Displaying archives for the month of "October 2014"
Fixed app fixes its domain name problem.
I’m behind on last week’s end user domain name sales list since I was at the ICANN conference last week. This list is for sales taking place the week before last.
The top reported sale was GoldPay.com at $50,000. It’s still in escrow, but I suspect the buyer is the person who registered the trademark “GoldPay” for “Providing monetary exchange services, namely, exchanging gold and precious metals of others for cash; Financial services, namely, gold and precious metal trading” earlier this year.
The next highest sale was interesting because an app maker bought it to upgrade from a pretty bad .me domain name. Fixed, an app that helps you fight parking tickets, was using the domain name GetFixed.me. Before I visited the site, I thought it was either for spaying/neuter dogs or vasectomies.
The end user list is below. …Click here to see the end user domain name sales
Trademark disclaims rights to “YourNeighborhood”.
Eric Levy, who runs the neighborhood information site YourNeighborhood.co, has lost a UDRP against the domain name YourNeighborhood.com.
He’s lucky the panelist didn’t bother to find him guilty of reverse domain name hijacking, too. The panelist determined that he was “trying to pull a fast one”, though.
Levy’s filing claimed that the YourNeighborhood mark was “well-known” and that Complainant has made “extensive use” of the mark. But the panelist noted that the complaint lacked any evidence to show this. In fact, the complainant’s trademark for YourNeighborhood is actually a design mark for YOURNEIGHBORHOOD LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE. Oh, and it specifically disclaims any rights in “YourNeighborhood”.
The complainant didn’t attach the trademark registration as an exhibit, and panelist Robert A. Badgley decided that Levy was “trying to pull a fast one”: Click to continue reading
Listen to Domain Name Wire Podcast #3.
Every week, you read about domain name sales here on Domain Name Wire and on sites like DNJournal. These public sales just scratch the surface of total transactions taking place each week. Most sales, including most sales by domain broker Igloo.com, remain private.
On this week’s podcast, Igloo founder and CEO Tessa Holcomb reveals — for the first time — some of the domain names her company has helped broker. She also provides a breakdown of how many six, seven, and eight figure sales Igloo has handled, as well Igloo’s total 2013 sales volume. She also discusses the company’s acquisition of Aftermarket.com.
Also: a recap of last week’s ICANN meeting in Los Angeles, Donuts sells its one millionth domain name, a cryptocurrency for domain names, and one new top level domain backer takes out an expensive advertisement.
(Listen to previous podcasts here.)
ICANN Board approves resolution paving way for two character second level domains.
Last week’s ICANN meeting started with good news for new top level domain name applicants: governments said they weren’t concerned about two letter second level domain names under new top level domain names.
Resolved (2014.10.16.14), the proposed registry service for the release of two-character domains in the gTLD namespace does not create a reasonable risk of a meaningful adverse effect on security and stability, and the Board authorizes the President and CEO, or his designee(s), to develop and implement an efficient procedure for the release of two-character domains currently required to be reserved in the New gTLD Registry Agreement, taking into account the GAC’s advice in the Los Angeles Communiqué.
New top level domain name contracts currently have a blanket restriction on two character second level domain names. A number of registries have requested that this provision be removed.
This is good news for domain name registries from a usage standpoint. The change will allow .wiki, for example, to go forward with a planned arrangement with Wikimedia Foundation.
It probably won’t mean much from a revenue standpoint, though. Due to the massive supply of new top level domain names, even “rare” one character second level domain names don’t seem to be fetching much in the market.
Two character domains will also help brands set up regional second level domains. However, there is still a restriction on using country and territory names at the second level.
Rightside launches three military-themed domains, NAR launches .realtor, and a strange generic goes live.
Here’s a run down of this week’s new top level domain name launches.
On Wednesday, Rightside releases three military-themed domain names: .navy, .army and .airforce. Pricing runs from about $25-$35.
Also on Wednesday, Donuts’ releases .healthcare at regular price general availability. Following the .healthcare launch, Donuts won’t release any more domains this month.
Thursday could be a key moment in the new top level domain name program, assuming National Association of Realtors doesn’t screw it up. That’s when it releases the .realtor domain, and gives away up to 500,000 of them to its members. If realtors take them up on the offer, it could be a big marketing boost for new TLDs. Click here to continue reading…