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Another failing new gTLD stopped paying its dues

Another new gTLD registry has been slapped with an ICANN breach notice after failing to pay its fees. California-based dotCOOL, which runs .qpon, seems to be at least six months late in making its $6,250 quarterly payment to ICANN, according to the notice (pdf). It’s perhaps not surprising. The TLD has been live since mid-2014 […]

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I just bought a new gTLD registry’s domain for $10

Are .fan and .fans the latest new gTLDs to go out of business? It certainly looks that way. ICANN has hit the registry with a breach notice for unpaid dues and stripped it of its registrar accreditation. In addition, its web sites no longer appear functional and I’ve just bought its official IANA-listed domain name […]

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ICANN confirms GoDaddy Whois probe

ICANN is looking into claims that GoDaddy is in breach of its registrar accreditation contract. The organization last week told IP lawyer Brian Winterfeldt that his complaint about the market-leading registrar throttling and censoring Whois queries over port 43 is being looked at by its compliance department. The brief note (pdf) says that Compliance is […]

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Zero registrars pass ICANN audit

Some of the biggest names in the registrar game were among a bewildering 100% that failed an ICANN first-pass audit in the latest round of random compliance checks. Of the 55 registrars picked to participate in the audit, a resounding 0 passed the initial audit, according to data released today. Among them were recognizable names […]

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.feedback gTLD in breach of contract after big brand “fraud” claims

ICANN has slapped .feedback operator Top Level Spectrum with a contract breach notice after a huge complaint about alleged fraud filed by a gang of big brands. The company becomes the third new gTLD to be hit by a breach notice, and the first to receive one as a result of losing a Public Interest […]

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Complaints about registrars dip in 2016

There were slightly fewer complaints about domain name registrars in 2016, compared to 2015, according to newly published ICANN data, but complaints still run into the tens of thousands. There were 43,156 complaints about registrars to ICANN Compliance in 2016, compared to 45,926 in 2015, according to the data (pdf). That’s a dip of about […]

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ICANN’s top DC lobbyist gets consumer safeguards role

ICANN has named veteran staffer Jamie Hedlund as its new senior VP for contractual compliance and consumer safeguards. It’s a new executive team role, created by the departure of chief contract compliance officer Allen Grogan. Grogan announced his intention to leave ICANN last May, and has been working there part-time since August. The “consumer safeguards” […]

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ICANN terminates penis pill pimp registrar

ICANN is to terminate the contract of a Chinese registrar linked to dodgy pharmaceuticals web sites and other malfeasance. Nanjing Imperiosus Technology Co, which does business as DomainersChoice.com, has been told it will lose its registrar accreditation February 3. ICANN said in the termination notice that the company had failed to keep records related to […]

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Registrar accused of pimping prescription penis pills

ICANN has implicated a Chinese domain name registrar in the online selling of medications, including Viagra and Cialis, without the required prescription. The organization’s Compliance department filed a contract breach notice with Nanjing Imperiosus, which does business as DomainersChoice.com, today. The move follows an allegation from pharmacy watchdog LegitScript in the US Congress that DomainersChoice […]

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ICANN slaps first deadbeat dot-brand with breach notice

The world’s third-largest mobile phone company, worth some $14 billion a year, is the first new gTLD registry operator to refuse to pay ICANN fees. That’s according to ICANN’s compliance department, which last night slapped Bharti Airtel with the new gTLD program’s first public contract breach notices. The notices, which apply to .bharti and .airtel, […]

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