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2017 Pan-Mass Challenge Jerseys

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I am happy to share the final design for the cycling jerseys that John Berryhill and I will wear during the 2017 Pan-Mass Challenge:



Thanks to the amazing support of our domain industry sponsors listed below, this custom jersey was able to raise $8,000 for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston! Wow! John and I will be wearing these jerseys during our final few tune up training rides during the last two weeks of July. We will then proudly wear the jerseys on the second day of the PMC as we bike from Bourne to Provincetown. As John mentioned, it is very likely that thousands of PMC cyclists (and cars) will pass us on our ride. We will also see many people during the rest stops.

The amazing domain industry sponsors of our 2017 PMC jersey:

Uniregistry
.Club Registry
.Art Registry
BuyDomains
Donuts
DSAD.com
Igloo
Telepathy
TheDomains.com
NameJet
NameCorp
.Buzz Registry
GoDaddy
.XYZ Registry

These sweet jerseys are made by Jakroo, and if you want to buy one, they can be found in this Jakroo store. This isn't → Read More


Whois Privacy is Not for Scammers

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Whois privacy is a fairly inexpensive (or free) tool that allows domain owners to keep their registration details private. It is surprising to see that some (perhaps many) people still seem to think Whois privacy is a tool that is used primarily for scammers. From my perspective, using a proxy for Whois privacy is a helpful and legitimate tool for a number of reasons.

I want to share 6 reasons why domain name owners would use Whois privacy on their domain names:


  • Prevent third parties from obtaining personal information about where a domain registrant lives.

  • Robocalling telemarketers use public Whois information to call or text domain registrants to sell anything from logo design to websites and SEO work.

  • Allow people to exercise their First Amendment rights without exposing their name (unless a court intervenes).

  • Keep new products, services, and businesses private so companies can't see what domain names their competitors are buying.

  • Make it more difficult for thieves to know what email address and other contact → Read More


UDRP Filed Against Novelist.com (Update)

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It looks like a UDRP was filed against another dictionary .com domain name at the National Arbitration Forum. Novelist.com is currently the subject of a UDRP filing, and it is NAF case #1722095.

Novelist.com is owned by WebMagic Ventures, LLC, a company that owns and uses a large portfolio of descriptive and dictionary  domain names. Novelist.com was created nearly 20 years ago, in December of 1997. The oldest historical Whois record, according to the DomainTools Whois History Tool, is from 2004. At that time, the domain name was also owned by this company. It is quite possible that the company owned this domain name even prior to this, perhaps even since it was created.

In my opinion, WebMagic has one of the top portfolios of keyword .com domain names. Among some of the company's top domain names (listed on its website) include Abuse.com, BeverlyHills.com, Jackpots.com, Korean.com, Pilots.com, Visas.com, and many others. I was curious if the company ever faced a UDRP considering the quality and generic nature of its → Read More


Don’t Assume Brokers Do Due Diligence

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Most of the top tier domain name brokers are buttoned up and trustworthy. I would say this is the case for the vast majority of the best brokers. Tessa Holcomb from Igloo.com operates one of the top brokerages and she made a good point on Twitter yesterday:




When buying a domain name via broker, the buyer still needs to perform the critical due diligence that is required of any domain purchase. Most domain brokers know their clients, but some likely don't check the complete provenance of a domain name. Many brokers (more…) → Read More


Facebook Files 101 Domain Name UDRP

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Facebook has filed quite a large UDRP at the World Intellectual Property Organization against 101 domain names. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2016-2380 and the complainant is listed as Facebook, Inc. Instagram, LLC. Facebook acquired Instagram a few years ago.

It looks like all of the domain names are in the .Top extension, and it looks like the domain names either have Facebook, Instagram, or FB in them. I believe a UDRP on multiple domain names can only be filed if all of the domain names are owned by the same entity, so my guess is one entity regisered them all. I checked a few of these domain names, and the names I checked forward to a different (.com) website.

What is most interesting to me about this UDRP filing is that many of these names don't really make much sense. This means the company could win this UDRP proceeding and simply register a bunch of other domain names in a similar fashion to this. I get that the company is protecting its trademarks, but it seems like it could be never ending to keep going after these kinds of → Read More


10 Day Old Domain Subject of UDRP (Updated)

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nafI am occasionally critical of companies for waiting a long time to file a UDRP proceeding. I am especially critical of companies who file UDRPs on descriptive/generic domain names that are aged. On the other hand, a company recently filed a UDRP on a domain name that was less than 10 days old.

UBSBS.com is now the subject of a UDRP proceeding at the National Arbitration Forum. It is NAF case number 1701732. UBSBS.com was created on October 31, 2016, which is ten days ago. The domain name appears to be registered to someone in Ghana. The domain name was previously registered before, but it appears to have expired in 2012 before being re-registered recently. Interestingly, back in 2010, the domain name was registered to an entity called UBS Business Solution, according to the DomainTools Whois History tool.

When I visited the domain name, I saw that there is a logo that says (more…) → Read More


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