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What Is the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) and What Is It Good For?

Domain industry news - Mon, 2018-04-23 15:57

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) launched the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) (2013) in anticipation of the marketing of new gTLDs that became available from November 2013. It is one of four new rights protection mechanisms (RPMs) designed to combat cybersquatting. It is not intended for legacy gTLDs, and for new TLDs, it is planned only for that class of dispute colloquially referred to as a "slam dunk." (See ICANN website: "[The URS] complements the existing [Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)] by offering a lower-cost, faster path to relief for rights holders experiencing the most clear-cut cases of infringement.") Relief is conditional on proving cybersquatting by clear and convincing evidence.

The three other URS siblings are the Trademark Clearinghouse (a registry-like service that verifies marks and their uses) (TMCH), a Sunrise Period (a 90-day period during which owners whose trademarks have been verified by the TMCH may preregister names that are the same or similar to their trademarks), and Trademark Claims Notices (a TMCH warning service to registrants of possible infringements intended to discourage them from completing purchases of domain names identical or confusingly similar to marks).

The URS is tailored to suspend infringing domain names rapidly (within as little as 20 days of complaint filing). URS Rule 14(a): "The sole remedy available to Complainant ... shall be limited to suspension of the domain name for the balance of the registration period." Where alleged infringing domain names resolve to active websites, the remedy has the effect of silencing the websites for the duration of the registration, a feature that effectively grants complainants the equivalent of a preliminary injunction. URS Procedure 10.2 reads: "[If the determination is made in favor of Complainant] the Registry Operator shall suspend the domain name, which shall remain suspended for the balance of the registration period, and would not resolve to the original web site” (Emphasis added). Prevailing complainants (at their option) may register the suspended domain names for an additional year after the close of the suspension period (URS Procedure 10.3). This remedy confers significant benefits to prevailing Complainants, which I will return to in my closing note.

The URS is similar in some respects to the UDRP (1999) (but not as some would say, "very similar") in that both mechanisms are crafted to protect owners from infringing use of their marks incorporated in domain names. One similarity is that the URS is structured along the same lines as the UDRP (a three-part requirement) and employs identical language in itemizing the evidentiary demands complainants must satisfy to prevail and the defenses available to respondents to avoid loss. However (in my view), these similarities are superficial as opposed to the differences. (The UDRP demands complainant prove its case by the less demanding preponderance of the evidence or "more likely than not" standard).

Even though the URS has the appearance of a sibling and is sometimes referred to as a subset of the UDRP (officially only complementary to it), it is actually a separate, substantively different mechanism (not alone because of the evidentiary standards or dissimilarity in their remedies). The similarity of structure and language is a matter of convenience. The URS mirrors the UDRP for the specific purpose of receiving as a given the jurisprudence created by UDRP Panels.

It is clear from the overly prescriptive nature of the URS that Examiners have no authority to stray from the text since that which is in it that is identical to the UDRP has already been interpreted and construed by its Panels. (For the avoidance of doubt, Panel consensus of core principles and the factors assessed in reaching decisions are laid out in the WIPO Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions, now in its third edition). (WIPO chose not the participate as a provider for URS disputes. The principal provider is the Forum. Two other providers are ADNDRC and MFSD srl).

In a dozen or so instances initial determinations have been appealed as provided under URS Procedure Paragraph 12. Appeals have gone both ways: for Complainant, LVMH SWISS MANUFACTURES SA v. GiftSMS et al., FA1509001637103 (Forum November 24, 2015) (<tagheuer.digital>. Initially denied; reversed and suspended on appeal); for Respondent, Grey Global Group LLC v. i-content Ltd. et al., FA1606001681062 (Forum July 8, 2016 initial determination for Respondent and August 10, 2016 affirmed on appeal) (<grey.email>).

There is also a safety-valve built into the URS that allows respondents within stipulated periods to seek relief from their defaults by filing responses after receiving copies of suspension awards (URS Procedure Paragraph 6). An example is Boston Consulting Group, Inc. v. Identity Protect Limited, FA1608001687117 (Forum August 25, 2016) (<bcg.ltd>) (On default initially in favor of Complainant; on receiving response final award in favor of Respondent). Both appeal and safety-valve are exclusive to the URS.

Why do I think the similarities of the URS with the UDRP superficial when considered against the differences? First, there is the name of the decision-maker: Examiner (URS) rather than Panel (UDRP). Panels function as arbitrators which implies an in-depth and studied examination of the facts and the law, while Examiners examine the facts, and only if they are clear and convincing on their face deliver an "up" or "down" determination in keeping with the URS concept of "slam dunk" disputes. This favors well-known and famous marks but not marks lower on the classification scale capable of having associations unrelated to the Complainant's goods or services.

Under the first requirement or limb of both RPMs, Complainants must have a mark, although for the URS it must be registered while Panels are not as constrained (unregistered marks for example, or trade names functioning as marks). In the most recent URS denial-of-complaint decision, FIBO Consulting, Ltd v. Whois Privacy Corp. et al., FA1802001772404 March 6, 2018), the Examiner explained that "none of the domain names contains the mark in whole or in material part. It, therefore, cannot be concluded that any of them is confusingly similar to the mark." In Sks365 Malta Ltd., MT v. Mansour Ben Khamsa, D5C230DE (MFSD December 28, 2016) Complainant "has not shown to be currently holding trademark rights on the sign 'planet win 365'").

Examiners must make a more careful assessment for domain names composed of common lexical parts (or reconsideration, Boston Consulting Group, supra.) such as "grey," "east bay," "rock solid," "360," and others. See Banco Popular Español, s.a. v. Perfect LLC et al., FA1710001755479 (Forum November 10, 2017) (PASTOR and <pastorb.online>. "The Examiner considers that a respondent has a right to register and use a domain name to attract Internet traffic based on the appeal of commonly used descriptive or dictionary terms, in the absence of circumstances indicating that the Respondent's aim in registering the disputed domain name was to profit from and exploit the complainant's trademark.")

Looking each of the three requirements separately, these are the principal differences:

  • First limb: URS Complainants must have registered rights, and those rights must be for "word" marks. See URS Procedure 1.2.6.1: "The registered domain name(s) is/are identical or confusingly similar to a word mark: (i) for which the Complainant holds a valid national or regional registration and that is in current use" (emphasis added). In contrast, Panels have construed the UDRP to include unregistered marks if there is persuasive evidence of use in commerce predating the registration of the domain name. Examiners do not inherit this construction and have no authority to consider extending the jurisdiction.
  • Second limb: If respondents are passively holding domain names that could conceivably be lawful--such as <whitecastle.space> but not <dior.clothing>-- the complaint must be dismissed because it cannot be said that Respondent lacks legitimate rights or interest. Banco Popular Español, supra. In contrast, UDRP Complainants succeed on this limb by making a prima facie showing that Respondents lack rights or legitimate interests.
  • Third limb: If Complainant succeeds under the second limb it has to overcome the consensus (to surmount the higher bar of clear and convincing proof) that passive holding of domain names not particularly associated with it or its goods or services is NOT probative of bad faith registration. Madwire, LLC v. Digital Privacy Corporation et al., FA1607001684058 (Forum July 19, 2016) (<360.marketing>. A common expression in the advertising industry). Under UDRP's lower standard of proof, bad faith use can be probative of bad faith registration absent rebuttal based on the persuasive lack of knowledge (parties located in different national jurisdictions, for example), or good faith under the first-come, first-served doctrine.

These are substantive differences, not mere quibbles. There are good strategic reasons to invoke the URS over the UDRP, a and vice-versa. Speed of relief as well as the right remedy is an important feature of a legal regime. If the URS remedy is viewed as a form of a non-judicial injunction remedy effective without having to be confirmed by a court of competent jurisdiction it is surprising it is not used more than it is (the three providers administer approximately 200 complaints annually as against approximately 4,500 complaints for the UDRP).

The ability to shut down a website within 20 days without having to go to court is an extraordinary benefit, granted far quicker and less expensively than commencing an action in federal court under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) (or any other court of competent jurisdiction in other jurisdictions) for the same relief and should be seen as an alternative for shutting down websites harmful to both complainants and consumers: used for 1) phishing, spoofing [Virgin Enterprises Limited v. WhoisGuard, Inc., FA1709001748703 (Forum September 28, 2017) (<virginpulse.life>], and 2) selling counterfeit goods [W.L. Gore & Associates Inc v. WhoisGuard, Inc. et al., FA1711001758178 (Forum December 6, 2017) (<goretexgiyim.world>. ”[T]he impression created by ... Registrant's website is [that it is] an original online shop of the Complainant with even more convenient prices but offering counterfeit products"); Eli Lilly and Company v. Shaternik et al., FA170500 1731038D (Forum June 1, 2017) (Offering counterfeit products on dozens of websites).

Written by Gerald M. Levine, Intellectual Property, Arbitrator/Mediator at Levine Samuel LLP

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Kicking Butt & Selling Names! Uniregistry Reports Q1-2018 Aftermarket Domain Sales Top $13 Million

DN Journal - Mon, 2018-04-23 15:33
Uniregistry has closed the books on the 1st quarter of 2018, racking up $13 million in sales including at least 4 previously unreported 6-figure sales.
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Meet Erik Bergman, who paid $900k for Great.com – DNW Podcast #182

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2018-04-23 15:30

Erik Bergman has great plans for Great.com

Imagine this: you’re bidding in your first domain name auction. You’re traveling and are at a hotel in Iceland with poor internet connectivity. There’s a domain name you really want but the reserve is at least $1 million. Suddenly, your screen shows a $500,000 bid. You bid the next increment at $600,000. Within a matter of seconds it escalates and you place a $900,000 bid. Then, crickets. You have to wait to see if the seller accepts the bid because it’s below the reserve. They do!

That was Erik Bergman’s experience earlier this year when he bought Great.com for $900,000. Today, Erik gives a first hand account of buying the domain name. More importantly, he explains why he bought this great domain name…to do great things.

Also: GoDaddy expired domain change, .App’s early success and more.

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A simple way to make GoDaddy Closeout auctions more fair

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2018-04-23 13:02

A win-win for GoDaddy and most bidders.

A lot of people are frustrated with the bidding process at GoDaddy when it comes to closeout auctions.

The idea behind closeout auctions is smart. If no one bids at least $12 for a name during the regular GoDaddy expired domain auction, the domain goes to a Dutch auction where the price starts at $11 and decreases by a dollar a day until it hits $5.

Closeouts allow GoDaddy and its expired domain partners to get something for a domain even if it’s not worth the $12 starting bid price.

But how things work in reality is very different from how they work conceptually.

People don’t want to get into bidding wars in auctions. If no one else has bid on an expired domain as the clock winds down, they (or their computers) stand ready to ping GoDaddy the minute the domain goes into closeouts so they can get it for $11 rather than what is likely hundreds if they place a bid during the regular auction.

Think about what’s happening here. An auction will expire with no bids at even $12, but there are sometimes 5 or more ready buyers who would be willing to spend $100+ on the domain. The point of auctions is to sell things for the market price, but that’s no longer happening in these auctions.

That’s bad for people that don’t have automated means to snipe the closeouts. It’s also bad for GoDaddy and its partners because they are leaving money on the table.

The solution is fairly simple: raise the starting bid for closeout auctions.

Instead of setting a buy now price below $12, set it much higher. I’m not sure what the right number is. Maybe it starts at $75, drops to $50, then $25, then $10 and drops a few bucks after that. I know that I’d be willing to pay $75 or more for many domains that close with no bids.

Raising the price will have two effects.

First, people will be more willing to bid in the regular auctions rather than wait for closeouts. The potential savings of waiting won’t be as great.

Second, GoDaddy and its partners will make more money.

The only people who will lose out are those that have perfected their systems for sniping closeouts.

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NamesCon Registration Prices go Up Tomorrorow

Domain Name News - Sat, 2013-11-30 18:57

What’s the perfect thing to do after celebrating Thanksgiving with your family? Get right back to work and plan for the new year. And to get into the domaining mood right in the new year, what’s better than a domain industry conference at a low price? Today’s the last day to get your NamesCon tickets for the event from January 13th to 15th in Las Vegas, NV for $199 + fees. Fees double tomorrow to $399.

Richard Lau, the organizer of the event told DNN: “We are at over 200 attendees already and expect to hit more than 400 at the conference. The opening party on Monday (6:30pm – 9pm) will be hosted by .XYZ at the Tropicana, and the Tuesday night party will be at the Havana Room at the Tropicana from 8pm-midnight.

With hotel prices as low of $79 a night +$10 resort fee at the Tropicana right on the strip this ‘no meal’ conference is shaping up to be the event for the industry in 2014.

The event has already attracted sponsors like:

Further sponsorships are available.

Keynote speakers are:

If you need another reason to attend – you even meet DomainNameNews in person there :)

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.DE Registry to add Redemption Grace Period (DENIC)

Domain Name News - Tue, 2013-11-26 19:49

As of December 3rd, 2013, DENIC, the operator of the .DE ccTLD will also introduce a Redemption Grace Period (RGP) that allows the original domain owner to recover their expired domain for up to 30 days after the expiry, the same as for gTLDs.

See the full press release after the jump.

Redemption Grace Period for .DE name space kicking off in early December

New cooling off phase to prevent unintentional domain loss

Effective 3 December 2013, the managing organization and central registry operator of the .DE top level domain, DENIC, will launch a dedicated cooling-off service (called Redemption Grace Period – RGP) which shall apply for all second-level domain names in the .DE name space. This procedure shall protect registrants against an unintentional loss of their domain(s), as a result of accidental deletion.

Under the RGP scheme, .DE domain names shall no longer be irretrievably lost, following deletion, but instead initially enter a subsequent 30-day cooling-off phase, during which they may solely be re- registered on behalf of their former registrant(s).

RGP cooling-off provisions shall allow former registrants to redeem registration of the subject domain names, by having recourse to the related Restore service, through a registrar. Only if no redemption is requested, during the 30-day RGP phase, the relevant domain names shall become available for registration by any interested party again. At the time being, similar regulations are applied by other top level domain registries already.

Registrars redeeming a deleted .DE domain name for the original registrant will have to pay a Restore fee and may pass on the related costings.

Deleted .DE domain names placed in cooling off, from RGP implementation, will be earmarked by a redemption period status in the DENIC lookup services (whois) accessible at www.denic.de.

As a consequence of the above measures, the current DENIC .DE domain guidelines shall be superseded by new, amended ones from the date of RGP launch, i.e. 3 December 2013, which shall then be permanently published at http://www.denic.de/en/domains/general-information/domain- guidelines.html.

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Andee Hill forms EscrowHill.com backed by Gregg McNair

Domain Name News - Mon, 2013-11-25 16:00

Andee Hill, who recently left Escrow.com where she was Director of Business Development, has created a new licensed escrow company, Escrow Hill Limited with he backing of entrepreneur Gregg McNair.

 

“When Andee told me she was thinking about forming her own escrow business I was immediately enthusiastic. I have a reputation of connecting some of the best people in our industry and Andee is at the top both professionally and as an amazing human being,” McNair said.

 

EscrowHill.com’s team includes Ryan Bogue as General Manager and Donald Hendrickson as Operations Manager. Both have worked in the business of online escrow under Hill’s direction for over fifteen years combined. Together with Hill’s experience the new team offers over thirty years of online escrow experience!

“During my fifteen years in this business, I have handled just about every aspect of online escrow. Regardless of my title, I have always known that understanding the client’s needs and providing excellent and secure service is invaluable. I have been fortunate to work with the industry innovator from day one. I have seen what works and what doesn’t. I have been even more fortunate to have created great relationships and trust with industry leaders. At EscrowHill.com I know I can do an even better job,” Hill said.

“Gregg has earned a strong reputation for honesty, integrity and for successfully making businesses work. He also has incredible enthusiasm and a heart for helping others. All are key factors in me wanting Gregg to support my endeavor at EscrowHill.com,” Hill continued.

McNair has assumed the non-operational role of Chairman, supporting Hill and her team with whatever it takes to build the best escrow business on the planet.

Marco Rinaudo, Founder and CEO of domain registrar Internet.bs, another one of Gregg McNairs investments,  has been appointed CTO of EscrowHill.com. Rinaudo, who has been a leader in the international hosting and registrar space since 1995, said, “EscrowHill.com is formed and supported by the very best people in the industry. Our team has built the most sophisticated on-line internet escrow platform, fully automated and with more advanced security features than any other.

See the full press release after the jump.

Andee Hill forms EscrowHill.com

AUCKLAND NZ: One aspect of the domain space that bridges the whole industry is that of escrow; and the one person better known than any other in that context is the former Director of Business Development at Escrow.com, Ms. Andee Hill.

Ms. Hill has established the licensed international escrow enterprise, Escrow Hill Limited with the backing of long time friend and industry entrepreneur, Gregg McNair.

“When Andee told me she was thinking about forming her own escrow business I was immediately enthusiastic. I have a reputation of connecting some of the best people in our industry and Andee is at the top both professionally and as an amazing human being,” McNair said.

EscrowHill.com’s dream team includes Ryan Bogue as General Manager and Donald Hendrickson as Operations Manager. Both have worked in the business of online escrow under Hill’s direction for over fifteen years combined. Together with Hill’s experience the new team offers over thirty years of online escrow experience!

The domain industry is undergoing incredible change and EscrowHill.com is positioned to provide secure, yet flexible, state of the art products and services. EscrowHill.com will be able to meet the needs of both past and future generations of domain buyers, brokers and sellers. Hill’s reputation as an honest, discreet and hard working professional will now aspire to a new level.

“During my fifteen years in this business, I have handled just about every aspect of online escrow. Regardless of my title, I have always known that understanding the client’s needs and providing excellent and secure service is invaluable. I have been fortunate to work with the industry innovator from day one. I have seen what works and what doesn’t. I have been even more fortunate to have created great relationships and trust with industry leaders. At EscrowHill.com I know I can do an even better job,” Hill said.

“Gregg has earned a strong reputation for honesty, integrity and for successfully making businesses work. He also has incredible enthusiasm and a heart for helping others. All are key factors in me wanting Gregg
to support my endeavor at EscrowHill.com,” Hill continued.

McNair has assumed the non-operational role of Chairman, supporting Hill and her team with whatever it takes to build the best escrow business on the planet.

Marco Rinaudo, Founder and CEO of Internet.bs has been appointed CTO of EscrowHill.com. Rinaudo, who has been a leader in the international hosting and registrar space since 1995, said, “EscrowHill.com is formed and supported by the very best people in the industry. Our team has built the most sophisticated on-line internet escrow platform, fully automated and with more advanced security features than any other.

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Inaugural Heritage Auctions Domain Event in New York City – Live Results

Domain Name News - Thu, 2013-11-21 23:55

We were will be live blogging the results of the inaugural Heritage Auctions Domain Event in New York City today. There are no guarantees that this list is correct or complete as this are not official or officially approved results.

The auction sold 26 out of the 68 domains for a total of $419,970. Domains that did not sell in the live auction will be available on Heritage Auction’s website for two weeks at their reserve price as a Buy it Now price.

The top 5 sales of this auction were:

  1. XZ.com for $138,000
  2. Animation.com for $112,125
  3. Hemisphere.com for $34,500
  4. AIE.com for $23,000, BusinessPhone.com for $23,000
  5. Numismatics.com for $17,250

Please note that all domains occur a 15% bidder premium, noted in our total and in the last column of the table below. See the full live blogged results after the jump.

 

Lot #Domain NameReserveSold?Sale PricePrice w/ Commission 87001DupontCircle.com$7,000SOLD$7,000$8,050.00 87002OJX.comno reserveSOLD$3,666$4,215.90 87003CoinCompany.comno reserveSOLD$1,600$1,840.00 87004DoctorateDegree.com$10,000SOLD$11,500.00 87005ChicagoWine.comno reservepass 87006Animation.com$95,000SOLD$97,500$112,125.00 87007KCY.com$7,000pass 87008FXTrading.com$25,000pass 87009SellShort.com$6,000SOLD$6,000$6,900.00 87010Dayton.com$95,000pass 87011Coins.ca$35,000pass 87012Comics.ca$20,000pass 87013AIE.com$20,000SOLD$20,000$23,000.00 87014ZQF.comno reserveSOLD$3750$4,312.50 87015EqualRights.com$15,000pass 87016DVDs.com$50,000pass 87017CommercialArt.com$3,888pass 87018Burbank.net$5,000pass 87019FFQ.com$3,500SOLD$5,000$5,750.00 87020Numismatics.com$15,000SOLD$15,000$17,250.00 87021Charge.me$3,000pass 87022BusinessPhones.com$20,000SOLD$20,000$23,000.00 87023AKU.com$20,000pass 87024Sociology.com$40,000pass 87025SellGoldCoins.com$2,000SOLD$2,600$2,990.00 87026KFX.com$8,000pass 87027Marilyn.com$30,000pass 87028NL.com$385,000pass 87029ExecriseGloves.com$1,500SOLD$1,500$1,725.00 87030Keynesian.com$30,000pass 87031CakeMix.com$10,000pass 87032NumismaticsBlog.com$500pass 87033MutualFunds.com$1,000,000pass 87034GIU.com$6,500SOLD$6,500$7,475.00 87035BulkDiapers.comno reserveSOLD$500$575.00 87036Hemisphere.com$30,000SOLD$30,000$34,500.00 87037Alexandria.com$200,000pass 87038Downline.com$10,000pass 87039ActiveStocks.comno reserveSOLD$850$977.50 87040TheCoinBlog.comno reserveSOLD$325$373.75 87041Bicycle.com$200,000pass 87042HJR.com$9,300pass 87043FootballUniforms.com$18,000pass 87044Suit.com$95,000pass 87045OJQ.com$4,500pass 87046GradedCards.com$1,500SOLD$1,500$1,725.00 87047BasketballMemorabilia.com$1,500pass 87048VJZ.com$4,500pass 87049SmartTVs.com$5,000SOLD$5,500$6,325.00 87050GolfLessons.com$75,000pass 87051JazzBlog.comno reservepass 87052MyCoinCollection.com$500SOLD$600$690.00 87053Tie.com$100,000pass 87054UncutDiamonds.com$3,000pass 87055QR.com$200,000pass 87056NewTees.comno reserveSOLD$250$287.50 87057WOJ.com$6,500pass 87058FootballlEquipment.com$2,500pass 87059ItalianSuits.com$10,000pass 87060LuxuryBags.com$40,000pass 87061KCJ.com$9,300pass 87062SwissChronograph.com & SwissChronographs.comno reserveSOLD$550$632.50 87063PX.net$10,000pass 87064CurrencyExchange.com$220,000pass 87065DiveSuits.comno reserveSOLD$500$575.00 87066OpalEarrings.com$3,500pass 87067XZ.com$120,000SOLD$120,000$138,000.00 87068PHQ.com$3,500SOLD$4,500$5,175.00 !ERROR! E2 does not contain a number or expression!ERROR! F2 does not contain a number or expression Auction Total$419,970

 

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Buenos Aires Airport closure leaves many ICANN 48 attendees stranded

Domain Name News - Fri, 2013-11-15 15:27

As the 48th ICANN meeting is set to start in Buenos Aires, many of the attendees were stranded today in Montevideo, Uruguay  and other South American airports due to an airport closure in Buenos Aires. An Austral Embraer ERJ-190 on behalf of Air Austral/Aerolineas Argentina coming from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), overrun the runway and only came to a halt after the nose of the machine had hit the localizer antenna about 220 meters/730 feet past the runway end at 5:45 local time this morning (UTC-3). None of the 96 passengers was injured and they were all taken to the terminal. According to reporting of the airport there was a cold front passing through the area at the time. The airline reports that the incident occurred due to a sudden change in wind direction and speed.

Flights into the aiport resumed again after about three hours, but some attendees will now only arrive tomorrow. DNN was not able to confirm if any ICANN 48 attendees were on the flight itself.

 

[via AVHerald and the ICANN Social Group on Facebook, picture posted on twitter by @JuanMCornejo]

 

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Demand Media to Spin Off Domain Registration Business into RightSide [Press Release]

Domain Name News - Tue, 2013-11-05 15:25

As already predicted by Andrew over at DNW:

Demand Media Announces Key Executives and Name for Proposed Domain Services Company

Company Will Lead Expansion of Generic Top Level Domains under Rightside Brand; Taryn Naidu Selected as Incoming CEO

November 05, 2013 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–()–Demand Media, Inc. (NYSE: DMD), a leading media and domain services company, today announced that Taryn Naidu, who currently serves as Demand Media’s Executive Vice President of Domain Services, will become the CEO and a Director of the newly formed domain services company that is proposed to be spun off from Demand Media. Demand Media also announced that it has selected the name Rightside Group, Ltd. (“Rightside”) for the spun off domain services business.

“It’s an exciting time for us, as new gTLDs start going live this year and our path to becoming an independent public company as a leader in our industry progresses.”

Rightside will be a Kirkland, WA based technology and services company for the Internet domain industry. The company will advance the way consumers and businesses define and present themselves online through a comprehensive technology platform making it possible to discover, register, develop, and monetize domain names. Rightside will play a leading role in the historic launch of new generic Top Level Domains, and the name represents a new way to navigate the Internet, while establishing the new company as the one to guide users in the right direction. It’s everything to the right of the dot – and beyond.

Taryn Naidu, who has led Demand Media’s domain services business since 2011 will become Chief Executive Officer of Rightside, upon completion of the separation. Additionally, Rightside executive management will include Wayne MacLaurin as Chief Technology Officer and Rick Danis as General Counsel. David Panos will be appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Shawn Colo, Demand Media’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, will be appointed as a Director of Rightside in connection with the separation.

“Establishing the leadership team and brand identity of the proposed new company marks an important milestone in achieving our plan to separate our business into two distinct market leaders,” said Demand Media Interim President and Chief Executive Offer Shawn Colo. “I am pleased to announce a very strong executive team led by Taryn. This team has a wealth of industry experience, has played an integral role in building the largest wholesale domain registrar and is driving the transformation of this business into one of the largest end-to-end domain name service providers in the world.”

“Rightside’s mission will be to help millions of businesses and consumers define and present themselves online. We’re able to deliver on this through our distribution network of more than 20,000 active partners, one of the leading domain services technology platforms, a large number of applications for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), and a deep bench of industry talent,” said Taryn Naidu, newly designated incoming Chief Executive Officer of Rightside. “It’s an exciting time for us, as new gTLDs start going live this year and our path to becoming an independent public company as a leader in our industry progresses.”

About Rightside

Rightside plans to inspire and deliver new possibilities for consumers and businesses to define and present themselves online. The company will be a leading provider of domain name services, offering one of the industry’s most comprehensive platforms for the discovery, registration, development, and monetization of domain names. This will include 15 million names under management, the most widely used domain name reseller platform, more than 20,000 distribution partners, an award-winning retail registrar, the leading domain name auction service and an interest in more than 100 new Top Level Domain applications. Rightside will be home to some of the most admired brands in the industry, including eNom, Name.com, United TLD and NameJet (in partnership with Web.com). Headquartered in Kirkland, WA, Rightside will have offices in North America and Europe. For more information please visit www.rightside.co.

About Demand Media

Demand Media, Inc. (NYSE: DMD) is a leading digital media and domain services company that informs and entertains one of the internet’s largest audiences, helps advertisers find innovative ways to engage with their customers and enables publishers, individuals and businesses to expand their online presence. Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, Demand Media has offices in North America, South America and Europe. For more information about Demand Media, please visit www.demandmedia.com

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