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  • Trademark Clearinghouse bundles Porn domains with service at discount

    1. BY - Jan 22, 2015
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    Deal with ICM Registry cuts pricing if you sign up for TMCH and protect a brand in adult domain names.

    Adult Domain NamesThe Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) will cut you a deal on its services, if you take a little T&A with it.

    On a webinar about the new ICM Registry domains .Adult and .Porn today, ICM General Counsel Sheri Falco announced it has partnered with TMCH to create special bundled pricing. She said it’s the first deal of its kind for the Trademark Clearinghouse.

    The TMCH doesn’t set pricing for domain names or what its authorized agents can charge for mark registrations, but EnCirca founder Thomas Barrett illustrated how the bundles work at his registrar.

    EnCirca will provide a bundle including a one year TMCH registration along with one year sunrise registrations in both .Adult and .Porn for $348. It usually charges $249 for a one year TMCH registration, and $99/year for an .Adult or .Porn sunrise registration (or $175 for both). That means EnCirca is discounting the bundle by a little bit less than 20%.

    Barrett noted that many TMCH agents charge $348 for a one year TMCH registration alone. (Do-it-yourselfers can get a lower price directly from TMCH. Since it’s not a registrar, you can’t get the discount directly from it.)

    The Trademark Clearinghouse, a system for brand owners to get first dibs on their marks in new top level domain names, has seen demand well below initial projections. Perhaps this discount deal will bump its numbers a bit.

    Intellectual property is quite boring, but it appears that sex sells.

  • Pssst…Rightside released its name collision domain names

    1. BY - Jan 20, 2015
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    Many good domains on the list, but be prepared to pay a premium.

    While you were partying in Las Vegas at NamesCon last week, Rightside released its name collision domain names to the public.

    Sort of…

    As a bit of background, name collision domain names are ones that new top level domain operators had to hold back from registration at launch. The list includes domain names that, during a somewhat random window of time in history, received traffic. ICANN required the domain names to be held back for a period of time to make sure they didn’t cause technical issues.

    On January 14, Rightside pulled the block off its name collision domain names, meaning they can now be registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

    I spent a bit of time this afternoon going through the collision lists for .attorney, .reviews, .pub, .dentist, .mortgage and .software to see what domains have become available. There are some great second level domains under these TLDs that were on the block list:,,,,, etc.

    Yet the dozens I checked all either had premium prices or were held back by the registry for later sale. Click to continue reading…

  • More new TLD complexity: transferring premium domain names

    1. BY - Jan 16, 2015
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    Article points to further complexities with new top level domain names.

    With new top level domain names now entering their renewal cycle, you might be tempted to transfer domain names from one registrar to another. This could prove challenging if the domain name you bought is a “premium” domain name in which the registry charges higher than standard pricing.

    That’s what Kevin Lisota found out while testing out Google Domains:

    Google Domains does sell .tips domains, so I tried to transfer a domain that I own called I got a lovely error message that said “We don’t support transfer of this domain because it is a registry premium domain.” What the heck does that mean?

    After going back to and looking at my account, the renewal price on that domain is $41.25, which is twice as expensive as other .tips domains. Of course neither of these sites describe this anywhere, but the wonderful error message I got essentially means that is a more costly “premium” name because it is short and uses a common word, so apparently I must renew this at premium prices at my existing registrar.

    Strangely, I’m able to transfer another .tips domain that I own to Google Domains. So essentially these domain registries are playing games with super-secret lists of premium domain names that lock you in to certain registrars at inflated prices. For all the benefits that more gTLD domains could bring, these sort of anti-competitive domain restrictions do no one any good.

    Google Domains supports Donuts’ premium priced domains. But it currently doesn’t handle the transfer of these domain names, and it’s not alone. Theo wrote about this issue when he tried to transfer a premium domain name to eNom a couple months ago. eNom had to manually transfer the domain name.

    Premium tiers add a lot of complexity, and it seems like many of the registrars that support it are only doing it for new registrations.

    Lisota’s comments are intriguing on another level. He had no idea the domain he registered at was a “premium domain”. Search for at and you’ll see a price, but not that it’s a premium domain name. Same goes for Google Domains. Some other registrars, such as GoDaddy, mark these domains as “premium” and denote what the renewal price will be.

  • Chris Sheridan and Steve Banfield are leaving Rightside

    1. BY - Jan 14, 2015
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    Two key figures at eNom are moving on.

    RightsideA longtime fixture in the domain name industry — as well as a newer hire — are leaving domain name company Rightside.

    VP of Business Development Chris Sheridan is leaving the company this week to join website maker Weebly. His experience at Rightside, where he worked on the eNom business, will be highly relevant to Weebly. Prior to eNom/Rightside, the “selfie king” worked at Verisign.

    Sheridan’s former clients and other external business partners will now work with Dwayne Walker, Rightside’s SVP of business and market development.

    Separately, SVP & GM of Registrar Services Steve Banfield is leaving the company at the end of this month. He joined Rightside in 2013. A Rightside spokesperson provide this statement to Domain Name Wire about the transition:

    Steve Banfield is leaving Rightside at the end of January as part of an organizational restructuring, and he is working with the company’s management team to ensure a smooth transition for our employees and customers. Steve’s external clients and partners on the eNom business will now work with Jeff Eckhaus, our SVP of market development. Steve’s responsibilities on the business have been transitioned to Matt Delgado, Rightside’s SVP of operations.

  • GoDaddy SVP explains why new TLDs are struggling

    1. BY - Jan 13, 2015
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    Head of domains at largest domain name registrar says new TLD registries are failing small business owners.

    Why are new top level domain names struggling to grow their registration bases?

    GoDaddy Senior Vice President of Domains Mike McLaughlin told a large audience at NamesCon today that registries are making it difficult for small businesses to buy their domain names. Registries need to focus on accessibility and usability if they want to see their domains succeed, he said. They need to put themselves in the shoes of a small business owner.

    McLaughlin said that registries are missing the mark with: Click to continue reading…