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ISOC chapter breaks ranks, criticizes deal to sell .Org

Netherlands chapter calls on others to join it in denouncing sale. Shortly after Internet Society (ISOC) announced a deal to sell Public Interest Registry (which runs .org) to a private equity company, ISOC sent a notice to its local chapters telling them not to talk to the press about the sale: …You can address any […]

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CBD company pays $160,000 for after losing UDRP

Florida company buys domain that it tried to get through UDRP. Green Roads of Florida, LLC has purchased the domain name for $160,000 after failing to win it in a cybersquatting dispute. The CBD company filed a UDRP with World Intellectual Property Organization in October, 2018. In January, the three-person panel found in favor […]

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Domain lease expires, forcing company to switch domain names. Kit, a service that lets influencers profit by recommending products, is about to lose the domain name it has used for years. Patreon acquired Kit in 2018 and then sold it to GeniusLink a couple of months ago. But the domain wasn’t part of the […]

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Walmart’s Vudu is a reverse domain name hijacker was registered well before the streaming video company existed. Vudu filed a cybersquatting complaint against It was found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. Vudu, a streaming video subsidiary of retail giant Walmart, has been found to have attempted reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name The company filed a cybersquatting […]

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CentralNic buys Team Internet for $48 million

Consolidation continues as CentralNic buys major domain traffic company. From speculation to reality in 24 hours. Domain name industry rollup CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) is acquiring online advertising company Team Internet AG for $48 million. $45 million of the purchase price will be in cash (with $3 million deferred), funded with a bond offering. This […]

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CentralNic in talks to acquire Team Internet

CentralNic is in advanced discussions to acquire advertising company Team Internet. Domain name company CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) is in talks to acquire Team Internet AG, the company confirmed today. Team Internet operates two online advertising businesses. The first is a traditional domain parking company called ParkingCrew. The other is Tonic, which offers many types […]

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Breaking: Private Equity company acquires .Org registry

Ethos Capital, led by former ABRY Partners Managing Partner, buys .Org registry. I thought this might happen. And now it has. Fresh off ICANN’s blunder letting Public Interest Registry set whatever price it wants for .org domain names, Internet Society (ISOC) has sold the .org registry Public Interest Registry (PIR) to private equity company Ethos […]

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HBO wins domain name in cybersquatting fight

HBO gets domain name for popular series. It didn’t take gritty police work to solve a case over the domain name HBO has won a cybersquatting dispute over the domain name for its popular True Detective show. The company filed a complaint with National Arbitration Forum under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, […]

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Tucows exits its domain name portfolio

Company no longer holds a portfolio of domains for the secondary market. Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) released its Q3 earnings yesterday. You can see the numbers here (pdf), but they aren’t the headline for the domain segment. Instead, it’s this: after many years of owning its a domain portfolio, Tucows has exited that business. It still […]

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Part of MarkMonitor sold to OpSec Security

Clarivate will retain the domain name business. Clarivate Analytics (NYSE: CCC) is selling part of its MarkMonitor business to OpSec Security. OpSec Security is an anticounterfeiting and brand protection company. It will acquire the MarkMonitor brand protection, antipiracy and antifraud business from Clarivate. This does not include the MarkMonitor Domain Management business. Clarivate is re-organizing […]

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