Lawsuit filed to recover stolen domain name
Domain name was transferred to eName, a popular home for stolen domain names. The person who registered in 1995 has filed a lawsuit to recover the domain name, which he says was stolen from his DreamHost account. Anthony Alfieri-Crispin alleges (pdf) that the defendant managed to steal the domain name from his account and [...
Domain Name Wire - 4 hr 41 min ago
This week’s Expired Domain Report
A weekly wrap of expired domain name sales. Roughly half a dozen auctions at NameJet outperformed ($3.6k) during the past week – by as much as a factor of 10 in the case of ($37k). These included the usual crop of’s; an; and another 5-figure, which was the category that topped our ...
Domain Name Wire - 9 hr 31 min ago
Harvard sues frequent UDRP loser to have its domains disabled
Company that lost four UDRP complaints if filed against others might be at risk of losing its own domain name. Harvard has sued a handful of companies it says have copied its trademarked exam questions. Among these companies is one that lost four UDRP cases in a single week — Certplex, Ltd. Certplex lost four […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 11:32
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FTC to ICANN on .Sucks: Yeah, we told you this would happen
FTC wants ICANN to address overarching issues with new TLDs rather than one-off cases. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has responded to ICANN’s request that it investigate the practices of top level domain name registry Vox Populi over its rollout of the .sucks domain name. I’d summarize its response as: “yeah, we...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 10:49
NAF panel orders transfer of to owner of
Panel really screwed this one up. A three person National Arbitration Forum panel has ordered the transfer of the domain name to David Briggs Enterprises, Inc. The complainant operates bars under the name Fat Tuesday and uses the inferior domain name Of course, Fat Tuesday is also the name for what man...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 9:37
Domain definitions: Registrar and Registry
The definition of registry is becoming fuzzy. Two of the most commonly misused words in mainstream articles about domain names are registrar and registry. Many publications use one when it should be the other. A registrar is the company where you register a domain name, such as GoDaddy or A registry is the company […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 13:12
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What Fadi Chehadé should do in his last year as ICANN’s CEO
Here’s what companies and people want to see ICANN’s outgoing CEO accomplish before he leaves the post. ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé made the surprise announcement last week that he would step down from his role as CEO of the organization next March. I reached out to a number of companies and people in the ICANN […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:36
15 end user domain name purchases
An accessories company, law firm and trade publisher bought domain names last week. Sedo had 598 domain name transactions last week for a total of $1.1 million. Two likely end user sales aren’t on this list because they have whois privacy or are still in transfer: at $33,500 and at €50,000. Neither domain [&...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 9:45
Sold! New domain name auctions with Sheel Mohnot – DNW Podcast #34
How hundreds of new top level domain name conflicts were settled. Which company has facilitated the most (dollar wise) domain name auctions over the past couple years? It’s not the regular industry marketplaces. Instead, it’s Innovative Auctions, the company that has handled over 100 auctions in the past couple years to s...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 11:30
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This week’s new TLDs: .Apartments
You can move into a .apartments domain name this week. Donuts releases one domain name in regularly-priced general availability this week and some good ones enter Early Access. .Apartments launches on Wednesday, with many registrars offering prices around $50. This should be a great domain name for geo domains. You might want to look...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 10:55
Fred Krueger pushed out of Minds + Machines, company reports $5 million bookings
Co-founder leaves company and will focus on his website building platform. Minds + Machines released 2014 results today, and also announced that the board has voted co-founder Fred Krueger out of the company and his role as executive Chairman. Keith Teare, a British tech entrepreneur, will take over as Chairman. The move doesn’...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 9:32
Expired domain name report: for $26k and more
Joseph Peterson’s weekly roundup of expired domain name sales. The sadist in me contemplates a cruel reality TV show in which some unsuspecting person answers a knock on the door to find a camera crew pointed right at him. “John Q. Public, you’ve just won $26,010!” Rubbing the sleep from his eyes, he sees a [&...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, May 22, 2015 - 10:54
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2 domain name owners don’t respond but win UDRPs
Panelists do their job by evaluating cases on their merits. The owners of and can keep their domain names, despite not responding to UDRPs. Although respondents can win a UDRP without responding, panelists typically give the benefit of the doubt to the complainant in these cases. In one recent case, a...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, May 22, 2015 - 9:44
New TLD leaderboard dominated by dirt cheap domain names
Leaderboard dominated by domains that cost a couple bucks or less. New top level domain name operators that want to be recognized as one of the biggest, here’s a simple tip: offer your domains for free or close to it. Take a look at the top 10 domain names on nTLDStats, representing about 2.5 million […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 13:14
Domain definitions: whois privacy vs. whois proxy
What’s the difference between whois privacy and whois proxy? With talk in Washington and policy circles about whois privacy, I think it would be good to define both whois privacy and whois proxy, and discussed how the terms are usually used. Traditionally, whois privacy has referred to a service in which the owner of a […...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 11:54
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16 end user domain name sales
A debt management company, fabric seller and modeling company bought domain names last week. Sedo handled $1.3 million of domain name transactions last week, and the .TV domain name led the way at $25,000 for public sales. That domain name is protected by whois privacy and currently lands on a GoDaddy placeholder page, s...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 10:24
Recapping NameJet’s hot domain name sales month
NameJet had another strong month in April. Here’s a look at its results. As measured by the number of domain name sales closing at or above $2,000, so far 2015 is shaping up to be NameJet’s best year. Out of 47 months on record, just 8 have racked up 100 or more $2k+ sales. During 2014, no month saw 100 sales; yet […...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:33
Flippa acquires Domain Holdings
Flippa bulks up sales engine with Domain Holdings. Website and domain name marketplace Flippa has acquired domain name brokerage Domain Holdings for an unspecified price. The combined companies expect to generate $70 million in revenue over the next 12 months. Flippa, originally created to sell existing websites, has expanded its dom...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 11:40
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Awareness still a challenge for new top level domain names
Even at a webhosting conference… Leaders from five domain name companies took the stage at yesterday’s WorldHostingDays conference in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. The most interesting moment was during Q&A. Someone in the back of the room said he’d never heard of .Club before, and registered a few domains durin...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 10:24
This week: .Tennis, .One, .Bingo and more
Donuts launches a handful of good domain names this week and hosting provider releases .One. Donuts gets back into the game with four domain names exiting Early Access and now available at regular prices starting on Wednesday: .bingo, .chat, .style and .tennis. The company is also launching .apartments in early access this we...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 14:21
WorldHostingDays kicks off in Pennsylvania
WorldHostingDays‘ first stateside conference kicked off in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania last night. Rain made it difficult for some attendees to make it in time for Monday evening’s opening party, but hundreds of people crowded the exhibit hall and conference venue by this morning. As a “destination conference”...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 12:6
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Donuts to begin releasing collision and 2 character domains next month
Names will be released in batches over two months. Top level domain name company Donuts will begin making domain names from collision lists, along with certain two character domain names, available next month. The domain names will be released in batches related to categories of domains, such as photography domains and financial doma...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 10:5
Kellie Peterson joins Neustar
Domain name industry veteran moves to Neustar, where she’ll develop channel partnerships for domains sch as .co and .nyc. Kellie Peterson has left the President’s post at DNC Holdings (DirectNic) to join Neustar’s registry services team. At Neustar, Peterson will be responsible for growing the North American and Aus...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 9:5
2 thoughts on Schilling/Negari domain name tie-up
Two long time domain name investors partner to release three automotive top level domain names. XYZ (Daniel Negari) and Uniregistry (Frank Schilling) have teamed up to launch three automotive top level domain names: .car, .cars and .auto. Here are my thoughts on this deal. Negari and Shilling partnering on domains isn’t a huge ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, May 18, 2015 - 13:21
*** Click to list your domain for sale at CAX *** CEO Matt Barrie – DNW Podcast #33 just bought Here’s what it plans to do with it. Matt Barrie, CEO of, explains why his company paid $7.5 million for and what’s in store for the company. Matt also says buying the domain name (a transaction handled by was a huge inflection poin...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, May 18, 2015 - 11:30

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