Archive for April 2013

Sedo reports over $1,25 Million in Domain Sales ! Elend.com tops Sedo’s weekly sales list at $140,000

WEDNESDAY, 03 APRIL 2013 05:08 DOMAIN NEWS
Elend.com topped Sedo’s weekly sales chart at $140,000.Highlights also include Schokolade.de,leading the ccTLD category at 63,000 EUR and Hotel.biz,leading the “Other” category at $25,000.

Other notable domain name sales include :

.COM

chrono.com 45,000 EUR

hansoft.com 24,000 USD

craftoutlet.com 21,000 USD

potenzmittel.com 19,000 EUR

madina.com 18,000 EUR

ieagle.com 16,500 USD

otima.com 14,900 USD

bk1.com 10,000 EUR

venator.com 10,000 USD

founderscircle.com 9,000 USD

gastronomia.com 6,000 USD

cubest.com 5,000 USD

mycleaner.com 4,750 EUR

audit24.com 4,000 EUR

myherbashop.com 3,900 EUR

praiano.com 3,500 USD

airpair.com 3,250 EUR

bouwsparen.com 3,025 EUR

cardeasy.com 3,000 EUR

quotenvergleich.com 3,000 EUR

nearfieldmobile.com 3,000 USD

jigger.com 3,000 USD

fancythings.com 2,999 USD

weshares.com 2,985 USD

zvw.com 2,950 USD

fontlink.com 2,900 USD

najem.com 2,800 USD

hfconnect.com 2,750 USD

fxdesign.com 2,750 USD

colourfestival.com 2,600 USD

uniqueprom.com 2,599 USD

auto-gear.com 2,500 USD

waellis.com 2,500 EUR

houseofsalt.com 2,500 USD

loveitorlistit.com 2,500 USD

indepthsolutions.com 2,500 USD

12share.com 2,500 EUR

ccTLD

software.com.bo 5,000 USD

canoe.co.uk 3,800 GBP

vakantieegypte.nl 3,630 EUR

bouwsparen.nl 3,025 EUR

dropbox.co.in 3,000 USD

cigarrilloselectronicos.es 3,000 EUR

reimburse.me 2,950 USD

strom.eu 2,756 EUR

cocio.cn 2,500 USD

businessclass.fr 2,500 EUR

area.us 2,500 USD

sigma.in 2,500 USD

nationalrailenquiries.co.uk 2,340 EUR

myzaun.de 2,211 EUR

reithallen.de 2,200 EUR

babyzwemmen.nl 2,000 EUR

vogelfutter24.de 2,000 EUR

popupstands.co.uk 2,000 GBP

waldläufer.de 2,000 USD

Other

campingplatz.net 12,000 EUR

hive.org 10,000 USD

cloud.pro 7,000 USD

prj.net 4,500 USD

frogos.net 3,500 USD

onlinecasinotest.org 2,500 EUR

cleaningproducts.net 2,500 USD

safetytraining.net 1,997 USD

nowyoga.net 1,800 USD

moneymap.net 1,800 EUR

aywa.net 1,550 USD

ownerdirect.net 1,500 USD

verses.org 1,250 USD

snelafvallen.net 1,000 EUR

invention.pro 1,000 USD

devops.net 1,000 USD

Uniregistry prepares for new gTLDs, sets up new retail registrar: Uniregistrar by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs


02|21|2013 08:54 pm EDT

Frank Schilling’s new gTLD play Uniregistry becomes ICANN accredited and launches their retail registrar, Uniregistrar.

Uniregistrar completed their accreditation earlier this month. The name and site clearly identifies it as being associated with Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry that is applying for 54 new gTLDs.

The new site states:

Uniregistrar is a new ICANN accredited registrar designed to let you create domain names in the new top level domain extensions offered by Uniregistry.

Beginning in 2014 anyone will be able to create and manage their domain names using the simple site we plan to create here. The names offered by Uniregistrar will be shorter, clearer, easier to use and manage than the .com .net or .org names you know from the past.

We think you’re going to like the names we have to offer and we look forward to serving you. Check back with us later this year as a new site gets created at this location.

With this move the registry operator and new gTLD applicant is one of the first of the new entries that is making it clear that they will be operating their own retail registrar.

“Vertical Integration” (registries that own/operate registrars) has been a long and ongoing issue at ICANN, but in late 2010 the board decided that registries are indeed allowed to own registrars. One of the other applicants, Demand Media, recently increased the reach of their retail channel recently by buying the retail registrar name.com.

Microsoft Wins Dispute over Xbox-Gold.com Domain Name

TUESDAY, 02 APRIL 2013 05:10 DOMAIN NEWS

An arbitrator with the National Arbitration Forum has awarded the domain name Xbox-Gold.com to Microsoft.The company submitted a complaint to thw National Arbitration Forum on February 11,2013,asserting legal rights over the disputed domain name.

Microsoft owns many trademark registrations for the “XBox” mark,all over the world.Therefore,it was more than obvious that the disputed domain name is confusingly similar to its trademark .

Microsoft has also contended and managed to demonstrate that the respondent has no rights over the disputed domain name and that he registered and used the domain in bad faith :

“Respondent is also attempting to generate revenue by confusing Internet users into believing the website is sponsored or otherwise affiliated with Complainant so that he or she will be mistakenly motivated to navigate thereto. Once on the sham website the accidental visitor is now in a position to click on any one of the website’s several pay-per-click links. Respondent’s registration and use of the confusingly similar at-issue domain name to abet its deceptive scheme demonstrates bad faith .”

“Finally, prior to registering the at-issue domain name Respondent had actual knowledge of Complainant’s rights in the XBOX mark.  Such prior knowledge is clear from the fact that the domain name combines the XBOX mark with the name of one of the levels of Complainant’s XBOX LIVE online services.  Furthermore, numerous links on the website make explicit reference to the XBOX mark and/or the products sold under that trademark.  ”

After Microsoft managed to established all three elements required under ICANN Policy,the Panel ordered the disputed domain name to be transferred from the respondent to the complainant .

You can read the decision here .

Initial Evaluation Results Released for First Set of Applications

From ICANN,22 March 2013

Today marks a major milestone in the New gTLD Program: Initial Evaluation (IE) results for the first set of newgTLD applications have been released to applicants and the general public.

This achievement is the result of many years of policy development and implementation work to bring diversity, competition, and innovation to the Domain Name System. Applicants, along with the greater ICANN community have dedicated countless hours toward reaching this goal. This is not only an important and exciting moment in the New gTLD Program but also in the continuing evolution of the Internet.

To view Initial Evaluation results for applications with priority numbers 1 through 30, go to the Current Application Status page of the new gTLD microsite. Results are posted under the IE Results column. Clicking on the result will take you to the Initial Evaluation report for that application.

There are three possible outcomes of Initial Evaluation: Pass, Eligible for Extended Evaluation, or Ineligible for Further Review.

  • Pass – The evaluation panels determined that the application is consistent with the requirements in the Applicant Guidebook and can advance to the next phase of the Program.
  • Eligible for Extended Evaluation – The Financial, Technical/Operational, Registry Services, or Geographic Names evaluation panels determined that the application did not provide sufficient information to award a passing score. The application is eligible for extended evaluation.
  • Ineligible for Further Review – The DNS Stability, String Similarity, Background Screening, and/or Geographic Names evaluation panels determined that the application did not meet the relevant criteria in the Applicant Guidebook, and the application is ineligible for further review.

For some applications Initial Evaluation results were not yet available for one or more possible reasons such as: pending change requests, clarifying questions, or follow-up with applicants regarding missing information. The results for these applications will be published as soon as the relevant processes are completed.

As communicated previously, ICANN is releasing Initial Evaluation results in priority order, in increments of 30 per week, with plans to increase to 100 per week. ICANN anticipates having Initial Evaluation results for all applications published by the end of August 2013.

Next Steps

Applications that pass Initial Evaluation (and that do not face any objections or string contention) will be eligible to proceed to contracting, with execution of the Registry Agreement as early as 23 April 2013.

Visit the New gTLD microsite to stay up-to-date on the latest Initial Evaluation releases and news about the Program.