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  • WIPO panel denies UDRP on WUP.com

    1. BY - Dec 19, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    Complainant probably didn’t exist when domain name was registered.

    A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has denied a UDRP attempt on the three letter domain name WUP.com.

    The complaint was filed by Wengenroth & Partner, an German SEO and online marketing firm. It appears the company didn’t even exist when the respondent register the domain name in 2008.

    The single member panel found that the complainant did not prove a lack of rights or legitimate interests, nor did it prove the domain name was registered in bad faith.

    It’s worth noting that the complainant uses wengenroth-und-partner.de as its website, not even WUP.de.

    The panel didn’t consider the issue of reverse domain name hijacking. I suspect the respondent didn’t ask for it (he was self-represented), but the panelist still should have considered it.

  • Will more contested TLDs get more registrations?

    1. BY - Dec 19, 2014
    2. Uncategorized
    3. 3 Comments

    Probably, but quantifying it is difficult at this point.

    I commonly hear that the best is yet to come in terms of new to level domain name launches. The most heavily contested applications are just getting resolved, and these represent the best top level domain names.

    It makes sense to me. But will this reflect reality? Are the TLDs we’re seeing so far not representative of the results of future, heavily contested TLD launches?

    I tried to dig into the data a bit this week, but I’ll admit it’s difficult to draw any conclusions. Among the factors that differ between each TLD that are difficult to control for: Click here to continue reading…

  • .Club raising more money, valued at $25.4 million

    1. BY - Dec 18, 2014
    2. Domain Services
    3. 12 Comments

    .Club to be valued at $25.4 million after investment.

    .ClubThe .Club top level domain name registry is raising more funds, and the latest round will value the company at $25.4 million after the investment closes.

    .Club previously raised $7.5 million, with about $3.5 million of that in debt. The company is conducting two additional fundraising rounds, both of which are fully subscribed.

    The first is a raise from existing shareholders that will effectively convert the $3.5 million of debt to equity.

    The second round will be a $3 million equity investment, bringing the total raised to $10.5 million. That round is expected to close in February and will give the company a $25.4 million post-money valuation.

    In addition to existing investors, a few strategic investors will participate in the equity round.

    .Club founder Colin Campbell told Domain Name Wire that the funds will be used to support a $3.5 million marketing plan in 2015.

    Fort Lauderdale-based .Club has the most paid registrations of any new top level domain name, with over 150,000 registrations to date.

    Campbell and Chief Marketing Officer Jeffrey Sass will be guests on the Domain Name Wire Podcast on January 5.

  • Union Bank loses cases against gripe websites

    1. BY - Dec 18, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
    3. 2 Comments

    Former customer registered ten domain names to air grievances about the bank.

    Union BankUnion Bank has lost three domain name arbitration cases involving an upset former customer.

    The bank filed three separate actions covering UnionBank.me, unionbancal.co, unionbank.cc, union-bank.co, mufgunionbankna.com, unionbancalcorp.com, unionbancal.net, unionbancal.org, unionbankna.com and unionbanks.net.

    The domain names were all registered by William Bookout. At one point, his company had a Small Business Administration Loan with the bank. His loan went into default and he later filed bankruptcy, according to the decision. He was upset with how the bank handled his loan, so he created a number of gripe sites. Click here to continue reading…

  • Cuba domain names take off after yesterday’s announcement

    1. BY - Dec 18, 2014
    2. Uncategorized
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    Yesterday was a good day for Rob Sequin’s domain name portfolio.

    Cuba websites

    Traffic to Rob Sequin’s Cuba websites, including HavanaJournal.com (pictured), quintupled yesterday.

    Yesterday, President Obama announced renewed relations with the government of Cuba. The announcement has immediate ramifications for trade and travel between the two countries, and opens up the potential for much more.

    Immediately, people went to domain name registrars to register Cuban domain names. According to Verisign’s DomainView tool, over 1,500 domains containing “cuba” were registered yesterday in .com and .net. Compare that to fewer than 100 that are registered on a typical day.

    Additionally, close to 300 domains including “Havana” were registered. Even the term “Cigar” had a banner day, with domains like SendCubanCigars.com registered.

    But one man was way ahead of these people. Click here to continue reading…