Enterprise Rent-a-Car. .BM is the country code for Bermuda. 999 EUR – Software giant SAP. I believe they have a product by this name, but I can’t translate well from German. Pendler means “commuter” in German. $1,500 – Cosmetics direct-selling company Mary Kay. 4,500 EUR – National Treasury Leisure B.V. in Amsterdam. 21,000 EUR – The whois shows Swissclear AG. Google it and you’ll land on, a financial services company. 3,900 EUR – Software company Appropos, LLC shortened its domain name from $3,000 – Concert ticket company Live Nation. 1,450 EUR – $15 billion company (market cap) FiServ. $1,800 – San Diego RV Center, which uses the domain name $795 – Chemical Heritage Foundation, owner of the matching .org domain name. $1,000 – KMT Robotic Solutions in Auburn Hills, Michigan. $750 – the owner of hotel booking site $1,000 – the owner of tire review site $2,299 – Ramses, which I believe is a restaurant in Madrid. It web address is $1,595 – Insurance company Word and Brown. They own a number of insurance brands ending in -choice. $1,000 – Par Golf Supply, Inc. in Illinois. $3,500 – GeoSafe LLC, provider of GPS solutions to emergency response services, shortened its web address from 3,000 EUR – Specialty Drinks Ltd, a liqour company. 1,999 EUR – Apparel company Under Armour. What do you think it stands for?

  • .London’s unique “SunPriorityRush” period ends tomorrow

    1. BY - Jul 30, 2014
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    Tomorrow is a key deadline for .London domain names.


    The .London domain name is launching, and it’s very different from previous domain name launches.

    I reached out to Antony Van Couvering with Minds + Machines to learn more about the .London launch. One key thing to note: the London Priority Period, which ends tomorrow, is actually open to everyone. People in London will get priority, but this is your first chance to claim domain names regardless of whether you have a direct connection to London.

    DNW: .London is running a simultaneous sunrise/Londoner priority/Landrush phase that ends Thursday. Explain how this works and who gets priority over others if more than one person orders a domain name during this period.

    Van Couvering: The idea is to give priority to people in London, but be open to everyone. To give Londoners priority over people from outside London, and to give people with rights to a name priority over those who don’t. Deciding what defines a Londoner is tricky, but certainly living in London counts. The way it works is that anyone can apply during the London Priority Period (April 29 – July 31, 2014), and then who gets a name is decided in the following order:

    1. Sunrise registration (trumps everything)
    2. If you live in London and your applied for-name either matches a trademark (if you’re a business or organization) *or* a variation of your personal name (if you’re applying as an individual)
    3. If you live in London and your applied-for name doesn’t match either your trademark or your personal name
    4. If you live outside of London, you have last priority

    Both an applicant’s address and their claim of rights is validated by a dedicated team. That’s an expense, but one we think is well worth it. The full set of rules and validation criteria are available online (pdf).

    The way the London Priority Period is set up that in the event that there is more than one application for the same domain name, priority goes to rights holders, then to Londoners, then to everyone else.

    DNW: Because of their status as “world cities”, a lot of people will compare .NYC and .London. .NYC is taking a different approach than .London with regards to who can register domain names. .NYC will always be closed to anyone outside of New York City; .London is open to everyone (after the initial priority for Londoners). Why did .London decide to take this approach?

    Van Couvering: Precisely because what makes a Londoner is not simply geography. If someone is born in London, is he or she a Londoner? What if they work in London? Furthermore, London is a global city and is open to people from all over the world. All of this is reflected in the rules — priority to people who live in London, but open to everyone.

    DNW: What has been the biggest surprise during this first phase?

    Van Couvering: How quickly the word got around. When I travel to London, and I mention what I do, I frequently hear “Oh, I heard about that!” from taxi drivers, waiters, people in pubs. Probably this has something to do with the great pioneers we’ve lined up, which are a mix of well-known brands (Fortnum & Mason, London Symphony Orchestra, West Ham United) and smaller businesses (The Commitments show in the West End, or the All Stars Collective, a group of accomplished musicians). A full list of the .london pioneers is here.

    We’ve seen a really great distribution of applications across all walks of London life, and we’re excited that this is going to be one of the larger TLDs without resorting to huge discounting or buying up our own names, as has been rumored in other TLDs. It looks as if .london is really being embraced by the people who live there. To me, that’s success.

    DNW: What is your goal for .London registrations a year from now?

    Van Couvering: The goal is to have .london be the first choice for a domain name for anyone or any business with a connection to London. We think that’s achievable.

  • ICANN tells court ccTLDs aren’t property, can’t be awarded to plaintiffs

    1. BY - Jul 30, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    Victims of terrorism want to be paid (in part) with country code top level domain names.

    ICANN has responded to the U.S. federal court in the District of Columbia, arguing that ccTLDs (country Code top level domain names, e.g. .ca and .de) are not property and can’t be awarded to plaintiffs in a case involving terrorism.

    Plaintiffs in Jenny Rubin, et al vs. The Islamic Republic of Iran, et al, say they are victims of terrorism from Iran, Syria and North Korea, and want control of country codes for each country (.IR, .SY, and .KP plus a couple IDN versions).

    ICANN’s Motion to Quash argues that “country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLD) are part of a single, global interoperable Internet which ICANN serves to help maintain…ccTLD’s are not property, and are not ‘owned’ or ‘possessed’ by anyone including ICANN, and therefore cannot be seized in a lawsuit.”

    ICANN’s general response was predictable.

    Make no mistake — a ruling to the contrary would be devastating for the domain name system. One of the biggest threats to web is a splintering of the internet caused by governments upset that the U.S. government has too much control over the internet.

    That’s a big part of the reason the U.S. government plans to end its role in the IANA contract for name delegation. It bothers other governments that the U.S. government has a sort of “veto power”.

    While few people may be sympathetic to the three countries at issue, taking over their ccTLDs would be a horrible precedent that would throw the entire internet ecosystem into disarray.

    It’s worth noting that gTLDs are a different matter. They are being treated like property and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them used as payment to settle legal issues in the future.

  • .XXX worth more with .Sex in the bag?

    1. BY - Jul 30, 2014
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    Owners of .xxx domain names will get matching adult-themed web addresses.

    Kevin Murphy at Domain Incite reports this morning that ICM Registry, the company behind .xxx, has settled the contention set for .sex.

    That means ICM is the only remaining applicant for .sex, .porn and .adult.

    This may be good news for .xxx domain name holders. The company proposes a Domain Matching program in which owners of .xxx domains will also get the matching domains in the other adult domain names it operates.

    It could take longer than previously expected for these new adult domains to come out thanks to a last minute curveball from ICANN. But knowing ICM Registry, it will eventually get ICANN to come around.

  • Company wants to trademark the term “Domain Auction”

    1. BY - Jul 29, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    New domain listings site wants a trademark on descriptive term.

    From the merely descriptive file…

    A Florida company has filed two trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for “Domain Auction” and “Domains Auction”.

    The applications, filed by Coracao LLC, claim a first use date of earlier this month.

    Coracao’s trademark applications seem to be spurred by its recent launch of a domain name and website sales site at The goods and services in the applications list “On-line auction services featuring domain names and web sites”.

    If the company wants a stylized trademark for its totally rad logo, that’s one thing. But the term itself?

    You can see the application for “Domain Auction” here (pdf).