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Donuts also applies for .sucks — here’s its list of 307 applications

June 13, 2012.sucks, Domaining, Domainnamewire, donuts inc, UncategorizedComments Off on Donuts also applies for .sucks — here’s its list of 307 applications

A fight breaks out over .sucks top level domain.

Donuts, Inc. is the biggest applicant for new top level domains. But it’s a little difficult to parse that information from ICANN’s release of applications since every one has a different corporation attached to it. (The list of registry company names looks a lot like SnapNames list of registrars.) So I’ve gone ahead and printed its list below.

Perhaps most interesting is that Donuts applied for .sucks amongst its list of 307 domain names. A Pool.com company has also applied for the controversial string.

It also applied for .gripe — which could get some gripes from the intellectual property community.

Here’s Donut’s list of applications.

Chinese IDNs:

enterprise
entertainment
games
shop or store

Others:

academy
accountants
agency
apartments
app
architect
art
associates
attorney
auction
audio
auto
baby
band
bargains
baseball
basketball
beauty
bet
bike
bingo
blog
boats
book
boutique
broadway
broker
builders
business
buy
cab
cafe
camera
camp
capital
cards
care
careers
cars
casa
cash
casino
catering
center
charity
chat
cheap
church
city
claims
cleaning
clinic
clothing
cloud
club
coach
codes
coffee
college
community
company
computer
condos
construction
consulting
contractors
cool
corp
coupons
cpa
credit
creditcard
cricket
cruises
dating
deals
degree
delivery
dental
dentist
design
diamonds
diet
digital
direct
directory
discount
doctor
dog
domains
eco
education
email
energy
engineering
enterprises
equipment
estate
events
exchange
expert
exposed
express
fail
family
fan
farm
fashion
film
finance
financial
fish
fitness
flights
florist
flowers
food
football
forsale
forum
foundation
free
fund
furniture
futbol
gallery
games
garden
gifts
glass
global
gmbh
gold
golf
graphics
gratis
gripe
group
guide
guru
haus
health
healthcare
help
hockey
holdings
holiday
home
hospital
hosting
hot
hotel
house
immo
inc
industries
institute
insurance
insure
international
investments
jewelry
juegos
kitchen
land
law
lawyer
lease
legal
life
lighting
limited
limo
live
living
llc
loans
love
ltd
luxury
mail
maison
management
market
marketing
mba
media
medical
memorial
mobile
money
mortgage
movie
music
network
news
now
online
opinion
partners
parts
pets
phone
photography
photos
pictures
pizza
place
plumbing
plus
poker
productions
properties
property
racing
radio
realestate
realty
recipes
red
reisen
rent
rentals
repair
report
restaurant
reviews
rocks
rugby
run
sale
salon
sarl
school
schule
search
security
services
shoes
shop
shopping
show
singles
site
ski
soccer
software
solar
solutions
spa
sports
storage
store
studio
data
style
sucks
supplies
supply
support
surgery
systems
tax
taxi
team
tech
technology
tennis
theater
tickets
tienda
tips
tires
today
tools
tours
town
toys
trading
training
tube
university
vacations
ventures
vet
viajes
video
villas
vin
vip
vision
vote
voyage
watch
web
website
wedding
wine
works
world
wtf
yoga
zone


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DNW’s new TLD roundup: the good, the bad and the funny

June 1, 2012.sucks, association national advertisers, Domaining, Domainnamewire, facebook, google, momentous, new tlds, radix, tldh, Uncategorized, zipposComments Off on DNW’s new TLD roundup: the good, the bad and the funny

From brands to portfolio players, here’s a look at what we know so far.

The “big reveal” of who applied for what top level domains isn’t until June 13. But that didn’t stop a lot of companies from making their own announcements over the 36 hours since the application window closed.

Here’s my roundup and analysis:

Google

Google announced four domains it is applying for, but AdAge reports the company is applying for upwards of 50 domain names.

The announcement came from Vint Cerf, Google’s “Chief Internet Evangelist”. He also happens to be the former Chairman of ICANN’s board. One thought is if Cerf is trying to throw ICANN a bone here. Not in the form of money, because we all know ICANN’s coffers are going to be a lot fuller than we expected just months ago. It’s more of a “we believe in ICANN and what they’re doing” statement. Still, I think Google could have done this by applying for perhaps a dozen domains including some non-.brand domains. So this seems like a bit more. It seems like Google sees benefits to new top level domains.

But I gotta ask: .lol? Really?

Facebook

Is Facebook applying for .facebook or anything else?

A Facebook spokesperson told AdAge a couple months ago that it wasn’t applying. But it’s hard for a spokesperson to answer a negative like that. A TLD initiative could come from anywhere within the company.

And a lot has happened since two months ago.

I reached out to Facebook yesterday to ask again if they applied for any new TLDs. All they would say is “no comment”.

I’d be willing to bet money (or rapidly devaluing FB shares) that Facebook applied for something.

TLDH and Directi

Two of the big “portfolio” applicants have announced their applications.

Top Level Domain Holdings, which owns Minds + Machines, applied for 92 domains, 68 of which are on its own behalf. (Others are with partners or on behalf of clients.)

It’s not very surprising to me that the company applied for .green. It has an entity set up to apply for .eco, but that one could be messy. This will be a battle to watch.

The company also applied for two IDN top level domains.

TLDH applied for a lot of common strings that will be in contention.

The same can be said for Directi’s new Radix company (see disclosure). The company applied for 31 strings. Company founder Bhavin Turakhia told DomainIncite he expects every one of the names to be in contention with other applicants.

GoDaddy

One of the companies both TLDH and Radix will have to face off with is Go Daddy. I broke the news Wednesday night of the company’s applications for .home and .casa. Not surprisingly, .home has multiple applicants. Slightly surprisingly, so does .casa. It will be interesting to see how these play out.

The brand scare continues

The notion that brands must apply for their .brand to keep others from doing so certainly played a role in applications. You can blame Association of National Advertisers in part for this. But I’ve got to wonder what consultant convinced lighter maker Zippo that it needed to apply for .zippo.

Here’s a quote from an article in The Economist:

Jeff Duke, general counsel at Zippo, a lighter-maker, says the firm already spends $3m a year “playing whack-a-mole” with claim-jumpers—a tidy sum for a small manufacturer, albeit one with a big brand. The expansion will “multiply our headaches”, he predicts. Zippo will apply for .zippo, even though “we don’t have any great plans for it.”

This is a prime example of a domain that didn’t need to be applied for on a defensive basis.

.Sucks

This one, courtesy of a Momentous (Pool.com) subsidiary, is sure to be a punching bag. Regardless of the true intent, the company will be hard pressed to convince anyone that it’s not merely a stick up to get brands to protect themselves.

Momentous figures to profit from new TLDs from others in the coming years. It’s offering a digital archery service. It’s also sure to have a lot of clients for sunrise auctions.

Things are getting interesting…

Disclosure: I work with Directi’s media companies. I have not been involved with Radix.


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Something tells me the intellectual property constituency won’t like .sucks

May 31, 2012.sucks, Domaining, Domainnamewire, momentous, Uncategorized, Vox PopuliComments Off on Something tells me the intellectual property constituency won’t like .sucks

.Sucks will be the new TLD opponents’ case-in-point.

When I saw Michael Berkens’ post this morning about the four top level domains Momentous Corp is applying for, I did a double take.

.Sucks?

Yep. It’s no joke.

The applicant describes .sucks like this:

Since its inception, the internet has been a forum for debate and criticism. As the web has evolved we’ve seen it increasingly facilitate organization of the masses. Whether it be in the name of protest, products, politics or philosophy, the internet’s role in sharing dissent has gone from being practical to instrumental.

DotSUCKS is available and applicable for personal, organizations, and community use. In a free and open internet, DotSUCKS is the new channel for voicing your views.

Trademark holders around the world felt there was a stick up when they were “forced” to register .xxx domains. Imagine how they’ll feel about .sucks!

The sunrise period for a domain like this would be spectacular. I suspect this domain will be the example used by new TLD opponents to show the harm new TLDs will cause. I also expect multiple objections to it.


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