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Donuts acquires its 242nd gTLD

Donuts, the registry with the largest stable of new gTLDs, has added its 242nd string to its bow. The company seems to have acquired .contact from, nominally at least, smaller portfolio rival Top Level Spectrum. The ICANN contract for the gTLD was transferred to one of Donuts’ subsidiaries a couple weeks ago. According to TLS […]

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Registry bosses to talk ICANN “tax cuts” at private meeting

The CEOs of 20 or more gTLD registries are due to meet privately this month to discuss, among other things, the possibility of a reduction in their ICANN fees. The Registry CEO Summit is being held in Seattle at the end of September, I’m told. Jay Westerdal of Top Level Spectrum (.feedback etc) and Ray […]

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MarkMonitor tells .feedback to take a hike after “breach” claim

MarkMonitor is to voluntarily terminate its registrar relationship with Top Level Spectrum after the .feedback registry hit it with a breach of contract notice. Troy Fuhriman, director of domain management at the registrar, told DI today that the company has just sent TLS a letter stating that it no longer wishes to sell .feedback names. […]

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.feedback threatens to shut off MarkMonitor

Top Level Spectrum, the controversial .feedback gTLD registry, has threatened to de-accredit MarkMonitor unless it apologizes for “breaching” its registrar contract. The move is evidently retaliation for the MarkMonitor-coordinated complaint about .feedback’s launch policies, which last month led to TLS being found in breach of its own ICANN contract. De-accreditation would mean MarkMonitor would not […]

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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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Big brands condemn “fraudulent” .feedback gTLD in ICANN complaint

Top Level Spectrum has been accused today of running the gTLD .feedback in a “fraudulent and deceptive” manner. Over a dozen famous brands, corralled by corporate registrar MarkMonitor, today formally complained to ICANN that .feedback is a “complete sham”. They reckon that the majority of .feedback domains belong to entities connected to the registry, violate […]

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“UDRP-proof” .feedback gTLD loses first UDRP

The first cybersquatting complaint against a .feedback domain name has resulted in a transfer, despite registry claims that the gTLD was “UDRP-proof”. De Beers, the diamond merchant, won a UDRP case against the registrant of debeers.feedback earlier this month. The registrant, who used a privacy service, registered the name back in January, when .feedback was […]

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First dot-brand gTLD to go generic after TLS deal

The would-be dot-brand gTLD .observer will actually open as an unrestricted generic after the contract was bought out by Top Level Spectrum. TLS, which has a small portfolio of gTLDs already, bought out the ICANN contract from UK newspaper publisher Guardian News and Media a couple of months ago, it emerged today. The Observer is […]

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TLS says .feedback will be “UDRP-proof”, will hire lawyers to defend registrants

Top Level Spectrum plans to make its .feedback domains dirt cheap for domainers during its forthcoming Early Access Period, and is claiming that its domains will be “UDRP-proof”. CEO Jay Westerdal told DI today that the registry will even hire lawyers to defend its registrants if and when UDRP cases arise. The company has also […]

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.feedback regs Fox trademark to itself during sunrise

Top Level Spectrum, the new .feedback registry, has painted a second gigantic target on itself by registering to itself a .feedback domain matching one of the world’s largest media brands. The company has registered fox.feedback and put up a web site soliciting comment on Fox Broadcasting Company. This has happened whilst .feedback is still in […]

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