Stephen Crocker, ICANNâs Chair, has provided an update on the process to choose a successor to Fadi ChehadÃ©. In short, Crocker says he âcannot say much more nowâ but that he âlooks forward to giving a fuller update just as soon as he can.â ChehadÃ© is set to have his last day with ICANN on 12 March.
The .tickets gTLD has an interesting means of protecting against cybersquatting. Itâs one that Domain Incite asks if it could be âthe ultimate anti-cybersquatting system.â
The registry, Accent Media, âhas launched an anti-cybersquatting measure that lets the world know who is trying to register what domain name a whole month before the domain is allowed to go live.â
âThe service, at domains.watch, is currently only being used by .tickets, but it seems to be geared up to accept other TLDs too.â There are two processes for registrations â âfast trackâ and âstandardâ. The former âis for organisations with trademarks matching their names. It take five days for the trademark to be verified and the domain to go live.â
âInstagram has launched legal proceedings in the US in a bid to have a 2011 domain name purchase agreement upheld and block a âshamâ lawsuit in Chinaâ reports IPPro. Facebook paid $100,000 for the domain in 2011, which was previously owned by a Chinese registrant. The registrant, Murong Zhou, has âalong with other family members, has made a business out of squatting on domain names containing famous trademarks, including Instagramâs, according to the district court complaint.â
Afilias was recently awarded a whopping $10 million in a court case against Architelos in a âtrades secrets caseâ reports Domain Incite. A jury decided Architelos âhad misappropriated trade secrets from Afilias in order to build its patented NameSentry domain security service, may even be thrown a lifeline enabling it to continue business.â
âA little over a week ago, the judge ordered that the $10 million judgment originally imposed by the jury should be reduced to $2 million.â Even this reduced would be too much for Architelos that has suffered a loss of business since the decision. âBut the judge seems to be considering an injunction that would enable Architelos to continue to exist.â
The .cars, .car and .auto gTLDs have got off to a flying start, financially at least, taking in over a clear $1 million during the Early Access Period according to Domain Incite. General Availability started on 20 January and followed the Sunrise and lucrative Early Access Period, the latter closed on 12 January.