Domain Names

13 May 2019

.DE Registrations Down For First Time in 2018, But International Registrations Up

It’s a not too uncommon scenario for the ccTLDs of developed countries. Growth has stagnated or declined and total registrations among some is starting to decline as markets mature and even reach a level of saturation. Germany’s .de is one, and during 2018 registrations in the ccTLD that was the world’s largest for many years declined, albeit slightly, for the first time since it was launched in 1986.

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08 May 2019

UK’s IWF Finds 3,900 Domain Names Involved With Child Abuse Imagery In 2018

The number of domain names associated with child sexual abuse imagery is increasing, according to the UK’s Internet Watch Foundation 2018 Annual Report. In 2018 the IWF found 3,899 domain names with 105,047 URLs were used to host such content, a 3% increase on 2017’s 3,791, while the total number of domain name registrations across the globe have increased 4.9%.

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.INC Hits GA Following Successful Sunrise Despite Steep Prices

General Availability for the .inc new gTLD commenced Tuesday, and despite the steep prices has ended up with a more successful Sunrise period than most others. Registrations are currently sitting at 316 according to nTLDstats with over 270 registered in more than 20 countries during Sunrise according to .inc.

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03 May 2019

.INC Aint Cheap, But It's Got Benefits

It’s never going to be one of the biggest sellers, but sales aren’t the best way to measure of the success of a top-level domain anyway. And .inc is not aiming at the mass market. Rather it’s aimed at businesses, at incorporated companies. And for those who spend the 2 or 3 thousand dollars to register a .inc domain, or even more if you register before General Availability starts, there are member benefits that can easily make up the substantial outlay.

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01 May 2019

Radix’s Karn Jajoo Discusses GDPR Benefits, How New gTLDs Are Looking Good and Radix’s Impressive Growth

In the latest Domain Pulse Q&A, we talk to Karn Jajoo, Head of Premium Portfolio at Radix, the registry behind successful new domain extensions such as .TECH, .STORE, .ONLINE, .SPACE and .SITE. Radix is one of the world’s largest nTLD portfolio registries with over 4M domains under management. Jajoo discusses Radix’s impressive growth in 2018, the positive impact of the EU’s GDPR has been it’s spawned privacy discussions in developing countries with local data privacy laws, how registries should be deploying a long-term strategy now and keep away from the practice of trying to sell as many names as possible and instead focus on sustainable growth and usage and that the wider industry is developing products to support. Not unsurprisingly, Jajoo is excited about the prospects for the new generic top-level domains.

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17 April 2019

Have Your Say On Making .NZ Even Better

New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission is seeking feedback on their first independent review with a view to making the organisation even better and fit for purpose for the years ahead. The review found the organisation has been effective in its oversight of the .nz domain name industry.

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EURid Annual Report Shows .EU Down AS UK Registrations Plummet Pre-Brexit, But DNSSEC Up

Registrations of .eu domain names in the United Kingdom plummeted in 2018, dropping over 76,000 to 240,887 from 317,286 at the end of 2017, the latest annual report from EURid reveals, as Brexit fears cause British registrants to drop their .eu domain names.

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auDA Backtracks on Policy Changes That Would Have Banned Domaining

Following international condemnation, in particular from the Internet Commerce Association, auDA has quickly backtracked on changes it was planning that would have banned domain investors from being part of .au.

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11 April 2019

auDA 'Not Engaged In Evidence-Based Policy Making': ICA

Policy changes proposed an auDA Panel have been slammed by the Internet Commerce Association who have said they should ‘embrace domain investing’, “the Panel has found solutions in search of a problem” and it “has not engaged in evidence-based policy making” and that the Panel has “created equally or more unclear policies which are impossible and costly to effectively enforce.”

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.BLOG Hits 200,000 Registrations Milestone

The .blog new gTLD hit the 200,000 registrations mark on 1 April with the registry, Knock Knock Whois There, announcing the milestone last week along with a renewal rate of almost 73%.

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Number of DNSSEC-Signed .CH Domains Jumps 8-Fold in 2 Years

The number of DNSSEC-signed .ch domain names has jumped by 80% in the 12 months from January 2018, from around 45,000 to 81,000, and 8-fold from the 10,000 at the beginning of 2017.

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UK Government Advises British .EU Registrants to Plan For No Deal Brexit

The UK government has issued yet another guidance on what British registrants of .eu domain names should do if Britain ends up leaving the European Union. The guidance notes “EURid has confirmed that it has placed on hold any plans regarding domain names registered to individuals and undertakings in the UK and Gibraltar, whilst it awaits instructions from the European Commission.”

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04 April 2019

US Government Reiterates Opposition to Changes to WHOIS Resulting From EU's GDPR

The US government continues to be opposed to changes to Whois that they believe will have little benefit for consumer privacy and major benefits for cyber-criminals. The comments were made, again, in a speech by the the NTIA’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, David J. Redl, at a FDA Online Opioid Summit in Washington, D.C. on 2 April.

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Neustar, PIR, Verisign Join NTIA In Battle Against Illegal Opioid Distribution

The FDA and NTIA are working with other key entities that have a role in the registration of domain names, including Verisign, which oversees .com, and Public Interest Registry, which manages .org, on a framework focused on reducing the availability of opioids illegally offered for sale online.

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01 April 2019

Following Christchurch Terrorist Attack, DNC Questions What They’d Have Done If It Was A .NZ Domain Used For Livestreaming Instead of Facebook

Following last month’s terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Domain Name Commissioner Brent Carey has questioned what they would have done if it was a .nz domain name linked to streaming objectionable material and not a platform like Facebook.

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31 March 2019

Global Domain Registrations Closing in on 350 Million: Verisign

There were approximately 348.7 million domain names registered across all TLDs at the end of 2018, an increase of approximately 6.3 million, or 1.8%, compared to the third quarter of 2018 according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign. For the year registrations grew by approximately 16.3 million, or 4.9%.

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30 March 2019

CentralNic Group Gains 680,000 Domain Names From Failed AlpNames

The domain name portfolio of failed discount registrar AlpNames is to be bulk transferred to 3 CentralNic subsidiaries. AlpNames, which had a history of being a home to spammers and scammers, went offline about a month ago and had its registrar accreditation rescinded by ICANN on 15 March.

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29 March 2019

auDA Policy Reform Moves Slower Than Snails With Direct Registrations and Domaining Ban Incrementally Closer

In a pace that even snails would outrun, auDA has announced the next steps in their “public consultation for policy reform” that includes allowing direct registrations, or registrations at the second level. Following the Names Policy Panel recommendations in December 2015 and accepted by the board in April 2016, auDA have announced yet another round of consultations.

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27 March 2019

Nominet Advises Three Month Countdown Begins For Third-level .UK Registrants To Opt For Second Level Equivalent

The five year ‘Right of Registration’ reservation period for third-level .uk registrants ends on 25 June meaning that if .uk registrants prior to 28 October 2013 haven’t chosen to take up the option of their second level domain by 25 June, then the domain name will become generally available to the public.

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23 March 2019

Lessons on protecting your trade mark online

Today we have a guest post from Nicole Murdoch from Australian law firm Eaglegate Lawyers who writes of the importance of protecting your domain name. Murdoch writes “the first and primary rule must be to never ever let the Domain Name that corresponds to the name everyone knows you by, or which corresponds to your Trade Mark drop.”

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19 March 2019

Another Year, Another WIPO Announcement of Record Cybersquatting Claims But Disputed Domain Names Plummet

Another year has passed since the last WIPO news release of claims of a record year of cybersquatting cases. Which is true in a way, but, as WIPO adds more TLDs most years for which it arbitrates cybersquatting disputes the number of domain names registered around the grows every year (up 3.7% in 2018 according to the latest CENTRstats). And even while cases were up, the number of domain names disputed has plummeted to 5,655 from 6,370.

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Domain-based Digital Identity ID4me And DENIC ID Launching at CloudFest 2019

Several domain name registries are looking to grow their markets and find new uses for domain names amid what is for many a market that hasn’t grown significantly in many ccTLDs in recent years as markets approach saturation. One such registry is DENIC, the German (.de) country code top level domain manager, who is one of the developers of ID4me, and their own DENIC ID which is based on ID4me. Both are to be launched at CloudFest next week in Rust, Germany.

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16 March 2019

Domain Growth Slows To Lowest Ever Recorded: CENTR

There are around 348 million domain names under management around the world and in the year to the end of January 2019, growth slowed to its lowest ever year-on-year rate of 3.7% according to the latest CENTRstats report.

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15 March 2019

ICANN Approves Auction of O.COM, But Verisign Will Only Get Registry Fee

The ICANN Board approved Verisign’s request to release the o.com domain name via an auction at ICANN 64 held in Kobe, Japan, last week, but on the condition that the .com and .net registry is only able to recoup the standard registry fee (currently $7.85), with the remaining proceeds going to charitable cause. The release could prove to be a precedent for releasing the remaining 22 single character .com domains.

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14 March 2019

Neustar Wins Awards For Marketing .CO To Australians

Neustar has won 2 awards for a marketing campaign they ran in Australia to promote .co at the Summit International Awards – a ‘Platinum’ prize in Marketing Effectiveness and an ‘Innovator’ prize in the Emerging Media Award.

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