Rightside has two more top level domain names in its new TLD portfolio.
Demand Media filed documents with the SEC today related to its spinoff of Rightside, and also published an investor presentation.
The disclosures show that Donuts has assigned rights for two new top level domain names, .fubol and .reviews, to Rightside’s United TLD. These domains were applied for under Donuts’ subsidiaries Atomic Falls, LLC and Extra Cover, LLC, respectively.
The two domains were part of 107 applied for underneath subsidiary Covered TLD, LLC. It’s widely believed that the 107 under Covered TLD are ones that United TLD has rights to gain an ownership stake in.
Rightside’s investor presentation shows that, of the 107 TLDs originally in the deal with Donuts, it has acquired 2 and 90 remain. As for the 15 “resolved and not in our portfolio”, that likely includes domain names in which contention sets were settled through private auction that Donuts/Demand Media received funds from, domains that lost objections, and potentially ones it decided to let Donuts run exclusively.
I suspect .futbol and .reviews are the first of many that will later be transferred to United TLD. According to Demand Media’s investor presentation, it has “equal rights” in the remaining 90 TLDs under the partnership.
New top level domain name contracts may be assigned, but parties are required to give ICANN 30 days notice. The new party must meet ICANNs “policy on registry operator criteria” and takes over all obligations of the agreement. As of this morning, ICANN’s registry contracts page does not show the assignment of these two TLDs.
A Donuts spokesperson declined to disclose to Domain Name Wire how much United TLD paid for the domain contracts. I have not yet located any relevant figure in Rightside’s SEC filing, but I’m still searching.
Donuts confirmed to Domain Name Wire that domains that are assigned to United TLD will not be eligible for Donuts’ Domains Protected Marks List program. However, the Rightside SEC filing shows that this service is one of its own registry offerings, so its possible they can be blocked through a different offering.
One big drawback for .futbol is that some countries spell it Futebol, with an E.
Can’t wait to see a site like http://www.movie.reviews get developed