The Summer is winding down, and I am very happy for that. I have a few large deals in the works, and I thought at least one of them would be finished last week. It wasn’t, but that is life in this business. I feel like things slow down in the Summer, and I am happy that the Fall is almost here. Things should pick up in the next couple of weeks.
Here are some thoughts and updates. You are welcome to share yours as well:
I wish I could share this message with brand owners and their legal representatives: please do not file a UDRP to try and get a domain name that was registered prior to your existence. Houzz tried it with HOUZ.com and they just lost their UDRP. The domain name was owned by the registrant before Houzz existed, so there is really no way they could have proven the name was registered in bad faith. If a company wants a domain name badly enough, they should buy it.
It’s very strange to see a UDRP filed against a domain name that was registered all the way back in 1991. That is the case with Starr.com.
New gTLD domain name in the news – A China-based e-car company called Future Mobility raised $200 million in funding and uses FMC.auto for its website.
There sure are a lot of conspiracy theorists in the domain space. I think it’s healthy to question things, but it seems like there are always people ready to cast aspersions when news is shared or major sales are reported.
The Merge Show is coming up in Orlando in less than two months. I am planning to be there and hope there is a good turnout.
I listed 6 names for auction at DropCatch.com, and the auctions have not been going as well as I hoped. Only two names have bids so far. I was thinking that I typically find names at DropCatch by looking at pending delete lists, and if others do, too, they won’t even see these names besides my writing about them.
It looks like DNX.com is pivoting. I believe the domain name is owned by Andrew Rosener’s company, and it was used to sell domain names. According to its Twitter profile, DNX.com is a “Blockchain Platform for Fractional Domain Investment & Title or Proof of Asset (“PofA”).”
A domain investor won a UDRP to retain ConnectingTheFuture.com. It looks like the domain name was won on GoDaddy Auctions at the end of 2014 or early 2015. The company that previously owned the domain name filed the UDRP. The domain owner did a very good job representing himself in the UDRP. It looks like the domain name is listed for sale at Afternic for $7,500 (a very reasonable price, in my opinion), so we will see if the former owner decides to buy the domain name.