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  • Lawsuit filed to recover stolen three letter domain names

    1. BY - Oct 23, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    Suit alleges 35 domain names were stolen from a GoDaddy account.

    Stolen domainsAcme Billing Company filed a federal lawsuit (pdf) in U.S. District Court this week to recover 14 stolen domain names, including 9 three letter domain names.

    The suit alleges that an unknown person stole 35 domain names from Acme Billing Company’s GoDaddy account. The company became aware of the theft in early August and worked with GoDaddy to recover 21 of the domain names. It filed the suit in an effort to recover the other 14. Click here to continue reading…

  • ICANN struggles to beat echo chamber after .Gay decision

    1. BY - Oct 21, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    Many responses to .gay community application decision are oversimplifying what happened…and getting it wrong.

    In headlines and tweets, it’s pretty easy to knock ICANN for a recent decision not granting .gay applicant dotgay llc community status for the domain name.

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  • AnnualCreditReport.com goes after a big typosquatter

    1. BY - Oct 21, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    Company behind government-mandated free annual credit report site demands control of 227 typos.

    Central Source, a company created by the three major U.S. consumer credit bureaus, has filed an in rem lawsuit against 227 typos of its AnnualCreditReport.com domain name.

    This is the sixth cybersquatting lawsuit the company has filed this year to crack down on people typosquatting its domain name.

    A test of the domain names shows that most use Moniker forwarding to land on a parked page at AAnnualReport.com. That domain has a disclaimer on it saying it’s not affiliated with the US-government mandated site that provides a free annual credit report: Click here to continue reading…

  • YourNeighborhood.co owner tries to “pull a fast one” in UDRP

    1. BY - Oct 20, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    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

  • 2 character domains get green light under new TLDs

    1. BY - Oct 20, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    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.

    It got better as the week went on, with the Governmental Advisory Committee formalizing its position on two character domain names and then ICANN’s board approving a resolution stating:

    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.