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  • Uniregistry inks distribution deal with GoDaddy

    1. BY - Jun 24, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    Frank Schilling’s registry finally comes to agreement with GoDaddy.

    Frank Schilling’s registry Uniregistry has signed a registry-registrar agreement with GoDaddy, paving the way for its top level domains to show up on the world’s largest domain name registrar.

    The ink on the agreement is barely dry, so you won’t find Uniregstry’s names on GoDaddy just yet. It’s possible they’ll be available at the registrar before the general availability of .christmas and blackfriday on July 8.

    Uniregistry’s domain names, including .link and .photo, have had a decent start. Yet they were severely hampered by distribution.

    Given the number of free domains given away through some registrars, it’s hard to judge GoDaddy’s marketshare of new TLDs. But it’s the market leader, by far.

    Word on the street is that Uniregistry’s contract for registrars has a couple clauses that turned off domain name registrars.

  • Frank Schilling is the biggest registrant of new TLDs

    1. BY - Jun 05, 2014
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    New registrant report reveals who has the most registrations in new top level domain names. published a new “Registrant Breakdown” today [see update below]. It shows the top registrants of new top level domain names.

    Coming in at number one on the list is Frank Schilling’s North Sound Names, which registered tens of thousands of names in his own TLDs in order to sell them at higher prices.

    According to nTLDStats, North Sound Names has registered 43,177. I believe close to half of those are in .link alone.

    Schilling has previously said he didn’t plan to register domains in TLDs he didn’t own, so all of these registrations should be in his own TLDs.

    Number two on the list is the government of China through China Organizational Name Administration Center (CONAC). They did a deal with Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) for about 20,000 domain names. (nTLDSTats shows that it’s on the whois for 17,030 domains.)

    After that the numbers drop to about 5,000 domains and fewer.

    This information is interesting, and would be even more useful if you could break it down by top level domain.

    [Update: Konstantinos Zournas comments that this data has been published for a while. I thought I saw a tweet from nTLDStats saying it just published this, but apparently I actually saw a tweet from TheDomains. So I also owe a hat tip to Raymond Hackney.]

  • Frank Schilling defends URS against reserved .sexy domain name

    1. BY - May 26, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    Uniform Rapid Sexy.

    When Frank Schilling released his first handful of new top level domain names he also held back tens of thousands of second level domain names for himself. These were registered in the name of North Sound Names.

    Since the domains aren’t just held back as premiums for registration but are actually registered, they are subject to URS proceedings.

    Schilling has successfully defended the first such proceeding against one of his domains, a URS for

    The complainant, AS of Oslo, Norway, has trademarks for FINN. However, the panel wasn’t persuaded that the domain was registered for any reason other than its generic nature.

    You can read the decision here.

  • The most influential person in the domain name industry is…

    1. BY - May 22, 2014
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    Survey says…

    Who is the most influential person in the domain name industry?

    Frank Schilling, according to respondents to this year’s Domain Name Wire survey.

    37% of respondents said Schilling was the most influential person in the domain name industry. The next highest was Rick Schwartz with 18% of the vote.

    Who would Domain Name Wire readers most like to have dinner with? Again, Frank Schilling. 26% picked Schilling as a dinner date, and the vote was spread a bit more broadly across other popular names in the domain industry.

    Of course, Schilling has become a bit controversial over the past year with the launch of new top level domain names. As one person noted, he’d most like to have dinner with Frank “to ask him what the heck he’s thinking.”

    I can only imagine this comment has to do with new TLDs, either investing so much in them or the controversy over the number of reserved domains.

    Another respondent quipped, “How do you make a small fortune? Start with a large one.”

    As for me, I’d enjoy dinner with Frank and everyone else on the list. As long as they’re paying :)

  • Frank Schilling beats $200 billion healthcare giant Novartis in UDRP

    1. BY - Apr 25, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    9 year delay in filing UDRP hurts pharma company’s claim of disruption to its business.

    ClearCareFrank Schilling has successfully defended the domain name in a UDRP filed by Novartis AG.

    Novartis, which has a $200 billion market cap, offers a line of contact lens cleaning solutions under the name Clear Care.

    Schilling (through attorney John Berryhill) noted that his business involves registering expired domain names and parking them with ad links unrelated to any trademark usage. was parked with links related to “care” but not contact lenses.

    This helped Schilling win the rights/legitimate interest issue.

    The doctrine of laches played a big role in the case as well. Schilling registered the domain in 2005 and Novartis just came after it in 2014. The panel noted:

    Complainant cannot credibly claim that its business has been seriously disrupted by the domain name or the resolving webpage, because Respondent has been using the disputed domain name for nine years prior to Complainant’s bringing this action.

    Novartis AG UDRP failure