Donuts Partners With The MPAA To Reduce Online Piracy

donutsDonuts and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) jointly announced an agreement to help ensure that websites using domains registered with Donuts are not engaged in large-scale piracy.

Under the terms of the agreement, the MPAA will be treated as a “Trusted Notifier” for the purpose of reporting large-scale pirate websites that are registered in a domain extension operated by Donuts. The agreement imposes strict standards for such referrals, including that they be accompanied by clear evidence of pervasive copyright infringement and a representation that the MPAA has first attempted to contact the registrar and hosting provider for resolution.

The agreement specifies that Donuts will work with registrar partners Continue reading

New gTLD Utilization Report (.brands, “suspicious” new gTLDs & .bank)

newgtldThe latest edition of CSC’s New gTLD Utilization Report shows .brand launches continuing to pick up speed, more new gTLDs climbing up the Alexa rankings and some interesting examples of new gTLDs in use. They also take a closer look at the .bank extension. Continue reading

Do You Want To Activate Astoria .nyc Or Harlem .nyc? A “Without Cause” Clause Might Stop You!

nycThe deBlasio Administration’s licensing initiative for the neighborhood domain names is currently accepting applications.

So if you’re a neighborhood activist or budding media mogul, and want to activate,,, or any of the 380 other reserved neighborhood domain names, submit your applications now. (Here’s the application.) Successful applicants will be Continue reading

GodsOfEgypt.MOVIE Is The 1st New Domain In A Super Bowl Ad ( Is Parked)

donutsDuring yesterday's Super Bowl coverage, a trailer for the upcoming film Gods of Egypt aired that directed viewers to the domain name GodsOfEgypt.MOVIE. This was a first time that a New TLD domain name was used in a Super Bowl advertisement. (see the trailer below)


But what about the corresponding .com domains of the movie?

The domain name is for sale at and Continue reading

.CLUB Sells 408 Premium Domain Names For $142,470

club-china.Club had another 6-figure month with $142,470.52 in premium name sales for January.

While not as dramatic as November and December, the January sales were still over 13% higher than then record breaking October sales. January numbers include the 5 names sold in the NamesCon auction.  China was still a significant contributor, accounting for approximately 35% of total January sales.

Here is the complete January, 2016 from .Club: Continue reading

New York Gets Ultrafast Public Wi-Fi From Link.NYC (video)

nycIn a few months, New York City will make history: The city's 8.5 million residents, along with tourists, will be able to access ultra-fast Wi-Fi anywhere in the city, at zero cost.

LinkNYC is a first-of-its-kind communications network that will replace over 7,500 pay phones across the five boroughs with new structures called Links. Each Link will provide Continue reading

Kurt Pritz and Allegravita Join Forces

allegravitaKurt Pritz and Allegravita agreed to join forces.

Allegravita is delighted to welcome Kurt Pritz as a new partner in its growing business.

Simon-thumbnail“Kurt’s contribution to our executive team and board will greatly enhance our services offering to current and future clients” Allegravita co-founder and CEO Simon Cousins said.

“Now in our 13th year in China, our team Continue reading

Chinese Domaining: The Number Five (5)

Chinese-Domaining-Masterclass-The-Number-SevenTLD Registry, the registry of Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) top level domains, is releasing the fifth installment of their Chinese Domaining Masterclass blog series.

TLD Registry presented the world’s first, and still currently the world’s only Chinese Domaining Masterclass, at the industry-leading domain investing conference, NamesCon 2015. After several months of research, development, writing, and refining, they created a 120-page curriculum for western domain investors to use as a resource to help them confidently invest in Chinese-specific domains, without knowing a single word of Chinese.

I attended the "Chinese Domaining Masterclass" in NamesCon and I wrote a blog post about it: 10 Things I Learned About Chinese Domain Names.

Now, TLD Registry is releasing portions of the acclaimed and sought-after masterclass curriculum to the general public, in the form of a blog series, focused on providing tips and tricks to help you invest in Chinese IDNs, again, without knowing anything about the Chinese language.

The first installment was about Chinese numerics, specifically, the number seven. The second one was about the number three. The third was about the number 4. The fourth was about the number 8. The fifth was about the number 9.

Today’s topic: "The Number Five (5)" Continue reading

.CLUB Reappoints Allegravita For Their 2016 China Campaign

club-chinaAllegravita announced that .Club ,one of their most successful domain name sector clients, has reappointed them for their China campaign in 2016.

Since 2014, .CLUB Domains and Allegravita have worked closely to bring .CLUB’s brilliantly marketed and well-positioned domain names to Chinese markets in China and the Chinese-speaking world.

Allegravita supported .CLUB to achieve full incorporation in Beijing, massively expand domain name sales through a highly-motivated Chinese sales channel, and their Continue reading

Minds + Machines Sells $1.52m Of Premium New gTLDs In Q4

MindsAndMachinesMinds + Machines Group Limited (LSE:MMX), provided the following unaudited trading update ahead of publication of the Group’s accounts for the 12 months ended 31 December 2015, which will be announced during the week commencing 18 April 2016.

 During Q4 2015, the Company saw significant unaudited billings* growth in both standard and premium domain names as a result of the Company’s ongoing transition into a sales-led business, the launches of .law, .abogado and .miami, and the first-year renewals of .london previously reported. For the final quarter, standard name billings were up 184% at $2.66m (Q3 2015: $0.94m) while premium domain name billings were up 215% at $1.52m (Q3 2015: $0.48m). At the year-end, total billings for the year rose 57% to $7.92m (FY2014: $5.03m) – with standard name billings accounting for $4.86m, premium name billings $2.94m and other billings $0.12m. Additional gross receipts for the year from one-off private gTLD auctions amounted to $9.15m (FY2014: $37.5m).
At the year end, total domains under management within the Company’s registry increased 28% to Continue reading