• Broadcasting War As FashionTV.com Hit With UDRP By FashionTelevision.com

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    Fashion Television International Limited which owns the domain name FashionTelevision.com has filed a UDRP against FashionTV.com The domain name has been registered to Fashiontv.com GmbH since at least January 2007. It appears the parties have been in litigation or at least threatened litigation for many years according to a page on FashionTV.com According to Wikipedia.org, […] ...read more
  • IPC asks ICANN to halt controversial .Sucks domain name roll out

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    Calls it “predatory, exploitative and coercive” and points out bizarre contract with ICANN. The Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC) is asking (pdf) ICANN to halt Vox Populi's roll out of the .sucks top level domain name, calling the registry's unique pricing “predatory, exploitative and coercive”. The group is upset that Vox Populi plans to charge $2,499 to trademark owners to register their domains while offering a much cheaper price to non-trademark holders. The registry has also placed a premium on a number of brands that have submitted their marks to the Trademark Clearinghouse. This, the IPC claims, will discourage trademark holders from using a key rights protection mechanism. IPC believes Vox Populi has set this up to encourage bad faith registrations by third parties and increase the likelihood of TM infringement. In a letter to ICANN, IPC notes: …Vox Populi may well be liable under the Post Delegation Dispute Resolution Policy (PDDRP), may in fact be accountable under the various intermediary liability laws around the world, and may have breached its Registry Agreement with ICANN (as well as ICANN Consensus Policies) by adding additional elements (the subsidy and “sunrise premium” name schemes) which materially alters the mandatory RPM in a manner which renders them detrimental to brand owners, and a new registry service in the form of its everything.sucks platform. Everything.sucks is a third party arrangement in which people can register domains for a much lower price if they host them on a third party platform (and if they aren't the trademark holder). IPC also points out a peculiar change to the standard new TLD contract that's in the .Sucks agreement with ICANN. It includes an additional fee for Vox Populi with $100,000 upfront and $1 for each additional transaction for up to 900,000 transactions. It's very odd that a registry would agree to pay this additional amount to ICANN. Summarizing the issue, the IPC writes: We understand that ICANN has previously taken the position that it does not regulate pricing and that compliance has refused to take action based on a pricing issue. However, Vox Populi's entire business model, and in particular, the categorization of TMCH-registered and protected marks as “premium” and “sunrise premium” for the purposes of setting exorbitant pricing schemes and using “subsidized” domain names to maximize the likelihood that trademarks which are not registered during Sunrise will be registered by third parties, goes far beyond mere “pricing.” This scheme constitutes an abuse and a perversion of the mandatory RPMs approved by the ICANN community, solely to make money off the backs of brand owners, and appears to violate the Registry Agreement as well as numerous Consensus Policies. It creates a mockery of the new TLD process and calls into question the very ability of ICANN as an organization to be able to administer the new gTLD program. This issue is particularly timely, given the accountability debate in which ICANN is embroiled. © DomainNameWire.com 2015. This is copyrighted content. Domain Name Wire full-text RSS feeds are made available for personal use only, and may not be ...read more
  • “Halt perverted .sucks shakedown now!” demands IPC

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    Intellectual property interests have asked ICANN to put an immediate stop to the roll-out of the .sucks new gTLD. A letter to Global Domains Division president Akram Atallah, sent by the Intellectual Property Constituency this evening and seen by DI, calls the registry's plans, which include an “exorbitant” $2,500 sunrise fee, a “shakedown scheme”. It's also emerged that Vox Populi, the .sucks registry, has agreed to pay ICANN up to a million dollars in mysterious fees that apply to no other new gTLD registry. The IPC letter states. the Intellectual Property Constituency is formally asking ICANN to halt the rollout of the .SUCKS new gTLD operated by Vox Populi Registry Inc. (“Vox Populi”), so that the community can examine the validity of Vox Populi's recently announced plans to: (1) to categorize TMCH-registered marks as “premium names,” (2) charge exorbitant sums to brand owners who seek to secure a registration in .SUCKS, and (3) conspire with an (alleged) third party to “subsidize” a complaint site should brand owners fail to cooperate in Vox Populi's shakedown scheme. Vox Populi intends to take .sucks to sunrise on Monday, so the IPC wants ICANN to take immediate action. The high price of registration, the IPC believes, will discourage trademark owners from using the sunrise period to defensively register their marks. Meanwhile, the registry's plan to make the domains available for $10 under a “Consumer Advocate Subsidy”, will encourage cybersquatting, the IPC says. by discouraging trademark owners from using a key RPM, we believe that the registry operator's actions in establishing this predatory scheme are complicit in, and encourage bad faith registrations by third parties at the second level of the .SUCKS gTLD, and thus drastically increase the likelihood of trademark infringement, all for commercial gain The letter goes on to say that Vox Populi may be in violation of its registry contract and the Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Policy, which was created to prevent registries turning a blind eye to mass cybersquatting. There's also a vague threat of legal action for contributory trademark infringement. The IPC has particular beef with the registry's Sunrise Premium program. This is a list of strings — mostly trademarks — that have been defensively registered in earlier sunrise periods. Sunrise Premium names will always cost $2,500, even after sunrise, when registered by the trademark owner. The IPC says: Vox Populi is targeting and punishing brand owners who have availed themselves of the RPMs or shown that they are susceptible to purchasing defensive registrations… This will have a chilling effect on TMCH registrations and consequently discredit all of the New gTLD Program RPMs in the eyes of brand owners, whose buy-in and adoption of new gTLDs is widely acknowledged to be critical to the success of the new gTLD program. Finally, and perhaps more disturbingly, the IPC has discovered that the .sucks registry agreement calls for Vox Populi to pay ICANN up to a million dollars in extra fees. As well as the usual $25,000-a-year fee and $0.25 per-transaction fee, .sucks has already paid ICANN a $100,000 “registry access fee” and has promised to pay a $1 ...read more
  • Learning By Doing ~ Sedo Discrepancy

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    Learning by doing is something I love to do. The other day I did a list of nice .us domain names that were freshly listed on Sedo with Buy It Now prices. The article was enjoyed by many and several people purchased domain names directly from my list using the affiliate links provided by me. Here are some things I learned. 284 outbound clicks were done on the first day I published the story! Nice! See: What did Sedo report … Read the rest Learning By Doing ~ Sedo DiscrepancyJamie Zoch ...read more
  • Realtor Shares Advice About Real Estate Domain Names

    DomainInvesting.com
    Publisher's note: Bill Hauck shared an insightful comment earlier this week about real estate domain names, and I asked him if he would be willing to expound on it in a blog post. Bill was kind enough to write the article below sharing some of his advice. I've been a residential real estate agent for nearly 20 years and a domain name investor/enthusiast for at least the last ten years, maybe longer. During that time, I've purchased a number of real estate-related domain names to use for my real estate business, and others for the sole purpose of licensing or → Read More The post Realtor Shares Advice About Real Estate Domain Names appeared first on DomainInvesting.com. ...read more
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