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January 18, 2020 20:46

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Amazon beats South America! Dot-brand contracts now signed

Amazon has prevailed in its seven-year battle to obtain the right to run .amazon as a branded top-level domain. The company signed contracts for .amazon and the Chinese and Japanese translations on Thursday, despite years-long protests from the eight South American governments that comprise the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization. This means the three gTLDs are […]

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ICANN throws out second .org appeal, so URS stays

The Uniform Rapid Suspension process is to stay in .org, after the ICANN board of directors rejected an appeal from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF had challenged the inclusion of URS in the recently renegotiated .org Registry Agreement, on the basis that the anti-cybersquatting system was designed for post-2012 new gTLDs and was never […]

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Wasn’t aware of the trademark : #UDRP response actually helped save the #domain

The registrant of practicesnapshot.com is a dental studio that instructed one of its employees to register the domain in 2016. Apparently, the words “practice snapshot” have nothing to do with hockey, but it’s about providing software that allows dentists to have a graphic summary or snapshot of their dental practice. A company registered the trademark […]

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#Localvore .com : #Domain age beat #UDRP despite registered trademark

The domain Localvore.com was registered in 2006, and its Registrant used it consistently with food-related guide services since then. In 2012, another company began to use the term, and managed to register LOCALVORE TODAY, and in 2017 LOCALVORE with the USPTO. They filed a UDRP to get the domain, but the sole panelist noted that […]

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Former NTIA chief Redl now working for Amazon

David Redl, the former head of the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration has joined Amazon as an internet governance advisor, I’ve learned. I don’t know whether he’s taken a full-time job or is a contractor, but he’s been spotted palling around with Amazon folk at ICANN 66 in Montreal and knowledgeable sources tell me […]

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America has Amazon’s back in gTLD fight at ICANN 66

The United States looks set to stand in the way of government attempts to further delay Amazon’s application for .amazon. The US Governmental Advisory Committee representative, Vernita Harris, said today that the US “does not support further GAC advice on the .amazon issue” and that ICANN is well within its rights to move forward with […]

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The Amazon is burning. Is this good news for .amazon?

With the tide of international opinion turning against Brazil due to the ongoing forest fires in the Amazon, could we see governments change their tune when it comes to Amazon’s application for .amazon? A much higher number of forest fires than usual are currently burning in the region, largely in Brazil, which critics led by […]

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#ABSA insurance : South African company fails to get #domain from Argentinian registrant via #UDRP

Two companies using the initials “ABSA” in their respective names, hold trademarks – albeit, in different countries. Who gets the domain? The question was raised when ABSA Group Limited of Gauteng, Republic of South Africa, fired up its lawyers to gain control of the domain name absainsurance.com. The Respondent in this UDRP is Alejandro Angel […]

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Karklins beats LaHatte to chair ICANN’s Whois privacy team

Latvian diplomat and former senior WIPO member Janis Karklins has been appointed chair of the ICANN working group that will decide whether to start making private Whois records available to trademark owners. Karklins’ appointment was approved by the GNSO Council last week. He beat a single rival applicant, New Zealand’s Chris LaHatte, the former ICANN […]

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Italian bank is the latest dot-brand to bow out

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Italy’s sixth-largest bank, has become the latest new gTLD owner to tell ICANN it no longer wishes to run its dot-brand. It’s the 47th new gTLD to request termination of its registry contract. The affected TLD is .bnl. ICANN has already decided not to transition the contract to a new owner, […]

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