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Will ICANN take a bigger slice of the .com pie, or will .domainers get URS?

Will ICANN try to get its paws on some of Verisign’s .com windfall? Or might domainers get a second slap in the face by seeing URS imposed in .com? With Verisign set to receive hundreds of millions of extra dollars due to the imminent lifting of .com price caps, it’s been suggested that ICANN may […]

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.radio set for November launch, weird tiered pricing

The European Broadcasting Union plans to operate the forthcoming .radio gTLD in such a way as to discourage domain investors. It yesterday set out its launch timetable, registration restrictions, and expects registrars to charge companies between €200 and €250 per domain per year ($213 to $266). Interestingly, it’s also proposing to charge different, lower prices […]

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.Sucks domain to drop its price 99% in January

Brand owners, beware. The .sucks top level domain name has been slow to take off, rendering its alleged “extortion” strategy wounded. But this might change next month. .Sucks registry Vox Populi will begin a rebate program in January that will temporarily drop the wholesale price of .sucks domains to $1.99 ($19.99 for premiums). That’s a […]

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DI implicated in .sucks “gag order” fight

Vox Populi, the .sucks registry, terminated Com Laude’s accreditation last week due to its belief that the brand protection registrar had leaked a “confidential” document to Domain Incite. Vox Pop CEO John Berard tonight denied that the company he works for was carrying out a “grudge” against Com Laude, which in January led a charge […]

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.sucks terminates Com Laude as “gag order” row escalates

Vox Populi, the .sucks gTLD registry, has terminated the accreditation of brand protection registrar Com Laude as part of an ongoing dispute between the two companies. Com Laude won’t be able to sell defensive .sucks registrations to its clients any more, at least not on its own accreditation, in other words. The London-based registrar is […]

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New .sucks logo actually kinda sucks

Vox Populi has revealed a new logo for its .sucks gTLD. Here it is. What do you think? In going for a retro, 8-bit vibe, has Vox deliberately gone for a look that actually kinda sucks? Is that the joke? Or do you like it? The company said on its blog: The program is designed […]

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.sucks “gag order” dropped, approved

Vox Populi, the .sucks registry, has had controversial changes to its registrar contract approved after it softened language some had compared to a “gag order”. ICANN approved changes to the .suck Registry-Registrar Agreement last week, after receiving no further complaints from registrar stakeholders. Registrars had been upset by a proposed change that they said would […]

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Vox Populi makes sucky argument for .sucks trademark

Vox Populi can’t take no for an answer. Remember when Vox Populi filed to register a trademark for .Sucks? We all pointed out that you can’t get a trademark for a top level domain name. And that’s precisely what the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office told Vox Populi. But the .sucks operator is undeterred, responding […]

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Registrars boycotting “gag order” .sucks contract

Registrars are ignoring new provisions in their .sucks contracts that they say amount to a “gag order”. In a letter (pdf) to ICANN from its Registrars Stakeholder Group, the registrars ask for ICANN to convene a face-to-face negotiation between themselves and .sucks registry Vox Populi, adding: Until such time, the Registrars believe that the amendments […]

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.sucks sends in the lawyers in “gag order” fight

Vox Populi is taking ICANN to mediation over a row about what some of its registrars call a “gag order” against them. Its lawyers have sent ICANN a letter demanding mediation and claiming ICANN has breached the .sucks Registry Agreement. I believe it’s the first time a new gTLD registry has done such a thing. […]

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