The URS Also Applies to These Top-Level Domains

The Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) is often described as a domain name dispute policy that applies to the new gTLDs. While that's true, the URS is actually broader than that.

The URS (a quick and inexpensive policy that allows a trademark owner to obtain the temporary suspension of a domain name) applies to more than just the new gTLDs, that is, those top-level domains that are a part of ICANN's 2012 domain name expansion.

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Global Domain Name Registrations Reach 330.6 Million, 1.3 Million Growth in First Quarter of 2017

The Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief released today reports first quarter of 2017 closing with approximately 330.6 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of approximately 1.3 million domain name registrations, or 0.4 percent over the fourth quarter of 2016. Domain name registrations have grown by 11.8 million, or 3.7 percent, year over year.

Largest ccTLDs by Number of Reported Domain Names: Total ccTLD domain name registrations were approximately 143.1 million in the first quarter … Continue reading...

Mid-year .brands review: 2017 off to a brilliant start by Tony Kirsch, Neustar

If you’ve read my blogs in the past, you’ll know that I’m really passionate about the benefits that .brands can deliver to organizations and their customers. We are now half way through 2017 which provides us with an opportunity to have a good hard look at the data and reflect on the last six months in the .brands space.… Continue reading...

Verisign Report Shows Significant Slowing of Domain Registration Growth

Once upon a time not that many years ago, the growth in domain name registrations each year was like growth in the Chinese economy – well over 10%. These days the growth rate overall is nothing to be sneezed. In the year to the end of March, registrations around the world grew by 3.7% (11.8 million) to 330.6 million across all TLDs according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief. It was only in the preceding year, to the… Continue reading...

Mid-Year .brands Review: 2017 Off to a Brilliant Start

If you've read my blogs in the past, you'll know that I'm really passionate about the benefits that .brands can deliver to organizations and their customers.

We are now half way through 2017 which provides us with an opportunity to have a good hard look at the data and reflect on the last six months in the .brands space.

Here is the punchline — it's pretty damn impressive, and for a variety of reasons.

Let's be frank — supporting an … Continue reading...

Rightside, Donuts Merger Gets the Green Light from ICANN

New top-level domain registry operators, Rightside Group, Ltd. (NASDAQ:NAME) and Donuts Inc. have received ICANN's express consent on their merger plans announced last month. As part of the announced agreement, Donuts will acquire Rightside for $10.60 per share in an all-cash tender offer, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $213MM. The Merger Agreement was unanimously approved by Rightside's Board of Directors following a comprehensive review of strategic and financial alternatives that Rightside announced in the first quarter of … Continue reading...

.TECH Gets Its Big Hollywood Break

Marketing and Advertising genius, Sheeraz Hasan, known for successfully creating huge social media amplification for Fortune 100 companies through celebrity endorsements and social media influencers, has announced the launch of his latest venture on a .TECH domain. Aptly named HOLLYWOOD.TECH, the business aims to be a bridge between Hollywood celebs, social influencers and technology companies for brand endorsements.

Sheeraz Hasan is an entrepreneur, social media expert and internationally acclaimed real-time amplification and media strategist who has overseen campaigns for some … Continue reading...

CENTR Awards to Include Best Domain Name Registry as Chosen by Registrars

CENTR, the body which represent of European domain registries, will be holding its annual awards again this year. What's different for 2017 however is that they've added a new category: "Registry of the Year Award"

And unlike with the other award categories, this one is open for voting to the registrar channel.

The question registrars are being asked is:

Based on the quality of customer service (availability, response time) and quality of the business relationship in general, how would you Continue reading...

After 21 Years, Actor David Duchovny Wins His Domain Name

Actor David Duchovny wins his domain name davidduchovny.comWhile plenty of UDRP decisions have made clear that a trademark owner's delay in bringing an action against a cybersquatter (often referred to as "laches") is typically not a defense, actor David Duchovny's decision to file a UDRP complaint nearly 21 years after the domain name <davidduchovny.com> was registered may set a record for the longest wait in a domain name dispute.

Duchovny is perhaps best known for his role as … Continue reading...