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Instagram Goes After Instagram.tv Domain Name

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InstagramInstagram filed a UDRP at the World Intellectual Property Organization to get the Instagram.tv domain name. This isn't all that surprising to me, but it is surprising that it took the company so long to go after the domain name. Instagram has filed quite a few UDRPs to take possession of typos and Instagram-related domain names.

Instagram.tv was created in January of 2011. The domain name appears to be registered to someone in China. Instagram originally launched in October of 2010, approximately three months before the Instagram.tv domain name was created.

It appears that the same registrant who owns Instagram.tv also owns Instagram.net, which was registered in November of 2010 (one month after Instagram launched). The registrant email addresses are a bit different, but it looks like it is the same registrant. Strangely, Instagram (more…) → Read More


SOG.com Subject of UDRP

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A UDRP was filed against the valuable three letter .com domain name, SOG.com. The UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), and it is listed as case #1726464. I will be following this UDRP via UDRPSearch.com.

SOG.com is owned by a company called Poise Media Inc. that appears to be based in New York. Using DomainTools' Historical Whois Tool, I was able to see that the registrant appears to be the same since February of 2007, meaning that it has been owned for over ten years. SOG.com was created in April of 1996, so this domain name is over 20 years old.

SOG.com is currently monetized with pay per click advertisements using Sedo. The domain name is also listed for sale on Sedo where it has a $40,000 minimum offer requirement. I am not sure how long the domain name has been listed for sale. SOG.com is clearly valuable, with Estibot pegging its value at $370,000. I do not see any public sales record for this domain name on NameBio.

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The NAF does not reveal the name of the complainant until the UDRP decision is → Read More


ThePlayers.com: UDRP Filed Against NameFind Name

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The PGA Tour has filed a UDRP at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for ThePlayers.com domain name. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2017-0746.

ThePlayers.com is a domain name that has a creation date of January 22, 2003. It appears that the domain name was registered prior to that, but it was dropped and acquired by another party. This domain name is now owned by NameFind, a company that is owned and operated by GoDaddy. Based on the Whois History (via DomainTools), I believe the domain name was acquired in the large Marchex domain name acquisition made in 2015.

If you visit ThePlayers.com, you can see that the domain name is parked with a "for sale" message at the top. When I did a Whois search at DomainTools, I saw that the domain name appears to have a $45,000 asking price on Afternic. There are currently golf-related PPC links showing on the automatically generated landing page.

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I am not much of a golf fan, but when I did a Google search for "The Players" and "PGA Tour," I learned that the PGA has an → Read More


UDRP Filed Against Queen.com Owned by “Domain King”

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A UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization against the high value Queen.com domain name. The case is WIPO Case D2017-0679.

Queen.com is a domain name that is owned by Rick Schwartz, who is commonly referred to as the "Domain King." According to an article written in 2013 on Rick's Blog, he was able to acquire the domain name in August of 1997. Rick's company owns a ton of great dictionary .com domain names, and the monetization and sale of some of these domain names has made him millions of dollars.

In the aforementioned article about Rick's purchase of Queen.com, he shared why his company acquired the domain name. Queen.com has many different meanings. Among those meanings, and the one mentioned by Rick in his article, is adult related. As such, Queen.com is currently forwarding to an adult website, where it is likely making Rick a considerable amount of income. It seems pretty clear that buying the domain name was a good decision, as it has earned "into the 6 figures because that traffic was very → Read More


TNP.com Subject of UDRP Filing

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A UDRP has been filed against the high value 3 letter TNP.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and it is WIPO case D2017-0669 .

TNP.com was created in May of 1995, making this domain name nearly 22 years old. The domain name appears to have had Whois privacy enabled at Uniregistry until recently. Perhaps it was removed as a result of the UDRP filing.

I visited TNP.com, and I was forwarded to a Namerific.com landing page where the domain name is listed for sale. The asking price for TNP.com is $500,000. As far as I am concerned, there is nothing wrong with selling valuable generic three letter domain names like this, and it is up to the domain name owner to set the asking price.

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According to NameBio, TNP.com last publicly sold in 2012 for $45,000. Between 2012 - 2015, three letter .com domain names increased in value considerably due to Chinese domain name investments. (more…) → Read More


ALO.com Subject of UDRP Proceeding

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Another high value LLL.com domain name has become the subject of a UDRP proceeding. A UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization for the ALO.com domain name. This is WIPO Case D2017-0650. Earlier this week, a UDRP was filed against another three letter .com domain name, ATC.com.

ALO.com is registered under Whois privacy. As a result, I am unable to see who owns the domain name. ALO.com was created in October of 1995, making the domain name more than 20 years old.

The complainant in the UDRP is listed as Color Image Apparel, Inc. I had to do a Google search to see why the company believes it should be given the rights to the ALO.com domain name. According to a news article I read, it looks like the complainant owns a company called Alo Yoga, which uses the exact match AloYoga.com domain name for its website. Obviously getting ALO.com via UDRP would be far less expensive than buying the domain name, considering the high value (DomainIQ says the name is worth $120,000).

One thing I noticed on the → Read More


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