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Financial services company and rating agency can’t have “boycott” domain name, panel rules.
Standard & Poor’s has lost a UDRP against the domain name BoycottStandardandPoors.com at World Intellectual Property Organization.
The domain name owner argued that he’s exercising his first amendment rights by owning the “gripe” style domain name.
The panel determined that the domain name could be used as a gripe site and be protected, so it denied Standard & Poor’s request to transfer the domain name.
But the panel’s wording – and the brevity of its decision – is rather interesting.
Consider that the domain owner registered the domain name in 2011, but hasn’t done anything with it. The panel gave the benefit of the doubt on whether or not he did not have rights/legitimate interests in the domain name:
As Respondent conceivably could use the domain name at issue in a manner that would not constitute bad faith registration and use, and as the domain name at issue has yet to be used to resolve to a web site, Complainant has failed to establish that Respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name at issue.
The section for Registered and Used In Bad Faith is also peculiar. The three person panel says the complaint was brought prematurely “Since it is conceivable that Respondent could use the domain name in such a way that Respondent did not seek to profit from the good will attached to Complainant’s family of marks.” The panel then notes that S&P can file another UDRP should the domain owner use the domain name in bad faith.
It’s rare that a panel considers what is conceivable, and it’s surprising they didn’t address the lack of progress in turning the domain into a non-commercial website.
I’m not saying the panel got it wrong, it’s just that the full decision is rather interesting. I think some panels would have found differently.
A small Canadian company bought Sandwich.com in the Yahoo! domain name auction last month.
The first three domains that Yahoo! sold in a domain name auction last month have changed hands, including the biggest sale of all: $137,500 for Sandwich.com.
The buyer is officially Seyed Ali Mirabolghasemi in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. Based on the address in whois and Mirabolghasemi’s Google+ profile, it appears he has a company called Future Web Media, Inc. I can’t find any other information about the company.
I called Mirabolghasemi this morning and left a message. I’ll update this story if I hear back.
Two other domains have changed hands.
RecruitingHQ.com, which sold for $1,149, was a classic end user purchase. The buyer is ERE Media, Inc., a media company for human resources and recruiting industries.
Domain brokerage Media Options picked up Tesserae.com for $707.
The rest of the 10 domains that sold in the auction are still in Yahoo!’s control.
Here’s why I’m going to NamesCon next month.
The first ever NamesCon domain name conference takes place January 13-15 in Las Vegas.
Here’s why I’m going to the conference:
1. I was already planning on going to a conference in January.
DomainSponsor usually holds its Webfest conference at the end of January or early February. If Webfest returns next year, it won’t be so early in the year. I was already planning to attend a conference around this time, so NamesCon fills the void.
2. It’s going to be big.
I don’t expect as many attendees as a Webfest conference, but I do expect more than the typical TRAFFIC show (for various reasons).
3. There will be lot of fresh faces.
With more people come more types of people, including many that have never been to a domain show before. Some will come from Affiliate Summit. Others are part time domainers who I interact with on a regular basis but don’t typically go to domain name shows.
4. It coincides with Affiliate Summit.
As I mentioned, some of those fresh faces are in town for Affiliate Summit. I’ve always wondered why the affiliate and domain businesses can’t get together. Now they will. I’m not sure that I’ll go to Affiliate Summit, but it’s nice to have the option.
5. It’s a content-rich conference.
With several breakout sessions going on at the same time, there should always be a conference room worth visiting. The agenda is still being fleshed out but there are several topics that haven’t been discussed at shows I’ve attended previously.
6. The timing with new TLDs is great.
After years and years of discussion, new TLDs are finally becoming reality. This show will coincide with the sunrise periods and launch announcements for many new TLDs.
7. It’s cheap.
$399 to get in the door and $79/night for a hotel room. You can attend this show for about $1,000.
Dun & Bradstreet among end user buyers last week at Sedo/Afternic.
I’m posting a lot of end user sales reports this week thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday last week.
You’ll note that this report for Afternic/GoDaddy from last week has only a dozen sales. I’d like to reiterate that these are just the sales that stood out to me as end user sales; I’m sure there are many more. Despite Afternic and GoDaddy combining their reports post acquisition, I’ve been able to find fewer end user sales since the combination. That’s mostly due to many more domains being in escrow or pre-transfer when they are reported.
Domain Price – Buyer
TouchMobile.com $10,000 – Enflick a mobile app maker
CompanyUpdate.com $4,995 – Dun & Bradstreet, the business credit information company that calls you to get you to update your company profile…for a fee.
BuyLocalNow.com $2,500 – SmartEtailing, Inc., which creates websites for local specialty retailers.
ExecutiveHub.com $1,900 – Carrington Group, a Canadian home and condo builder. Perhaps it’s for executive housing?
TheNewRich.com $1,000 – David Moore, who runs a website called The New Rich to promote starting your own business. The current site is on the matching .org domain, TheNewRich.org.
Albuquerque365.com $1,950 – Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau
LowerEastSide.org $1,700 – Lower East Side Business Improvement District in Manhattan. They use LowerEastsideNY.com for a website.
EssentialForLiving.com $3,000 – Patrick McGreevy, Ph.D., P.A., which offers a curriculum for people with disabilities.
BusinessCertified.com $1,000 – DatabaseDriven, a web design company.
SGTEC.com $3,000 – SG Magnets, manufacturer of magnetic components and assemblies.
StandWith.com $1,549 – F@ck Cancer, an advocacy group.
IconFilmDistribution.com $1,977 – Icon Film Distribution Ltd, a London company that uses the domain IconFilmDistribution.co.uk.
So far, most new TLD registries are pricing their domains at a big premium to .com. Will that limit registration numbers?
We’re starting to get a better idea of how new top level domain name registries are going to price domain names. It appears many are taking the .TV approach, essentially pricing out any value domainers can get from registering the domains and selling them (if there is much value to capture to begin with).
We’re also seeing niche domain priced quite high by some registries.
Consider .build, which estimates that “basic” .build domain names will retail for $99.
How many domain registrations can .build realistically expect to get? Is 10,000 registrations a realistic goal?
Depending on its overhead, that wouldn’t be a bad business. That’s about $1 million a year, with perhaps $600,000 going to the registry.
The bogey in all of this is defensive registrations. It’s possible that construction companies will pay $99 to keep their names out of the hands of others. If that’s the case, then the number could be much higher.
What do you think? At $99, how many registrations do you think an industry term like .build will get?