New gTLD Registrations Pass One Million Mark In Dodgy Circumstances

Posted in: Domain Names at 09/06/2014 21:11

The number of new gTLDs Domains Under Management passed the one million milestone on 6 June, but the boost it received from a .xyz "promotion" run by Network Solutions has led to accusations the registrar has artificially inflated the number of registrations.

As of 9 June, there were 1,023,297 DUM across the 300 new gTLDs with at least one domain name shared out among 136 registrars and 39 registries.

With the Network Solutions promotion, .xyz has leapt into the lead with 88,747 registrations, almost 20,000 ahead of .club with 68,781 and then .guru with 61,958. Following is .berlin with 49,195. These are the only new gTLDs with more than 40,000 registrations.

There are another four new gTLDs with registrations over 30,000, three more with 20,000+ and six more with 10,000+. In total there are 55 new gTLDs with more than 1,000 registrations.

But it the method Network Solutions has adopted to boost .xyz registrations has attracted controversy with accusations of "clear-cut cases of cybersquatting" by Domain Incite.

Network Solutions has been giving away tens of thousands of .xyz domain names to the registrants of the matching .com domain.

Domain Incite found many instances of domains being registered that included trademarks in the domains such as my-twitter.xyz, facebook-liker.xyz, googledia.xyz, arolexwatches.xyz, disneytime.xyz, iphonethank.xyz, sellstuffonamazon.xyz and pepsicontest.xyz.

"They're all registered via NetSol's Whois privacy service, which lists the registrant's 'real' name in the Whois record, but substitutes mailing address, email and phone number with NetSol-operated proxies."

"The 'registrants' did not have to explicitly accept the offer," Domain Incite reported. "Instead, NetSol gave them the option to 'opt-out' of having the name registered on their behalf and placed into their accounts."

For more detail on the .xyz controversy, see the Domain Incite report here.


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