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CBA.com Acquired by Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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According to a recent Whois change, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia has acquired the CBA.com domain name. I detected a Whois change via DomainTools yesterday, and the previous registrant declined to comment about the status of the domain name. Today’s Whois change confirmed my hunch that the domain name had been sold.

CBA.com was acquired in March 2015 for $46,000 during a bankruptcy auction. I was a participant in the fast moving telephone auction. At the time, I recall that I was surprised the bidding was so strong. I was only able to place one bid in the low five figure range before the price moved beyond what I would pay for the domain name.

If I were to guess, I would say the deal was in the low to mid 6 figure range, but that is just a guess.

When I saw the Whois change yesterday, there were → Read More


Sell a Domain Name to the Domain King

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It looks like “Domain King” Rick Schwartz has invited people to submit domain names for his purchase consideration via Twitter. If you have a good, non-new gTLD domain name for sale for $5,000 or below, Rick will give it consideration.

I presume all submissions should be made via Twitter, and if you submit a domain name to Rick for consideration, he asked for the right of first refusal for four hours.

One thing to keep in mind is that the domain name should be worth much more than $5k (at least from Rick’s perspective). He later added that he buys domain names that he believes has at least 10x upside. Put simply, a domain name that Rick will buy for $5k should be able to be sold at some point in the future for at least $50k.

Rick did not say whether he will definitely buy a domain name or not, but this is a good way for him (and others) to see what’s on the market in that price range. My guess is he will be inundated with bad domain names, but maybe he will find something good.


Sedo’s May Great Domains Auction: ” The Future Edition”

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Sedo LogoSedo is hosting a special auction for next month’s Great Domains monthly auction. The auction is billed as Great Domains + The Future Edition. According to a press release distributed by Sedo yesterday, this auction will offer “a look into the domain market future.”

When I saw the company’s announcement on Twitter, I reached out to get more information about the May auction. Christian Voss, Chief Marketing Officer at Sedo, shared this with me:

“GreatDomains are Sedo’s signature auctions and our May event is going to be an enhanced version with a glimpse to the future. We’re excited to extend this opportunity for our Registry partners to feature exclusive Premium names attracting new potential buyers and expanding the focus beyond .com names. New gTLD names will have success in GreatDomains auctions as .com names have had.”

The auction is being held in conjunction with the WHD/NamesCon India events. The auction will → Read More


“Allegations of Theft are Outside the Limited Scope” of the UDRP

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A UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization for 74 domain names. When I saw the filing, I thought it was a bit strange since the domain names didn’t seem to have much in common. This was peculiar since it would mean the complainant would need to prove the domain owner was cybersquatting on a variety of terms and/or marks.

The decision was published on the WIPO website this morning, and it appears that the complainant filed the UDRP because of an alleged theft of the domain names. According to the decision, the complainant contended “that the Respondent registered the disputed domain names in bad faith as the Respondent hacked into the Complainants’ GoDaddy accounts and changed the registrant information for the disputed domain names to the Respondent’s personal information without the knowledge or consent of the Complainants.”

Unfortunately for the complainant in this UDRP case, the sole panelist (Linda Chang) ruled in favor of the domain registrant, who did not file a response to the UDRP. In the discussion, the panelist was → Read More


Jeff Sass to Speak at SFTA Event

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Jeff Sass, Chief Marketing Officer of the .Club Registry, will be the featured guest speaker at tomorrow’s South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) networking event. The event will be held tomorrow (April 25) from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Funky Buddha in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Here’s what Jeff told me he will be speaking about:

A memorable and meaningful domain name is an essential part of your branding and marketing efforts, and there are more choices than ever before to get a great domain.
Learn why dropping vwls and making up words just to get a .com is a bad idea (sorry Flickr!)
Learn about the 1,000 new domain extensions and how they can help you grow your business and brand.
Learn about the hidden SEO benefits of keyword rich domain extensions

Jeff is scheduled to speak from 6:00 – 6:30, and that will be followed by two hours of networking. I presume Jeff will be sticking around to answer any questions and chat about .Club and/or domain names in general.

Registration for this event is → Read More


How to Choose a UDRP Lawyer

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In the Domain Investing guide section of this website, there is a short article about domain name lawyers. The primary purpose of the article is to share a list of attorneys who I understand to be experts when it comes to the legal intricacies of domain name ownership and the rights of domain name owners. There are thousands of intellectual property lawyers, but there are far fewer lawyers who I consider specialists in the field of domain name investing.

One question I have been asked many times is how to choose a good domain industry lawyer for a UDRP defense. It’s great to have a short list of attorneys and law firms that can help with a UDRP defense case, but narrowing down that list to one attorney can be a bit of a challenge.

Having worked with several lawyers on that list for a variety of legal matters, it is difficult for me to recommend just one attorney to help defend a domain name in a UDRP proceeding. Without having experience dealing with a UDRP (thankfully), I also don’t really have much advice about choosing a lawyer for a UDRP. Other than suggesting to look through UDRPSearch.com and see some of the results of UDRP cases that are similar to the domain name the domain owner will have to defend, I don’t really have a great way to help someone choose a lawyer.

That being said, I want to direct you to a long post that → Read More


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