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Four Six-Figure Sales Top Weekly Chart

Domain Name Journal logoFour six-figure domain name sales topped the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales for the week ending 9 February, with malls.com selling for $320,000 through MostWantedDomains and Sedo topping the chart.

Second was bitcoinwallet.com which sold for $250,000 in a private sale, while third was dl.com which sold for $210,689 through HilcoStreambank and fourth was another .com domain, cornerstonehomes.com, which sold for $150,000 through Sedo.

Overall there were 15 .com domains on the top 21 (a three-way tie for nineteenth place), three for .org, two for .co.uk and one for .de.

On the sales marketplaces, Sedo had a hand in eight sales and GoDaddy/Afternic six.

To read more on the top reported sales for the week to 9 February compiled by Domain Name Journal, go to dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140219.htm.

GoDaddy Hit With Another Trademark Infringement Suit – A Hint of Things to Come? by Philip Corwin, Internet Commerce Association

Internet Commerce Association logoNumber one domain name registrar GoDaddy has been hit by another trademark infringement lawsuit.

Earlier this month GoDaddy failed in its efforts to recuse U.S. District Court Judge Audrey Collins from presiding over a case brought against it by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[i] The litigation alleges that GoDaddy committed cybersquatting trademark infringement when it “parked” more than 100 AMPAS-related domains, including oscarlist.com, academyawardz.com and academyawardsinc.com.

The Court had previously ruled that GoDaddy did not qualify for the safe harbor provisions of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) because its activities ventured beyond acting in a mere registration or maintenance capacity when it affirmatively placed the domains in a program meant to generate revenue to itself. It now looks like the case is heading for trial if it isn’t settled first.

Now we’ve just learned that Principal Financial Services, Inc. and
Principal Global Investors, LLC filed suit[ii] against GoDaddy for trademark infringement in the U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois on February 20th.  We don’t yet have further details — and we have no view on the merits of either case.

As we recently reported[iii], there is an ongoing dispute as to whether contributory trademark infringement even exists under the ACPA. That case also involved GoDaddy but arose from the use of its domain name forwarding service to direct allegedly infringing domains to adult content websites hosted by a third party. The Oscar (and likely the Principal) lawsuits appear to involve charges of direct trademark infringement.

This litigation leads us to speculate that major brands may react to any significant cybersquatting in new gTLDs by going after wholesale middlemen who offer programs to generate parking or other income from domains that are identical or confusingly similar to trademarks, and might also target auction providers and secondary market services that facilitate their sale.

The new gTLD program created two new rights protection mechanisms (RPMs). The first, Universal Rapid Suspension (URS) seems to be working as intended to provide a narrow supplement to the traditional UDRP. IBM brought the first successful URS actions against new gTLDs when it got IBM.ventures and IBM.guru suspended six days after filing. But each URS filings costs $500 plus attorney fees, and brands could quickly tire of playing whack-a-mole if there is significant cybersquatting at hundreds of new gTLDs.

The other RPM, the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), does not appear to have attracted anywhere near the expected number of registrations. That prompted Deloitte, which operates the TMCH, to unilaterally decide that the complainant services side of the Trademark Claims Service will operate for an indefinite period, rather than the required 90-day period set by the consensus agreement of ICANN stakeholders – a move that we criticized[iv] back in December.

But that apparently has still has not boosted TMCH registrations sufficiently, so now Deloitte and its spokespersons have launched a scare campaign to try to gin up registrations, warning, “our research shows that some of the biggest American brand names are at risk of intellectual property infringement online as the new TLDs are rolled out, with many unknown entities eager to capitalize on the traffic and illegitimate opportunities a branded website will generate. This potentially compromises the reputation of each brand targeted”[v].The reaction from the brand side was basically “we told you so”.

We have also read that some parties have succeeded in registering generic, trademark-ineligible terms in the TMCH; and that the Chair of ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) recently raised technical concerns about a “broken TMCH”. None of that will increase brands’ confidence in it.

The problem for Deloitte and the TMCH is that, unless a major brand intends to make use of TMCH registrations as a means to gain the right to register its trademarks in dozens of new gTLDs during higher pricing “sunrise” periods, the TMCH offers little else to attract them enough to invest $150 per mark in annual registrations. Existing domain monitoring services offer a broader warning of infringing websites than the TMCH, which only generates notices of registrations of identical matches to its database. And apparently lots of big brands have decided that they have no intention of developing large portfolios of defensively registered domains in new gTLDs but will rely instead on monitoring and legal actions.

Many large brands may indeed be concluding that the very scale of the new gTLD program make the traditional recourse of defensive registrations and actions against individual domain registrants impractical. If that’s the case, we may well see many more lawsuits directed at the wholesale level in an effort to stop the monetization or resale of infringing domains – and to incentivize the middlemen to more proactively review the domains they are servicing. We’ll be monitoring these developments closely, especially to see if some overbroad lawsuits have the potential to impose unreasonable standards and thereby harm legitimate domain marketplace services.

Domain Name Association Signs 8 New Members

Domain Name Association logo[news release] The Domain Name Association (DNA), the global trade association for the internet domain industry, has welcomed eight new members from all over the world, bringing the total to 30.

The newest members are:

“This membership growth shows gratifying support for the DNA’s mission at an exciting time for the industry, as hundreds of top level domain names are released to the public,” said DNA Executive Director Kurt Pritz. “Our globally distributed and highly respected newest members will play a key role in fulfilling the DNA’s objective to realize opportunities for the industry and new value for Internet users.”

The DNA promotes the common interests of the entire domain name industry, especially for the uptake, adoption, and use of domain names as the primary tool to navigate the Internet. As part of its mission, the DNA will play a key role in raising awareness about the opportunities in new and existing top-level domains.

The DNA was established in October 2013 by companies representing the broad Internet industry. Membership is open to organizations involved in all aspects of managing domain names, including top-level domain name registry operators, registrars, resellers, and registry service providers.

Organizations in the domain name industry are joining the DNA to collaborate with peers, share best practice and ensure mutual success through this period of major growth of the Internet. DNA members will be critical players in the next phase of the Internet, with the opportunity to influence important industry policy decisions. Members can also leverage the DNA’s marketing and education programs in their own activities, and they will receive exclusive information via newsletters and bulletins, as well as access to research results.

DNA membership is organized as a multi-tiered structure to accommodate various levels of interest and desire for participation in the work of the DNA. More information is available on the website.

About the DNA

The Domain Name Association (the DNA) is a non-profit business association that represents the interests of the domain name industry. It is independent and global in scope, and its membership is open to organizations involved in the provision, support, and sale of domain names, such as domain name registries, registrars, resellers, and registry service providers.

Founding members include ARI Registry Services, Donuts, GoDaddy, Google, Rightside and What Box?

The DNA’s mission is to promote the best interests of the domain name industry by advocating the use, adoption, and expansion of domain names as the primary tool for users to navigate the Internet. More information is available at www.thedna.org.

This Domain Name Association news release was sourced from:
www.thedna.org/pr_20140224.html

Second Week In A Row For Trio Of Six Figure Domain Sales

Domain Name Journal logoFor the second week in a row, three six-figure domain name sales top the Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales for the week ending 26 January (Australia Day for those who didn’t now!), with wan.com topping the chart, selling for $800,000 in a private sale. “Wan” is Chinese for “play”.

Coming in second was true.com, which sold for $350,000 through Sedo while wan.cn came in third, selling for CNY1,502,000 ($247,830) through eName in a .CN Registry Auction.

Overall there were 15 .com sales in the top 20, including positions 11 through 20. Other TLDs were one each for .cn, .net, .co.uk, .tv and .at.

And on the sales marketplace, there were nine sales through Sedo and five through GoDaddy/Afternic.

To check out the chart in full, go to:
dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140205.htm

Domain Aftermarket Gets Moving With Three Six Figure Sales In A Fortnight

Domain Name Journal logoIt was for a fortnight and there were 40 sales for the latest Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales, but it saw 2014 get moving with a trio of six figure sales, and a further sale of $98,000.

The top sale in the fortnight to 19 January was teamwork.com which sold for a very nice $650,000 in a private sale. Second was game.cn, which sold for RMB3,098,000 ($512,307) in an auction conducted by CNNIC while third was lgg.com, selling for     $175,000 in another private sale. Coming in just under the six figure mark was another three character .com domain, jct.com, which sold for $98,000 through Sedo.

In sales outlets, Sedo topped the chart with 24 sales and then GoDaddy/Afternic with nine sales.

And on the TLD side, there were 27 .com sales as well as five .de, two .cn, and one each for .dk, .biz, .org, .nl, .net and .co.

To check out the Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales for the fortnight ending 19 January, go to dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140129.htm.

Canadian ccTLD Sale Tops First Weekly Chart

Domain Name Journal logoDomain name sales have eased their way into 2014 with the top reported sale in the first week of 2014 being ia.ca, selling for C$63,000 ($58,590) through ExcellentDomains.ca.

Second was the catchy, to a non-Chinese pair of ears, xiaoxiao.com, selling for $51,688 through NameJet while onbroadway.com came in third selling for a very nice $50,000 through DomainPortfolioServices.

It was a good week for NameJet, taking out 11 of the top 20 sales, while GoDaddy/Afternic took out four and in a very quiet week for Sedo, they were responsible for two sales.

On the TLD side of things, .com took out 18 places on the top 20 chart, while there was one each for .ca and .org.

To check out Domain Name Journal’s complete list of top reported sales for the week ending 5 January, go to dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2014/20140115.htm.

Large Domain Name Sales Go On Christmas Holidays

Domain Name Journal logoThe final Domain Name Journal chart of top reported sales for 2013 sees a slow week with the top sale being msc.com, which sold for €35,000 ($47,600) through Sedo.

Second and third for the week were nu.com.br and folia.com, selling for $45,000 and $37,500 through Sedo and GoDaddy/Afternic respectively.

But there were 30 five-figure sales for the week even if there were no six-figure sales.

In the week ending 29 December, there were 15 .com sales in the top 20 along with one each for .com.br, .de, .cn, .biz and .net. And Sedo was responsible for 13 sales while the GoDaddy/Afternic tie up was responsible for another six.

To check out the final Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales for 2013, go to:
dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20140108.htm

GoDaddy Signs On To Sell .CLUB Domains

DotClub logoGoDaddy have announced they have signed on to sell .club domain names. The launch will see registrants being able to launch “yourname.club” domains. The gTLD is being aimed at retailers, loyalty groups, organisations and clubs all over the world.

According to those launching .club, it has consistently ranked among the Top 10 of most popular new extensions to be applied for, making it possibly the first gTLD to come to market that has mainstream appeal.

One of the issues for new gTLDs that will be open for general availability is getting registrars on board to retail their domains, and deals such as this by .CLUB Domains will be a major help. General availability is scheduled to commence on 1 May.

More information is available in the news release below:

GoDaddy Signs Registry-Registrar Agreement with .CLUB
Listed in “Top 10” of New Web Domain Pre-Registration Interest, .CLUB Appeals to Organisations, Affinity & Loyalty Groups of all Kinds
.CLUB Domains, LLC, the company formed to own and operate the new “.CLUB” generic top-level domain name (gTLD), announced today (10 January) that GoDaddy will be offering “yourname.club” Web addresses to clubs, membership organisations, affinity and loyalty groups, and anyone sharing a common interest or passion. Of those registrars who have been taking pre-registrations over the past several months, the .CLUB extension has consistently ranked among the Top 10 of most popular new extensions to be applied for, making it the first top level domain to come to market that has mainstream appeal.

“The new domain name options give businesses and Internet users an easy way to establish a memorable and credible online presence,” said GoDaddy Vice President Domains Mike McLaughlin. “Domain names are essentially 21st century real estate, it’s the online address where businesses are found. Having a strong Internet identity is vital for any businesses, and .CLUB will add true context to a Web address.”

“This is an exciting and important milestone for all of us at .CLUB as well as for the marketplace in general,” said .CLUB Domains CEO and Founder Colin Campbell. “GoDaddy has great recognition and will make it easy and affordable for anyone to make a new mark on the Web. A great domain extension should be short, meaningful, recognisable and memorable, and .CLUB offers all of that to marketers, consumers, organisations and clubs of all sizes.”

Pre-registrations for .CLUB websites, blogs and email addresses are scheduled to begin on GoDaddy.com in February. The Trademark Sunrise period is expected to launch mid-January 2014, Land Rush in March and General Availability for .CLUB on May 1, 2014.

Formed in 2012 and backed by $8.2 million from 26 private investors, .CLUB will enable clubs, membership organisations or others sharing a common interest to establish memorable Web addresses and online destinations. Every day, people form communities and groups around every imaginable interest, and .CLUB makes it easier than ever for them to acquire a Web address that is convenient, holds meaning and has marketing value.

About .Club Domains, LLC
Led by Internet entrepreneur Colin Campbell, whose prior successes include Tucows Interactive and Hostopia.com, .Club Domains, LLC was formed for the purpose of becoming the .CLUB gTLD registry. Fully understanding the inherent marketing value of a .CLUB domain for any membership organisation, .CLUB is also building a comprehensive social platform for club management. .CLUB is a one-stop shop for clubs of all sizes to secure a great domain, grow club membership, improve member engagement and reduce management costs. By combining an easy to use web services platform with a top level domain based on a globally recognised term, .CLUB is “the easiest way to find, join or start a club.” More information and pre-registration of .CLUB is available now at www.dotclub.com.

Late Blast As Christmas Approached With Domain Sales

Domain Name Journal logoA trio of six figure sales topped the Domain Name Journal list of top reported sales for the week ending 8 December, with fix.com topping the chart in a $850,000 sale through WebsiteProperties.

The other two, sandwich.com and 1001.com, sold for $137,500 and $100,000 respectively, were sold through Sedo.

Sedo topped the chart with ten sales for the week while the GoDaddy/Afternic tie up managed nine sales.

On the TLD side of things .com dominated with 17 of the top 20 sales while there was one each for .es, .cc and .org.

To check out the chart in full, go to dnjournal.com/archive/domainsales/2013/20131218.htm.

Is GoDaddy Too Greedy With .VENTURES And Vox Populi Extorting With .SUCKS?

Go Daddy logoGreed is good. That is one way of looking at it. Or there is always supply and demand. And we can soon see how strong the demand is. GoDaddy is asking for a very pricey $12,569.99, the starting price for phase one of their Priority Pre-Registration for .ventures domains.

Prices then cascade down to phase five with prices starting at $219.99. Phase one closes on 30 January with each phase then starting a day later, except for phase five, where there is a three day break, ending on 5 February.

And then there are the prices for trademark owners, which start at $229.99 while pre-registration starts at $69.99 per year.

Applying for domains in phases one to five of the Priority Pre-Registration period includes a fully refundable Early Access Fee for unsuccessful applicants. When there are multiple applications for the one domain during any phase will see the domain go to auction.

But this is certainly not as greedy as the Vox Populi Registry, who is they are successful intends to “charge trademark owners $25,000 to participate in its Sunrise period, should it win the TLD,” according to a Domain Incite report.

Vox Populi Registry is one of three applicants for .sucks, the others being Donuts and Top Level Spectrum.

Prices for .sucks domains for Trademark Holders who reserve now are $2,500. This fee will jump to the whopping $25,000 in Sunrise. And then when it comes to general availability, the “suggested retail” price will be $300.

The greed not only ends there. Domain Incite reports “it’s become the first new gTLD applicant that I’m aware of to start taking pre-registration fees from trademark owners while it’s still in a contention set with other applicants.”

“At first glance, it looks like plain old trademark-owner extortion, taken to an extreme we’ve never seen before.

“But after 45 minutes talking to Vox Pop CEO John Berard this evening, I’m convinced that it’s worse than that.

“The company is setting itself up as the IP lobby’s poster child for everything that is wrong with the new gTLD program.”

Domain Incite also believes it has the highest “sunrise fee in any TLD ever to launch.”

Of course, Vox Populi doesn’t view it as extortion or greed.

Their CEO believes Vox Pop’s .sucks proposition is, if anything, “under-priced”.

“Most companies spend far more than $25,000 a month on a public relations agency, most companies spend more than $25,000 a month on a Google ad campaign,” the CEO John Berard told Domain Incite.

“Companies spend millions of dollars a year on customer service. We view .sucks as an element of customer service on the part of companies,” he said.

The quite lengthy Domain Incite report concludes:
“It’s a horrible reminder of a time when domain name companies were often little better than spammers, operating at the margins and beyond of acceptable conduct, and it makes me sad.

“The new gTLD program is about increasing choice and competition in the TLD space, it’s not supposed to be about applicants bilking trademark owners for whatever they think they can get away with.”