Saturday, May 18, 2013
Facebook Awarded $2.8 Million In Damages For Domain Name CybersquattingA decision was recently handed down in California awarding Facebook $2.8 million in damages for domain name ‘squatting’. The defendants in the Facebook case were found to have contravened the United States Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), the domain names in question attempting to profit from misspelling and/or utilisation of the trade mark either alone or amongst other common or misspelled words in the domain name. Eleven defendants were ordered to pay amounts ranging from $5,000 to $1.34 million and transfer of over 100 domain names to Facebook was ordered.
Lost World Domains Registered By Domain
The cerulean critter's last major outing, discounting Sonic 4 Episode 2, was Sonic Generations in November 2011. Sega's been teasing this year as a big one for Sonic fans, and you have to go back to the days of Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Heroes for as long a gap between major 3D Sonic games.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
“The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized 10 Internet domain names that were illegally selling trademarked cycling equipment and apparel globally.”
“The 10 seized domain names are a continuation of “Operation In Our Sites” (IOS), an HSI sustained law enforcement initiative that began in 2010.”
“The seized domain names are now in the custody of the U.S. government.”
“Visitors typing those domain names into their web browsers will now find a banner that notifies them of the seizure and educates them about the federal crime of willful copyright infringement.
“Houston HSI special agents worked closely with companies that manufacture cycling products to include Specialized, INVISTA (owners of the COOLMAX® and LYCRA® brands), along with PayPal and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”
“This enforcement action was planned against a number of websites that were selling counterfeit high-end carbon bike frames, apparel and cycling shoes.”
Here is the list of seized domain names:
Earlier today Marchex posted its top 20 domain sales for last quarter (sans price tags).
As with the company’s prior list of top 500 all time domain sales, the sales were to a mix of end users and domainers/lead gen types.
Here are some of the end user purchases last quarter:
Procter & Gamble bought Swash.com after being found guilty of trying reverse domain name hijacking to steal the domain.
Sunripe Enterprises bought Aprons.com. They appear to be affiliated (or a former name) of Chef Works, which sells chef uniforms. They’ve already put the domain to use as an e-commerce store.
IT and logistics company Simain Group bought ProLabs.com.
GPS company TomTom bought WebFleet.com. The company offers a program called WebFleet for fleet reporting.
Currency trader GID Associates, which seems to specialize in selling Iraqi Dinars, bought IraqiDinar.com.
Internet security company Awareness Technologies bought WebWatcher.com.
And don't forget thanks to the drop, Frank is now MotherSuperior.com as well as the largest AAA Prime dotNet portfolio holder on the planet.
GardenOfEden.com joins these other sales made this weekend...
All bringing the April tally, with just two hard closing days to go to.... AnorexiaTreatments.com $5-10K Ian AndrewBestie.com (Kauffman-great one)Canebayresort.com (Schaffer)CheapRiverCruises.com $20-50k (Berkens)CompositeRepairs.com $3-5k USDDresselhaus.com $5K (to Mr. Dresselhaus)Fritizi.com $24K (Bought at It Now!)GuardRail.com (Berkens) $20k LawFirmList.com (Schaffer- LEASE)Routingnumber.com $10-20k USD (Berkens)SelectedHotels.com (Kauffman) $3-5SizzlingHot.com (Berkens) $10EURSouthwestCosmeticSurgery.com (Schaffer)ThePressClub.com $5-10K (borck)WaitTime.com (Berkens) $20-50
As always, check with DNJournal Wednesday afternoon for the most accurate pricing and exclusively reported results.
Frank Schilling Sells The Garden of Eden
This past week 6 more new gTLDs applications were withdrawn and their status was updated at the ICANN New gTLD website. These 6 withdrawn applications bring the total of withdrawn gTLD applications to 51.
Fairwinds Partners’s customers from the US withdrew their applications for the .LLP, .LTD, .INC, .LLC, and .CORP new gTLD strings. The strings received Prioritization Numbers of 221, 312, 348, 714, 941 on the prioritization draw last December.
Following the .ONLINE new gTLD alliance by Directi, Tucows and Namecheap, Tucows TLDs Inc. from CANADA withdrew it’s application for the .ONLINE new gTLD string. The string received a Prioritization Number of 1602 on the prioritization draw last December. The company has 3 more new gTLD applications for .MEDIA, .GROUP and .MARKETING. There are 5 applicants for the .ONLINE new gTLD string. It is possible that the Namecheap or the Directi application for .online will be withdrawn shortly as well.
The applicants that withdraw an application are eligible for a 70% refund of the application fees to ICANN. Each withdrawn application, is entitled to a refund of 70% of the $185,000 application fee that is or $130,000, since these fall “[a]fter posting of applications until posting of Initial Evaluation results,” as described in section 1.5.1 of the Applicant Guidebook.
The new gTLD application withdrawal and refund request process may take between 2-4 weeks to complete.
The other 45 applications that have withdrawn are:GLEAN (Lifestyle Domain Holdings, Inc.)GMBH (GMBH Registry, LLC)EST (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)KSB (KSB Aktiengesellschaft)HILTON (HLT Stakis IP Limited)CIALIS (Eli Lilly and Company)SWISS (Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.)ANSONS (CBM Creative Brands Marken GmbH)AND (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)CHATR (Rogers Communications Partnership)CAREMORE (WellPoint, Inc.)SKOLKOVO (Fund for Development of the Center for Elaboration and Commercialization of New Technologies)ARE (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)THEHARTFORD (Hartford Fire Insurance Company)GMC (General Motors LLC)CADILLAC (General Motors LLC)CHEVROLET (General Motors LLC)TRANSFORMERS (Hasbro International, Inc.)CHARTIS (American International Group, Inc.)HEINZ (ProMark Brands Inc.)KETCHUP (ProMark Brands Inc.)OLYMPUS (Olympus Corporation)HOME (Go Daddy East, LLC)CASA (Go Daddy East, LLC)GLOBALX (GlobalX Information Pty Limited)MED (DocCheck AG)INSURANCE (Progressive Casualty Insurance Company)OVERHEIDNL (Ministery of the Interior and Kingdom Relations)APP (Dot App LLC)GUARDIANMEDIA (Guardian News and Media Limited)GDN (Guardian News and Media Limited)???? (Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited)SVR (SVR GROUP)HEART (The American Heart Association, Inc.)STROKE (The American Heart Association, Inc.)??? (L’Oréal)BUY (PVT Registry, LLC)GUARDIAN (Guardian News and Media Limited)???? (Bridgestone Corporation)MII (MiTek USA, Inc.)MITEK (MiTek USA, Inc.)SAPPHIRE (MiTek USA, Inc.)CONNECTORS (MiTek USA, Inc.)MAIL (1&1 Mail & Media GmbH)BLOOMINGDALES (Macys, Inc.)
About the Author:
Konstantinos Zournas lives in Athens, Greece. He studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK. He does domain name consulting, website development, programming and UDRP consulting. He has been online since 1995 and a domainer since 2002. He is mainly writing about domain names and website development but other things may come up. You can find him at Google+
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