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April 20, 2018 10:32

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I just fixed Whois and GDPR

It’s really quite simple. So ICANN has received guidance from the Article 29 Working Party in Europe about ICANN’s proposed Whois model to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). I’d summarize it as: nice try, but we are your overlords now. (Only in needlessly complex language.) Regulation can be good, but regulation run […]

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What are the standards for common law trademarks in UDRP cases?

An NAF panelist is very generous is accepting common law trademark rights. A National Arbitration Forum panelist recently awarded the domain name YouAreOK.com to T & P Holding Company, LLC. This company owns several hair salons and boutiques in Nashville under the name Local Honey. Its website is LHNashville.com. The domain name owner, Ancient Holdings, […]

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Afilias hits pause button on Whois plans

Company backtracks on plans to redact Whois…for now. Two days after informing registrars that it planned to redact almost all information from Whois records to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Afilias has put its plans on hold. The registry for domain names such as .info and .mobi issued a press release […]

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GDPR will make domain name transfers more difficult

Lack of contact details in public Whois could thwart inter-registrar domain transfers. A few Domain Name Wire readers have asked how domain name transfers will work if domain registrars and registries eliminate contact details from Whois in response to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As it stands right now, domain name transfers could […]

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Owner of MyBoutique.it fails to take MyBoutique.com from GoDaddy

Company files UDRP after failed attempts to buy domain and threaten GoDaddy. CSP International Fashion Group S.p.A., a fashion company in Italy, has failed to get a domain name owned by GoDaddy through a UDRP. The company operates a site at MyBoutique.it and filed a cybersquatting dispute against MyBoutique.com. GoDdddy’s NameFind subsidiary acquired the domain […]

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Owner of CryptoSecurities.exchange goes after CryptoSecurities.com

CryptoSecurities.com was registered in 2013 and the plaintiff’s business was just created this year. A law firm that created a business on the domain name CryptoSecurities.exchange has filed a lawsuit (pdf) against the owner of the CryptoSecurities.com domain name In the suit, plaintiff Castro & Co claims to have “a federal trademark registration, no. 87756075, […]

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Another example of why your company must be the registrant of its domain names

Airline alleges that former contractors are holding its domain names hostage. Flair Airlines alleges that former contracts are holding its domain names hostage, forcing it to change its website address. A small Canadian airline says that former contractors are holding its two main domain name hostage, causing the company to lose substantial sales. It’s yet […]

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Austria’s TLD takes more nuanced approach to GDPR and Whois

ccTLD will treat personal and corporate data differently. A common interpretation of The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is that it applies to individuals who live in Europe but not businesses there. Still, most models I’ve seen for Whois compliance post-GDPR treat all types of registrants the same. Austria’s .at top level domain is taking […]

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Redl groups “Right to be Forgotten” with other censorship, calls it “regrettable”

Governments should not try to apply local laws to the borderless internet, Redl says. David Redl, the head of the U.S. government’s NTIA, has criticized countries that are trying to apply local laws to the control internet. In comments made to the Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference in Ottawa, Canada last week, Redl said: In […]

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BrandBucket battles cybersquatter

WIPO panel orders two domain names to be transferred to BrandBucket. Brandable domain name marketplace BrandBucket has won a battle against the cybersquatter who registered the domain names BrandBucket.org and BrandBucket.shop. The domain name registrant, Ruben Botn-Joergensen, was certainly brazen. According to the UDRP decision, In June 2016 BrandBucket let its U.S. trademark application lapse. […]

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