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The Future of Domain Name Dispute Policies: The Journey Begins

A just-launched ICANN "working group" (of which I am a member) will - eventually - help to determine the future of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), the 17-year-old domain name arbitration system that has been embraced by trademark owners and criticized by some domainers; as well as the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS), the new (and limited) arbitration process that applies to the new gTLDs. more»

ICANN Fails Consumers (Again)

In its bid to be free of U.S. government oversight ICANN is leaning on the global multistakeholder community as proof positive that its policy-making comes from the ground up. ICANN's recent response to three U.S. senators invokes the input of "end users from all over the world" as a way of explaining how the organization is driven. Regardless of the invocation of the end user (and it must be instinct) ICANN cannot seem to help reaching back and slapping that end user across the face. more»

French Supermarket Giant LeClerc Turns On DotBrand

Earlier this week French supermarket giant E.Leclerc launched a new site for their sports' goods. The key change? The new site lives at sport.leclerc. Leclerc, which employs over 94 thousand people, is one of the companies that opted to get its own "dotbrand". While some companies have rolled out a variety of different things on their own domain extension it's still rare to see a brand launching anything with mass market appeal using their own TLD. more»

The New Marketing Vanguard: Domain Extensions (nTLDs)

Back in 2014, hundreds of new Top Level Domains (nTLDs) rolled out into availability. This means that the .com, .gov, and .org extensions that are typically used for business domains were joined by a multitude of other, more specialized extensions such as .attorney, .cars, and .recipes. As a channel partner, it's crucial to know how these new units will influence your presence online. more»

No Barrier to Reading Across the Dot with New TLDs and Trademark Infringements

Even before the introduction of new top level domains in 2014, Panels had grappled with the before and after the dot issue with country code suffixes. The traditional procedure is to compare the characters of the accused domain names with the characters of trademarks for identity or confusing similarity. But this did not exclude the possibility of reading across the dot. more»

Usage Trumps Registrations: Why Past TLDs Failed and Why Many Will Follow in Their Path

First of all I am biased. I am a common sense thinker who tries to analyze risk and reward based on societal trends and conventional wisdom. Watching the new gTLDs (generic Top Level Domains) launch over the last 2 years reminds me of the circus we are now seeing in the U.S. election. Myself, a self-proclaimed libertarian, can now be labeled as the establishment, while the so called "outsiders" act and behave like they are not politicians yet seem to be masters of messaging and propaganda. more»

U.S. Congressional Trademark Caucus Haggles Over Price

It was standing-room-only at the Congressional Trademark Caucus session in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 6. The topic, brand protection in the new top level internet domain names, is still, it seems, a draw. With nearly two years' experience and statistical evidence of far fewer problems at far lower costs to brand owners than opponents of the program said would occur, it might be expected that the tone would cool. But the price of peace, I guess, remains eternal vigilance. more»

One We've Been Waiting For: Google Switches TLD Registrar to .Google Domain Name

If you've read my posts before you'll be well aware that as a strong advocate for .brands and the power they have to revolutionise digital marketing effectiveness, I am always eager to share some love with organisations that have taken the leap and launched their .brand TLDs. In recent months we've seen diverse and exciting examples from BMW, the Australian Football League and CERN - just to name a notable few. I have the privilege of advising some of the world's largest companies on their .brand strategy, but one recurring question I hear is "When will we see .google and how will they use it?" more»

Why Overseas Registries Shouldn't Worry About China's New Domain Name Regulation

On March 25th, 2016, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) officially posted its revisions to the "Chinese Measures for the Administration of Domain Names" (2016 edition) for public comment. A decade has gone by since the latest administration measures were introduced in 2004 (2004 edition). Registries and registrars have been longing to see this update for a while, and it is therefore no surprise that the new edition has drawn substantial attention at home and abroad. more»

China's MIIT Clarifies New Domain Name Regulations, Allays Concerns Over Government Interference

A recent clarification to draft domain name regulations by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) indicates greater engagement and openness with the domain name market, not a contraction as some had feared. Following the MIIT's announcement on March 25th 2016, the same Ministry issued a clarification on Wednesday March 30th stating that its new draft regulations will not affect any foreign enterprises or foreign websites from resolving in China. more»

ICANN 55, Marrakech: Witnessing a Historic Event, Community Empowered Work Continues

Earlier this month, MarkMonitor representatives were privileged to witness, at the first ICANN meeting of 2016 in Marrakech, Morroco, the historic presentation of the plan to transfer the stewardship of key internet functions (IANA) from the United States Government to a community and consensus-based model of governance through ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). more»

New BMW Site Aligns .bmw TLD With the Company's Future

With every .brand that is launched onto the web, the industry watches closely to examine their strategy, analyse their success and evaluate whether the approach can be replicated and learned from. We've seen a wide range of launch strategies in recent months, from the full transition of www.barclays.com to www.home.barclays, to the BNP Paribas online banking sites, to the promotional site www.play.afl for the Australian Football League (AFL). more»

Charter Approved to Review All Rights Protections Mechanisms in All Generic TLDs

On March 9th, 2016, during its final open meeting at ICANN 55 in Marrakech, Morocco, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council approved a motion that I proposed to adopt the Charter of the Policy Development Process (PDP) to Review all Rights Protections Mechanisms (RPMs) in all Generic Top-Level Domains. I serve on the Council as one of the two representatives of ICANN's Business Constituency, and my fellow Councilors have designated me to serve as the GNSO's Liaison to the Working Group (WG), and as its Interim Chair. more»

Australian Football League Kicks Off Sporting Code .Brands

I can't lie -- I absolutely LOVE Aussie football and have kicked a ball around since I was three years old. In fact, I always will. My ongoing love for the game is as certain as death, taxes and the fact that my beloved Melbourne Demons club will give me both incredible highs and heartbreaking lows each and every year. For most Aussies, a sporting life is very much the way of life... Today is one of those wonderful times when you get to blend your professional and personal passions. more»

DotSpam? Certain New gTLDs Rapidly Outpacing Legacy TLDs in Terms of Abuse

Would you like to hear about how to treat your psoriasis? Where to get a cheap oil change? How to flatten your belly? Achieve a stronger sexual life? Cheap toner? Annuities? Herpes? Bed bugs? Free energy? Varicose-Veins? Herpes? Saggy skin? Arthritis? Overactive bladder? Drug addiction? Herpes? No? Well, that's too bad, because that you are going to hear about it whether you like it or not. Many of the messages about these and other subjects are being carried to you via new gTLDs. more»

News Briefs

WIPO Reports Rise in Cybersquatting Cases, Triggered by New gTLDs

PIR Invites Bids for .Org Back-End Operations

TLD Operators Should Not Police Content, Says EFF

ICANN Denies .GAY's Request for Reconsideration

New gTLD '.shop' Sells for 41.5 Million at Auction, Highest Sale to Date

Close to 3.1 Million Domain Names Registered in the Third Quarter of 2015

Over 5000 .BANK Domain Names Registered by U.S. Banks

Radioihead Backs Community-Based Application for the New gTLD '.Music'

Security Firm Predicts Unprecedented Series of New gTLD Failures by 2017

Sony Uses Brand TLD '.sony' for Bond Game Site

Application for .gay TLD Rejected for the Second Time

Apple Uses the .NEWS TLD for Its News Platform

Rio Becomes First Latin American City to Offer Its Own TLD

ICANN Announces Results of New gTLD Universal Acceptance Analysis

ICANN Assigns Tor's .Onion TLD as Special-Use Domain Name

Google Restructures Under New Company Name, Puts .XYZ TLD on the Map

Neustar Acquires Bombora Technologies, the Holding Group for Ari Registry Services and AusRegistry

Auction to Sell .versicherung Top Level Domain

Lack of ccTLD Growth in Africa Only Partially Due to Internet Penetration

Last Days to Register for TLD Operator Webinar

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Minds + Machines Group Announces Outsourcing Agreements, Web Address Change

Minds + Machines Group Limited announced today an agreement for Nominet to take over the technical back-end registry functions for up to 28 top level domains within the Group’s portfolio. ›››

Minds + Machines Group Expands Into Chinese Market

Minds + Machines Group Limited (LSE:MMX), the publicly quoted owner and operator of Internet top-level domains has announced its expansion into the Chinese market with the appointment of the highly respected registry service company, ZDNS as its local infrastructure partner. ›››

Minds + Machines Adds .boston to geo-TLD Portfolio

Minds + Machines Group Limited (LSE:MMX) today announced its agreement to acquire a 99% interest in Boston TLD Management LLC ("BTM"), the owner of rights to the .boston geo-TLD, and the agreement of its subsidiary, Minds + Machines Limited, to act as the Registry Service Provider for the geo-TLD ("the Acquisition"). ›››

The ".law" Domain Gains Momentum Throughout the Legal Profession

Minds + Machines has announced that the .law domain names may be applied for by qualified lawyers on a first-come, first-served basis at standard rates. The seven-day Early Access Program, during which .law domain names were priced higher to accommodate initial demand, ended at 1600 UTC on October 19. ›››

Portfolio Update: October Launches and Renewal Rates

Minds + Machines Group Limited announces the highly successful launch of .MIAMI, the start of the Early Access Program for .law, and initial renewal rates for its geo portfolio. ›››

City of Miami 3rd in U.S. to Launch Dedicated TLD

Today, City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado announced that starting Oct. 2, Miami will become the third city in the U.S. to have a dedicated top-level Internet domain name. .MIAMI will join New York (.nyc) and Las Vegas (.vegas) in creating a global Internet identity through which the city's businesses, communities and residents. ›››

WeddingWire Joins Minds + Machines As New TLD '.Wedding' Pioneer

Minds + Machines (LSE:MMX), the publicly quoted owner and operator of Internet top-level domains, announced today that WeddingWire, the wedding industry's leading global online marketplace, has joined Minds + Machines as the latest '.wedding' pioneer. ›››

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