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Google wins fight over “Google Coronavirus” domain name

Man agrees to give domain name to Google after facing cybersquatting complaint. A Massachusetts man who registered GoogleCoronavirus .com has agreed to hand it over to Google after the company filed a cybersquatting complaint. Ben Ghosh registered the domain—at Google Domains, no less—on March 13. Google filed a cybersquatting complaint with National Arbitration Forum just […]

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Loco UDRP ends in reverse domain name hijacking

Tech company tries to hijack domain name registered in 1999.   A Brazilian technology company has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking in its effort to get the domain name InLoco.com. The Complainant, In Loco Tecnologia da Informação S.A., uses InLoco.com.br for its website. The phrase “in loco” is a common Latin phrase […]

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Breaking: ICANN and Verisign agree to .com extension with 7% price hikes

The only surprise was how fast it happened after the comment report was published. Did you have time to digest ICANN’s staff report on comments about the .com price hike? It was published yesterday. Today, Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) and ICANN agreed to the amendment as planned. The agreement will allow Verisign to increase the price […]

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Let’s add these 2 questions to UDRP complaints

It would avoid a lot of reverse domain name hijacking findings. There are two common things I see in UDRP filings that trip up Complainants and often end in findings of reverse domain name hijacking (RDNH). The Complainant files a UDRP against a domain name that was registered by the Respondent before the Complainant existed […]

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Taco spat ends in reverse domain name hijacking

Texas Mexican restaurant chain tries to reverse domain name hijack from an Alabama restaurant chain. A Texas chain of taco restaurants has lost a domain name fight with an Alabama Mexican restaurant chain and was found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking. Roy Upshaw d.b.a. Taco Casa and R&S Upshaw Franchising, LLC, filed […]

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ICANN cancels May events, sets 2022 meeting for The Hague

Near-term events canceled, but ICANN also looks forward. ICANN has canceled the upcoming GDD Industry Summit and ICANN DNS Symposium, which were both scheduled to be held in France in May. The GDD Industry Summit is more of a get together for registrars and registries than a typical ICANN conference. I’ve seen events canceled out […]

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Lotto Sport Italia tried reverse domain name hijacking, court rules

Company tried to take two ‘lotto’ domain names away from Canadian man. Italian sportswear maker tried to get ‘lotto’ domain names from online gaming professional. A Canadian man who registered LottoStore.com and LottoWorks.com has prevailed in a legal dispute with Lotto Sport Italia, with the court granting his motion for summary judgment (pdf). The judge […]

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Rob Monster sues after losing UDRP for BC30.com

Monster chose to blast WIPO rather than respond to the three elements of UDRP. Rob Monster has filed a lawsuit after losing a UDRP for BC30.com. Rob Monster, the CEO of domain name registrar Epik, has filed a lawsuit after losing the domain name BC30.com in a UDRP. Ganeden Biotech, Inc. filed a UDRP with […]

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Are Bernie Sanders supporters this stupid?

This reaction to a simple domain name forward is all too common. If you type in BernieSander.com you’ll land on a donation page for Joe Biden. Anyone could have set that up. My headline is purposely inflammatory and isn’t fair. This post is more a commentary on the state of knee-jerk reactions and associations. More […]

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It’s time for domain name renewals beyond 10 years

The arbitrary 10-year limit should be increased. Domain name renewal prices are going up. They’ve been going up for a while, and they’re soon likely to go up in the two most important generic top level domain names: .Com prices will likely be 70% higher at the end of this decade. .Org prices will likely […]

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