Domain Name Wire

Domain Name Wire

  • .Space wins this week’s new TLD releases

    1. BY - Jan 29, 2015
    2. Uncategorized
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    .Space tops in registrations with about 1,700 on first day.

    When it comes to most registrations, .space appears to have topped the list of this week’s new top level domain name launches.

    That doesn’t come as a big surprise since it’s the most generic (and lowest priced) domain of the lot. Here’s a run down of this week’s new TLD launches, starting with the most registrations…

    1. According to namestat, .Space added 1,700 domain names in the zone yesterday, bringing its total to 1,784. Most domain name registrars were offering the domain names for about $10.

    2. Rightside’s .band found some musicians, as 720 new domains were added to the zone. That brings the total to 776.

    3. I’m a bit unclear on .我爱你, Chinese for “I Love You”. Its GA date was yesterday, but, perhaps due to time zones, it appears that the big bump came on Tuesday night’s zone files. It has 538 in the zone.

    4. Apparently, not many people died yesterday. The .RIP domain name added just 270 registrations, bringing its total to 348. A number of brands picked up .RIP domains as a protective measure.

    5. .Ryukyu, a geo domain name for Okinawa, had the slowest start of all domains released yesterday. It picked up just 84 names, bringing the total to 143.

  • Owner of Good.com sues business that uses Good.co

    1. BY - Jan 28, 2015
    2. Policy & Law
    3. 8 Comments

    Company miffed that consumers may be confused by Good.co vs. Good.com.

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    Good vs. Good

    Good Technology Corporation, a mobility services company that uses the domain name Good.com, has sued (pdf) a career app and social network company using the name Good.co.

    I suspect Good Technology Corporation is facing an uphill battle here. It uses a dictionary term with broad usage, and the arguments it makes in its case seem rather weak to me.

    For example:

    Defendant should have performed a trademark search before adopting the name Good.co. Had it done so, it would have discovered the GOOD Marks and that Good has been registering and using the GOOD Marks since 2001.

    Apparently, the plaintiff doesn’t see a difference between the word “Good” and naming your company “Good.co”. The two are very different things. Click to continue reading…

  • Was Michele.watch registered for Porn or for Watches?

    1. BY - Jan 28, 2015
    2. Policy & Law
    3. 2 Comments

    Domain name registrant came up with a creative defense in UDRP.

    Michele WatchA National Arbitration Forum panel has ordered the domain name Michele.watch transferred to watchmaker Fossil Group, Inc.

    I’ve got to hand it to the respondent in this case. He put up a spirited defense of his registration of Michele.watch.

    Enadin Kucevic said he didn’t register the domain name to take advantage of Fossil’s Michele brand of watches. Instead, he registered it for use as a porn site. The idea was that visitors could “watch michele” do pole dances and such.

    He actually had me siding with him in his defense…at first. The problem is that Kucevic registered a number of other brands in .watch that would be harder to defend: bering.watch, breda.watch, breil.watch, croton.watch, stuhrling.watch, swisslegend.watch, and timeforce.watch. Oh, and he also listed Michele.watch and other domains for sale on Sedo.

    The rationale panelist Maninder Singh used to decide the case is rather weak and boilerplate. But the registration of other watch brands pretty much doomed the domain name owner’s argument that Michele.watch was created for a porn site, not because of the watch brand.

  • GoDaddy to change controversial Super Bowl Commercial

    1. BY - Jan 27, 2015
    2. Domain Registrars
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    GoDaddy won’t run controversial “Journey Home” commercial.

    GoDaddy’s 2015 Super Bowl commercial, which it just released this morning, won’t air on Sunday after all.

    GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving tweeted this afternoon:

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    The ad was criticized by many animal lovers.

    In many ways, the commercial was classic GoDaddy. It was sure to spark outrage, which got people talking about the company…much like its previous GoDaddy commercials.

    I wondered this morning if the plan was to get this commercial out there and then pull it in favor of another. They’d get extra publicity by making the change.

    But I’m not so sure about that. Puppygate is more like Elephantgate than GoDaddys typical Super Bowl ads of past. There was little upside to GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons shooting an elephant. There’s probably little upside to joking about selling puppies, too.

    I also don’t think it’s Blake Irving’s style.

  • GoDaddy’s Super Bowl Commercial will be its most controversial yet [Watch]

    1. BY - Jan 27, 2015
    2. Domain Registrars
    3. 28 Comments

    Here’s proof you can have controversy without nudity.

    [Update: GoDaddy won’t run this ad after all.]

    GoDaddy made a name for itself with controversial Super Bowl commercials.

    If you thought its move from sexy commercials to one featuring a puppy dog meant the company was shying away from controversy, you’re in for a bit of a surprise.

    This year’s commercial (embedded below) features an adorable puppy dog that gets tossed off a truck, yet perseveres and finds its way home. Yet “Buddy” is in for a rude surprise when he finds his way back to his owner.

    Critics this year won’t be upset about half-nude models. Instead, the commercial will conjure up hate from pet lovers and organizations around the world.

    Hey, at least it wasn’t an elephant.

    What do you think?