ICANN Appoints Fifth New gTLD Data Escrow Agent

Escrow4All B.V. has been approved by ICANN to provide data escrow services to new gTLD Registry Operators.

All new gTLD Registry Operators are required to regularly deposit a backup copy of their TLD registration data through one of the approved data escrow service providers. The data held in escrow may be released to ICANN under certain circumstances in order to preserve the stability of the TLD in case of an emergency.

ICANN encourages applicants to engage with one of the approved data escrow providers in preparation for Specification 2, Part B.1, of the Registry Agreement.

ICANN-Approved New gTLD Data Escrow Agents

Iron Mountain Intellectual Property Management, Inc.

Name: RyDE Support
Email: RyDE@ironmountain.com
Telephone: +17702258176
Template of Registry Escrow Agreement:

NCC Group

Name: Tom Scopazzi
Email: registryescrow@nccgroup.com
Telephone: +14152760413
Template of Registry Escrow Agreement:

Note: The templates presented here are for information purposes only. ICANN encourages applicants to engage with one of these data escrow providers in preparation for Specification 2, Part B.1, of the Registry Agreement.

China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC)

Name: Escrow Support
Email: deagent@cnnic.cn
Telephone: +8610-58813401
Template of Registry Escrow Agreement:

Beilong Zedata (Beijing) Data Technology Co., Ltd

Name: Zhang Lili
Email: registryescrow@cnic.cn
Telephone: +86-10-62523580
Template of Registry Escrow Agreement:

Escrow4All

Name: Howard Kui
Email: gtld@escrow4all.com
Telephone: +31 20 3420 255
Template of Registry Escrow Agreement:

Note: The templates presented here are for information purposes only. ICANN encourages applicants to engage with one of these data escrow providers in preparation for Specification 2, Part B.1, of the Registry Agreement.

ICANN sends notice of breach to Namevault.com

Please be advised that as of 9 April 2014, Homestead Limited dba Namevault.com (“Namevault”) is in
breach of its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (“RAA”) with the Internet Corporation for Assigned
Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) dated 8 August 2013 (“RAA”).

Namevault.com was also sent a notice of breach last year.

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24 more New gTLDs were delegated: .college, .engineering, .media, .university, .gop, .yokohama

ICANN announced that 24 more New gTLDs were delegated for a total of 225 new gTLD strings. Here are some of the more important of the 24 new gTLDs: .college,  .engineering, .media, .university, .gop and .yokohama.

Check out the Launch dates of new gTLDs – Domain Name Infographic.

Below are the key Contracting statistics, as of 18 April 2014:

  • 1105 applicants have been invited to Contracting
  • 535 applicants have responded to their Contracting Information Request invitation
  • 450 contracts have been sent out for signature
  • 386 Registry Agreements have been signed

Here are the 225 New gTLDs that have been delegated so far:

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Fake Trademarks Stealing Generic Domains In New gTLD Sunrises

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Have you heard of “What Box Holdings“, “Plan Bee LLC” andThomas A. Brackey II“? If you are looking to buy a New gTLD domain name you probably have. They managed to register more than 300 premium generic domain names before anyone else. How? Using “fake” trademarks in Sunrise.

They have registered domain names such as cloud.guru, social.photos, Build.house, BET.guru, online.bike, VACATION.photos, discount.repair etc.

I am sure they will tell you that these are not fake trademarks. They have about 40 real trademark registrations in Switzerland, although they only operate in the US, for non existent
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Applicant Auction announces suggested schedule for 8 future private gTLD Auctions

Applicant Auction, that offers private auctions for resolving gTLD contention, claims they are getting an increasing number of requests from applicants who want to avoid the ICANN Last Resort auction.

A common question is: What is my last chance to participate in your private auction?

To be able to give a clear answer for this, they are suggesting a schedule for future Applicant Auctions. When a gTLD is scheduled for an ICANN Last Resort auction, the latest possible date to hold a private auction for that string is about a month earlier – and they have reflected that in the suggested schedule.

The reason for holding a private auction at least a month earlier is that they would like to ensure that the settlement process for the auction can finish before the ICANN-imposed deadlines for withdrawals, which is the same as the “deposit deadline”, and 7 days before each ICANN auction.

The dates Applicant Auction proposse are not the only options for auctions - they are happy to hold auctions on other dates applicants agree on, as long as there is enough time to finish the settlement process.

The schedule is available online at http://www.applicantauction.com/schedule, and as a downloadable pdf.

If you would like to participate in a scheduled Applicant Auction, please contact them at least one week before contracts are due for that auction - this means at least 8 weeks before the ICANN Last Resort Auction the gTLD is scheduled for. The latest ICANN schedule will be found here

New gTLD Registries Allowed To Register 100 Domains To 3rd Parties Before Sunrise For Promotion

The Qualified Launch Program (QLP) Addendum is available for new gTLD registry operators as of 10 April 2014. The QLP Addendum allows a registry operator to register up to 100 domain names to third parties prior to the Sunrise Period for purposes of promoting the TLD, under certain conditions. These domain names are added to the 100 domains that the registry is allowed for registration for it’s own use.

View the Qualified Launch Program Addendum now [PDF, 63 KB]

The Qualified Launch Program Addendum is intended to provide a
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Fadi Chehadé: U.S. government removes ICANN’s training wheels

Fadi Chehadé, ICANN President and CEO, posted an article at his ICANN blog. Basically he says that the U.S. government believes that ICANN and IANA are ready to run without the US supervision.

The U.S. government came to the conclusion that the global Internet community is now ready to assume stewardship of ICANN’s performance as the administrator of the IANA functions. It feels like the moment when the multistakeholder community’s training wheels come off.

He said that ICANN’s hard work for the last 15 years has led to this milestone, when the U.S. government acknowledged that the internet community has performed it’s work with distinction.

Personally I have not given the matter a lot of attention because I don’t think that the U.S. government’s decision will make
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ICANN sends 2nd notice of breach to NameJuice.com responsible for the “Domain Registry of America” scam

ICANN sends 2nd notice of breach to registrar NameJuice.com that is responsible for the “Domain Registry of America” scam. NameJuice.com got another notice of breach this past December which I believe that was fixed because ICANN would have deaccredited this registrar. The notice expires today.

As of 20 March 2014, BRANDON GRAY INTERNET SERVICES INC. (dba “NameJuice.com”) (“Brandon Gray”) is in breach of its Continue reading

The Future of Internet Governance: A Discussion with ICANN’s CEO and the Head of the NTIA

President and CEO of ICANN, Fadi Chehadé, Lawrence Strickling of NTIA, Robert M. McDowell, and Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda discussed the ICANN transition and its consequences for the evolution of internet governance.

In March, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to convene global interested parties to develop a proposal to transition the U.S. government’s stewardship of the Internet’s Domain Name System. The Administration’s decision is an important milestone in the evolution of Internet governance.

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21 more New gTLDs were delegated: .NYC, .London, .Miami, .Vegas, .Black, .Vodka and .Consulting.

ICANN announced that 21 more New gTLDs were delegated for a total of 201 new gTLD strings. Here are some of the more important of the 21 new gTLDs: .NYC, .London, .Miami, .Vegas, .Black, .Vodka and .Consulting.

Check out the Launch dates of new gTLDs – Domain Name Infographic.

Below are the key Contracting statistics, as of 28 March 2014:

  • 1099 applicants have been invited to Contracting
  • 512 applicants have responded to their Contracting Information Request invitation
  • 428 contracts have been sent out for signature
  • 368 Registry Agreements have been signed

Here are the 201 New gTLDs that have been delegated so far:

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