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Have ccTLD questions? Just ask Alex

September 11, 2012ccTLDs, country code domain names, Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, opensrs, TucowsComments Off on Have ccTLD questions? Just ask Alex

Get answers to your toughest country code domain questions.

Alex Schwertner OpenSRSSome country code domain names are fairly easy to register. Most of them aren’t.

Frankly, figuring out how to register some of the more obscure ccTLDs could take a Ph.D.

But now there’s a free resource for all of your ccTLD questions: Ask Alex.

It’s a new section on Tucows’ OpenSRS web site where company employee Alex Schwertner answers all of your questions about ccTLDs.

Residency requirements? What forms do I need to fax? What documents do I need to provide? You get the idea.

Tucows bolstered its ccTLD registration options when it acquired EPAG last year. Schwertner was an EPAG employee who now works for Tucows.

Ask Alex is a free resource and anyone can ask questions, whether you intend to register your domains through OpenSRS or another registrar.


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Have ccTLD questions? Just ask Alex

September 11, 2012ccTLDs, Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, opensrs, TucowsComments Off on Have ccTLD questions? Just ask Alex

Get answers to your toughest country code domain questions.

Alex Schwertner OpenSRSSome country code domain names are fairly easy to register. Most of them aren’t.

Frankly, figuring out how to register some of the more obscure ccTLDs could take a Ph.D.

But now there’s a free resource for all of your ccTLD questions: Ask Alex.

It’s a new section on Tucows’ OpenSRS web site where company employee Alex Schwertner answers all of your questions about ccTLDs.

Residency requirements? What forms do I need to fax? What documents do I need to provide? You get the idea.

Tucows bolstered its ccTLD registration options when it acquired EPAG last year. Schwertner was an EPAG employee who now works for Tucows.

Ask Alex is a free resource and anyone can ask questions, whether you intend to register your domains through OpenSRS or another registrar.


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Domain stocks doing very well this year

May 30, 2012Demand Media, dmd, Domaining, Domainnamewire, tcx, Tucows, Uncategorized, VeriSign, vrsn, web.com, wwwwComments Off on Domain stocks doing very well this year

Tucows more than doubles and other domain stocks also on a tear.

It has been a decent year for the NASDAQ so far. But returns on domain stocks have been exceptional.

Consider Tucows (TCX), which opened the year at 75 cents. It has more than doubled to $1.52 at today’s open. The company continues to buy back stock, but I also think there’s overall enthusiasm for its domain business and the prospects of its mobile phone offering Ting.

Demand Media, which owns eNom, has jumped 35% this year to today’s open of $9.52. Investors are becoming more comfortable with the company’s ability to adapt to search engine algorithm changes. It’s also well positioned to take advantage of new top level domains. As a registrar, it will certainly profit from other company’s new TLDs. More risky is its $18 million bet on its own new TLDs.

Web.com (WWWW), which owns domain registrars Register.com and Network Solutions, is also up 35% this year to today’s $15.97 open.

Finally, .com and .net registry VeriSign (VRSN) has marched forward 9% this year. It has a lot of new TLD clients (over 200 applications), but I suspect its revenue from new TLDs will remain insignificant compared to its .com registry revenue for the foreseeable future.


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OpenSRS implements 100+ ccTLDs from EPAG acquisition

December 22, 2011Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, opensrs, TucowsComments Off on OpenSRS implements 100+ ccTLDs from EPAG acquisition

Tucows’ reseller network now has over 100 additional domains to choose from.

One of the key reasons Tucows bought domain name registrar EPAG back in August was to bolster its offering of country code domain names (ccTLD).

Today it announced the first phase of its integration of ccTLDs carried by EPAG, adding over 100 new ccTLDs to its OpenSRS reseller platform. It will add more next year.

A lot of registrars I talk to tell me they see an immediate registration lift when they add new ccTLDs but the one-by-one integration is a pain. Tucows has “bought” and easier way of integrating.

ccTLDs have a multitude of policies around expiration, residency, etc. OpenSRS has published a very helpful chart comparing each top level domain.


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Hover’s Implementation of Afternic Domains is Well Done

August 23, 2011Afternic, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, hover.com, TucowsComments Off on Hover’s Implementation of Afternic Domains is Well Done

Simple and effective integration of domains for sale.

A lot of large domain name registrars offer Afternic‘s “Premium” inventory to customers. Each registrar integrates it differently and some do it better than others.

I just checked out Hover.com’s integration and I really like it. Hover is owned by Tucows, which is Afternic’s latest top 10 domain registrar partner.

Hover is known for its simplicity and this carries through to premium domains. It manages to integrate premium domains with simplicity but also make them standout.

As you can see, premium domains are denoted with a star. If you mouseover the star there’s a brief description and a link to a detailed description. The detailed description even includes a video explanation.

The video explains that domain pricing reverts to regular pricing for subsequent years. Hover’s shopping cart also handles multi-year registrations of premium domains.

This is one of the better implementations I’ve seen and should be a model for other domain name registrars.


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Tucows Wins Another UDRP, What Was Greenberg Traurig Thinking?

June 13, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, greenberg traurig, netidentiy, Policy & Law, Tucows, udrpComments Off on Tucows Wins Another UDRP, What Was Greenberg Traurig Thinking?

Lawyer makes some really bad accusations.

Tucows has won another domain name that is part of its “Personal Names Service”.

Tucows acquired the domain name Primm.com when it bought Mailbank (NetIdentity) in 2006. NetIdentity registered the domain name in 1996.

The case was filed by Herbst Gaming, LLC with the help of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Greenberg Traurig is no stranger to UDRP filings, having represented over 400 UDRP cases.

This makes the arguments presented in the case very puzzling.

First of all, anyone experienced with UDRP and Tucows’ Personal Names portfolio knows the company won’t give up a fight on them. Tucows has only lost 3 UDRP cases and has “won” each case after appealing to the courts.

Second, check out this accusation from the Greenberg Traurig attorney:

The domain name was first registered in February 1997 by Melbourne IT, a company that is widely known for its cybersquatting activities. Melbourne IT owned the domain name until sometime in 2006, when it was acquired by Respondent.

Hmm. Melbourne IT wasn’t the registrant of this domain name. Mailbank merely registered the domain name through Melbourne IT as the registrar. Also, since when is Melbourne IT known for its cybersquatting activities?

Despite these amazing insertions, the panel declined to find reverse domain name hijacking.

Still, Tucows has another win for its record.

See also: Tucows Wins UDRP for Surname Domain Hinkley.com


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Tucows Wins UDRP for Surname Domain Hinkley.com

June 1, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, Policy & Law, Tucows, udrpComments Off on Tucows Wins UDRP for Surname Domain Hinkley.com

Registrar defends domain name from attack by lighting company.

Domain name registrar Tucows has successfully defended the domain name hinkley.com, which is part of its expansive portfolio of surnames, from lighting company Hinkley Lighting, Inc in a UDRP.

The domain name was registered in 1996 and came as part of Tucows’ acquisition of NetIdentity.

The panel ruled that Hinkley Lighting failed to show that Tucows lacked rights or legitimate interests in the domain name and failed to prove that the domain was registered and used in bad faith.

In a win for domain name investors, the panel considered the length of time it took the lighting company to file the case (laches) and referred to an earlier case involving Frank Schilling:

In particular Complainant secured the domain name hinkleylighting.com in 1996 just months prior to the time that Respondent secured the disputed domain name hinkley.com. Complainant was thus aware of the domain name registration process but for whatever reasons chose not to contact Respondent for a period in excess of fifteen years regarding the disputed domain name while the Respondent conducted its business. Although laches is not expressly stated as an affirmative defense under the UDRP it is an equitable remedy in civil proceedings and the UDRP by nature can only offer equitable relief. Laches has been recognized as a proper defense in some UDRP proceedings where the facts are particularly supportive such as when a Complainant knows or should know of the existence of the Respondent and the Respondent’s bona fide use of the corresponding disputed domain name for a substantial period of time prior to seeking to have that domain name transferred. See The New York Times Company v. Name Administration Inc… The Panel feels that this case exemplifies the type of situation where laches is properly considered as a defense.

Tucows was defended by Bret A. Fausett of AlvaradoSmith, APC.


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Tucows Handicaps the Chances of New TLDs Kicking Off In Singapore

May 12, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, elliot noss, icann, lawrence strickling, new tlds, Tucows, UncategorizedComments Off on Tucows Handicaps the Chances of New TLDs Kicking Off In Singapore

Will the new TLD application process finally get approved next month?

For a while it looked assured that the new top level domain name applicant guidebook would get the green light at ICANN’s meeting in Singapore this June.

But then Lawrence Strickling, head of the NTIA, said he didn’t think this was possible unless ICANN got on board with government demands.

So what does Tucows CEO Elliot Noss think the chances are?

BMO Capital Markets analyst Thanos Moschopoulos asked Noss on yesterday’s earnings conference call:

I guess regarding the new TLDs it sounds like that process is sort of kind of politically, any thoughts there in terms of whether that moves ahead or what the outlook is in that front?

Noss responded:

Yeah, I think that everybody is still hopeful. I think we’re watching the political process play out. And really the Singapore meeting is going to be extremely important. So, I think you could see anything from the Singapore meeting starting gun goes off, and the process is initiated to what I would call indeterminate delays. But, I will say that the Singapore meeting is really the first meeting where there is a material chance that we get this whole process started. And I’m certainly hopeful.

OK, so he’s not placing a bet on whether or not it will happen next month. (He’s smarter than that.) But I think he does a good job summarizing the possibility.


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Limited Edition Tucows Cookie Goes Back Up For Sale

February 16, 2011Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, TucowsComments Off on Limited Edition Tucows Cookie Goes Back Up For Sale

Famous cookie goes up for sale.

TucowsLast April I paid what I believe to be a domainer record for a cookie: $127.50.

But this wasn’t just any cookie. It was a sugar cookie commemorating Tucows’ 10 millionth domain name registered. This is a limited edition cookie to be sure. And the proceeds from the cookie auction went to some Canadian charity that (I’m told) had nothing to do with ice hockey or Molson.

The cookie has been sitting in my office for the past 9 months. I wanted to eat it to see what $20-a-bite-cookie tastes like, but I had been hoodwinked.

You see, the back of the cookie package has a notice:

Not for Consumption

When I saw that notice I got the same feeling you get when you buy a domain name that supposedly earns $100/week only to find out it really doesn’t earn that much.

So what’s a domainer to do?

Flip it.

Now the two rules to flipping a domain name are 1) make sure no one knows how much you paid for it and 2) don’t let people know if you have damaged goods.

It’s too late for those.

But at the end of the day you aren’t really bidding on just a cookie. You’re helping out people in need as well.

I’m going to donate 100% of the proceeds from this cookie sale to Cheti School, an NGO in Tanzania.

Many of you met my new employee Mary Klingensmith at DOMAINfest. Prior to working with me she volunteered at Cheti School.

To give you an idea of how far your money goes at Cheti, consider these costs:

- $355 to send a child to Cheti for a year
- $100 feeds an entire class for a week
- $50 buys English books for a class

Not bad.

So regardless of your interest in a Tucows cookie, I ask that you participate in this auction.

If a non-Tucows employee wins the auction, Tucows will chip in some branded swag. If a Tucows employee wins and still wants the branded swag, you can still get it. But expect Elliot to deduct the cost from your next paycheck.

The winning bidder will also get publicity on Domain Name Wire.

Visit the auction on eBay right now. It closes on February 23.


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Tucows Not Liable for Porn Spammer

December 17, 2010Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, TucowsComments Off on Tucows Not Liable for Porn Spammer

by Kevin Murphy

Domain name registrars cannot be held responsible for spammers who hide behind Whois privacy services, a California appeals court has ruled.

Plaintiff Daniel L Balsam had won a $1.125 million default judgment against a spammer after receiving over 1,000 pieces of pornographic spam.

Unable to recover the money, he found that the spammer had hidden his identity behind Tucows’ Whois privacy, so he sued the registrar for the cash instead.

He argued that he was a third party beneficiary of the ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement, the contract that Tucows and all other registrars must sign.

Part of the RAA, section 3.7.7.3, requires registrars to ensure registrants who license their domains to others are still liable for how they are used.

Balsam argued that this meant Tucows’ privacy service, under which its own contact details are entered in the Whois, was liable for the actions of the spammers who use it.

But in a ruling (pdf) handed down yesterday, Judge Margaret McKeown of the ninth circuit Court of Appeals opined that while Tucows the “registrar” is bound by the RAA, Tucows the “registrant” is not.

What’s more, she ruled that because the RAA has a specific “no third-party beneficiaries” clause, Balsam had no basis for his claim.

The ruling may actually go counter to ICANN’s interpretation of the RAA (pdf), which suggested that privacy services could be held liable if they did not hand over the registrants contact details.

As DNW reported last week, registrars including Tucows expressed anger that ICANN’s interpretation of the RAA could lead to “frivolous and vexatious lawsuits”.

Kevin Murphy is a freelance journalist covering domain names and author of Domain Incite.


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