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Monthly Archive for August, 2018

Do You Ever Stop Being a Domainer?

August 31, 2018DomainingComments Off on Do You Ever Stop Being a Domainer?
 Domaining Tips: My career path has been… well, weird. My second book ended up becoming a Wall Street Journal and USA Today besteller, so I’m “obviously” (the operative word) an author. My YouTube channel is doing better and better (~31,500 subscribers), so I’m a YouTuber as well, just as obviously. However, in my case, ...

Why You’ll See Me at the MERGE Digital Asset Conference Again This Year

August 31, 2018DomainingComments Off on Why You’ll See Me at the MERGE Digital Asset Conference Again This Year
 StrategicRevenue.com: NEW YORK, NY – I’m happy to report that I will again be visiting beautiful and sunny Orlando Florida this September 14-19 for the Merge Domain Conference, rightfully dubbed the “Merge Digital Asset Conference”. MERGE serves as a five day multi-conference event focused on Digital Assets, Domains, Hosting, E-Commerce, Content Managemen...

Monthly/Yearly domain sales to portfolio size ratio

August 31, 2018DomainingComments Off on Monthly/Yearly domain sales to portfolio size ratio
 Domaining Tips: Today: .co can be more expensive than .com / Why you are not in the domain investors $1M club / EBF.com sold for $30,500 / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Wanted: Your best Crypto/Poker related domain .com/.io – Be sure to check your portfolio for […] The post Month...

Why Big Deals Suck!

August 31, 2018DomainingComments Off on Why Big Deals Suck!
 Michael Gilmour:  I’m going to say something pretty controversial, you can’t build a business off big deals. Don’t get me wrong, I love a big deal but to build a business off them is next to impossible. I’ve talked to so many entrepreneurs that espouse the next big deal that’s just about to land. In fact, just the other day I was speaking to a ...

Do these Jack Ryan domain name registrations make sense?

August 31, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Do these Jack Ryan domain name registrations make sense?

Amazon Prime just released a new Prime Original series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. Amazon has been promoting this on Prime Video for months.

Yesterday, the company registered these domain names:

jack-ryan-tv.com
jack-ryanseries.com
jack-ryantheseries.com
jack-ryantv.com
jackryan-tv.com
jackryantv.com
tom-clancys-jack-ryan.com
tomclancys-jackryan-tv.com
tomclancys-jackryanseries.com
tomclancys-jackryantheseries.com
tomclancys-jackryantv.com
tomclancysjackryan-tv.com
tomclancysjackryantv.com
tomclanys-jackryan.com

Amazon always makes a slew of defensive domain name registrations when it launches a new product. But some of these seem way over the top, including the typo tomclanys-jackryan.com.

Also, with Amazon promoting this new series for a long time, why register these domains just now?

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#Sedo auction results : #GreatDomains tallied $133,000 in sales for August

August 31, 2018DomainingComments Off on #Sedo auction results : #GreatDomains tallied $133,000 in sales for August
 DomainGang.com: Sedo has released the results of its recent GreatDomains sale, the week-long auction that recurs every month. Note: Sedo is a premium sponsor of DomainGang.com. Although EM.com did not meet its six figure reserve, 40 other domain names did. The stats are as follows: 230 domains on auction 40 sold (17.39%) Total sales value: $133,484 ...

You need to hire a specialist lawyer for domain name disputes

August 31, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on You need to hire a specialist lawyer for domain name disputes

Another example of a UDRP case gone wrong that might have gone the other way with different arguments.

“Maybe we should read Gerald Levine’s book about UDRP before filing.”

Would you hire a personal injury lawyer to file a trademark application? I hope not. You should hire an attorney who specializes in trademarks.

When it comes to cybersquatting claims, it’s important to hire someone who has direct experience with the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. It’s not enough to even hire an intellectual property or trademark specialist.

There’s a lot of nuance to UDRP, and if you hire someone who’s not an expert in cybersquatting, your results will vary. You’ll also likely pay that person to research stuff that other lawyers already know.

I was reminded of this in a case just decided at National Arbitration Forum. Geo Global Partners, LLC failed to win its case against Gardenique.com, and it’s possible the outcome would have been different if the case was argued differently.

The case mostly hinged on dates. The domain was registered in 1996. Geo Global Partners’ attorney tried to argue common law rights but not did make arguments sufficient enough to qualify in a UDRP case. Furthermore, even the common law rights claimed were after 1996.

Here’s the thing: based on historical Whois records at DomainTools, it appears the current owner of the domain acquired it in late 2016 or early 2017. That changes things.

Perhaps the Complainant still would have lost for other reasons. But it’s a reminder that you should hire counsel that is experienced with the type of proceedings you are filing. Someone who has filed or defended many cases and has read many more to understand the nuance of these cases.

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Pilot Fitness, LLC tried reverse domain name hijacking

August 31, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Pilot Fitness, LLC tried reverse domain name hijacking

Fitness website for pilots tries to get the .net to match its .com but is found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking instead.

“Do you think we should hijack this domain name?”

Pilot Fitness, LLC, a company that helps traveling professionals stay fit, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name PilotFitness.net. The company uses PilotFitness.com for its website.

PilotFitness.net is owned by a pilot who teaches fitness. He has forwarded the domain name to his website since at least 2013 (based on Archive.org) and registered the domain in 2012. Pilot Fitness, LLC bought its domain name sometime later through HugeDomains.

PilotFitness, LLC has a stylized trademark for a logo “Pilot Fitness Elevate Your Health”.

Panelist Neil Anthony Brown found that the domain name was not confusing similar to this mark, and the Pilot Fitness part was descriptive.

He also determined that the Complainant didn’t even make a prima facie case against the domain name owner that he lacks rights or legitimate interests. Brown noted:

The term used is essentially generic or descriptive, being made up of two generic words with widely understood meanings over which no-one has an exclusive entitlement and they have, on the unchallenged evidence, been used by Respondent on his website within their generic meaning, namely to offer services relating to the fitness of aircraft pilots and others who may want the same standard of fitness services. Indeed, the totality of the evidence shows that it is extremely unlikely that Respondent used the words because they were in Complainant’s trademark or that he even knew of the existence of Complainant, its business or its trademark at the time he registered the domain name. After all, he registered his domain name before Complainant came into existence and, consequently, before Complainant applied for or registered its trademark.

Brown further found that the domain wasn’t registered in bad faith, primarily because the domain was registered before Pilot Fitness, LLC existed.

This is a rare trifecta reverse domain name hijacking case in which the complainant not only failed on all three elements of UDRP, but failed to even make a prima facie case on the rights or legitimate interests prong.

It’s possible this is because the Complainant wasn’t represented by counsel. Instead of listing a lawyer, the decision states that the Complainant was represented by Lauren Dils. She’s listed on the PilotFitness.com website as a personal trainer.

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Premium .Green Domain Names Acquired by YELLOW PAGES GOES GREEN®

August 31, 2018DomainingComments Off on Premium .Green Domain Names Acquired by YELLOW PAGES GOES GREEN®
 StrategicRevenue.com: Innovator in digital telephone directory listings and advocate for staunch environmentalism, announces acquisition of new gTld Internet domain names. NEW YORK – Yellow Pages Directory Inc., which operates its Yellow Pages Goes Green (“YPGG“), an environmentally-conscious “Green” telephone directory, has ...

What do Marketing Students and NamesCon Have in Common?

August 31, 2018DomainingComments Off on What do Marketing Students and NamesCon Have in Common?
 NamesCon.com:  Image by gdata Domaining is just about Buying and Selling the names of websites, right? Not quite...In the last decade, marketing has become more about SEO, PPCs and Social Media platforms and less about traditional TV or print advertising. Of course, everyone st...