Neustar’s Sean Kaine on .US, .Co, new TLDs and ICANN – DNW Podcast #37

What’s the future of .US? What effect are new TLDs having on legacy domains? Find out in this podcast.

Domain Name Wire podcastNeustar has lots of experience with non-.com domains. It operates the registry for .co, .us and .biz, and is also the back end registry provider for a lot of new TLDs. On this episode, Neustar VP of Registry Sean Kaine talks about these top level domains and how he sees the internet naming landscape changing in the coming years. What’s the future of .US? Why is .Co still growing in the face of new TLDs? And how is Fox thinking about using its .fox brand domain? We also discuss key topics at next week’s ICANN meeting in Buenos Aires, including what effect Fadi Chehade’s resignation will have on the meeting.

Also: real estate domain names, typosquatting and stock sales.

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This week’s new TLDs: .Sucks and .Markets

.Sucks hits general availability and the company that spent $4.7 million for a .com launches a new top level domain name.

.SucksIt will be a controversial week for new top level domain names, assuming Vox Populi doesn’t delay the start of .sucks general availability a second time.

.Sucks domain names become available to the general public on Saturday at a suggested retail price of $249. Companies can also block their domains at participating registrars for about $199.

The much-maligned “consumer advocate” pricing of about $10 won’t be available until Click here to continue reading…

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.

What Fadi Chehadé should do in his last year as ICANN’s CEO

Here’s what companies and people want to see ICANN’s outgoing CEO accomplish before he leaves the post.

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé made the surprise announcement last week that he would step down from his role as CEO of the organization next March. I reached out to a number of companies and people in the ICANN community to ask what they would most like to see Chehadé accomplish in this last ten months at the head of the internet group.

Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows:

If Fadi were to take practical steps to get registrars, registries, IP and law enforcement working together more effectively I think that could have the most lasting impact.

He should pick a single issue, it could be privacy and proxy, it could be registrant validation, and lead an effort to successful completion. This would show it could be done and that multi-stakeholder is not win-lose politics as usual. This could be the legacy of his tenure.

Everyone pays attention to the IANA process. It will go forward with or without Fadi’s involvement.

Jon Nevett, EVP Corporate Affairs, Donuts: Click here to continue reading…

ICANN asks FTC and OCA to review .Sucks

ICANN asks government agencies for feedback on .sucks plan.

ICANN has sent a letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Canada’s Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA), asking them to consider if Vox Populi’s plans for the .sucks top level domain are violating any laws or regulations these agencies enforce.

.Sucks registry Vox Populi has an interesting pricing model that charges some brand owners — including those that have tried to protect their brands in new domain names — a higher fee.

The Intellectual Property Constituency wrote to ICANN last month asking it to take action to halt the rollout as it’s currently planned.

ICANN is deferring to the regulatory authorities as to if any rules or laws are being violated. If Vox Populi is not complying with all applicable laws, ICANN says it may be in breach of its registry agreement.

More details are available in an official ICANN blog post.