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Brands & Domains 2019 Event in Montreal

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Brands & Domains 2019 is a domain industry event focused on .Brand domain names. The event is being organized by the Brand Registry Group (BRG), “an association of companies and organisations working together to champion the use of brand top-level domains.” Brands & Domains 2019 will be taking place in Montreal, Canada on November 7th at Le Westin Montréal. The event coincides with the ICANN66 meeting also being held in Montreal.

Here’s a description of the event, from the event ticketing page:

Nominet Reappointed as EBERO Provider

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On a number of occasions, readers have asked what happens to a registry’s domain names should the registry go out of business. Domain registrants have a business relationship with a registrar, but the registry actually manages the extension. For instance, Verisign operates the .com registry and Donuts operates the .Ventures registry. ICANN has a back-up plan in place in the event a registry goes out of business or otherwise fails, and there are three registries that are approved by ICANN to step-in if/when necessary.

Nominet reached out to me to share a press release announcing it was re-appointed to serve as one of ICANN’s three EBERO operators. EBERO stands for Emergency Back-End Registry Operators. If a new gTLD registry fails, one of the three EBERO operators will be selected by ICANN to step in an take over the management of the registry.

Prank Almost Led to $150k Lawsuit Due to Domain Name Lock

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Vice published a story about a guy who tricked his friends into thinking he was arrested. To pull off the prank, he registered a domain name that was similar to the local news website, and he made his site look nearly identical to the news website. The prank went viral, and he was threatened with litigation related to the domain name registration and usage.

Have a look at this story and see how ICANN’s 60 day transfer lock on this new GoDaddy domain name registration caused quite a bit of fear for this prankster:

In the end, it looks like the news station decided to file a UDRP to take control of the domain name, and it prevailed in this 2016 proceeding.

ICA Lambasts ICANN After .Org Price Caps Removed

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After a comment period which drew feedback from thousands of people and organizations that opposed the removal of price caps for the .org registry, ICANN announced that the .org registry agreement was renewed. ICANN released this news during its ICANN65 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco last night.

Here’s an excerpt from the news bulletin from ICANN:

ICANN to Hold Industry Stakeholder Training Before NamesCon

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If you’re in the domain investment business and planning to attend NamesCon Europe in Portugal later on this month, ICANN is hosting a Domain Name Industry Stakeholder Training session a day before the conference. The session is free to attend and is scheduled for June 19 from 9am to 4pm.

The ICANN Twitter account tweeted about the session today:

My Favorite Domain Name in Spain

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I attended the ICANN Barcelona meeting and just returned home. It was nice to connect with friends and colleagues for a few days.

We did a bit of touring while there, and as usual, I was on the lookout for domain names. There were a few things I noticed while there:

  • The .Cat domain extension seemed to be quite popular. .Cat is intended to be used to promote the Catalan language and culture. It’s not a ccTLD, but that seems to be how it is used in Barcelona.
  • I also saw a mixture of .ES (Spain’s ccTLD) and .com domain names. Based on other European travels, I expected to see more .ES domain names. Maybe I was not looking hard enough.
  • I noticed one .Barcelona domain name being promoted – Jazz.Barcelona. A couple of weeks ago, we discussed whether the www. or http are necessary next to a gTLD domain name. In this case, they added the www. before the domain name:

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