Daily Wrap: Car gTLD Domains Are Pricey While Verisign Case Against .XYZ Dismissed Plus Week’s gTLD Launch Numbers

CARS AUTO gTLD logoThe .car, .cars and .auto gTLDs are aimed at the pricey end of the market according to Domain Incite, with individual domain names costing “a whopping $45,000” for anyone wanting to register a domain on day one, while during General Availability the cost will still be a rather pricey $2,500.

Verisign suffered a slight setback during the week with a court case against the new gTLD registry .xyz being dismissed just days before it was due to go to trial, according to a report in The Register.

Verisign “alleged .xyz had infringed Verisign’s trademark and committed false advertising” with “the lawsuit … widely seen by the domain name industry as an attempt to intimidate new competitors and scoop up market intelligence on its rivals through discovery.”

Of the new gTLDs to launch this week, two of the three have Rightside as their registry – .studio and .live – while the registry for third, .srl, is InterNetX.

After day one of General Availability on 28 October, .studio had 1,971 registrations, meaning it got 1,783 registrations for the day, while .live ended day one with 3,378 and 2,967 registrations for the day, according to nTLDstats.com.

The .srl gTLD, targeted at companies that are registered as SRL , primarily in Spanish-speaking countries, got off to a slower start with its General Availability commencement on 26 October. By the end of day one it had 174 registrations, or 135 for the day.