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June 21, 2018 10:34

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In GDPR case, ICANN ready to fight Tucows to the bitter end

ICANN has appealed its recent court defeat as it attempts to force a Tucows subsidiary to carry on collecting full Whois data from customers. The org said yesterday that it is taking its lawsuit against Germany-based EPAG to a higher court and has asked it to bounce the case up to the European Court of […]

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German court denies injunction against Tucows’ registrar EPAG over GDPR

Court agrees with Tucows that some Whois data is redundant. A German Court in Bonn has denied (pdf) ICANN’s request for an injunction against Tucows’ domain name registrar EPAG. ICANN filed the injunction request last Friday, the day the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. EPAG had notified ICANN that it no […]

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Court denies ICANN’s GDPR injunction against Tucows

A German court has refused ICANN’s request for a GDPR-related injunction against Tucows’ local subsidiary EPAG, throwing a key prong of ICANN’s new Whois policy into chaos. EPAG now appears to be free to stop collecting contact information for each domain’s administrative and technical contacts — the standard Admin-C and Tech-C fields. The ruling may […]

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Million-euro Tucows GDPR lawsuit may not be ICANN’s last

ICANN has filed a lawsuit against a Tucows subsidiary in Germany in an effort to resolve a disagreement about how new European privacy law should be interpreted, and according to ICANN’s top lawyer it may not be the last. The organization said late Friday that it is taking local registrar EPAG to court in Bonn, […]

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My thoughts on Tucows’ earnings report

Tucows reported nice increases in revenue and income. There are changes afoot in its business, though. Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) reported first quarter earnings after the market closed Wednesday. The headline numbers are: Net revenue up 38% YoY to $95.8 million Net income up 53% YoY to 3.7 million Adjusted EBITDA up 64% YoY to $10.4 million […]

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Consensus be damned: here’s how transfers will work at Tucows after GDPR

Tucows will follow TechOps subcommittee recommendation for domain transfers as ICANN figures out what to do. Here’s the thing about GDPR and domain name registrars/registries: if they wait for ICANN to figure out how to address GDPR, it will be too late to make the necessary changes to comply with the law. GDPR enforcement goes […]

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Tucows changes domain name price structure

New pricing structure draws ire of some customers. Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX), owner of the dominant reseller domain name platforms Enom and OpenSRS, is introducing new pricing on both of its platforms. The pricing is not uniform across the brands. The pricing structure looks somewhat like an airline mileage club, requiring a minimum annual spend and number […]

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Digging into Tucows’ annual report

Some notable items from Tucows’ 10-k. Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) filed its annual report yesterday. Here are some things I found interesting: 1. The company now has 558 full-time employees. With $329 million in revenue, that’s about $600k of revenue per employee. 2. Tucows had 22.3M domains under management (DUM) on its own accreditations at the end […]

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.Com’s Top Registrars

These are the biggest registrars for .com domain names. ICANN has released Verisign’s most recent official breakdown of domain transactions by registrar. The data are from October. In October, these were the top 10 registrars in terms of new .com registrations: 1. GoDaddy.com 942,007* 2. Tucows 197,433** 3. Endurance 170,597+ 4. NameCheap Inc. 132,524 5. […]

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Tucows moves expired domain names back to GoDaddy Auctions

Move back to GoDaddy suggests that GoDaddy generates substantially more revenue per domain for registrars. Domain name registrar Tucows has moved its expired domain name inventory back to GoDaddy Auctions, Domain Name Wire has discovered. In September 2016, Tucows became the first third-party registrar to send its expired domain inventory to GoDaddy Auctions, switching from […]

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