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Don’t Assume Brokers Do Due Diligence

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Most of the top tier domain name brokers are buttoned up and trustworthy. I would say this is the case for the vast majority of the best brokers. Tessa Holcomb from Igloo.com operates one of the top brokerages and she made a good point on Twitter yesterday:




When buying a domain name via broker, the buyer still needs to perform the critical due diligence that is required of any domain purchase. Most domain brokers know their clients, but some likely don't check the complete provenance of a domain name. Many brokers (more…) → Read More


Facebook Files 101 Domain Name UDRP

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Facebook has filed quite a large UDRP at the World Intellectual Property Organization against 101 domain names. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2016-2380 and the complainant is listed as Facebook, Inc. Instagram, LLC. Facebook acquired Instagram a few years ago.

It looks like all of the domain names are in the .Top extension, and it looks like the domain names either have Facebook, Instagram, or FB in them. I believe a UDRP on multiple domain names can only be filed if all of the domain names are owned by the same entity, so my guess is one entity regisered them all. I checked a few of these domain names, and the names I checked forward to a different (.com) website.

What is most interesting to me about this UDRP filing is that many of these names don't really make much sense. This means the company could win this UDRP proceeding and simply register a bunch of other domain names in a similar fashion to this. I get that the company is protecting its trademarks, but it seems like it could be never ending to keep going after these kinds of → Read More


10 Day Old Domain Subject of UDRP (Updated)

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nafI am occasionally critical of companies for waiting a long time to file a UDRP proceeding. I am especially critical of companies who file UDRPs on descriptive/generic domain names that are aged. On the other hand, a company recently filed a UDRP on a domain name that was less than 10 days old.

UBSBS.com is now the subject of a UDRP proceeding at the National Arbitration Forum. It is NAF case number 1701732. UBSBS.com was created on October 31, 2016, which is ten days ago. The domain name appears to be registered to someone in Ghana. The domain name was previously registered before, but it appears to have expired in 2012 before being re-registered recently. Interestingly, back in 2010, the domain name was registered to an entity called UBS Business Solution, according to the DomainTools Whois History tool.

When I visited the domain name, I saw that there is a logo that says (more…) → Read More


The Perfect Usage for .Tattoo

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I saw a Facebook update from TechCrunch with a video discussing an app called InkHunter. TechCrunch also published an article about the app. In short, InkHunter allows people to use their smartphone to see what a tattoo would look like on their body before getting permanently inked with a tattoo.

When I first saw the article, my initial thought was that this would be the perfect usage of the .Tattoo domain name extension operated by Uniregistry. I clicked on the embedded link within the article, and I saw that it directed people to the iTunes app store to download the app and learn more about the app. Once on the iTunes store, I hovered over the "Kateryna Khotkevych Web SiteInkHunter" link, and I see that the app is using (more…) → Read More


Mike Berkens Still Closing Deals

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Mike Berkens privately sold much of his portfolio to GoDaddy earlier this year. I understand he kept most of the adult domain names and his portfolio of new gTLD domain names.

According to this tweet from Frank Schilling, Mike is still making deals happen. Apparently he bought Stock.Photo for $16,000 at the NamesCon auction after already owning Stock.Photos. He then reportedly sold the pair of domain names to Richard Lau for $60,000. (more…) → Read More


.Online Off to a Fast Start

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.Online domain names became available to hand register for the standard registration fee this morning. Radix, the company that operates the .Online registry, is reporting that they are off to a fast start.

Shortly after general availability began today, the company posted a tweet announcing that over 15,000 domain names were registered within the first couple of minutes:




The company (more…) → Read More


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