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January 17, 2018 05:09

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As .wed goes EBERO, did the first new gTLD just fail?

A wedding-themed gTLD with a Bizarro World business model may become the first commercial gTLD to outright fail. .wed, run by a small US outfit named Atgron, has become the first non-brand gTLD to be placed under ICANN’s emergency control, after it lost its back-end provider. DI understands that Atgron’s arrangement with its small New […]

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Cops tell Nominet to yank 16,000 domains, Nominet complies

Nominet suspended over 16,000 .uk domain names at the request of law enforcement agencies in the last year. The registry yanked 16,632 domains in the 12 months to October 31, more than double the 8,049 it suspended in the year-earlier period. The 2016 number was in turn more than double the 2015 number. The 2017 […]

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Cybersquatting cases down in .uk

The number of cybersquatting complaints filed against .uk domains fell in 2016, according to data out this week from Nominet. The .uk registry said that there were 703 complaints filed with its Dispute Resolution Service in the year, down from 728 in 2015. However, the number of individual domains complained about appears to have increased, […]

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Now new gTLDs are being scapegoated for child abuse material (rant)

The guy responsible for getting the string “rape” closely restricted for no reason in .uk domain names is now gunning for ICANN and new gTLDs with a very similar playbook. Campaigner John Carr, secretary of the little-known Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety, wants ICANN to bring in strict controls to prevent convicted pedophiles registering […]

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Nominet gets new chair

.uk registry Nominet has appointed a new chair from the world of news media. Mark Wood will replace outgoing chair Rennie Fritchie on April 28, the company said yesterday. Wood is formerly a director of Reuters and chair/CEO of the UK television news company ITN. He’s also on the board of CityWire and the advisory […]

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Did Whois blow the lid off a Labour leadership coup, or is this just pig-fuckery?

A British Member of Parliament has been forced to deny he was behind the registration of several domain names promoting him as a future leader of the Labour party. Clive Lewis, until recently a member of the shadow cabinet, told the Guardian yesterday that he did not register the batch of domains, which included cliveforleader.org.uk, […]

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Nominet suspends over 8,000 “criminal” domains as IP complaints double

Police claims of intellectual property infringement led to the number of .uk domains suspended doubling in 2016, according to Nominet. Statistics released today show that the .uk registry suspended 8,049 domains in the 12 months to October 31, compared to 3,889 in the year-ago period. It’s an almost tenfold increase on 2014, when just 948 […]

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Fuchs against non-Fuchs : Nominet clears domain owner over .CO.UK debate

Fuchs is the German word for “fox” and a common surname of German origin; the registrant of Fuchs.co.uk has been holding on it for several years. A man named Christian Fuchs, who just so happen to bear the exact same name as a Leicester soccer player, attempted to get the domain from its registrant. Fuchs’s […]

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Must Read Story: Nominet Overcharges .UK Customers To Pay For Cheaper New gTLD’s

Kieren McCarthy published a post yesterday entitled “The Great British domain name rip-off: Overcharged .uk customers help pay for cheaper .vodka; Time for competition authorities to take a hard look at Nominet” Here are some of the highlights of the story “.UK domain name holders are being overcharged while the company behind it wins contracts […]

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CIRA becomes first new gTLD back-end since 2012

CIRA, the Canadian ccTLD manager, has become the first new registry back-end provider to enter the gTLD market since the 2012 application round closed. The company today announced that it has signed Dot Kiwi, operator of .kiwi, as its first client. .kiwi will become the first non-.ca TLD that CIRA runs the back-end for, according […]

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