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Domain Name Wire

  • UDRP: Girls Do Porn, but company Doesn’t Do Trademarks well

    1. BY - Aug 27, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    Company runs site that is rather descriptive of its services.

    BLL Media Holdings has lost a UDRP it filed against Infinitoria Ltd over the domain name GirlDoPorn.com (in which “girl” in singular).

    The complainant purports to run the site GirlsDoPorn.com (in which “girls” is plural).

    BLL failed to show the World Intellectual Property Organization panelist that the domain name was confusingly similar to a mark in which it had rights.

    The domain name GirlsDoPorn.com was originally registered in the name of another company. The complainant tried to explain this discrepancy in a supplemental filing, stating that it was registered by a predecessor entity. But it didn’t provide any evidence of this.

    Another problem for the complainant was that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office refused its trademark application for the phrase on the basis that it describes a feature of the Complainant’s services. (Think about it for a moment.)

    John Berryhill represented the domain name owner.

    UDRP decision

  • Christine Jones’ gubernatorial bid ends in primaries

    1. BY - Aug 27, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
    3. 1 Comment

    Former GoDaddy exec places third in Republican primary.

    Christine JonesChristine Jones, former general counsel for GoDaddy, lost her bid to become the next governor of Arizona in the Republican primary yesterday.

    Doug Ducey, current Arizona treasurer and former CEO of ice cream franchise Cold Stone Creamery, took 37% of the vote in the primary. Jones finished third with 16.7% of the vote.

    GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons contributed over $1 million to fund attack ads against Ducey. Parsons told reporters his commercials were in response to Ducey claiming Jones was a “line employee” at GoDaddy; as general counsel she was one of the company’s top executives.

    Running in a Republican primary in Arizona, Jones and the other candidates leaned pretty far to the right to attract voters. Unsurprisingly, one attack against Jones was her cameo in a risque GoDaddy Super Bowl commercial.

    Jones’ 16.7% take in a crowded field was probably a lot better than people expected when she threw her hat in the ring. Her newly found name recognition should help her in business, or should she decide to run for another office.

  • Walmart’s questionable domains, eBay gets Flooke, Google’s hat bin and CHiPs, the movie?

    1. BY - Aug 27, 2014
    2. Uncategorized
    3. 7 Comments

    Some interesting domain name registrations from Walmart, eBay and Google.

    CHiPs the movieA handful of companies have made some interesting domain name registrations lately, potentially tipping off plans.

    First, let’s start with a couple domain registrations that seem more defensive than anything else.

    Walmart is frequently criticized for killing mom and pop shops through competition. You can hardly expect it to go on a campaign to save mom and pop stores, so why did it register saveourmomandpops.com?

    It is also criticized for putting independent pharmacies out of business. It registered savendependentdrugstores.com. That’s actually a typo; saveIndependentDrugstores.com isn’t registered. So someone made a mistake here.

    The domains were originally registered by Walmart. The whois records now show Mark Monitor’s whois privacy service.

    Did you know eBay has a classified site called Kijiji? They do, and they’re getting ready to offer a new service called Flook or Flooke.

    I’m basing this on the couple dozen domain name registrations it made including flookclassifieds.com, flookebykijiji.com, kijijiflook.com and flookepoweredbykijiji.com. We’ll have to wait to see what it is.

    In other interesting registrations, Google registered TheHatBin.com. Any guesses on what it plans to do with that?

    Finally, remember that motorcycle cop show CHiPs? You do if you grew up in the 80s. There was a made for TV movie at some point, but perhaps a big screen rendition is forthcoming. A Mark Monitor client registered chipsthemovie.com and Chips-Movie.com. The whois records are protected by privacy, so it could be for something else. Don’t get your hopes up too high, Ponch fans.

  • App maker spends $80k to drop “app” from domain name

    1. BY - Aug 27, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
    3. 3 Comments

    Ridescout pays big bucks for shorter domain name and other end user domain name purchases.

    RidescoutThe .app domain name is coming. Until then, many app makers have plugged “app” onto the end of their domain names when they can’t get the .com domain that matches their app name.

    Does the domain name still matter for app makers? Yes, judging by RideScout’s 60,000 euro purchase of RideScout.com last week. The Austin maker of the RideScout app for finding the best transportation options has been using the domain name RideScoutApp.com.

    Here are other end user purchases at Sedo over the past week.

    (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.)

    Roomle.co.uk $850 – Roomle GmbH, which provides an app for floorplan and interior decorating design. It uses Roomle.com.

    Cilia.co.uk 2,000 EUR – Melitta Zentralgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, maker of Cilia brand tea filters.

    ThisChangesEverything.com $16,500 – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “This Changes Everything” appears to be a slogan related to one or more of its new cruise liners.

    Fitfluence.com $995 – Los Angeles company FITfluence, which is some sort of fitness/health company.

    Mifi.us $2,000 – Novatel Wireless, Inc. Novatel actually has a trademark on the term “mifi”, which I assumed was a generic term for personal hotspots.

    MyLudus.com $2,195 – myLudus, Inc, a New Hampshire company. The email address on the domain leads back to a tech company.

    QueCrees.com $6,000 Spanish-language network Univision. “Que Crees” means “What do you think?”

    MovetoCloud.com $2,895 – research giant Gartner, which sells a lot of cloud advice.

    Orbitg.com $999 – CitizenHawk acquired this domain name on behalf of Orbitz.

    FinishLien.com $900 – another CitizenHawk transaction, this one on behalf of FinishLine.com.

    GoToWebnar.com $1,200 – and yet another CitizenHawk acquisition, for client Citrix.

    ItsaFineLine.com $1,895 – Creative Media Alliance in Seattle bought this domain name. It appears to be for a motorcycle safety campaign.

    LeTypographe.com $2,000 – Brussels stationery maker Le Tyopgraphe. It uses the domain name typographe.be.

    Parrys.com $1,301 – Parrys Property, a UK real estate firm.

    Bamiao.com $15,000 – From what I can tell, this domain was purchased by Samsung’s Cheil Industries, a chemical affiliate of Samsung.

    HBfit.com 1,500 GBP – the HB is short for Hannah Bronfman, a DJ and model from New York.

    Texzon.com $5,100 – Texzon Utilities, which acts as a middleman between utilities and customers. They’ve been using the matching .net domain name.

    Qkids.com $8,000 – Qello, which offers streaming of concerts and music documentaries.

    TheDaisyFoundation.com $2,244 – Lazy Daisy Ltd, which provides birthing classes.

  • Rightside signs new Google domain parking agreement

    1. BY - Aug 26, 2014
    2. Domain Parking
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    Company says material terms are “substantially similar” to the prior agreement.

    Rightside, parent company of eNom and domain parking platform HotKeys, has signed a new domain name parking agreement with Google.

    In an SEC filing, the company stated that the agreement is similar to the one it replaces:

    In general, the material terms of the Agreement are substantially similar to the Prior Agreement, including compliance with Google’s policies, maintenance of service obligations and mutual indemnification provisions. Unlike the Prior Agreement, this Agreement no longer includes Google’s Websearch service. The other changes in the Agreement consist of revisions to Google’s form of service agreement, minor changes to the legal terms of the Agreement, and updates to reflect changes in the relationship between Rightside and Google since the Prior Agreement was executed with Demand Media in 2012. The Agreement has a term of two years and contains customary termination provisions.

    Websearch was a requirement in previous contracts. It required parking companies to include organic Google search results on some parked pages; this is no longer a requirement.

    As for the material terms, my understanding is that all Google parking partners are now (or will be shortly) on identical contracts, including revenue shares. For some companies that might be a big rev share drop, for others it might be an increase or about the same.

    You may view Rightside’s previous agreement with Google (with all the juicy details redacted) in this document.