Wirecard nailed for Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

Big payments company abused UDRP policy to try to get valuable domain name for cheap.

Publicly traded payments company Wirecard AG has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Boon.com.

The company, which has a market capitalization of 4.37 billion euros, filed a UDRP after failing to acquire the domain name Boon.com for a future payments services brand.

In its complaint, Wirecard mentioned that it has been around since 1999 and had 2013 turnover of about a half billion euros. What it failed to mention, Click here to continue reading…

Cheap domain names are spammers’ favorites

New report shows that spammers love some of the cheap new domain name options.

Spammers churn through a lot of domain names. As soon as deliverability sinks with one, they move on to the next.

That might explain this chart in Architelos’ June NameSentry Abuse Report:


The bulk of improper use of new top level domain names is spam, and this chart shows which new TLDs are being abused the most.

See a pattern here? All of the big ones are cheap domains. In fact, all of the domains on this chart can be picked up for $2 or less at some registrars (although some only through limited time specials).

If a spammer needs to cycle though 1,000 domains this week, paying $2 per domain vs. $8 makes a bit difference.

You can view the entire NameSentry report here (pdf).

WordPress Foundation sues owner of WordPress domain names

Group goes after company promoting WordPress assistance with domain names that include “WordPress”.

WordPressWordPress Foundation, the charitable organization founded by Matt Mullenweg for the WordPress open source project, has sued the owner of TheWordPressHelpers.com and other domains. The lawsuit alleges that Edward Jeffrey Yablon and PC-VIP, Inc. are infringing WordPress’ trademarks and that the use of the domain names constitutes cybersquatting.

The defendants own a number of WordPress related domain names including TheWordPressHelpDesk.com, TheWordPressTrainers.com, TheWordPressTeachers.com, TheWordPressDoctors.com, WordPressTraffic.com and TheWordPressTutors.com. These domain names forward to TheWordPressHelpers.com.

WordPress Foundation has guidelines for how third parties can use the WordPress trademarks. One of the guidelines is that they must not be used in domain names. Click here to continue reading…

Commercial Connect fails miserably in Community Priority bid

Proving a community for “shop” proves very difficult.

.Shop top level domain name applicant Commercial Connect has been denied (pdf) in its bid for Community Priority, scoring just five points out the necessary 14 required to prevail.

Like GMO, which also applied for community status, Commercial Connect didn’t score any points for “community establishment” and nexus. GMO got six points in its evaluation.

Commercial Connect has been a harebrained mission to eliminate competition for .shop. It lost 8 string confusion objections against strings such .商城 (mall), .forsale and .بازار (bizaar or market).

Of course, winning these string contentions would have just created more competition for Commercial Connect to beat in contention sets to run the string.

Canada responds to ICANN about .Sucks

Move along, now…

John Knubley, Deputy Minister of Industry Canada, has responded (pdf) to the letter ICANN sent to both the U.S. FTC and Canada regarding the .sucks domain name.

Knubley basically states that this is not a matter for the government, and that if intellectual property rights holders think a .sucks domain infringes their mark, they already know what to do about it:

Canada’s laws provide comprehensive protections for all Canadians. Canada has intellectual property, competition, criminal law and other relevant legal frameworks in place to protect trademark owners, competitors, consumers and individuals. These frameworks are equally applicable to online activities and can provide recourse, for example, to trademark owners concerned about the use of the dotSucks domain, provided that trademark owners can demonstrate that the use of dotSucks domains infringes on a trademark. Intellectual property rights are privately held and are settled privately in the courts.

The FTC already responded to the letter by basically saying “I told you so”.

Some trademark holders believe the .suck registry is extorting them to keep their .sucks domains out of the hands of others.