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Take a minute, right now, to sign this petition to stop the .COM price increase

October 19, 2018DomainingComments Off on Take a minute, right now, to sign this petition to stop the .COM price increase
 MorganLinton.com: You might not know this but the price of .COM domains could increase, by an unknown amount, in a little over a month. Verisign, the company that currently has the exclusive right to issue .COM domains could make hundreds of millions of dollars off of all of us by increasing the price of every .COM […]

BTSA.com: Cybersquatting or RDNH? You decide.

October 19, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on BTSA.com: Cybersquatting or RDNH? You decide.

WIPO panelist makes a questionable decision.

World Intellectual Property Organization panelist Warwick A. Rothnie has determined that the owner of BTSA.com is cybersquatting and that the domain should be transferred to BTSA Biotecnologias Aplicadas, S.L.

Rothnie’s decision is surprising. You can make a good argument that this was actually a case of attempted reverse domain name hijacking.

It’s a bit convoluted because the domain name is financed by Domain Capital. Rothnie decided that the financing company is the true owner of the domain, which it financed in 2014. But the fact is that the beneficial owner registered the domain in 2003.

Although the Complainant says it existed prior to that, it didn’t register a domain for its website until 2004.

The Complainant has a registered trademark for BTSA BIOTECNOLOGÍAS APLICADAS as a figurative mark. Rothnie found this confusingly similar to the BTSA.com domain name.

What’s quite clear from reading the decision is that the beneficial owner of the domain acquired the domain for its value as a four letter domain, and that is how Domain Capital likely financed it. The decision says the domain was parked but did not show ads related to the Complainant.

That’s not cybersquatting.

The Complainant says it first discovered the use of BTSA.com when it decided to set up a subsidiary in the United States. It tried to acquire the domain and that failed. It then filed the UDRP.

I’d make an argument that this is a case of Plan B reverse domain name hijacking, not cybersquatting.

If nothing else, it’s not a clear case of cybersquatting and I believe Rothnie made the wrong decision.

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Will Trump Administration give the green light to higher “tax-like” fees on domains?

October 19, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Will Trump Administration give the green light to higher “tax-like” fees on domains?

With the Cooperative Agreement expiring next month, U.S. businesses could face higher tax-like fees on .com domains.

The price consumers pay for .com domain names have been kept in check by an obscure agreement between the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NTIA and Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), the company that operates .com.

This so-called “Cooperative Agreement” expires at the end of next month and we still don’t know what’s going to happen. Will the NTIA extend the agreement? If it doesn’t, the only real check on the wholesale price of .com domains will go away. That almost certainly means price increases. And while the typical business only owns a handful of domain names, the cost to businesses overall would be high.

Internet Commerce Association (ICA), a group that advocates for domain name owners, sent a letter (pdf) to NTIA head David J. Redl yesterday explaining why it’s important to extend the group’s oversight of .com. It succinctly lays out the facts:

  • Letting the agreement expire will almost certainly lead to price increases, akin to a billion dollar+ tax on businesses and individuals over time
  • Domain name regulator ICANN can’t be relied upon to keep .com prices in check and has an incentive to let Verisign increase prices
  • Verisign’s financials and compensation already reflect a company with a monopoly contract on an important piece of the internet
  • Other companies would likely operate .com at less than half the price Verisign currently charges
  • .Com domains are still the gold standard and considered a necessity by most businesses

There’s one thing the letter doesn’t mention that a reader recently pointed out to me. Companies must now disclose their median pay, and Verisign’s is among the highest of all public companies. In 2017 it was $171,615.

ICA also has a website about the Cooperative Agreement with more details at StopThePriceIncreaseOf.Com.

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AUCTION RECAP OF OCTOBER 18, 2018

October 19, 2018DomainingComments Off on AUCTION RECAP OF OCTOBER 18, 2018
 DSAD.com: A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on October 18, 2018. If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and may have had a reserve.  I’m only showing where the price was when the...

Nominations for ICA’s 2019 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award – now open!

October 19, 2018DomainingComments Off on Nominations for ICA’s 2019 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award – now open!
 Internet Commerce Association: The ICA is happy and proud to announce that we are now accepting nominations for ICA’s 2019 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award! Thanks to NamesCon’s generous support, for the 3rd year in the row, the award will be held during the conference. The Lonnie Borck Memorial Award is granted to an individual for indelible contribution t...

BTSA.com: Cybersquatting or RDNH? You decide.

October 19, 2018DomainingComments Off on BTSA.com: Cybersquatting or RDNH? You decide.
 Domain Name Wire: WIPO panelist makes a questionable decision. World Intellectual Property Organization panelist Warwick A. Rothnie has determined that the owner of BTSA.com is cybersquatting and that the domain should be transferred to BTSA Biotecnologias Aplicadas, S.L. Rothnie’s decision is surprising. You can make a good argument that this w...

ICA Seeking Nominations for 2019 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award

October 19, 2018DomainingComments Off on ICA Seeking Nominations for 2019 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award
 DomainInvesting.com: Shortly after the unexpected passing of Lonnie Borck, the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) created a domain industry award in his memory. The inaugural award was presented to David Weslow ofWiley Rein, and this year’s award was given to Kathy Kleiman. The ICA is currently seeking nominations for the 2019 Lonnie Borck Memoria...

Top Topics: Who’s In Charge Anyway?; Do You Pay Taxes on Your Domain Sales?…

October 19, 2018DomainingComments Off on Top Topics: Who’s In Charge Anyway?; Do You Pay Taxes on Your Domain Sales?…
 NamePros.com: In case you missed it, we covered the news of View's acquisition of the one-word domain View.com earlier this week. Whilst the sales price has not been revealed to us by either party, one investor shed some light on the possible sales price in the comments section after...

He too started with a small million loan from family…but his next IPO is the mother of all IPOs

October 19, 2018DomainingComments Off on He too started with a small million loan from family…but his next IPO is the mother of all IPOs
 The Frager factor: Meet Trump supporter Peter Thiel...  A gay immigrant who has probably done more to move the world forward then more iconic tech geniuses we hear about.  Thiel has started, invested in and advised some of the most important technology companies in the past 20 years, earning himself a fortune in the process.  Limited thinking is not...

Daily Poll: How Many Times do You Follow Up on Old Leads?

October 19, 2018DomainingComments Off on Daily Poll: How Many Times do You Follow Up on Old Leads?
 DomainInvesting.com: It’s frustrating when an offer or inquiry comes in, I respond to it, and I don’t hear back from the buyer. It is even more frustrating when their offer is somewhat close to the asking price, and I think there is a pretty good shot of the deal getting done. Following up on offers and […]