It seems that a lot of people are confused by some of the DomainGang.com comedy posts and the proof is that a fake news article announcing the sale of the domain name Jesus.Saves for $2.4 million was reproduced by The Church Lady Blogs:
As you can see the unsuspecting editor was upset about the price and as to how many hungry mouths the money spend on the domain could feed.
Here are the domain name registration results of this week’s 4 New gTLD launches:
Yesterday 30th of July 4 Donuts New gTLDs went out of the EAP pricing and into the real (reg fee) general availability: .Reisen (Travel in German), .University, .Toys and .Town.
The first day, or rather first hours, registration numbers were surprisingly good for .Reisen but not so good for the other 3 New gTLDs. The best one, .Reisen, has a total of 2,262 domain registrations today. .University has 1,340 domains today and .Toys has 1,320 registrations. The worst one was .Town that has only 589 registrations today.
I haven’t done this post since May and since then ICANN has announced that 87 New gTLDs have been delegated for a total of 346 new gTLD strings. Here are some of the more important of the latest 87 new gTLDs: .NGO, .LGBT, .NRA, .City, Green, .Navy, .Army, .Bio, .Host.
Below are the key Contracting statistics, as of 11 July 2014:
- 1147 applicants have been invited to Contracting
- 606 applicants have responded to their Contracting Information Request invitation
- 544 contracts have been sent out for signature
- 468 Registry Agreements have been signed
- All signed Registry Agreements can be viewed here: http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries
- 1 Code of Conduct Exemptions has been granted:
- Additionally, the following Code of Conduct Exemptions were previously granted:
- .REALTOR (30 May 2014)
- .FIRMDALE (05 June 2014)
- .EUROVISION (05 June 2014)
- .AXA (12 June 2014)
- .CRS (16 June 2014)
Here are the 346 New gTLDs that have been delegated so far:
ICANN published today the latest Community Priority Evaluation results. New gTLD Applicant Interlink Co., Ltd. prevailed in a community priority evaluation for the New gTLD .Osaka getting 15 out of the maximum 16 points. Osaka is Japan’s third largest city.
This means the contention set between Interlink Co., Ltd. and GMO Registry has been resolved in Interlink Co., Ltd.’s favor. GMO has already launched .Tokyo and .Nagoya.
This was ICANN’s message to Interlink Co., Ltd.: Continue reading
Last month, Google announced it is getting into the domain name registration business through Google Domains and offered a form to sign up to be invited. Like countless other I submitted the form but I have not heard back.
It seems that some have been invited over time but now those who have access have been given the ability to invite their friends. I believe this is coming mostly out of Google employees who have accounts with Google Domains. A few people have offered invites but all are gone in minutes.
Google Domains beta is working a lot like the initial Gmail invite system.
Kim Clinkunbroomer posted on Google+ a screen shot of the interface for Google Domains: Continue reading
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has told a U.S. federal court in the District of Columbia, that a country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) cannot be considered “property,” and thus cannot be attached by plaintiffs in a lawsuit, who are trying to obtain the assets of countries that they argued have supported terrorism.
“We filed a Motion to Quash in the US federal court today, to ensure that the court has the essential information about how the Internet’s domain name system (DNS) works. While we sympathize with what plaintiffs may have endured, ICANN’s role in the domain name system has nothing to do with any property of the countries involved”, said John Jeffrey, ICANN’s General Counsel and Secretary.
“We explained in our Motion to Quash, that country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLD) are part of a single, global interoperable Internet which ICANN serves to help maintain.” Jeffrey further explained that “ccTLD’s are not property, and are not ‘owned’ or ‘possessed’ by anyone including ICANN, and therefore cannot be seized in a lawsuit.”
Key-Systems GmbH based in Germany will support the dotHIV initiative with a fundraising for the start of .hiv. The domain registrar will donate 30 Euro (about $40) to the dotHIV association for each of the first 1,000 .hiv domains that is registered in the first six months after the Sunrise start via the in-house retail portal domaindiscount24.
In the Sunrise period until August 20, .hiv domains are initially available for trademark holders; from August 26, after the so-called GoLive, all interested parties can register .hiv domains.
The dotHIV initiative uses all surpluses from the allocation of .hiv domain names to support organizations which advocate the access to life-saving HIV medicines. For companies and individuals their .hiv domain is an easy way to show social commitment. The .hiv pages incorporate online users and thus provide visibility for the dedication: Each click on a .hiv domain triggers a micro-donation and activates the funds collected through the domain distribution for the social purpose. Continue reading
Like every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I renewed almost 1,000 domains and dropped 130 of them. So I dropped about 11.5% of the total 1,126 domains that I had expiring in July.
In June I dropped 193 out of 807 domains or 23.9%. Click here to see what domains I dropped and why.
These are the domains I renewed in June for a total of 996:
Here are the domains I dropped in July by extension for a total of 130: Continue reading
The Trademark Clearinghouse has published it’s latest stats. So far 31,866 marks have been submitted to the Trademark Clearinghouse as of the 28th of July 2014. The number of marks were 30,916 on the 19th of June. So the Trademark Clearinghouse added 950 trademarks in these past 40 days.
Finally there have been 89,773 notifications sent out to TM holders so far. This means that 89,773 (or probably less) new gTLD domain names have been registered that contain a mark that is registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse. The registered domains are probably less than 89,773 as when a domain, that consists of a trademark that is registered by multiple parties in the Trademark Clearinghouse, is registered then multiple notifications are sent to TM holders.
On itself that doesn’t mean something to me as it is getting more difficult with each passing day to find a dictionary term that is not registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse and because of availability most of the New gTLD domains that are registered consist of just 1 word. Common terms such as “insurance” or the letter “e” are trademarked.
I am almost certain that almost 99.9% of these 89,773 domain registrations do not infringe on any trademark. Of course most of it all depends on the use. Continue reading