Archive for New gTLDs

.BUZZ Registry To Release 924 Previously Reserved For Normal Reg Fees: Here is The List

THURSDAY,4 JUNE 2015 The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on June 4th,the .Buzz registry announced that is will rolling out of a select number of previously reserved  .buzz domain names, which will become available in June.

“In all 924 of our previously reserved domain names will become available to the public for registration at standard pricing, on a first-come first-served basis”

The names are expected to be available on June 17, 2015.

Included in the list are names such as attractions.buzz, funding.buzz, neighborhood.buzz, a number of Geo names and many more”

It appears some of these domain name were also registered on launch and are now being deleted and available for re-registration

You Want To See Great New gTLD’s? Look at The Early Domains In .School, .Football & .Casino

TUESDAY,2 JUNE 2015  The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on June 2nd,the new gTLD’s of .School, .Football and .Casino are launching this week into General Availability on Wednesday beyond the .porn and .adult of this world.

If the new gTLD’s are going to be an investment vehicle for domain investors you need to look no further than the domain names registered in the Early Access program  (EAP) for each of these new domain strings to find the bang on brandable domains for the next generation.

For .School, .Football & .Casino we found these domain names already registered by those not only willing to pay an extra fee during the EAP period,  but many which also sold as premium domains meaning they had a higher than normal registration and renewal fee )and as a disclaimer some of these we registered, but clearly not enough)

.School:

acting.school

after.school

art.school

ballet.school

beauty.school

best.school

bible.school

boarding.school

boy.school

boys.school

chinese.school

christian.school

cooking.school

culinary.school

cyber.school

dental.school

dog.school

drama.school

driving.school

drone.school

e.school

fashion.school

free.school

gemologist.school

grad.school

great.school

high.school

home.school

i.school

k-12.school

mba.school

medical.school

military.school

next.school

nursing.school

old.school

online.school

pharmacy.school

photography.school

pre.school

prep.school

preparatory.school

private.school

public.school

sex.school

ski.school

summer.school

sunday.school

teach.school

tech.school

trade.school

truckdriving.school

uk.school

usa.school

veterinary.school

vr.school

wine.school

your.school

.Football

alabama.football

american.football

bet.football

book.football

college.football

college.football

draft.football

england.football

europe.football

florida.football

free.football

gambling.football

game.football

gear.football

global.football

highschool.football

indoor.football

iowa.football

iwatch.football

live.football

net.football

playing.football

playoff.football

prep.football

pro.football

rugby.football

shop.football

texas.football

usa.football

watching.football

wisconsin.football

womens.football

womens.football

world.football

.Casino

247.casino

365.casino

777.casino

8.casino

88.casino.

a.casin

atlanticcity.casino

australian.casino.

b.casino

bank.casino.

beijing.casino

best.casino

bet.casino

bets.casino

betting.casino=

big.casino

bingo.casino

blog.casino

california.casino

chinese.casino

e.casino.

euro.casino

free.casino

free.casino

g.casino

gambling.casino

getlucky.casino

global.casino

global.casino

highroller.casino

hotels.casino

jackpot.casino

jackpots.casino

live.casino

losangeles.casino

lucky.casino

luxury.casino

macau.casino

net.casino

newjersey.casino

newyork.casino

newyorkcity.casino

nodeposit.casino

nyc.casino

play.casino

quebec.casino

real.casino

reno.casino

roulette.casino

russia.casino

slot.casino

slotmachine.casino

slots.casino

sports.casino

sportsbet.casino

sportsbook.casino

sydney.casino

tahiti.casino

top.casino

Quick Poll: How Many Sunrise Domain Registrations Will .Sucks Get?

MONDAY,1 JUNE 2015  The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on June 1st,the new gTLD .Sucks has been in the news for a few months since announcing its pricing plan which place a suggested retail price of up to $2,499 for trademark holders.

ICANN claimed .sucks domains were being sold to trademark owners in a “predatory” manner, and took the unprecedented step of asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) if it was legal.

This week the FTC answered and told the ICANN, if you break it you buy it, basically telling ICANN you created the mess and we warned you ahead of time and ignored our advice so, you own it.

The Sunrise period for .sucks was set to end yesterday but got extended for a few weeks once the FTC letter was published and it seems clear that the FTC will not be taking any action otherr than to ridicule ICANN

Many trademark owners that may have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for government intervention will probably jump into Sunrise now.

The question now becomes how many domain name registrations will .sucks wind up with when the newly extended Sunrise period ends.

The current record for the number of Sunrise domain registrations are for .porn and .adult which had some 4,000 registrations each.

However the registration fee for trademark holders in Sunrise in .porn and .adult were substantially less than Sunrise for .sucks which has a suggested retail range from $250-$2,499.

While the .Sucks registry has released some information regarding Sunrise registrations they have not released any numbers.

Our poll on the right is now opened and you can choice from the following choices to place your prediction

Under 500

500-1,000

1,001-2,000

2,001-3,000

3,001-4,000

4,001-5,000

5,001-7,500

7,501-10,000

Over 10,000

If you want bragging rights you can also put your prediction in the comment section.

With 10 Applicants .Art Gets Scheduled For An ICANN Last Resort Auction

TUESDAY,19 May 2015  DOMAIN NAME WIRE

According to the news from Domain.cn on May 19th,the new gTLD .Art just got on the ICANN schedule for a last resort auction.

There are 10 applicants for .Art and the ICANN auction is scheduled tentatively for July 2015.

.Art is the only new gTLD that is currently scheduled for an ICANN auction.

Here are the 10 Applicants; some are portfolio applicants as well as some one-off applicants that only applied for .Art:

Donuts

Uniregistry

Minds + Machines

Afilias

Top Level Design, LLC (.design, .wiki, .ink)

Merchant Law Group LLP

UK Creative Ideas Limited (Whitecase.com)

Aremi Group S.A.

Dadotart, Inc. (Deviantart.com)

EFLUX.ART, LLC (e-flux.com)

We will let you know if the contention set resolves early.

Donuts To Release Over 1 Million New gTLD Domains Starting June 10th

TUESDAY,19 May 2015  DOMAIN NAME WIRE

According to the news from Domain Forum of China on May 19th,an email we received tonight Donuts is going to release more than one million previously unavailable new gTLD domain names, including permissible two character addresses

Donuts will offer registrations via our Early Access Program (EAP) for the first seven days of their availability

The release of these names will begin on June 10, 2015 and will be staggered in batches (see dates below).
Launch Dates TLD Categories
10-Jun-15 Photography
17-Jun-15 Business
24-Jun-15 Generic & Fun
1-Jul-15 Technology
8-Jul-15 Education
15-Jul-15 Foods & Goods
22-Jul-15 Shopping
29-Jul-15 Property
5-Aug-15 Building
12-Aug-15 Services
19-Aug-15 Healthcare
26-Aug-15 Financial

 

 

.XYZ Starts Taking Domain Registrations Directly From Its Site

FRIDAY,15 May 2015  DOMAIN NAME WIRE

According to the news from Domain.cn on May 15th,.XYZ sent out an email the other day announcing that they were taking live domain name direct registrations from their registry site at Gen.xyz for .XYZ domains

While a lot of new gTLD registries look like they take registrations from their registry site,  I believe that .XYZ joins only Uniregisty as a registry, to have live domain name registrations from the registry site.

.XYZ appears to be a domain name registrar reseller, rather than have their own Registrar credentials.

I would guess they are an Enom reseller.

A .XYZ registration on Gen.xyz is $10 a domain.

.College is the next string being launched by the same company that owns .XYZ and also has a live registration site (just for Sunrise) at go.college which is offering free first year registrations to accredited colleges and universities.

I would have thought with ICANN expanding their rules to allow companies to be both a registry and a registrar we would have seen more of this blending approach already.

Typically a registry will refer a customer to one of its ICANN accredited registrars if a domain is available.

Allowing customers to register domains in one seamless transaction from the registry site, seems a natural winner as most customers still have no idea of what the difference between a registry and a registrar is, nor do I think most really care.

Weigel Broadcasting Co (MeTvNetwork.com) Files UDRP on Me.Tv

THURSDAY,14 May 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn on May 14th,Weigel Broadcasting Co. has filed a UDRP on the domain name Me.Tv

The domain name is owned under privacy since at least 2005 at Enom.com and it looks like it may have been owned by Enom.com as it went to an Enom.com registration page in 2012 rather than a placeholder according to Screenshots.com

The domain went to Channelme.tv for several years for a few years ending in around 2009 according to screenshots.com

The last time the domain was not under privacy it was owned by Hot Media, Inc. and Michael Blend, who was an officer of Demand Media, Inc. back in 2005 before Enom.com was spun off to Rightside.

The domain name does not currently resolve.

Weigel Broadcasting is an American television broadcasting company, based in Chicago, Illinois, alongside its flagship station WCIU-TV (Channel 26).

If you are wondering what Weigel’s relationship to Me.TV is according to Wikipedia.org it owns part of the Me-TV network as further explained below whose domain name is metvnetwork.com

“In April 2008, Weigel completed the purchase of WJJA-TV in Racine, Wisconsin, which gave the company its second full-power station in the Milwaukee market. The station carried a local version of Me-TV for four years before it and the independent format of low-power WMLW-CA were switched around in August 2012, becoming WMLW-TV.

In July 2008, Weigel announced the creation of This TV, a national subchannel network, operated as a joint venture of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Weigel.”

On November 22, 2010, Weigel announced that they would take the Me-TV concept national and compete fully with RTV and Antenna TV, while complementing its successful sister network This TV.

On January 4, 2011, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Weigel Broadcasting announced plans to distribute Me-TV nationwide.”

The Me-Tv Network’s website is MeTvNetwork.com

.Design Winds Up With Over 5K Domain Registrations After 1st Day

THURSDAY,14 May 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn on May 14th,.Design which launched into general availability (GA) on Tuesday wound up with 5,204 domain registrations according to ntldstats.com.

The 5,204 domain names include all registrations during the Sunrise period by Trademark Holders and those who paid an extra fee to get early access to domain registrations ahead of GA (Early Access Program).

We chatted yesterday that mostly every domain name was available in the launch of .Design including single and two letter domain names, three-letter domains, Geo domains, many of which had premium registration and renewal prices.

We actually confirmed with the registry that only around 200 domain names were reserved by the registry.

I just went to the zone file and i found quite a few two and three-letter domains as well as some really nice generic but a lot of registrations with a persons first and last name so I would say a lot of end users.

Here are some of the more interesting registrations:

10.design
1000.design
110.design
155.design
155.design
163.design
2.design
247.design
2d.design
3-d.design
360.design
3d.design
420.design
4d.design
4k.design
666.design
777.design
8888.design
999.design
affordableweb.design
agency.design
airport.design
alaska.design
ameliaisland.design
and.design
app.design
approved.design
apps.design
architects.design
artist.design
asian.design
auction.design
ave.design
awol.design
b2b.design
bags.design
balanced.design
balloons.design
barter.design
bbb.design
be.design
beautiful.design
beauty.design
best.design
bling.design
blouse.design
blt.design
blu.design
boats.design
botanical.design
brands.design
broadway.design
brochures.design
buenosaires.design
buildings.design
business.design
businesscard.design
calif.design
capetown.design
caribbean.design
casinos.design
cc.design
ccc.design
chairs.design
cheap.design
closets.design
cloud.design
co.design
color.design
coolest.design
corporate.design
creative.design
cuttingedge.design
deco.design
detroit.design
digital.design
disruptive.design
distinguished.design
do.design
doityourself.design
domain.design
drone.design
duesseldorf.design
engineer.design
england.design
environment.design
ev.design
evil.design
exciting.design
exhibit.design
exhibition.design
exp.design
fashion.design
flowers.design
fonts.design
food.design
foods.design
gadget.design
gameroom.design
gardenfurniture.design
geo.design
gregjohnson.design
handbags.design
hats.design
hawaii.design
helmet.design
helmets.design
holo.design
holographic.design
homedecor.design
homeinterior.design
homeplan.design
homeplans.design
hometheaters.design
horticulture.design
hosting.design
hotels.design
houseplan.design
houseplans.design
hugh.design
human.design
indoor.design
international.design
internet.design
italian.design
jewels.design
jobs.design
kickass.design
kiss.design
kitchencabinets.design
le.design
lowcost.design
luxury.design
m3.design
m3.design
m3.design
m7.design
marine.design
medical.design
mega.design
mm.design
mw.design
n1.design
buy.design
neon.design
newproduct.design
news.design
nightclub.design
nj.design
ns.design
offices.design
ottawa.design
outdoorfurniture.design
plan.design
plumbing.design
plussize.design
pools.design
printing.design
projects.design
publishing.design
purses.design
ra.design
racecar.design
realestate.design
refine.design
responsive.design
rings.design
rrr.design
ru.design
saudi.design
school.design
secure.design
sexy.design
shoes.design
six.design
space.design
sports.design
staging.design
staging.design
stores.design
sunglasses.design
superyacht.design
supply.design
swedish.design
talk.design
talk.design
tattoo.design
tattoos.design
taxi.design
ted.design
the.design
thebest.design
tips.design
trends.design
trendy.design
ttt.design
tuxedos.design
ui.design
uk.design
uuu.design
videogame.design
websites.design
weed.design
wood.design
worldwide.design
xyz.design
yacht.design
yyy.design
zero.design
zzz.design

.Sucks Registry Goes On Offense & Threatens To Sue ICANN For Defamation/Breach of Contract

WESDAY,13 May 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn on May 13th, in a sternly worded letter sent to ICANN today by the attorney’s representing Vox Populi the operator of the .Sucks registry put ICANN on notice that they believe ICANN has defamed the registry and its own rules and regulation and made it clear a lawsuit maybe forthcoming

The letter was written by R. David Hosp a principal  in the law firm of the New York firm of Fish & Richardson P.C.

Here is the letter unedited, our comments follow:

“”This firm represents ICANN’s contractual partner, Vox Populi Registry (“Vox Populi”).

I write regarding your letter to The Honorable Edith Ramirez, the Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), and The Honorable John Knubley, the Deputy Minister of Canada’s Office of Consumer Affairs (“OCA”), dated April 9, 2015, which forwarded a complaint letter from the ICANN Intellectual Property Constituency (“ICANN IPC”), and repeated and adopted the ICANN IPC’s baseless allegations that Vox Populi has engaged in “illicit” activities, and that Vox Populi’s practices are “predatory, exploitive and and coercive.”

Your letter went even further, asking the FTC to investigate whether Vox Populi has engaged in any “illegal” activities.

More recently, ICANN’s Business Constituency (“ICANN BC”) sent letters to Ms. Ramirez and Mr. Knubley, as well as to Akram Atallah, President of ICANN’s Global Domains Division, which further republished and expanded upon these allegations.

None of the letters in question identifies any manner in which any law might actually have been broken; instead they merely suggest (without explanation or logic) that Vox Populi’s pricing may lead to “cybersquatting” that could damage trademark owners. At the same time, though, the ICANN IPC’s letter expressly recognizes that registrations on Vox Populi’s .SUCKS are subject to ICANN’s various trademark dispute resolution processes, which protect trademark owners from cybersquatting. And although the ICANN BC letter to the FTC and the OCA asserts that ICANN “does not wish to limit free speech or prevent criticism of any business,” the only coherent expression of any potential concern is that businesses may feel compelled to register their trademarks “to defend [their] reputation from critics or competitors controlling their brand domain in .sucks and using it unfairly to criticize their products or services.”

To the extent such competitive use or criticism is unfair, trademark owners have a full complement of remedies that they can seek both through ICANN’s dispute procedures and the laws of various different nations. As a result, it would seem that ICANN is not actually
concerned about cybersquatting or any other illegal activity. Rather, ICANN appears concerned that registrations on the .SUCKS registry will be used to aggregate uncomplimentary commentary about companies and products–the very purpose for the registry that Vox Populi identified in the application it submitted to ICANN, and that ICANN approved.

In sending these public letters, and making the false allegations contained therein, ICANN has disseminated defamatory statements about Vox Populi and its business practices and deprived Vox Populi of the benefits of its contract with ICANN.

These actions further violate the duty of good faith and fair dealing that is implied in every contract.

They also contravene ICANN’s own policies and statements of purpose.

Finally, in suggesting illegality without any basis whatsoever, your actions (and those of the ICANN IPC and ICANN BC) have given rise to defamation claims against ICANN. Vox Populi hereby demands that ICANN, including any and all of its subdivisions, cease any and all such activity immediately.
As you know, on December 22, 2014, ICANN and Vox Populi entered into a contract under which ICANN voluntarily granted Vox Populi the fight to operate the registry for ICANN’s .SUCKS top level domain (“TLD”) in exchange for financial compensation. The benefits of having a .SUCKS TLD have been recognized by consumer advocates for more than a decade. As early as 2000, well known consumer rights champions such as Ralph Nader and James Love petitioned ICANN to create a .SUCKS TLD, arguing that “[t]his TLD will be used to facilitate criticism of a firm or organization, such as aol.sucks, wipo.sucks, or even greenpeace.sucks …. The domain would also be available for other uses, such as work.sucks, life.sucks, or television.sucks.”

The concept of a TLD that facilitates and aggregates legitimate complaints about companies and organizations is entirely consistent with the policies and stated goals of ICANN and the Internet community. As Mr. Nader noted fifteen years ago, it has always been understood that “the .sucks TLD will be offensive to some people,” but it has nonetheless been recognized that the creation of the .SUCKS TLD will be beneficial because it will promote “free speech rights of individuals and small organizations.”

And, of course, ICANN was fully aware of the goals and purpose of the .SUCKS registry when it entered into its contractual relationship with Vox Populi. Indeed, Vox Populi stated the purpose of the .SUCKS registry expressly in its registry application:

The term “sucks” resonates around the globe, its intention is clear and understood. But it is now more than an epithet; it is a call to action. Whether registered by an activist or an executive, this new landscape will be devoted to encouraging an accelerated and
legitimate dialog that can lead to improved customer satisfaction and market share. There are few, if any, places for raw consumer commentary and corporate interests to cohere. The .SUCKS name space will enable the benefits of a dialogue without dampening its usual initial vehemence. With its specific focus, it will make it even easier for consumers to find, suggest, cajole, complain and engage on specific products, services and companies.

Vox Populi recognized the tensions that a registry specifically targeted to channeling consumer complaints might create. As a consequence, it was careful to include in its application provisions to address any concerns about abuse by registrants. As required by ICANN’s application procedures, Vox Populi agreed to comply with ICANN’s Uniform Dispute Resolution Procedures (“UDRP”), Uniform Rapid Suspension System (“URS”), trademark postdelegation dispute resolution procedure (“Trademark PDDRP”), and Sunrise Dispute Resolution System, each of which has been designed and implemented by ICANN to address those circumstances where a trademark owner believes that a registrant or a registration has infringed its rights or used a domain improperly. As a result, trademark owners are protected from abuse on the .SUCKS registry to the exact same degree that they are on any other registry.

Beyond that, Vox Populi voluntarily adopted policies to immediately address any registrant that uses a registration to engage in bullying. It implemented policies banning pornography on the .SUCKS registry, and it specifically adopted a “no parking policy” to
prevent registrants from registering domains without making active use of the site. In all respects, Vox Populi has been scrupulous in implementing policies that are designed to advance the very goals that have been recognized as beneficial for the Internet community for more than a decade.

ICANN reviewed Vox Populi’s application and approved it. ICANN also reviewed Vox Populi’s launch plan and sunrise policies, approved them as well, and provided a launch schedule on which Vox Populi has relied.

In addition, ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), which includes as a member a senior policy advisor in the US Department of Commerce–the governmental agency that has overseen ICANN since its inception–specifically reviewed and commented on Vox
Populi’s registry application. The GAC’s only comment was that ICANN should require the other applicants for the .SUCKS registry to include the non-bullying clause that Vox Populi already had in its application. In essence, the GAC recognized that Vox Populi’s application went above and beyond what was appropriate and responsible.

Based on the extensive review of Vox Populi’s application, ICANN entered into a contract with the company to manage the .SUCKS registry. In entering into this agreement, Vox Populi understood the value of the .SUCKS registry–both the value to the Internet community as an outlet for open discussion, and the value to Vox Populi as a business. Multiple parties submitted applications to obtain the .SUCKS registry, an auction was conducted among those qualified applicants, and Vox Populi’s successful bid was based on its appraisal of that value and the assumption that ICANN would not interfere in its ability to manage the registry in accordance with its contractual obligations. The registry agreement itself contains specific financial obligations that Vox Populi is required to meet. And, as with all new TLD registries, ICANN made a specific, considered decision not to regulate the price at which domain names
would be sold.

In a recent response letter to the President of the ICANN IPC, Akram Atallah, the President of ICANN’s Global Domains Division, noted that the imposition of price restrictions on new TLDs like the .SUCKS registry would be detrimental to the Internet.

As you will recall, there was extensive discussion of whether price caps or controls should be included in new gTLD registry agreements when the new gTLD program was formulated. In furtherance of such discussions, ICANN engaged an expert economic consultant to study the issue. The expert concluded that price caps or ceilings were not necessary or desirable, that the imposition of price caps might inhibit the development and marketplace acceptance of new gTLDs, and that trademark holders’ rights could be protected through alternate rights protection mechanisms, such as the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS), the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), or trademark post-delegation dispute resolution procedure (Trademark PDDRP) you reference in your letter. Both before and after the study was released, this issue was thoroughly discussed and debated by members of the global multistakeholder
community, and ultimately the determination was made not to impose price caps or price controls in the new gTLD registry agreements.

Consistent with both its contractual rights, and with the policy conclusions outlined in the study conducted by ICANN’s own economic consultant, Vox Populi has priced the domains on the .SUCKS registry at levels that it believes are consistent with market value.

Specifically, during the sunrise period, Vox Populi charges registrars $1999 for each domain registered on the SUCKS registry, with a suggested retail price of $2,499. Registrars are, of course, free to set the ultimate price to registrants as they see fit. Currently in the market, there are registrars selling domains for as low as $2024 and as high as $3,977.99.

Once the sunrise period has passed, Vox Populi will wholesale most .SUCKS domains to registrars at $199, with a suggested retail price
of $249. Again, registrars will decide the retail price as they see fit. As with virtually all new TLD registries, these prices are set above the costs incurred by Vox Populi in operating the registry.

The prices for a.SUCKS registration are higher than those set by many other registries (though not all), particularly with respect to the sunrise period. In its registry application, Vox Populi recognized that a trademark owner’s .SUCKS domain would be of significant value to a trademark owner to allow consumers to voice their concerns and engage in constructive dialogue with dissatisfied consumers.

The original proposal for the formation of a.SUCKS registry put forward by consumer advocates would have banned companies from owning their own trademarks on the registry.

In accordance with ICANN’s Rights Protection Mechanism, however, Vox Populi has permitted trademark owners to purchase their trademarks as domains, and has granted those trademark owners the exclusive right to purchase their trademarks as domains during the mandatory sunrise period. In its application, Vox Populi noted that, “[b]y building an easy-to-locate, ‘central town square’ available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, the .SUCKS registry will become a recognized destination not just for one company, but for all. It will give assurances to customers that their voice can be heard. And it can become an essential part of every company’s customer relationship management program.”

In this way, the .SUCKS registry provides significant value to those trademark owners who wish to avail themselves of the opportunity to register their trademark as a domain. In accordance with the decisions that ICANN itself made, Vox Populi may set the price for these registrations to capture such value and at a level that the market will bear.

Regardless of ICANN’s inflammatory characterizations of Vox Populi’s pricing, these prices, and the manner in which they were set, in no way violate Vox Populi’s contract with ICANN or any laws.

Notwithstanding the fact that Vox Populi has operated in every respect in accordance with the letter, spirit, and intent of its agreement with ICANN, the ICANN IPC sent an inflammatory letter filled with spurious allegations to the president of ICANN’s Global Domains Division, and you endorsed and forwarded that letter to the FTC. More recently, ICANN’s BC sent similar letters to the Global Domains Division, as well at the FTC and the OPC. These letters contain too many factual misrepresentations to catalogue, but in the end they accuse Vox Populi of operating a “predatory scheme” that somehow makes it more likely that trademark owners’ names will be registered by “cybersquatters.”

Of course, the argument makes no sense, because to the extent that a trademark owner’s brand is registered as a domain by a cybersquatter, that trademark owner can avail itself of the remedies Vox Populi has provided through ICANN’s own UDRP, URS or Trademark TDDRP procedures. As a result, it seems clear that ICANN is not concerned with trademark infringement or cybersquatting (for which agrees there exist ready remedies), but is actually concerned that the .SUCKS registry may be used for the very purpose ICANN already approved–namely (as outlined in Vox Populi’s registry application), “to create a new address on the web that will give voice to consumers,” to provide a forum “for raw consumer commentary,” and to “make it even easier for consumers to find, suggest, cajole, complain and engage on specific products, services and companies.”

As Vox Populi’s contractual partner and the regulatory entity that approved of the state purposes of the .SUCKS registry, upon receipt of the ICANN IPC complaint letter, ICANN’s appropriate response should have been to respond to the ICANN IPC and ask for some specific
basis for the complaints. At the very least, it would have been appropriate to forward the complaint letter to Vox Populi to give the company the opportunity to respond before taking any action based on the allegations.

Unfortunately, ICANN took neither of these reasonable actions.

Instead, ICANN forwarded the defamatory allegations to the FTC and the OCA, in the process endorsing the allegations and further asserting that Vox Populi has engaged in “illicit,” “illegal” activity that has been “predatory, exploitive and coercive.” Your letter identifies no law that has been broken, no regulation that has been transgressed, and no contractual provision that has been breached.

ICANN makes broad, sweeping allegations without any factual support, and republishes the falsehoods of the ICANN IPC’s initial complaint letter.

The ICANN BC letters cite statutory provisions, but offers no explanations as to how Vox Populi’s actions in any way transgress those provisions. And while the ICANN BC suggests that Vox Populi has violated its with ICANN, it sites to no contractual obligation or provision that it alleges has been violated.

As I am sure you are aware, every contractual relationship carries with it an implied obligation of good faith and fair dealing. Digerati Holdings, LLC v. Young Money Entm ‘t, LLC, 194 Cal. App. 4th 873, 885, 123 Cal. Rptr. 3d 736, 745 (2011) (“Every contract contains an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing providing that no party to the contract will do anything that would deprive another party of the benefits of the contract.”).

In this instance, notwithstanding the fact that Vox Populi has fulfilled every aspect of its obligations, and operated fully within the expectations of the parties, ICANN has chosen to take action to harm Vox Populi’s ability to operate within the registry agreement and has breached its obligation to conduct itself in good faith.

In addition, ICANN’s actions are in contravention of its stated core values and policies. For example, in Article 3 of Vox Populi’s registry agreement, ICANN covenanted that, “[c]onsistent with ICANN’s expressed mission and core values, ICANN shall
operate in an open and transparent manner.” It is hard to consider ICANN in compliance with this covenant when one of its internal constituencies writes a complaint letter to one of the organization’s divisions about Vox Populi, and an officer in another section of the organization forwards that letter asking for an investigation into “illegal” activity without even seeking a response from Vox Populi first.

Finally, ICANN’s actions constitute defamation and trade libel that are fully actionable outside of the arbitration provisions of the registry agreement. Goldline,LLC v. Regal Assets, LLC, 2015 WL 1809301, at * 5 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 21, 2015) (Commercial
disparagement or defamation specifically involves injury to the reputation of a business rather than disparagement of quality of goods or services.). Indeed, these concerns are heightened by the fact that the ICANN IPC is made up, in part, of owners of other registries that will be competing with the .SUCKS registry.

We hereby demand that ICANN refrain from taking any further action in the future to impede Vox Populi’s ability to operate the new TLD .SUCKS registry in accordance with its contractual rights and obligations.

To the extent that ICANN, the ICANN IPC or any other ICANN constituencies engage in any further wrongful activities designed to injure Vox Populi, or prevent the operation of the registry, the company will take any and all actions necessary to protect its rights.

To be clear, Vox Populi has no interest in pursuing claims at this time. We believe that the FTC and the OCA will recognize quickly that there are simply no factual allegations that warrant any investigation and that ICANN has identified no laws or regulations under the FTC’s or the OCA’s purview that have been violated in any way.

As a result, it is our hope that your letter has merely resulted in some passing, unfortunate publicity. However, if ICANN or any of
its constituent bodies (or any directly responsible member thereof) engages in any further wrongful activity that prevents the company from fulfilling its contractual obligations and operating the .SUCKS registry as both ICANN and Vox Populi envisioned, the company will
have no choice but to pursue any and all remedies available to it.

This letter is written reserving all rights, and does not constitute a waiver of any claims for past actions taken by ICANN or any committee or division thereof”””

We at thedomains.com wrote a post about a month ago criticizing ICANN for what we called “ratting out” one of its own applicants by basically asking the feds if the contract they just signed was “legal”.

Love it or hate .sucks, ICANN signed that contract with Vox Populi knowing that they had already announced prior to winning the auction for the new gTLD extension of pricing of $25,000 per domain per year.

Despite the $25,000 per domain per year pricing that Vox Populi announced ICANN went ahead and signed the contract, not knowing or apparently caring if the registry would change their pricing model which they did.

If ICANN has an issue with Vox Populi operation of the .sucks registry they should have dealt with it prior to signing the contract.

ICANN did in fact make a special provision in the contract with Vox Populi’s new gTLD .sucks contract based on past dealings with one of its principals and called for a special $1 per domain fee up to $1 Million dollars (normal the ICANN fee is $.18).

ICANN made an adjustment in the standard terms of a new gTLD registry contract in its contract with Vox Populi when it came to its money.

If ICANN had an issue with the consumers money they should have raised it before signing the contract.

ICANN took in a third of a billion dollars in application fees for the new gTLD program and I think its conduct on the .sucks issue well just sucks.

.Design Is Live & Almost Everything is Available Including Single Letter & Two Letter Domains: My.Design

TUESDAY,13 May 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn on May 13th,.Design just launched today into general availability and virtually every domain name is available including single letters and two letter domain names, for a price.

Domain names like E.Design and A.Design and X.Design can be registered for $6,500 with renewal pricing at $6,500 a year at Godaddy (i.Design and u.design are either taken or reserved).

You.Design is likewise priced around $6,500 a year.

We.design is priced at $2,500 a year as is Tv.Design

Domains like Great.Design and Top/Design are priced around $900 a year

Some two letter domain names can be registered for as little as $350 a year like be.design,

Perfect.Design is priced at $350 a year

Geo domain name like NYC.Design and Miami.Design are priced around $2,600 a year

Of course do vary based on the registrar and if you have a special rate plan with a registrar.

Some domain names have been registered at premium rates including great.design and good.design that were available yesterday which I think were priced around 900 a year.

We registered these domains:

3-d.design
4k.design
ArtDeco.design
awardwinning.design
cars.design
collegeof.design
coolest.design
freeweb.design
freewebsite.design
homeinterior.design
hometheaters.design
mediaroom.design
mega.design
modernfurniture.design
nightclub.design
officefurniture.design
outofthebox.design
Plan.design
pools.design
schoolof.design
Trendy.design
UK.Design
wearables.design