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Four domain name panels on the ballot for SXSW

August 27, 2012domain names, Domaining, Domainnamewire, new tlds, sxsw, UncategorizedComments Off on Four domain name panels on the ballot for SXSW

Topics range from new TLDs to government interference.

SXSW Interactive 2013SXSW 2013 is more than six months away, but there are just a few days left to vote for which panels you want to see. The SXSW Panel Picker closes August 31.

I discovered four domain name related panels in the panel picker. Here they are, along with a link to their full description.

New Domains Have Landed – Now What!?
Speaker: Jeremiah Johnston, Sedo

Jeremiah Johnston gave a “Future 15″ presentation on new TLDs this year. Now that the applications have been submitted he hopes to return this year with an update.

.JOBS, The SEO Hotshot: Multiple Domain Recruiting
Speaker: Nancy Holland DirectEmployers Association

DirectEmployers Association is trying to pimp the .jobs domain name with its own session at SXSW. It looks more like a sales pitch than an education session, and it isn’t the type of session that usually makes the final cut at SXSW.

Protect Digital Assets Against Government Seizure
Speakers: Charles Mudd Mudd Law Offices, David Snead David S. Snead, Julie Samuels Electronic Frontier Foundation

A discussion about government domain name seizures, who’s at risk of having it happen, and how it occurs.

How You Will Get Hacked Ten Years From Now
Speaker: Alex Stamos, Artemis

Artemis is an applicant for the .secure domain name. It wants to talk about how the release of hundreds of new top level domain names will lead to increased threats of fraud, spam, and malware — making it easier for you to get hacked. This could be good as long as they don’t pitch their .secure bid.


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Domain Names Are a Great Alternative Asset in Financial Uncertainty

August 7, 2011alternative investments, domain names, Domaining, Domainnamewire, s&p, UncategorizedComments Off on Domain Names Are a Great Alternative Asset in Financial Uncertainty

Domain names aren’t denominated in a single currency and are easily transferable around the world.

With S&P’s downgrade of U.S. long term debt, financial markets around the world are trying to make sense of it. It’s not like the U.S. economy and outlook has actually changed since the announcement was made. And few people trust S&P, the same company that rated a number of worthless mortgage securities AAA.

But of course this means turbulent times are ahead for your savings. As an American, I have a lot of my savings in U.S. dollars and about an equal amount in equities. While you may consider this very risk averse, those dollars keep falling in value at the same time equities do.

Which is why I’m happy to also have significant domain name assets. They aren’t denominated in U.S. dollars. Nor Euros, which could very well disappear over the next decade. Unlike some assets (e.g. U.S. real estate) they are easily transferable and salable around the world in any currency.

Domain names aren’t very liquid, but it’s a good feeling to have money tied up in an asset class with international appeal.


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WWW Prefix Typo Popular Among Trademark Infringers

March 8, 2010domain names, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Policy & Law, trademarksComments Off on WWW Prefix Typo Popular Among Trademark Infringers

Study says WWW typo is most common prefix in trademark infringing domain names.

A new study from Corporation Service Company (CSC) — which provides trademark protection services — shows that www is the most common prefix to brand names used to “trademark infringers” in domain names. (The very common typo where someone forgets the dot between www and the domain name.)

Perhaps more interesting is that most companies that do own the www typo of their web site don’t actually forward it to their main web site. 67% of the www typos owned by the actual web site owner didn’t point to any active web site. 80% of the www typos owned by someone other than the web site owner pointed to pay-per-click pages.

CSC says the www typo of its own web site gets about 1% of the traffic of its web site.

CSC determined that the most common suffix added to trademarks is “online”. Surprisingly, the common “com” typo where someone forgets to enter a dot between the second level domain and ‘com’ is only ranked #5.

The study looked at 100 randomly selected brands as well as all filed UDRP cases.


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