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And here is the court order that stopped the deletion of publication.com

January 14th, 2013 Comments off

In the case of the non-deletion of publication.com last Friday, DNN has now obtained a copy of the court order that prevented the deletion and you can see it here (PDF). Please note that this is the unsigned version of the restraining order as it was currently published by the court, but DNN does have a copy of the signed version as well. The order was enacted by Hon. Stanley R. Chesler, the United States District Judge for New Jersey at 10:30am EST the day of the deletion.

As background information, there are some additional documents showing an email exchange on the evening preceding the scheduled deletion between the registrant of the domain, Blake Ellman and James Hubler, Senior Corporate Counsel at Verisign. In the emails Hubler agrees to stop the deletion of the domain if a court order meeting the following conditions is received before 11am on the day of the deletion:

  1. Because of jurisdiction considerations, a federal court order is required.
  2. The order should direct Verisign as a non-party to the suit to remove the subject domain name from pending delete status.

We were not able to locate any other suit as referred to in the exchange. Since the deletion of the name was stopped, Verisign did accept the order of the District Court.

The complaint also includes some background information that states that the domain in question was deleted due to an “inadvertent mistake of ‘Dotster/domain.com’“. DNN has reached out to the other involved parties for comment.

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Publication.com deletion stopped by court order

January 12th, 2013 Comments off

Many domain investors were wondering yesterday why Publication.com was renewed during the deletion process. VeriSign (VRSN) apparently received a court order forbidding them to delete the domain.

Here is an official statement from VeriSign that we received a few minutes ago:

The status of publication.com was changed as the result of a court order. Verisign responds to lawful court orders subject to our technical capabilities. When the company is presented with such lawful orders impacting domain names within our registries, we respond within our technical capabilities.

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Why did publication.com not drop today?

January 11th, 2013 Comments off

The name publication.com was scheduled to be deleted today and had a large number of interest with the various backorder platforms – for example over 170 bidders at Namejet and pre-bids over $3,000. The drop just completed, yet the name was not deleted.

[Update]: The deletion was apparently prevented with a court order against VeriSign (VRSN).

Here is the whois as it was displayed earlier today:

Domain Name: PUBLICATION.COM
Registrar: DOMAIN.COM, LLC
Whois Server: whois.domain.com
Referral URL: http://www.domain.com
Name Server: NS1.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS2.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS6.NAC.NET
Status: pendingDelete
Updated Date: 05-jan-2013
Creation Date: 24-oct-1995
Expiration Date: 23-oct-2012

However when we checked the domain name during the early drop, it had been redeemed – something that I didn’t think was possible when a domain is in “pending-delete” status.

Domain Name: PUBLICATION.COM
Registrar: DOMAIN.COM, LLC
Whois Server: whois.domain.com
Referral URL: http://www.domain.com
Name Server: NS1.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS2.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS6.NAC.NET
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 11-jan-2013
Creation Date: 24-oct-1995
Expiration Date: 23-oct-2013

If you check the domain name now, it has been renewed by another five years. Judging from our records, the update happened after 2pm EST, while the drop was running already:

Domain Name: PUBLICATION.COM
Registrar: DOMAIN.COM, LLC
Whois Server: whois.domain.com
Referral URL: http://www.domain.com
Name Server: NS1.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS2.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS6.NAC.NET
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 11-jan-2013
Creation Date: 24-oct-1995
Expiration Date: 23-oct-2018

DNN has reached out to VeriSign for comment.

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.ORG increases prices to Registrars by 10%

December 31st, 2012 Comments off

As reported by InternetNews.me, PIR, the registry operating the .ORG gTLD has announce a price increase of 10% effective July 1st, 2013. The new price to registrars will be $8.25, an effective increase of $0.55 per domain name year. This makes .ORG more expensive that .COM ($7.85) as of mid next year.

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VeriSign to increase .NET prices by 10% on July 1st, 2013

December 19th, 2012 Comments off

Verisign - Domain Name Registration, DDoS and DNS ManagementVeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN) just announced that intends to increase the .NET domain registration pricing by 10% on July 1st, 2013, bringing the price for registrars from $5.11 per domain name year to $5.62. The announcement about the increase for .NET fees follows the agreement with the Department of Commerce and VeriSign that it would not increase .COM prices unless there are significant cost increases in operating the TLD. The price change was announced via a press release on the company’s website. At least one registrar told DNN they have yet to receive a notification about the increase.

VeriSign also just lost their spot in the NASDAQ-100 index earlier this week.

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DirectI partners with NameJet and AfterNIC for .PW

December 12th, 2012 Comments off

PW - the Professional Web Registry

The .PW Registry, a Directi Business that is launching the .PW ccTLD (Palau) globally, has announced a coopration with NameJet and AfterNIC to operate the sunrise and landrush auctions and offer premium name distribution. This relaunch of the country code is aimed at professionals and businesses around the world.

NameJet and Afternic will provide .PW with a comprehensive solution for the technical and marketing services needed to fully manage all stages of the .PW launch. NameJet will be operating the sunrise auctions upon the close of the sunrise period, which runs from December 3rd, 2012 through February 8th, 2013. The landrush period runs from February 18, 2013 through March 18, 2013, with NameJet auctions commencing at that time.

“NameJet is very excited to be partnering with Directi to operate the .PW sunrise and landrush auctions,” said Matt Overman, NameJet General Manager. “We believe that they have done a great job marketing .PW thus far and look forward to working with them on this and future TLD launches.” “NameJet and Afternic will play an integral role in the Sunrise & Landrush auctions and valuation & distribution of premium .PW names,” said Sandeep Ramchandani, Business Head at .PW Registry. “We’ve gone the extra mile to ensure that we partner with industry leaders on .PW and are excited to work with NameJet and Afternic, who provide the highest caliber services in their respective fields.” “Being selected by Directi is an honor, and a testament to our leadership in all premium domain sales,” said Bob Mountain, Senior Vice President of Business Development & Account Services at Afternic. “The partnership with NameJet and Directi allows us to continue our mission of bringing more domain choices to consumers across the globe.”

[via Press Release]

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.CA Breaks 2 Million Domain Registrations, .CZ breaks 1 Million

November 21st, 2012 Comments off

CIRA passes 2 Million Registered Domains

As per a tweet from the .CA registry,  the registry passed the 2 Million domain mark yesterday. However with today being a Wednesday, that number has dropped below the 2 Million mark again, as the registry drops deleted domain names in their “to be released” process once a week. There is no press release on this highly anticipated milestone yet., but there is a list of 22 “facts” that the registry published on Facebook – including 7 false facts that they are asking you to find.

 

.CZ: Over 1 Million Domains registered

As reported on Robbies’ Blog, the  Czech ccTLD registry for .CZ passed 1 Million domain name registrations. The registry publishes realtime statistics on their homepage. According to the announcement by the registry, 58% of domains are owned by individuals. The Czech Republic has a population of just over 10 Million people. Robbies’ Blog also has an interview and more information.

[via CIRA, Robbies' Blog]

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VeriSign publishes new video promoting .TV

August 16th, 2012 Comments off

Thomson Reuters buys Mark Monitor for an undisclosed sum

July 27th, 2012 Comments off

Information company Thomson Reuters announced today that they bought brand protection company and corporate domain registrar Mark Monitor for an undisclosed sum.

“This acquisition marks the beginning of a transformational shift within the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters,” said Chris Kibarian, president, IP & Science, Thomson Reuters. “It is emblematic of our strategy to accelerate innovation and growth within our business.”

“Thomson Reuters already helps thousands of companies create, manage and protect hundreds of billions of dollars worth of intellectual property assets,” said David Brown, president, Intellectual Property Solutions, Thomson Reuters. “With the addition of online brand protection solutions like those provided by MarkMonitor, we’ll be able to deliver advanced technologies to keep customers one step ahead of brandjackers and reduce the enormous risk posed to brands online.”

The MarkMonitor team, led by President and Chief Executive Officer Irfan Salim, will join Thomson Reuters.

Mark Monitor submitted a number of new TLD application on behalf of corporate clients

See the full release after the jump. [via TechCrunch, hat tip to VSDHoldings]

Intellectual Property & Science business to provide customers with efficient and effective end-to-end brand protection solutions that safeguard revenue and reputations

LONDON, July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase MarkMonitor®, a global leader in online brand protection. The completion of the acquisition is subject to standard regulatory approvals. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition of MarkMonitor, headquartered in San Francisco, will strengthen the broad portfolio of intellectual property solutions from Thomson Reuters. The addition of MarkMonitor, with its innovative online brand protection technology, to Thomson Reuters best-in-class intellectual property solutions, will result in a suite of efficient and effective end-to-end brand protection solutions to assist customers in securing revenue and reputation. With over 400 employees in five countries, MarkMonitor is a market leader in online brand protection and currently safeguards more than half of the Fortune 100 brands.

“This acquisition marks the beginning of a transformational shift within the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters,” said Chris Kibarian, president, IP & Science, Thomson Reuters. “It is emblematic of our strategy to accelerate innovation and growth within our business.”

“Thomson Reuters already helps thousands of companies create, manage and protect hundreds of billions of dollars worth of intellectual property assets,” said David Brown, president, Intellectual Property Solutions, Thomson Reuters. “With the addition of online brand protection solutions like those provided by MarkMonitor, we’ll be able to deliver advanced technologies to keep customers one step ahead of brandjackers and reduce the enormous risk posed to brands online.”

The MarkMonitor team, led by President and Chief Executive Officer Irfan Salim, will join Thomson Reuters.

“With the continued explosive growth of Internet, ecommerce and social network usage, the digital world provides an anonymous haven for criminals who harm brands’ revenue and reputation, often at the expense of consumers,” said Salim. “Brands that take action to protect themselves by managing their domain name portfolios see real return on investment, including lower online advertising costs and higher revenue, along with greater customer satisfaction. Together, MarkMonitor and Thomson Reuters will provide best-in-class solutions for online brand protection.”

MarkMonitor
As a global leader in online brand protection, MarkMonitor uses a SaaS delivery model to provide advanced technology and expertise that protects the revenues and reputations of the world’s leading brands. In the digital world, brands face new risks due to the web’s anonymity, global reach and shifting consumption patterns for digital content, goods and services. Customers choose MarkMonitor for its unique combination of industry-leading expertise, advanced technology and extensive industry relationships to preserve their marketing investments, revenues and customer trust. Learn more at www.markmonitor.com.

Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs approximately 60,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. For more information, go to www.thomsonreuters.com.

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Freedom Registry wants new gTLDs to be “FREE” domains!

June 14th, 2012 Comments off

Have you heard of Freedom Registry? Probably not, so pay close attention, because it is likely that you will be hearing a lot about this new company in the weeks and months to come. FDR is marketing and proposing a disruptive new business model to operators/registries of the new generic top level domains (new gTLDs) that could shake things up across the entire domain industry if widely adopted.

FreedomRegistry.com New Domains Free

Their TLD monetization services seem to be unlike anything else on the market currently. In the company’s own words: “Domains are a commodity. Give them away for free! Just like email services are provided for free these days (think Gmail and Hotmail), we believe the best way to attract registrants to your TLD is to give away your domain names for free.”

Freedom Registry says that they know that giving out free domain names makes good business sense. A subsidiary of the company, Dot TK, has been the registry for the Tokelau country-code TLD since 2001. Dot TK is the only ccTLD registry that gives away free domain names, to anybody. It only takes a few minutes to register and activate a new domain that ends in .TK.

As a result, Tokelau (.tk) is now the third largest country code top level domain registry in the world, behind Germany (.de) and United Kingdom (.uk) and it has more active domain names registrations than Russia and China combined. According to the company’s website, Freedom Registry predicts over 1 billion domains in just a few years from now, in 2015.

“The world of domain name registrations is about to undergo huge changes. Over the next few years the number of TLDs available will dramatically increase as ICANN opens up the root zone for new gTLDs. The supply of domain names will be almost endless. If TLDs offer registration for free, the demand will be huge.

In a country like the Netherlands there is a registered domain name for every three internet users. If we assume that in the near future the same ratio (1:3) will apply globally, we can expect to see the number of registered domain names jump from 200 million today to more than a billion in 2015.”

We reached out to Joost Zuurbier, founder and CEO of Dot TK and Freedom Registry as well. He told us that by the end of this year his new company hopes to add 6 more ccTLD’s. In his own words: “There is a lot of interest from smaller countries that want to use their extension for free domains.” By 2015, Joost believes that Freedom Registry will be serving 150 or more new gTLD’s, and some additional smaller ccTLD’s as well will be coming into the picture.

According to an official count at NIC.tk, there are over 9 million .TK domains registered currently. Give it another month or two, and the TK ccTLD will overtake the current 2nd largest ccTLD in the world .UK, which is currently at a little over 10.3 million registrations, according to Nominet.

Free Domains New TLDs

According to ICANN, it may take anywhere from 9 to 20 month’s for any new gTLD to get approved and become available on the web for registrations. No one knows how long it is going to take for sure, since there are many variables at play, but FDR is ready to seize on the opportunity and help promote the expansion of the internet – which is happening whether you like it or not.

It’s worth noting that the company sponsored the ICANN meeting in Costa Rica, earlier this year and is also sponsoring the upcoming meeting in Prague, which kicks off in less than 2 weeks. They have been mingling with many industry insiders all year long and have made their presence known. Expect some big announcements to be made soon involving FDR and “free domain” ventures.

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