Extract: If most new domain names can already be found in search engine results, they are still difficult to find. The case of Night Clubs is an interesting one: most night clubs - to have an online presence - seemed to be using old fashion domain names until recently but taken as an example, a search for a night club located in Boston will also show results using .club domain names: it is the case for the “Machine Night Club” when searching for “night club boston” (without inverted comas).
This is an extract of my latest article on the .VOTE new gTLD, enjoy. Extract: "There is a certain buzz at the moment around this domain name: the sunrise Period will open from January 13, 2015 through February 12, 2015. As usual, interested Registrants, will be able to register in the Trademark Clearinghouse and the .VOTE will also be available in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese with a second extension: the .VOTO. Also: ".VOTE will be not be open to the general public, but rather is intended for political candidates, political action committees (PACs), political committees, and other verifiable registrants". More details about the application can be found here".
"Die neue Top-Level-Domain .nrw vereint Nordrhein-Westfalens buntestes und lebendigstes Lebensgefühl künftig unter einem digitalen Dach".
Extract from the .NRW application: "The goal of the .NRW top-level domain is to establish itself as the recognized choice for registrants who want to market and promote themselves and their websites to, and reach, the Internet-using public, for business, political, personal or any other purpose, through an association with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia; and, as the recognized top level domain name for Internet consumers to look for, to know which people, businesses, information sources or other online resource associates themselves with North Rhine-Westphalia or are trying to communicate with them.
North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populated and, at the same time, most densely populated state in Germany, with 17,8 million inhabitants. 36% of Germany’s large cities (29 out of 80) are located in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia. North Rhine-Westphalia has the highest GDP--543 billion in 2010--in Germany and therefore is one of the economic and industrial centers of the nation (http:⁄⁄www.nrwinvest.com⁄NRW_at_a_glance⁄index.php). This number accounts for more than 20% of Germany’s total GDP. North Rhine-Westphalia’s purchasing power also ranks amongst the highest in Germany, which makes it a highly desirable place for business".
SUNRISE PERIOD START: Tuesday, 16 December, 2014 (All day)
SUNRISE PERIOD END: Saturday, 14 February, 2015 - 23:45
Extract: Il existe un “Top 10” des nouvelles extensions Internet: il s’agit des dix Registres qui autorisent la commercialisation de nouveaux noms de domaine au réseau des bureaux d’enregistrement accrédités. Dans le cas de ce Top 10, nous parlons des dix Registres qui créent le plus de noms de domaine.
With Cricket comes equality, integrity and the opportunity of success, and this is something we seek to emulate within .cricket. Despite the countless resources available for those interested in cricket, we know that choice is often restricted and we hope to change this with the new .CRICKET generic TLD (Top Level Domain).
All new gTLDs have to hold a Sunrise Period, and having a verified trademark entry in the Clearinghouse is the minimum requirement to participate in this priority-registration period. Registering in first priority is an easy 3 step process. Check the TMCHcalendar to learn more about Sunrise Periods' dates.
Extract: If accents are a strong added value when it comes to selling wine, we believe - for sure - that combination of signs including accents are part of that list of reserved names. An example for "Béarn": will the "Bearn" (with no accent) Geographical Indication be protected as well as "Béarn" with an accent? If bearn.wine and bearn.vin are reserved, what about béarn.wine and béarn.wine? In this case, that is two names reserved in two fifferent extensions.
Extract: A week ago I was discussing the alternative of an European Internet root with an ex-ICANN Board member. The idea that I like to develop in these discussions is to offer end-users a modern and cheaper naming system. Note that it does not mean the ICANN root is a bad one, it means that a new and better one could cohabit with the (now old) existing one.
Extrait: "Je suis tout à fait d’accord avec l’analyse, et avec les conclusions, que vous proposez. Simplement j’avais une question plus large : y a-t-il déjà eu une intervention européenne pour remettre en cause ce système qui donne à la justice californienne le dernier mot ? Existe-t-il un travail international entrepris, soit dans le cadre des discussions transatlantiques, soit dans le cadre d’une organisation telle que l’ONU, pour élaborer un droit international sur le sujet des noms de domaines ?
Cela pose en effet le problème de la soumission au droit d’un des États des États-Unis, et même pas du droit fédéral, et un autre problème qui est celui d’ouvrir à la spéculation l’acquisition des noms de domaines, ce qui ouvre la voie à toutes sortes de dérives. Il va se créer un marché complètement indépendant de toute législation nationale, il faut mener une réflexion globale sur ce sujet".
Les nouvelles extensions Internet apparaissent peu à peu sur Internet et de nombreux nouveaux sites Web voient le jour. Terminé les noms de domaine qui se terminent en .COM, c’est à présent au tour des .BERLIN, des .CLUB et des .INTERNATIONAL de se faire un nom.
Pourtant, si ces noms tardent à se faire connaître, il existe deux nouvelles extensions, en instance de validation, dont on parle beaucoup. Il s’agit des deux candidatures déposées à l’ICANN - l’organisme de gouvernance des noms de domaine - pour le vin: des noms de domaine qui se termineront en .VIN et en .WINE. Le site Web de Nicolas changera probablement, nous l’espérons, pour un .VIN.
Extract: "It appears that .WINE was recently won in a private auction : if two applications from the three existing ones are soon withdrawn, it means that this pending situation could come to end. Note that at this point, it does not really matter how much was spent to win this Top-Level Domain nor it matters who won the auction because some problems remain to be solved: the protection of wine Geographical Indications…and a few other things that I won’t be explaining here. Regarding how much was spent for .WINE, the new gTLD history will tell.
The recent letter from Fadi Chehadé shows that the wine applications issues evolve in the right direction. After two years listening to the GAC, it appears that the ICANN CEO is taking this situation seriously and the wine worldwide community is (probably) thanking him for this".
"C'est la consécration" ;-)
The letter, made public last night, mentions "a reserved list of names". I personally want to congratulate parties in charge of protecting Wine Geographical Indications for reaching out to this conclusion.
Even if we did not have the chance to be thanked the same way as Honorable Axelle Lemaire in 2013 for informing ICANN about these exact same solutions, we are happy to read that these past two years were not wasted for nothing and that an agreement is to be found.
We also want to suggest ICANN (and Axelle Lemaire) to read our article dated April 22, 2013. Extract of the letter: "The parties involved are now working on devising a mechanism which would offer protections to a reserved list of names, which would be contractually protected through ICANN’s registry agreement, along with a set of rules around how those names could be distributed to parties that have interests in and the rights to them".
Extract: I like to dig and noticed that the .LUXURY new gTLD is already very profitable with only 1,216 registered domain names. Yes…you read well: there are 1,216 .luxury domain names registered. It is very few compared to the successful .CLUB Registry who has reached 127,725 registrations.
I did not even check if there were Premium domain names or a Pioneer Program but the asked price at the Registrar level gives enough information to know about the Registry’s revenue.
Read the complete article on gTLD.club ans register your .CLUB & .LUXURY domain names with Uniregistry.
CENTR issued a guide for ICANN51 in which a date is given where interested parties in the .WINE question can learn more about how this wonderful story will probably end.
"This is not a large part on the GAC’s agenda at ICANN Los Angeles, but it is a very sensitive topic and likely to reflect wider divisions between governments on human rights issues at the United Nations. The session, scheduled for Tuesday, 14 October, 9:30-10:00, is not labeled a GAC-specific session, but an ICANN-wide session. It is, however, organized by the GAC. As with the issue of geographic indicators raised by .WINE and .VIN, the introduction of human rights into the ICANN sphere deepens links between public policy issues discussed in international intergovernmental forums and the forums that primarily focus on technical Internet governance.
These interactions will increase the need to harmonize or coordinate between these different forums, and GAC members, as participants in both intergovernmental forums and ICANN, may have an important role to play in connecting those two worlds. How the GAC manages this session, therefore, could be an indication of how the GAC intends to approach that role in the near future".
CENTR is an association of Internet Country Code Top Level Domain Registries such as .uk in the United Kingdom and .es in Spain. Full Membership is open to organisations, corporate bodies or individuals that operate a country code top level domain registry.
Philippe A. Martin, député coprésident de l’Association Nationale des Elus de la Vigne et du vin (ANEV), accompagné par les députées Catherine Quéré et Fanny Dombre Coste, respectivement Présidente et Vice-présidente du groupe d’études Viticulture de l’Assemblée Nationale, ont été reçus par Denis Tersen, directeur de cabinet du Ministère de l’Economie Numérique mercredi 8 octobre. Ils souhaitaient s’assurer de la poursuite de la mobilisation de la France sur ce dossier qui inquiète de nombreux vignerons.
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Almost everyone that has been working in the domain name industry for a while has a story about .TEL. It was introduced in 2005 and went live in 2009 with a flurry of publicity. It was a grand concept aiming to revolutionize the way in which people keep in touch. Unlike traditional domain names, the purpose of a .TEL domain name is to help manage and exchange contact information about people and corporate entities.
A kind answer received today from Neelie Kroes to my questions. I think the last paragraph is interesting. I understand there won't be any initiative from the EU to build its own Internet. You will also enjoy my little note at the end of this post.
Dear Mr Guillon,
Paragraph 1 = CUT
".... Our position remains firm: The two new gTLDs should be put on hold until there are sufficient safeguards to protect EU Geographical indications, either through a satisfactory negotiated solution in the ICANN context or until there is a clear and universal interpretation in international law (e.g.; WIPO and TRIPS) on geographical indications.
In fact, there is little doubt that ICANN is aware of the serious public policy concerns the EU have in relation to this issue. The European Commission has repeatedly pointed out our apprehensions, in letters, in GAC and in direct contacts with ICANN board and staff. The president of the European Parliament has written to ICANN and EU Member States have expressed similar concerns, including direct involvement of the "CUT". There is also support for our point of view among the US wine industry and from several US congressmen.
Following ICANN's own multistakeholder approach to manage the DNS, we have also tried to find a solution which respects the legitimate interests of the European wine sector by supporting direct negotiations between rights holders of Geographical indications and the applicants of .wine and .vin. So far these negotiations have not resulted in any agreement.
We have subsequently engaged with ICANN through the Cooperative Engagement Process, embedded in ICANN's own by laws, hoping that an ICANN lead process would be conducive to a final and mutually satisfactory solution. In parallel, the European and American wine industry have done the same.
The European Commission remains committed to a unfragmented , open, and internet and aims to improve the transparency, accountability and inclusiveness of its governance. It is therefore not our objective to start building an European Internet but to maintain and strengthen the rule of law on a single network or networks.
Note about this answer:
In April the 3rd, Project dotVinum (for Wine Registries) wrote ICANN a letter entitled "Hints and Solution for the Protection of Wine Geographical Indications in the ICANN New gTLD Program" to witch we never received any answer neither from "someone in charge of the question" nor the ICANN Board.
With this answer, I notice that stakeholders may have better chances to be heard by the European Commission rather than the ICANN. Do you follow me here. :-)
Estimated Timelines of the ICANN new gTLD program' second Round.
A few things to note:
.WINE and .VIN application issues are not solved yet and the second Round cannot start if nothing has happened (expect something to happen in Los Angleles when ICANN meets with - I hate to write it - the GAC);
We appreciate ICANN's precision in the title: they are "estimated Timelines";
It is ICANN so do not expect any of these timelines to be respected.
New domain names are now on the market and you start to realize that you may have missed the train by not submitting your own new gTLD application. So why not get your part of the cake and consider applying for your own new Top-Level Domain in the second Round of the ICANN new gTLD program? Why not become a “Registry” and sell domain names…to the world?
Anyone facing the registration of a domain name wants a good domain name, in the case of a club, you don’t want a .COM, you want to name your Club with a .CLUB. If pet.club does not seem available but might be, how to investigate further and where to go to ensure whether the domain name is free to register ?
One of the applicant sent a letter to ICANN informing that 6 months had elapsed and, according to the ICANN FAQs on this procedure, it should have taken less than four months.
ICANN wrote back but the answer is shocking. A paragraph of the letter states: “While the evaluation panel is aware of these timelines, given the impact of a CPE result on all members of the contention set, final reports will not be rushed simply to meet the timeline.”
With no more information related to .WINE and .VIN from ICANN, I thought the EC would have more information so I wrote to Neelie KROES,
This is the message I received:
Thank you for your e-mail. It has been registered and you will receive a reply asap, within 15 working days. We ask your understanding for this delay, which is due to the large number of messages that we receive daily. Please feel free to send a follow up message if your request incurred further delays.
Cabinet of Mrs Neelie Kroes
Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda Mail Registry Unit
Let's see what happens. Let's see if something happens.
An interesting post by Alex Tajirian founded DomainMart in 1996. DomainMart expanded its offerings to domain registration services in 11 languages, escrow, Web hosting, leasing, protecting online identity, appraisal and valuation, monetization consulting, and managing Corporate Training.
Read the post on gTLD.club
The success of the new gTLDs program depends on the actions of the winning registries and on ICANN’s allocation policies for the second round of applications. A successful landscape would be dominated by only a few registries but would be less confusing for users.
I rarely read long articles and generally focus on what is written about new gTLDs. Articles from the INTA are good ones but something really hurt me when I read that interview. One question and one answer are just...wrong.
The question: "What has been the biggest obstacle to educating Internet users around the world about the New gTLD Program?"
Am I the only one to have a problem with this question and in particular the "has been"?
The answer: "I think that the sheer scale of the program, and the fact that many Internet users around the world still don’t know about ICANN or what we do, have made this extremely difficult".
Is ICANN seriously considering that the job is done with this answer? If this is the case we are in wonderland and my belief is that ICANN should invest more in communicating about new gTLDs because very - but very - few people have heard about them.
Many domain name extensions with potential were not applied for in the first round of the ICANN new gTLD program. If investors targeted very generic ones such as sport extensions (ie: .FOOTBALL or .RUGBY) and other very generic strings (such as .CLUB or .FINANCE), many industries did not receive an application for their TLD.
Who could have imagined there would be so many new gTLD applicants?
Who would have bet that one company would be rich enough to apply for more than 10 new domain name extensions at the price of $185,000 each?
Who would have expected an applicant to apply for…60, 100, 300 new Top-Level Domains?
In 2010 very few would have expected that the ICANN new gTLD program would launch this way, many were talking about serious innovation in the domain name space but I don’t remember any post or any article mentioning that one applicant could or would submit dozens of applications. Today, the result of this first round is very different from what we, users and members of the new gTLD community, expected.
So while I was running in Paris, I wondered if there would be a TLD for runners like me…and guess what…there are 2 applications for .RUN and they are in contention:
First one is from dot Run Limited (Famous Four Media);
The other one is from Snow Park, LLC (Donuts).
There will be a .RUN Registry in the end and it will become possible to register domain names ending in .RUN (instead of .com :-). So what is the market for .RUN ? Do runners communicate on Internet? Do they need to communicate because they are runners? Is .RUN for runners only?
Les nouvelles extensions Internet ne sont plus à présenter, pourtant, on peut se demander quelles sont les véritables vocations de certaines d’entre-elles. Cela étant dit, est-il utile de se poser la question lorsque l’on n’est pas concerné par une extension dans une langue particulière ou par une extension qui ne nous représente pas ?“
The Buzz seems to be about Google Domains at the moment: Google is launching as a Registrar and will soon offer plenty of fantastic things to do with domain names. But…is there anything new with Google Domains?
I checked the features but…I found nothing that other Registrars do not already offer and I admit I expected to be a little more impressed.
Just to point it out, every single link is sent to roughly 1,600 subscribers every day and those links added to the "Manager's choice" appear on top of each email sent to its members.
My answer: I don't make choices, I just select the information I am interested in. The funny thing about this question is that just a few people know that they can post links to their articles themselves...
It is just as easy as:
Join the group;
Paste the hyperlink to your article in the object field;
LinkedIn then captures the link (nothing to do there);
Thinking twice about it: .RIP new gTLD is multilingual...
Why would you have a grave in a cemetery when you know that few people will visit in a lifespan? Much better to have one on Internet: people will be able to keep on hearing about you, after you have died. They could read about your life and, why not, find a set of pictures from that very person who died. It is much nicer than standing in front of a grave that has plastic flowers on it.
What many dotBrands have failed or seem to have not to have understood (especially those who have already signed with ICANN) is that the contract is not designed for trademarks. The agreements are basically a lease agreement that can be revoked from you and given to someone else. What brand on earth would allow for someone else to run their trademark on the internet without their approval?
I want to Thank Alain Pellet for allowing me the reading of this report.
For those who need to follow what is going on in the ICANN new gTLD program, I suggest to subscribe to the NEWSgTLDs.com newsfeed or join the LinkedIn group on new generic Top-Level Domains (1600+ subscribers already).
What would happen if an applicant were to receive a financial back-up to go to auction and win it. In exchange of this financial back-up, it would protect wine Geographical Indications according to a solution provided by parties affected by this issue?
What if Project dotVinum were to enter the game with a € 5 million financial back-up, to help the best applicant win the auction (in a private auction or an ICANN sponsored auction):
The building industry had now its own 3 domain name extensions. Their meaning is descriptive and pretty much the same but much nicer than .COM in the end. There are 3 new generic Top-Level Domains for this industry :
Support matters This is the email I received after purchasing a .COOKING domain name a few months ago. I then received an email explaining that my domain name could go to an auction if someone else tried to buy it too. If I admit I did not notice this acquisition could go to an auction at the moment I purchased the domain name (far in advance), I am happy to learn that I can be reimbursed if my domain name is sent to an auction. Transparency is an important matter when it comes to registering domain names and I pretty much appreciate to receive such kind email from M+M support because I would have been seriously pissed to receive an email explaining that my purchase was sent to auction. The email received: __________________________________________________ Hello Jean,
I'm actually waiting for someone to get back to me. I do apologize for the inconvenience and the wait.
At the moment, ICANN is reviewing our program. We are making every effort to get the names that were purchased during Priority Reservation. If we are unsuccessful, we will be in touch the moment we hear from them. Of course, you are entitled to full refund before General Availability, if you would like to exercise that option.
I will be in touch as soon as ICANN contacts us, however, they are under obligation to get back to us by a certain time. I do apologize for that as well.
"What if France had applied for a .WINE new gTLD?" is my latest article on gTLD.club
Another view of the situation regarding .WINE is to wonder if it would have been a good idea for France to apply. If we consider the situation, France has saved a lot of money by not applying to .WINE. The problem to protect wine Geographical Indications remains and the solution is now to be found with existing applicants.
A journalist to ask ICANN CEO : "Is the .WINE so serious for France so ICANN has to be rebuilt the way they want?" Listen to Fadi Chehadé's answer on that question. The question is asked at 2:20 in the video.
Here is an extract of today's article in the TIME magazine after Axelle Lemaire's "brilliant" intervention at ICANN. Since it is written in English, it is possible that my Government does not ever learn about this project...but does it want to?
"Several European countries have mounted resistance against the .wine and .vin domains since Project dotVinum made a public effort to register .wine in 2010. When ICANN launched the New gTLD Program in 2012, a handful of private firms applied for .wine gTLDs, drawing the attention of Portugal, Spain, Brussels, Luxembourg, Italy and the U.S., among other countries concerned about safeguarding the quality, reputation and brands of their wines".
As the founding member of Project dotVinum for Wine Registries - a story which started in 2010 - I am just amazed by what I read in the press at the moment. If ICANN had done serious international communication about new gTLDs and not just a simple video posted on its blog, the situation about .WINE & .VIN would certainly not be the one it is today.
The last publication from Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission, looks like a desperate letter sent to an ICANN board which will probably have few impact on "whatever the board decides"...unless I am wrong.
Since 2010, I had the chance to talk a lot about these wine Top-Level Domains, I even wrote a community project for .WINE - .VIN and .VINO domain names which was presented to some French wine institutions with that same message in the end: "Wow: interesting" or again: "Wow: expensive". I am very sad that I did not meet the CNAOC earlier because this could have been a French project in the end.
Today, the message sent to the wine community is very negative but...who's fault is it? And do we care to know who's fault it is now the ICANN Board has approved to proceed? As I wrote it many times, it certainly is not new gTLD applicants' fault who followed the methodology provided by ICANN: the new gTLD applicant guidebook (which French version is still not "final" and translated from the English one by the way).
Regarding the protection of Wine Geographical Indications, I'd be interested to know if the EC has any paid consultants on this question because solutions have been published, and read more than 6000 times. They are here and they were sent to ICANN. We never received any call from the EC to discuss them, why? Regarding ICANN, we are not surprised if they never called as they probably considered that the Trademark Clearinghouse would be enough to protect Wine GIs (which is the case in a certain way). We were just very surprised to see that some ICANN insiders represented one applicant in discussions with officials.
Now .WINE and .VIN are approaching, the only suggestion that I think of for our European Institutions to exist on Internet is to start building their own Internet: an Internet managed by them. Regarding existing in ICANN...we'll still be talking about this in 20 years :-)
De nombreuses nouvelles extensions Internet sont à présent à disposition et de nombreuses autres sont distillées petit à petit, venant ainsi inonder l’univers des noms de domaine. Pourtant, c’est un fait: les nouvelles extensions sont là et trois paramètres sont à prendre en compte dans toute - actuelle - et nouvelle stratégie de marque :
Les noms de domaine .GLOBAL pourraient bien s’imposer d’ici quelques années comme “le nouveau .com”: si tel était le cas, le coût modique de son renouvellement pendant les dix prochaines années devrait représenter peu par rapport à ce qu’il en coûtera si celui-ci est enregistré par un tiers.
Les modes en matière de nommage sont bien surprenantes et très souvent, il est trop tard au moment de l’achat. Sécuriser son .GLOBAL fait partie des petits gestes qui permettent de "voir venir". Savez vous qui est l’exploitant du nom de domaine leclerc.fr ? Savez-vous que le Registre du .CO, qui n’est rien d’autre que le Registre des noms de domaine pour la Colombie, est une des extensions qui connait la plus forte progression? Est-il besoin de rappeler que l’extension privilégiée des télévisions, le .TV, n’est autre que celle des îles Tuvalu, elles mêmes perdues dans le Pacifique?
Nul besoin d’enregistrer tous les nouveaux noms de domaine. Seuls ceux avec le plus fort potentiel devraient composer tout portefeuille de noms de domaine. Si une marque doit sécuriser les noms de domaine qui entourent son activité, sa stratégie doit aussi présenter un volet qui intègre les rares extensions génériques parues et à paraitre. Un groupe qui affiche plusieurs marques ou activités différentes aura besoin d’un nom de domaine pour le représenter dans sa globalité.
After 25 years The United Kingdom finally has a short, user friendly top level domain. Since yesterday it is now possible to register .uk domains. After three decades with variations like co.uk, org.uk and me.uk Nominet finally got around to offer the shortest, simplest and most memorable top level domain. Stephenfry.uk was the first domain name registered and during the day 50.000 registrations were completed showing the support for the new .uk.
Read the article from the EuropeanDomainCenter on gTLD.club
Trois ministres ont interpellé Bruxelles sur le projet d’attribution de certains noms de domaine qui pourraient porter préjudice aux viticulteurs.
Les ministres français appellent plus largement Bruxelles à passer à l’offensive pour permettre une réforme de la gouvernance de l’Icann, organisme de régulation qui a son siège en Californie et relève à ce titre, en dernière instance, du département du Commerce américain.
In a private deal, Famous Four Media has sold a package of 15 domain names to a single buyer. The deal, worth $175,000, was for adult oriented terms in the .WEBCAM registry. “We are delighted to conclude this deal so rapidly,” said Andy Churley, Chief Marketing Officer at Famous Four Media. “Agreeing a six figure cash deal so early in a registry’s life is a testament to the strength of the .WEBCAM suffix, the capability of the staff at Famous Four Media and the willingness of its broker network to collaborate.”
“The .WEBCAM registry has a lot of appeal for premium name brokers like HuntingMoon.” Said Evan Horowitz, CEO and Founder of HuntingMoon “It has been HuntingMoon's privilege to coordinate this historic, biggest ever reported new TLD sale. The fact that we collaborated with several brokers, such as Media Options S.A and Domain Broker UK, to achieve this landmark sale, in a newly launched new gTLD registry, is a great indicator for the success of .WEBCAM.”
The premium name sale comprised fifteen domain names including www.tube.webcam, www.asian.webcam and www.milf.webcam brokered by Hunting Moon. “We have always been confident that the .WEBCAM registry would have great appeal in a number of vertical and geographic markets” continued Churley “We have seen growing interest in our premium names as our first 3 registries .WEBCAM, .TRADE and .BID approach launch. Ola Alli, Famous Four Media’s premium name manager did an excellent job in securing this historic deal. This means so much to the registry and is excellent news for the new gTLD program as a whole.”
About HuntingMoon HuntingMoon was set up specifically to help connect domain name and business owners with potential trading partners. HuntingMoon invested heavily to create an easy-to-use platform for trading assets such as: Domain Names, Domain Portfolios, Businesses, Web Traffic, Design, Content and so many more products and services which has led to the company becoming one of the most successful domain name brokerages around. Web: https://www.huntingmoon.com/
Read the complete Press Release from Famous Four Media here.
.WEBCAM - .TRADE and .BID new domain names are entering General Availability today!
The new .WEBCAM generic Top Level Domain (TLD) name contains the best sources of global webcam-related content, making it the first choice for those with an interest in webcam products and services. Owning a dedicated, secure and trusted generic Top Level Domain (TLD) such as .WEBCAM will help you establish your online brand and reach a global network of people with like-minded interests.Be among the first to get your perfect .WEBCAM domain now.
The new .BID Top Level Domain (TLD) name creates an online environment where buyers and sellers can rapidly locate the auction in which they wish to participate. A .BID Top Level Domain (TLD) provides a convenient, trusted name anchor that stands out from the competition, and prospective bidders will be drawn to it by its clear message and the fact that they can trade with confidence in a dedicated namespace. The use of .BID TLD improves online searches dramatically as global buyers and sellers are more easily able to identify the content of relevance to them, which in turn drives website traffic increasing trade and enhancing the auction process.
With the launch of the new .TRADE generic Top Level Domain (TLD) the trade sector has a defined generic Top Level Domain (TLD) name from which to conduct its business activities, in a trusted, targeted manner which attracts all those with an interest in trading – from international business, financial trading, to individuals looking to secure a bargain.
Domain names from these 3 new gTLDs will be available to anyone on the basis of "first come - first served" at GoDaddy starting 9th June 2014 at 14:00 UTC.
This is the first article of a serie of two: which new domain name extension will replace .COM?
There are plenty of new domain names and if .COM never had any real identity or true meaning, it is quite possible that new gTLDs may bring new ideas to those who want to acquire a global identity without focusing on a country, a niche market, a specific industry, a community or just anything which does not cover “the world”. I made a list of these new domain names with potential to replace .COM and I believe that the alternatives might be in the article after.
"Thankfully some registries have set up their whois searches to let anyone know that the domain has restricted been restricted by ICANN. So if you were to go whois.donuts.co and search something like my.foundation it will give an error of being not blocked, and the same goes for whois.rightside.co with a domain like my.ninja".
Read the complete article from Donald Carter on gTLD.club
Value the Channel There is an existing market ecosystem and channel in the registrars who will add or subtract from a TLD’s launch success and longevity. .CLUB is being a good partner for registrars by making it easy to partner, not require special registration policies and not creating channel conflicts that discourage registrar adoption and promotion.
Registrars of course are motivated by profit. They make money by selling lots of competitively priced domains where there is demand and better than average successful queries and purchases. Combine that with healthy margin opportunity with a low cost retail TLD and you have the winning formula.
Read the complete article written by Peter LaMantia on gTLD.club.
For the purpose of this article it is not necessary to concentrate too much on defining what a Premium domain name is and what it is useful for: all that we need to know is simple, a premium domain name is often a memorable generic name, short or medium in length and highly valuable due to its relevance in search. However, when it comes to finding out how to register a premium domain name then it becomes much more difficult because you won't necessarily know where to go. I decided to focus on one Registry to demystify the premium names conundrum.
"I hope that the applicants for .wine and .vin are able to reach agreement with interested parties on Public Interest Commitments (PIC) Speciñcations that adequately protect Geographic Indications (GIS) for wine growing regions in my district and across the world from cybersquatting and other activities that could have unnecessary negative repercussions on the wine industry. However, if interested parties are unable to reach an agreement over the next several months, I urge you to withhold granting the .wine and .vin gTLDs to any applicant".
Read the complete letter on gTLD.club
...and receive up to 30% discount ? GoDaddy is offering this promotion during the next 164 days. Using this link will let you register domain names in bulk and receive a reduction prior to paying online.
Register "in Bulk" is a good way to register many domain names at the same time and pay less. Such options are often allowed at retail Registrars and should be requested at Corporate Registrars. Another good reason to register domain names in Bulk is to renew them at the same date. It is possible to register up to 500 new domain names at the same time, one per line during the registration process.
The Brand Registry Group’s (BRG) mission as per their website (http://brandregistrygroup.org/mission.htm) is to represent the common interest of their members, to be recognised as an essential stakeholder by ICANN, to champion policies that enhance security, stability and trust of the Internet users, to explain why .brand type registries aid in enhancing consumer protection and a thriving digital economy, to deliver consumer protection in e-commerce and branded spaces through the promotion of secure, stable and trusted platforms. Honestly what more could a dotBrand applicant want in this unknown digital development.
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La question peut surprendre pourtant c’est la première que se sont posés les candidats qui ont bien compris tout l’intérêt de devenir Registre. Notez qu’il n’est pas ici question d’emprunter de l’argent ou de se lancer dans un schéma complexe d’investissement, non…c’est bien plus simple et … assez malin.
Cela parait trop simple n’est-ce pas? Non car rien n‘interdit à une ville de lancer un programme Pionnier avant même de soumettre sa candidature. Rien ne l’empêche non plus de bloquer un certain nombre de noms de domaine génériques si toutefois ceux-ci correspondent à des critères bien précis comme par exemple, ne pas être une marque déposée. Rien n'empêche une ville de demander aux intéressés, en amont, quels sont les noms de domaine qu'ils souhaiteraient acquérir…
Taking those as examples, one will notice that it is just a matter of "saying something" and not sticking to the norm. When the norm was mainly made of .COM .NET and other sponsored TLDs, the minor ones, often in need of innovation to drive registrations in their TLDs encouraged Registrants into to registering "vanity domains". Today, new domain names are here to replace them.
That is quite possible as the results of the recent .CLUB launching show that it generated a lots of interest in a short period of time. The .CLUB registry is now number 3 on the list of most registered domain names with 37 806 domains registered and .EMAIL is in position 6 (source http://ntldstats.com/).
All parties following the .WINE & .VIN Opera already know about the latest ICANN publication (see the link below). Let's hope we have a decision from the board starting June 3, 2014:
"... In response, the NGPC accepted that GAC advice and directed ICANN Staff not to commence the contracting process for the applications for .WINE and .VIN for 60 days. That 60-day hold period, which expires June 3, 2014, was implemented by the NGPC to “provide additional time for the relevant impacted parties to negotiate, which they are encouraged to do.”
"The Australian Government is concerned that proposals being put forward for additional conditions could unduly limit the legitimate use of GI-related terms, and unfairly restrict access to online avenues of trade. Domain names themselves are not GIs, and terms relating to GIs can legitimately be used as part of a domain name for a range of purposes. For example, the term champagne is recognised as a GI in Australia and, as a result, sparkling wine made in Australia may not be labelled as champagne. However, it is acceptable for an Australian wine retailer to sell champagne [that is, wine that is produced in the French region of Champagne under the rules of appellation]. It is also acceptable for Australian entities to use the word champagne in business names and domain names, such as champagnedistributors.wine. In this example, the existing safeguards for new would appropriately prohibit a fraudulent or deceptive use of that domain name, and require a process to deal with any complaints that may arise. Conditions additional to these could inappropriately obstruct legitimate trade".
Un tout petit article pour expliquer en quoi une nouvelle extension est utile pour mieux faire face à une attaque de phishing.
"En effet, il est beaucoup plus visuel d’indiquer à un client de repérer qu’un email est bien issu d’une adresse ou d’un site Internet se terminant en .ORANGE qu’un .COM. Le véritable avantage de posséder son extension Internet est de pouvoir informer son client en amont sur la véracité de l’information qu’il reçoit ou va recevoir. Pour simplifier: “tout ce qui ne vient pas de mon .MARQUE, ce n’est pas de moi”."
The European Commission recently sent an invitation to all three .wine applicants for the negotiation on safeguards of .vin and .wine new gTLDs. The official invitation (Letter Nigel Hickson & ICANN 15 16 May 2014) was sent by the EFOW. Here is the letter sent by the European Commission.
Changing my .com website to a new .link one is a question that I have at the moment.
Prior to the first new domain name launchings, I had created a website entitled NEWSgTLDs.com to inform about new generic Top-Level Domains. New domain names didn’t exist yet so I had to find a domain name and .COM came to my mind. I considered .INFO too but let’s make it simple : you don’t launch a website with a .INFO domain name if you don’t own the .COM so I went fo NEWSgTLDs.com.
Monday, May 6th 2014, Gibraltar
Famous Four Media, the registry operator for .BID, .TRADE, .WEBCAM and some 54 other Top Level Domains, has signed its 100th ICANN accredited registrar. Registrars are the only way through which end-users of domain names can purchase the domains, and Famous Four Media believes that these 100 registrars provide the largest distribution channel currently held by any new gTLD Registry operator, covering some 90% of all currently registered domains.
The registrar is a critical element in the domain name supply chain, because registries are not allowed to sell directly to the end registrant. Andy Churley, CMO of Famous Four Media explains, "We have a laser-sharp focus on making it as simple as possible for registrars to work with us. Moreover, registrars are not passive third parties - signing an agreement with us means that they have already committed considerable resources integrating with Famous Four Media's registries, and we are all intent on making the process for the end-registrant as easy as possible. To this end, we endeavor to provide our Registrars with top-flight, turnkey marketing resources to enable them to go out and find the right homes for our domain names."
Critical to domain name sales, registrants need to be able to find distribution outlets, which in turn need to offer desirable "product" - in this case, the domain names themselves. And with the hundred Registry Registrar Agreements (RRAs) Famous Four Media has in place, a multiple is in effect in that they cover over 450 of the 1000 ICANN accredited registrars, since each agreement with a registrar can cover multiple sub-brands, not to mention the tens of thousands of domain name resellers around the world.
Through Famous Four Media's proactive on-boarding process, registrars are ready to go to market in every sense. They have undergone technical accreditation, have put time and money into integrating systems for failsafe registration, and have committed resources to market Famous Four Media's domain names through every conceivable mechanism. Churley continues, "It is very significant that we have the channels lined up before the domain names are generally available. And we have worked hand-in-hand with our registrars to simplify and streamline everything, in order to make the purchase process for the domain name registrant as seamless as possible. We are acutely aware that registrars have limited resources to actively promote gTLDs in their inventory, so they are necessarily selective about which Registries they support. At Famous Four Media we are proud and honored that so many registrars want to work with us to bring our new gTLDs to market."
"The decision to partner with Famous Four Media was straightforward" said Richard Stevenson , Head of PR, 1&1 Internet Inc, www.1and1.com, one of the world's largest domain name registrars, and one of the first Registrars to have signed the Famous Four Media RRA. "Not only do they have some great gTLDs that we think our customers will benefit from, but their processes are simple and consistent across all of their TLDs. At 1&1 we are excited to work with Famous Four Media to help bring their domain names to market."
Meir Kahtan, MKPR mkahtan AT rcn.com +1.212.575.8188 or Andy Churley, Chief Marketing Officer, Famous Four Media media AT famousfourmedia.com.
About Famous Four Media Famous Four Media Limited was set up in 2011 by a small group of recognized domain name experts and successful financiers to actively provide products and services to TLD Registry operators under ICANN's new generic Top Level Domains ("gTLD") program. Drawing on the best from both Registries and Registrars, Famous Four Media's management team has extensive experience in the domain name industry having successfully launched, operated, marketed and run generic TLDs under previous rounds and having managed some of the largest corporate and retail domain name registrars in the world. The 59 gTLD applications, that are currently under Famous Four Media Limited management, include some of the most interesting and valuable domain suffixes, such as .ACCOUNTANT, .BID, .DATE, .DOWNLOAD, .FAITH, .LOAN, .MEN,. REVIEW, .SCIENCE, .TRADE, .WEBCAM and .WIN.
I am partial to those from Law Firms which develop and offer their own gTLD products, with more often than not, many flaws in their offers. In the end, as you will doubtless find out, it is actually their ICANN Accredited Registrar that solves problems for their client for which the law firm bills at three times the price of the registrar.
Of the 647 dotBrand applicants we found that they were using a total of 21 different social media channels. These channels are made up of hundreds of millions of fans, customers, subscribers, supporters, affiliates, distributors, sales reps etc., all digesting and sharing branded content on the internet in different ways and for different reasons. Although the top 3 social media channels appear over 60% more often on the brands websites than all the other 18 channels put together, brands are now using a combination of 21 different channels and up to 10 on 1 site to stay connected with their target market. Although the top 5 channels which includes Facebook represent 81% of the total social media channels being used, it was recently reported that for the first time in history Facebook has seen a decline in users. This is largely due to consumers moving away from the traditional channels to more specific channels for their needs and brands therefore having to follow.
Domain Venture Partners Acquires the .PARTY Top Level Domain Registry
“Famous Four Media is excited to add .PARTY to the list of Top Level Domains that it will be launching in 2014″ said Geir Rasmussen CEO, Famous Four Media. “.PARTY will complement the other lifestyle registries under the control of Domain Venture Partners.”
Andy Churley, CMO, Famous Four Media, expanded “the opportunities with this registry are almost boundless. It has an appeal all the way up the user chain from individuals (www.andysbirthday.party), corporates (www.ffmsummer.party) and communities (www.redsoxfans.party), right up to institutions (www.political.party). Furthermore, we do not see registration use being limited to people or entities but to individual events (www.sydneynewyear.party) and locations (www.oceanvillage.party) as well. The opportunity for every party to have its own web address is extremely exciting. Most importantly we think it’s going to be a whole lot of fun! “