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January-June 2005 Archive

.Jobs is now officially open for business. The new TLD can be registered at any of 11 participating registrars. .Jobs (which was sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management) was approved by ICANN earlier this year and is being operated by Employ Media of Cleveland, Ohio. Organizations approved for .jobs domains will be able to lead job candidates directly to career information on their existing web sites, or, if they choose, can develop a site designed specifically to communicate with job seekers. Tom Embrescia, Chairman & CEO of Employ Media and .jobs, said "A .jobs domain for your company provides a non-stop route for job seekers to the specific and compelling career information, eliminating distraction or �home page� congestion or confusion.�.... Growth in internet retail sales continues to explode. The U.S. Department of Commerce says online sales jumped nearly 24% in the first quarter of 2005 compared to the same period last year. That is good news for the domain industry as numbers like that prompt more and more businesses who are not online to realize they have to get on the web to share in the bounty...Mainstream interest in the domain market continues to build, helped along by attention now being paid to the industry by traditional media outlets. The latest is Newsweek who just published an article at on the booming domain business and what is fueling the rebirth...Interest in country code domains (ccTLDs) seems to be continuing to build. The latest evidence of the uptick comes from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), operator of that country's .ca extension. On March 8, CIRA accounced .ca has passed the half-million mark in total registrations. In 2004, total .ca registrations jumped 24% from the previous year... has made some big changes that open the .pro registry to practically all comers. They have cut through the red tape and slashed the high prices that have kept the extension from seeing much activity since it was introduced in 2004. Details are in this article...Fresh off his reverse hijacking win in the case, attorney Ari Goldberger has scored another win for a client who faced loss of his domain to a company claiming trademark rights. This time out, giant toymaker Mattel wanted to take away from Goldberger's client, Gopi Mattel. Gopi had legally changed his surname from Muthyal to Mattel when he moved from India and became an American citizen (Mattel rhymed with common Indian names like Patel and was more easily pronounced in English). The toy company claimed he took that name just to justify ownership of the domain. Goldberger pointed out the name change occurred five years before Gopi registered the domain. That helped convince the panel who also ruled Gopi Mattel was known by the domain and made a bona fide non-commercial use of it for family email addresses and a planned family website. The complete ruling can be found here...The organizers of last October's T.R.A.F.F.I.C. domain conference in Delray Beach, Florida have added a new spring show that will be held in Las Vegas May 24-27. Dubbed T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West, the inaugural show will focus on domain security to address the increasing threat of domain hijackings. Registration for the show is now open at the website where you will also find the week's agenda.  .US domain owners who have been using proxy registration services to hide their identities in the public WhoIs record are about to lose their cover. The U.S. Department of Commerce has directed NeuStar (operator of the .us registry) to phase out the offering of such services by registrars or by any of its partners or resellers and to ensure that complete and accurate WhoIs data is provided for any existing registrations in .us. Those who have already bought proxy service may continue to use them until Jan. 2006. After that all .us owner's information will be visible to the public. We have also heard rumors that a crackdown is coming on foreign entities who have registered .us domains in violation of the registry's Nexus policy...The cost of chasing expiring domains continues to rise. Enom's Club Drop is the latest to raise the tariff. They are tripling the minimum bid required to enter a private auction from $10 to $30. If a domain receives bids but none of $30 or more it will go into a public reverse auction starting at $60 and dropping until someone claims the domain...In another indicator of the booming demand for an internet presence, hosting giant 1&1 Internet, Inc. gained nearly 400,000 active Web sites in 2004 (making it the year�s fastest growing Web host), according to statistics recently released by Netcraft, an independent Internet research and analysis firm...In addition to the rising sales shown on our weekly reports anecdotal evidence continues to come in confirming that the domain boom of 2004 is not only continuing but is gathering steam in 2005. Ian Andrew at told us the New Year is off to an exceptionally strong start for his company. They have added a new statistics page on their site that graphs the steady rise in average sales prices of domains there. DotcomAgency also just finished a site renovation that included placing a set price on every domain. replacing the previous "request quote" function... has added another exclusive partner to the popular expiring domains auction venue. Any domain registered at that has a Snapback subscription taken out on it at SnapNames will bypass the standard delete cycle and go directly to SnapNames after the registrar's 5-week grace period...The dates for the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2005 domain conference in Delray Beach, Florida have been announced. The show will run Oct. 18-22 (one day longer than last year) at the Delray Beach Marriott. Those interested in sponsorships are invitations to the show can send an email to [email protected]. The 2004 event was a landmark conference that brought major domain industry companies, attorneys and domain portfolio owners together in a single location for the first time ever...In an important WIPO decision, the panel ruled that the company that makes Kiwi shoe polish was engaged in a reverse hijacking attempt in trying to take from Future Media Architects. FMA attorney Stevan Lieberman gets credit for a win that we hope will dissuade other corporations from attempting to claim generic terms to which they have no exclusive rights. Being branded a reverse hijacker will likely hamper any future claims Kiwi European Holdings might make on domains owned by others... 2004 ended with another major domain portfolio purchase, though this one is a bit complicated. EasyLink Services Corporation announced they had sold control of a group of 1,177 domains to former company executive Gerald Gorman for $1 million. EasyLink will continue to share in revenues from the domains for the next five years. EasyLink owns some four-star domains but the full roster of names included in this this deal was not announced. See this report from BusinessWire for details on the transaction.

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