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  • GreatDomains and SnapNames auctions end tomorrow

    1. BY - Jul 23, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
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    Several domain name auctions end tomorrow, including two online-only auctions.

    The big fireworks may come from the Heritage Auctions domain name auction tomorrow, but there are two other auctions ending as well.

    Sedo’s monthly GreatDomains auction concludes tomorrow at 12:00 pm EDT. So far three domain names have hit their reserves, including the head-scratcher at 3,000 EUR.

    The two letter domain name has been bid up to $172,500, which is below its reserve of between $250,000 and $500,000. is up to $50,000 and has a reserve somewhere between the current bid and $100,000.

    SnapNames, which is now part of, is running a summer auction that ends around 3PM EDT on Thursday.

    Nine domain names in the SnapNames auction have met their reserves. is the highest to meet its reserve so far at $1,300. The highest bid in the auction overall is at $10,500. The reserve on that domain name is between the current bid at $25,000.

  • Larry Strickling speech to American Enterprise Institute

    1. BY - Jul 23, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    Speech lays out what’s ahead and why some people are overreacting.

    Lawrence Strickling, Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), gave a speech to American Enterprise Institute yesterday about the transition of internet functions away from NTIA.

    The transition of the IANA functions has been hotly (and poorly) debated in some circles. People react to a brief snippet on a blog or to a talking head on TV about how “Obama is giving away the internet” and react accordingly.

    I honestly believe the whole issue is quite simple, but I live and breathe this stuff. Yet no short blurb on some tech blog is enough to describe the nuance of the transition. Strickling’s prepared remarks from the speech are much better at laying out the reason for the transition, how it’s being handled, and how the process will avoid pitfalls.

    True, Strickling is giving his side of the argument (if you can call it an argument). I don’t agree with everything. For example, he explains how governments won’t be able to exert more control once the NTIA steps aside. I agree that it won’t allow authoritarian governments to exert more control. But I also think governments as a whole will work to have more control, much like what they did with the new top level domain name program. Hopefully the NTIA successfully resists this, as it Strickling says it will.

    It’s worth setting aside 10 minutes to read the 2,600 word speech. It’s a shame most people will rely on a snippet of debate rather than its entirety.

  • An interesting dates question in a UDRP

    1. BY - Jul 23, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    What if you registered a domain long ago, let it expire, and then registered it again?

    The date you first registered a domain name is a critical factor in a UDRP.

    Generally speaking, if your registration predates the complainant’s rights in a term, then the complainant can’t win a UDRP. That’s because it’s impossible that you registered the domain name in bad faith…unless you’re psychic.

    Some complainants have argued that the renewal of a domain name can be in bad faith. Some outlying panelists have bought this argument.

    Dates in a just-decided case for bring up another interesting question: what if you registered a domain a long time ago, let it expire, and then registered it again?

    If the complainant’s rights in the matching trademark were gained after the original registration but before the new one, did the rights predate the registration?

    The question is begged but not answered in the dispute. The re-registration of the domain name still predates the complainant’s rights, but just barely.

    Common sense suggests that a panelist, in a case in which this question does need to be answered, would consider the earlier registration as evidence in the question of “registered and used in bad faith”. Of course, the circumstances of the expiration and reason for re-registration would require examination.

  • .Tokyo domain name nears 10,000 registrations

    1. BY - Jul 22, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
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    Geo domain has a pretty good first day with nearly 10,000 domain name registrations.

    .Tokyo.Tokyo launched earlier today and now has 9,598 domain names in the zone file. That means day one adds were near 9,000.

    This is by far the largest city to launch a new top level domain name so far, and the numbers seem fairly good.

    One Domain Name Wire reader pointed out that Japanese companies often advertise for people to search for them, not type in their domain name. We’ll have to see if habits change in the long run.

    The majority of names were registered at GMO’s domain name registrars. That’s the same company that launched .Tokyo. This isn’t a surprise given its market position in Japan.

    .Tokyo domain names are open to everyone. Another big geo, .London, will also have open registration after locals get first dibs. .NYC will be a closed geo domain open only to residents and businesses in New York City’s borders.

  • An update on Moniker

    1. BY - Jul 22, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    I’ve transferred many of my domain names out. I’m working on the rest.

    ExitIt’s been 7 weeks since domain name registrar Moniker switched to a new platform. 7 weeks since Moniker broke.

    The company has fixed a lot of the problems, even if confirmation messages were clearly written by a coder. But as I’ve written before, I’ve lost confidence in the registrar. I’m transferring my domain names out.

    I just completed my second batch of domain names and have now transferred out several hundred. It has taken hours of my time to figure out which domain names I plan to keep, unlock the domains (which you can now do in bulk), set up forwarding again at the new registrar, etc. I also have to reset my sales listings for these domains at Afternic. Not to mention thousands of dollars in early renewal fees I’ve paid.

    Moniker customers have a reason to be mad. This isn’t a simple case of “oh, customer service went down hill. I’ll use another company.”

    It’s like a bank suddenly reported the wrong balances in your bank account and left you to figure out where the errors were.

    The most frustrating domains for me are the ones expire in the next 6 months. I’m not sure if I’ll renew them or not. But I don’t want to keep them at Moniker any longer, so I go ahead and pay to transfer them anyway.

    This past week I received two renewal invoices totaling about $100 for domain names I was transferring out. (The “renew at expiration” option in the drop down box actually means “renew 10 days before expiration.”)

    Yet when I looked up the domains in whois, they hadn’t actually been renewed. Nor where they showing up as renewed in my account.

    I called support and they said they can’t renew domain names that are “pending transfer”, so I’ll get refunds on them.

    Add these renewals to the list of things still broken at Moniker.

    The good news is that phone support picked up in under 10 minutes and was actually able to help me rather than just submitting a ticket.

    More surprising are the domain names that were apparently renewed for a year despite expiring under the old Moniker system. I wasn’t charged for them, but Moniker had to pay for the renewals.

    What a mess.