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Rightside Launches DPML Upgrade for Enhanced Domain Brand Protection

Rightside logo[news release] As trademark lawyers face tough challenges in protecting their client’s brand with ever-expanding Internet domain name options, Rightside Group, Ltd., today launched an upgrade of its Domain Protected Marks List (DPML) product (dpml.rocks).

The upgrade radically expands DPML’s flexibility, giving trademark owners and their agents more tools to protect their valuable brand on the internet, while also empowering marketing teams and brand managers to activate specific domains for future marketing campaigns. DPML provides protection across all 40 of Rightside’s top-level domains (TLDs), which include the best TLDs for brands in the industry such as .NEWS, .SOCIAL, .LIVE, and .SALE, to name a few.

“Lawyers for some of the world’s best known brands have had their work cut out for them protecting their trademarks from cybersquatters and other nefarious individuals,” said Statton Hammock, ‎vice-president, business and legal affairs at Rightside. “By expanding the best-in-class brand protection we offer across all of our TLDs, protecting their brands effectively will be easier than ever before.”

All trademark owners have some ability to protect their brands in the Sunrise period of every new TLD, however, those protections only cover their specific marks, and may not prevent the misappropriation of their brands in the long run. The expanded protection of Rigthside’s DPML now protects up to ten additional terms that may be confusingly similar to the brand-owners’ trademarks, thwarting a tactic favored by domain name squatters. With 10 phrases and the trademark itself covered on all 40 Rightside TLDs, every DPML subscription covers as many as 440 unique domain names up to 10 years at a time.

The DPML upgrade gives brands the protection they need, and now also facilitates marketers to enhance the brand by allowing domains protected by the list to be activated without an additional fee. When a brand wishes to introduce a new product or service, a protected domain can be activated and used for a website, redirect address, Branded Short Link, or any other marketing need as it arises, for instance, a philanthropic campaign built around YourBrand.GIVES.

Hammock continued, “We’ve always believed that there is more value in a domain name when it’s being used. This new feature of our DPML product makes it easy to switch a domain from just protecting the brand, to truly adding value to it.”

The upgraded DPML is currently available through Rightside’s channel of corporate registrar partners, and is open to brands with marks recognized by ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse.

About Rightside
Rightside inspires and delivers new possibilities for consumers and businesses to define and present themselves online. The company, with its affiliates, is a leading provider of domain name services, offering one of the industry’s most comprehensive platforms for the discovery, registration, usage and monetization of domain names. In addition to being a new gTLD registry operator, Rightside is home to one of the most admired registrar brands in the industry, Name.com. Headquartered in Kirkland, WA, Rightside has offices in North America and Europe. For more information please visit www.rightside.co.

Afilias, On The Hunt For New gTLDs, Buys StartingDot

StartingDot logoAfilias has announced it has bought StartingDot, the registry operator for three new generic Top Level Domains – .archi, .bio and .ski – and it’s publicly said it’s on the hunt for more.

StartingDot’s three new gTLDs total 27,800 domains, the largest being .bio, the abbreviation for organic goods, among other abbreviations, in several European languages. These will add to Afilias’ 18 new gTLDs with 604,000 registrations. Afilias has 18 new gTLDs, the largest being .red with 311,000 registrations. Others include .kim, .blue, .pink and .bet. Combining the two registry operators will see Afilias remain the tenth largest.

The three StartingDot gTLDs are aimed at specific target audiences:

  • .ARCHI is exclusively for architects, architecture agencies, universities and other architecturally-oriented organizations. Over 5,000 architects worldwide have already registered their .ARCHI.
  • .BIO has several uses, in several languages, ranging from “biologique” or organic, to “biography” or resume (CV). .BIO is unrestricted.
  • .SKI is also unrestricted, and has been specially created for the ski industry and ski enthusiasts. If you love snow sports, you can now have a web address ending in .SKI. Share your experiences, promote your brand, and even attract new clients online with a web address designed exclusively for members of the ski sports community.

Afilias logo“Afilias has an active program for acquiring new Top Level Domains, and StartingDot is just the beginning. We are excited to be able to offer even more domain choices to registrars who serve professionals, athletes, businesses and enthusiasts of all kinds. Afilias’ experience in building new TLDs, coupled with the broader distribution available through Afilias’ registrar friendly platform, should enable all 3 of these TLDs to reach their full potential,” said Roland LaPlante, chief marketing officer of Afilias.

“StartingDot developed these three new domains to add tremendous value to specific groups and communities. Our premium price and sector-specific approach has been very successful,” said Godefroy Jordan, CEO and co-founder of StartingDot. “Becoming part of Afilias, with its strong track record in the domain name space, will support the continued growth of our top-level domains and provide excellent service to our clients.” StartingDot’s executives, Godefroy Jordan and Stéphane Van Gelder, will have continuing roles as the business transitions. Transition plans will be announced to registrars shortly.

Spam and Phishing in Q1: New domains revitalise old spam: Kaspersky

Kaspersky logo[news release] The new range of top level domains, launched in January 2015 and intended for use by relevant communities and organizations, has proved irresistible to spammers according to Kaspersky Lab’s Q1 2015 analysis of the spam and phishing threats landscape. For many the new domains represent an excellent tool for promoting unwanted or illegitimate advertising campaigns.

Spam and phishing statistics

  • The proportion of spam in email traffic according to the figures for the first quarter of 2015 was 59.2%, which is 6 percentage points lower than in the previous quarter.
  • The USA retained its position as the biggest source of spam, sending 14.5% of unwanted mail.
  • Kaspersky Lab products recorded 50,077,057 instances that triggered the “Antiphishing” system. This was 1 million more than in the previous quarter.
  • Phishing against customers of financial organizations accounted for 37.06% of all registered incidents.

Kaspersky proportion of spam in email traffic October 2014 - March 2015

Kaspersky table showing proportion of spam in email traffic October 2014 – March 2015

New domain scams

The new generic top-level domain (gTLD) registration program gives organizations the opportunity to choose a domain zone that is consistent with their activities and the theme of their sites. For example, job websites can now use a .work domain and scientific websites could choose a .science domain etc. The business opportunities provided by the new gTLD program were enthusiastically endorsed by the Internet community and the active registration of new domain names is ongoing.

Spammers and cybercriminals have also been quick to react to the trend. As a result of their activities, new domain zones almost immediately became an arena for the large-scale distribution of advertising spam, phishing and malicious emails.

According to Kaspersky Lab’s email traffic observations; there was a considerable increase in the number of new domains that sent out spam content in Q1 2015.

Emails sent from the .work domains generally contained offers to carry out various types of work including household maintenance, construction or equipment installation. On the other hand, many of the messages from the .science domains were advertising schools that offer distance learning, colleges to train nurses, criminal lawyers and other professionals.

Q1’s spam traffic also featured many emails sent from color domains such as .pink, .red, or .black. These were often used to advertise Asian dating sites.

“When looking at Q1 in general and the type of spam on the new domains, insurance was one of the hottest topics in terms of the number of messages and the number of changing domains in mass mailings. This covers all types of insurance – life, health, property, cars, animals, and funeral insurance,” said Tatyana Shcherbakova, Senior Spam Analyst at Kaspersky Lab.

To learn more about spam and phishing operations in Q1 2015, please read the blog post available at Securelist.com.

This Kaspersky news release was sourced from:

.NGO And .ONG gTLDs Now Available To Non-Profits Globally

OnGood logoThe new .ngo and .ong domains commenced General Availability Thursday for non-profits worldwide and Public Interest Registry – the nonprofit operator of the .org domain – is officially launching OnGood. OnGood is a suite of online services exclusively for NGOs and nonprofits to help strengthen their online presence, improve visibility, and better connect with supporters.

While many new gTLDs have been introduced over the past few months, Public Interest Registry is taking a different approach to the .ngo and .ong domains and introducing a validated resource for NGOs to connect and improve their online presence. As the first online global directory of NGOs, the OnGood suite not only gives NGOs the chance to connect and collaborate amongst themselves, donors and supporters online, it also allows donors to feel confident that their contributions are going to a genuine cause – all OnGood members must undergo a validation process to use the .ngo and .ong domains.

More information is in the news release below:

New .ngo and .ong Domains Now Available to NGOs Worldwide
Public Interest Registry Launches OnGood Community Website to Connect NGOs with Donors and Supporters

After three years of research and development by Public Interest Registry, the nonprofit operator of the .org domain, OnGood is now generally available to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) worldwide. Anchored by the new .ngo and .ong domain bundle, OnGood is a suite of online services exclusively for NGOs and nonprofits to help strengthen their online presence, improve visibility, and better connect with supporters.

Designed to be the first online global directory of NGOs, OnGood brings these organisations together through the .ngo and .ong domain names – brand new, exclusive domain names only available to validated NGOs. Now, registrants have the opportunity to create a customisable online profile to showcase their missions, campaigns, multimedia content and other information, and even collect donations. Additionally, Internet users around the globe can easily search OnGood for organisations of interest, while having the reassurance that websites ending in .ngo and .ong represent genuine, lawful and independent NGOs.

“Since its inception, the Internet has been a forum to share information and connect with others, giving NGOs a much needed platform to promote their missions. But the landscape has become increasingly cluttered, making it difficult for Internet users to determine which organisations are truly trustworthy,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry. “After speaking with more than 16,000 fellow NGOs and nonprofits in more than 40 countries, we learned that credibility was one of their biggest challenges, so we developed OnGood to be part of the solution. By combining the value of a validated domain name identity with a comprehensive community website, OnGood will be the online home for nonprofits and NGOs of all sizes.”

In the United States alone, there are an estimated 1.5 million nonprofit organisations. According to the 2014 Blackbaud Charitable Giving Report, online giving was up 8.9 percent in 2014, compared to the overall giving increase of 2.1 percent. With the increase of mobile Web access, it’s likely this number will continue to rise, making it important for organisations to have a strong online presence. OnGood helps NGOs enhance their online identity so they can be easily found and raise funds.

Upon registration, members receive the .ngo domain name and the .ong domain name as a bundle. Both .ngo and .ong are reflective of the abbreviations for the term “non-governmental organization” – NGO for English and ONG for romance languages. For each domain bundle registration, members receive one profile page in the OnGood directory, allowing them to have different pages for various causes and campaigns, and the ability to link them or keep them separate.

Internet users can use OnGood to search for NGOs by cause, geography, keyword and more. Search results display in multiple viewing options based on user preferences, including a global map. OnGood is optimized for desktop, tablet and mobile viewing and is available in five languages: English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese.

To become OnGood members, all NGOs must meet specific eligibility requirements and undergo a validation process. Public Interest Registry worked closely with the global NGO community to develop a validation process which requires all OnGood members to: (1) act in the public interest; (2) be non-profit-making; (3) have limited government influence; (4) be comprised of independent staff or members; (5) be actively pursuing their missions; (6) operate in a structured manner; and (7) be lawful. Ongoing audits will be conducted to ensure the credibility of the OnGood community and users will be able to report questionable activity.

For more information, please visit OnGood at www.OnGood.ngo. To register for OnGood, please visit an accredited registrar.

About Public Interest Registry
Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit organisation that operates the .org top-level domain — the world’s third largest “generic” top-level domain with more than 10.5 million domain names registered worldwide – and the newly launched .ngo and .ong domains and OnGood community website. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry’s mission is to empower the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively, and to take a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and other issues relating to the domain naming system. Public Interest Registry was founded by the Internet Society (internetsociety.org) in 2002 and is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.

ARI Registry Services Adds World’s First .BRAND To The Internet

ARI Registry Services ARI Registry Services is at the forefront of the new Top-Level Domain program as it supports Australia’s own Monash University to become the world’s first brand to embrace the next generation of digital brand innovation.

[news release] Monash University has trumped the likes of Google, Amazon, Apple and over 600 other major brands around the world to become the first ever globally recognised organisation to have its own Top-Level Domain added to the Internet.

The .monash Top-Level Domain is set to become a core component of the University’s digital strategy and reflects its commitment to embracing new technology and expanding its presence in international education and research activities.

Joining the likes of .com, .net, .org and .au, the newly acquired .monash Top-Level Domain was switched on over the weekend when Melbourne-based Internet infrastructure specialists ARI Registry Services facilitated the delegation of .monash to the Internet’s authoritative root zone servers.

The addition of .monash to the web is part of the new Top-Level Domain program being rolled out by the global regulator of web addresses to introduce greater domain name choice and availability online. Around 100 of the almost 1400 new domains are already live on the Internet, including .menu, .kiwi and شبكة. (.web in Arabic and pronounced “dot shabaka”).

Not only is .monash the first brand in the world to have its custom domain added to the Internet, it has also surpassed other Australian applicants like .afl, .iinet, .auspost, .melbourne and .sydney – which are scheduled to go live in the coming months.

Adrian Kinderis, CEO of ARI Registry Services, said Monash University has inherited a unique piece of Internet infrastructure which will offer greater online creativity and unparalleled access to data.

He noted that Australian universities led the world in this program, with six out of the eight education sector applications coming from Australian providers.

“We’ll soon see the likes of .bond, .latrobe and .rmit join .monash when they delegate in the coming months. Open Universities Australia will round out the mix with their applications for .courses and .study.

“It’s an incredible accomplishment that these Australian education providers are at the heart of one of the most significant Internet milestones since the introduction of .com 28 years ago. This is yet another honour for ARI Registry Services to support our clients in their efforts to be at the forefront of the global education sector.”

ARI Registry Services’ work with Monash University to date includes the development of policy frameworks, operational and compliance structures as well as detailed naming conventions and integration strategies in addition to the operation of the .monash Registry System.

ARI Registry Services is the appointed technology provider for more than 100 new Top-Level Domain applicants globally, including some of the world’s leading brands, entrepreneurs and governments – many of whom utilise the expert consultancy services offered to prepare for activation and ongoing maintenance of their Top-Level Domains.

Further announcements regarding the launch of other clients are expected throughout the year.

This ARI Registry Services news release was sourced from: