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WIPO Domain Name Decision D2011-0596 for futuris.com

WIPO Domain Name Decision for futuris.com

June 30, 2011   No Comments

Now That Justin Timberlake Is Part Owner Of MySpace.com What Does That Mean For .Music

.Music is expected to be one of the most sort after new gTLD’s with mulitple applicants already having come forward.

So now that Justin Timberlake is part of the group that bought MySpace.com for $35 Million dollars and the new owners seem to be gearing the site towards all things music, what effect will today’s purchase on the new gTLD .Music?

The Sydney Morning Herald writes today:

“”When we met with Justin and we discussed what our strategy was, we hit a chord with him,” Vanderhook told The Associated Press. “One of his passions is he really enjoys helping other artists and creating a community for people to really express themselves. I think we were blown away that we were able to get someone like Justin to be so excited about what we were doing.”

With Timberlake’s help, the buyers hope to revitalise MySpace and transform it into a destination for original shows, as well as bolster its already available video content and music. Vanderhook said the revamp will include additional investment in technology and maintain the right to stream music through the joint venture it has with major recording companies, MySpace Music.

“There’s a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect,” Timberlake, an Emmy and Grammy winning artist, said in a statement. “MySpace has the potential to be that place.”

“”Timberlake will have an office at MySpace’s Beverly Hills headquarters and a staff of about a half dozen people working for him “around the clock” developing his ideas for the site, said Specific Media CEO Tim Vanderhook.””

Which brings us back to .Music an gTLD whose business model is quite similar.

.Music already has an applicant who has for years been outfront in his desire to operate the .Music extension

Constantinos Roussos has been pushing the dotMusic intiative for many year, has filed for a US Trademark on the term, and has has a site up on Music.Us for quite a while

Mr. Roussos also recently purchased Music.co for $30,000

Here is some information from Music.Us:

“”MUSIC (dotMusic) is the exclusive, global community-based Top-Level Domain (TLD) name that gives music entities a unique identity online and a verified industry standard for official music websites. The specialized .MUSIC web address enhances a brand’s visibility online. It ensures that .MUSIC websites are associated with a memorable, self-explanatory and trusted badge restricted to the music community: www.YourName.music

“”The .MUSIC domain paves the way for the next-generation of the Internet and the future of music, by building a home to everything related to music. Since 2005, under the slogan “We Are Music,” .MUSIC has embarked upon a global communication outreach campaign to launch the .MUSIC Top-Level Domain name and its Initiative. The .MUSIC Initiative’s mission is focused on:

  • Music education and the study of music in school curriculum;
  • Fighting piracy and protecting trademarks & music intellectual capital;
  • Musicians’ welfare, rights & fair compensation;
  • Enriching society with artistic and cultural diversity; and
  • Innovation in both the music and Internet space

“.MUSIC will contribute proceeds from its domain name registrations to select trusted not-for-profit organizations that support its music community mission, core values and 5 initiatives.”

“The .MUSIC movement has also gathered a significant following online. Join our Myspace .MUSIC page, which is now the most popular Myspace profile with 4,300,000 friends. Spread the word and connect with us by joining our social media profiles: .MUSIC Twitter, .MUSIC Facebook and .MUSIC LinkedIn

However a second applicant has come forward a company operating under the site FarFurther.com

Domainincite.com reported that FarFurther.com is a “new company is headed by former Warner Music record producer Loren Balman, CEO, and former music journalist John Styll, president.”

So what does Justin Timberlake part ownership of MySpace mean for the .Music gTLD or will MySpace.com simply jump in to the mix and become another bidder for the rights to run the .Music registry?

After all they just shelled out $35 Million for Myspace.com, what another $5M+ to possibly control a whole TLD space for .Music

That’s not just “my space” that’s some real space.

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June 29, 2011   No Comments

Now That Justin Timberlake Is Part Owner Of MySpace.com What Does That Mean For .Music

.Music is expected to be one of the most sort after new gTLD’s with mulitple applicants already having come forward.

So now that Justin Timberlake is part of the group that bought MySpace.com for $35 Million dollars and the new owners seem to be gearing the site towards all things music, what effect will today’s purchase on the new gTLD .Music?

The Sydney Morning Herald writes today:

“”When we met with Justin and we discussed what our strategy was, we hit a chord with him,” Vanderhook told The Associated Press. “One of his passions is he really enjoys helping other artists and creating a community for people to really express themselves. I think we were blown away that we were able to get someone like Justin to be so excited about what we were doing.”

With Timberlake’s help, the buyers hope to revitalise MySpace and transform it into a destination for original shows, as well as bolster its already available video content and music. Vanderhook said the revamp will include additional investment in technology and maintain the right to stream music through the joint venture it has with major recording companies, MySpace Music.

“There’s a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect,” Timberlake, an Emmy and Grammy winning artist, said in a statement. “MySpace has the potential to be that place.”

“”Timberlake will have an office at MySpace’s Beverly Hills headquarters and a staff of about a half dozen people working for him “around the clock” developing his ideas for the site, said Specific Media CEO Tim Vanderhook.””

Which brings us back to .Music an gTLD whose business model is quite similar.

.Music already has an applicant who has for years been outfront in his desire to operate the .Music extension

Constantinos Roussos has been pushing the dotMusic intiative for many year, has filed for a US Trademark on the term, and has has a site up on Music.Us for quite a while

Mr. Roussos also recently purchased Music.co for $30,000

Here is some information from Music.Us:

“”MUSIC (dotMusic) is the exclusive, global community-based Top-Level Domain (TLD) name that gives music entities a unique identity online and a verified industry standard for official music websites. The specialized .MUSIC web address enhances a brand’s visibility online. It ensures that .MUSIC websites are associated with a memorable, self-explanatory and trusted badge restricted to the music community: www.YourName.music

“”The .MUSIC domain paves the way for the next-generation of the Internet and the future of music, by building a home to everything related to music. Since 2005, under the slogan “We Are Music,” .MUSIC has embarked upon a global communication outreach campaign to launch the .MUSIC Top-Level Domain name and its Initiative. The .MUSIC Initiative’s mission is focused on:

  • Music education and the study of music in school curriculum;
  • Fighting piracy and protecting trademarks & music intellectual capital;
  • Musicians’ welfare, rights & fair compensation;
  • Enriching society with artistic and cultural diversity; and
  • Innovation in both the music and Internet space

“.MUSIC will contribute proceeds from its domain name registrations to select trusted not-for-profit organizations that support its music community mission, core values and 5 initiatives.”

“The .MUSIC movement has also gathered a significant following online. Join our Myspace .MUSIC page, which is now the most popular Myspace profile with 4,300,000 friends. Spread the word and connect with us by joining our social media profiles: .MUSIC Twitter, .MUSIC Facebook and .MUSIC LinkedIn

However a second applicant has come forward a company operating under the site FarFurther.com

Domainincite.com reported that FarFurther.com is a “new company is headed by former Warner Music record producer Loren Balman, CEO, and former music journalist John Styll, president.”

So what does Justin Timberlake part ownership of MySpace mean for the .Music gTLD or will MySpace.com simply jump in to the mix and become another bidder for the rights to run the .Music registry?

After all they just shelled out $35 Million for Myspace.com, what another $5M+ to possibly control a whole TLD space for .Music

That’s not just “my space” that’s some real space.

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June 29, 2011   No Comments

Full Tilt Poker License Is Suspended & Ordered To Suspend All Operations Worldwide

According to PokerNews.com, The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) the jurisdiction under which Full Tilt Poker is licensed under, suspended the license of Full Tilt Poker today and ordered it to suspend all operations, which resulted shortly thereafter in all games on Full Tilt worldwide to come to a sudden halt.

The AGCC released the following statement on the matter:

Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) has today issued Hearing Notices under Regulation 46 of its Regulations to Vantage Ltd, Oxalic Ltd, Filco Ltd and Orinic Ltd, collectively trading as FULL TILT POKER.

In addition, AGCC has issued Suspension Notices under Regulation 47 to the above named companies requiring them to suspend all operations with immediate effect.

The decision to suspend these licenses follows a special investigation prompted by the indictments unsealed by U.S. Attorney General’s Office in the Southern District of New York on April 15, 2011, during which grounds were found to indicate that these licensees and their business associates were operating contrary to Alderney legislation. The nature of the findings necessitated the taking of immediate action in the public interest.

The venue and date for the hearing will be announced in due course.

Issued by:

André Wilsenach (Executive Director)
Alderney Gambling Control Commission
Alderney,
Channel Islands

Date issued: 29th June 2011

In a separate statement, the AGCC added:

The above-named companies must, until the Suspension Notices are cancelled or the Commissioners of AGCC have reached a determination at the conclusion of the hearing convened in accordance with Regulation 46 of the Alderney eGambling Regulations, 2009 cease to exercise their eGambling licenses, which means that these licensees must from today cease to:

  • Register new customers;
  • Accept deposits from existing customers;
  • Allow existing customers to withdraw funds that are held in their accounts; and
  • Permit customers to participate in any form of poker game play or gambling transaction.

The Alderney Gambling Control Commission will hear the matters contained in the Hearing Notices at a Regulatory Hearing which will commence at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday 26th July, 2011 at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EQ. In the event that there is a change to these details this notice will be amended.

André Wilsenach, Executive Director of the AGCC, went on to say: “The decision to suspend the eGambling license was in the public interest and, because of the seriousness and urgency of the matter, it required that immediate action be taken ahead of the regulatory hearing.”

For those who may recall, the aforementioned investigation is the same as was alluded to in an earlier statement by the AGCC. For more on the AGCC back story, be sure to revisit PokerNews’ interview with Michael Ellen, director of licensing and strategy for the AGCC.

So far, no word from Full Tilt other that a banner on FullTiltPoker.com stating: “Scheduled Maintenance In Progress – The system is currently down for maintenance. Please check back soon!”

The Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission issued a statement shortly thereafter to state:
“That the licensing status of PokerStars in the Isle of Man remains unchanged following today’s statement from the Gambling Control Commission in Alderney. Alderney is a separate jurisdiction from the Isle of Man and the operation in question is separate from PokerStars.”

“PokerStars continues to demonstrate compliance with its license conditions in the Isle of Man. PokerStars continues to offer withdrawals to any players who wish to withdraw their funds, including players in the USA to whom PokerStars does not currently offer real-money gaming.”

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June 29, 2011   No Comments

The Chinese Domain Name Scam

If you received an e-mail from a Chinese company stating that another company has inquired about registering your brand in country code domains like .CN, .TW, or .HK, — YOU ARE NOT ALONE. We have received many calls from customers who are concerned about these types of e-mails because thy often find their way to an executive’s inbox. “Selling fear” is a common tactic used by these dubious companies. In fact, even registrars are not immune to these deceptive e-mails. Safenames just received the following e-mail:

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Dear Manager,

(If you are not in charge of this please transfer this email to your President or appropriate person, thanks)

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On June 27, 2011, we received an application from Hanxing company requested “safenames” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?

Kind regards,

Bruce Cheng

Bruce Cheng

Registration Department Manager

Shanghai Office (Head Office)
3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
Xuhui District, Shanghai 200070, China

Tel: +86 216191 8696 Mobile: +86 182219 51605 Fax: +86 216191 8697

Web: www.yiguangov.org
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What Should I Do If I receive a this email or a similar one?

First, do not panic. Second, do not contact the registrar sending the e-mail. Another company is not actually “applying” to register a domain name with your brand. Cyber squatting is a common practice in the .CN, .HK, and .TW top-level domains. Domains are registered at the time they are ordered; there is no application period. Unlike the Sunrise Period of a newly launched TLD, there is no approval process to give trademark holders a chance for a domain that has been ordered.

Is There Anything Positive about These E-mails?

Yes, this e-mail is an excellent reminder to protect your online brand(s) and review your company’s domain registration practices. You should contact your Safenames account manager to review your global domain name strategy and decide if registering additional country code domains would allow you to improve the marketing of your products and services regionally and protect your global web traffic.

If you would like to discuss a global domain strategy, you may contact the Safenames UK office at +44 1908 200022 and emeasales@safenames.net, or the Safenames US office at +1.703.574.5313 and nasales@safenames.net.

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  3. HK (Hong Kong) IDN.IDN launches Priority Registration Period

June 29, 2011   No Comments

Social.com Final Sales Figure Has Come In At $2.6 Million, Is Top Selling Domain Name of 2011

This year’s record breaking domain sale of Social.com comes courtesy of Marksmen’s sales division, NameQuiver, in partnership with Moniker and SnapNames.

The purchase of the domain for $2.6 million (previously reported as $2.5 million) by an undisclosed buyer was, according to the press release: “negotiated privately after an initial multi-million dollar offer.” The sale was co-brokered during DomainFest Europe in Barcelona, Spain.

Marksmen Inc CEO Ken Taylor said of the sale: “We’re very pleased with our partnership and Moniker’s ability to attract a buyer for Social.com, culminating in this successful outcome. We look forward to continuing to use our unique position in the industry to connect premium domain names to our clients and other end-users via auctions and private brokering.”

The release also states that: “Brokers considered Social.com a category-defining domain name at a time when social media has become the single largest growth sector on the Internet.”

Congratulations to Marksmen, NameQuiver, Moniker, SnapNames and the Undisclosed Buyer on this exciting transaction.

June 29, 2011   No Comments

Breaking: MySpace.com Bought For $580 In Million in 2005, Sold Today For Between $30-$40 Million

According to the Wall Street Journal News Corp. which bought MySpace.com for $580 Million in 2005, has just sold it to Specific Media, in a deal valuing the site between $30 million and $40 million, with News Corp. retaining a small stake.

According to the Journal, Specific Media helps marketers buy digital ads across the Web, online video, mobile and TV.

The company was founded in 1999 is based in Irvine, Calif and its owned by three brothers Tim, Chris and Russell Vanderhook.

MySpace.com just put out this press release:

“Specific Media, a digital media company, today announced it has acquired Myspace from News Corporation. ”

“As part of the agreement, News Corporation will take a minority equity stake in Specific Media.”

“Additional terms of the agreement are confidential and will not be disclosed.”

“Myspace is a recognized leader that has pioneered the social media space. The company has transformed the ways in which audiences discover, consume and engage with content online,” said Tim Vanderhook, Specific Media CEO. “There are many synergies between our companies as we are both focused on enhancing digital media experiences by fueling connections with relevance and interest. We look forward to combining our platforms to drive the next generation of digital innovation.”

“Specific Media is an innovative global interactive media company that enables advertisers to connect with consumers in meaningful, impactful and relevant ways. Founded in 1999 by brothers Tim, Chris and Russell Vanderhook, Specific Media is currently headquartered in Irvine, CA and operates offices around the world.

About Myspace

Myspace, Inc. is a leading social entertainment destination powered by the passions of fans. Aimed at a Gen Y audience, Myspace drives social interaction by providing a highly personalized experience around entertainment and connecting people to the music, celebrities, TV, movies, and games that they love. These entertainment experiences are available through multiple platforms, including online, mobile devices, and offline events.

Myspace is also the home of Myspace Music, which offers an ever-growing catalogue of freely streamable audio and video content to users and provides major, independent, and unsigned artists alike with the tools to reach new audiences. The company is headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA. http://www.myspace.com/pressroom/

About Specific Media

Specific Media is a digital media company driving viewership for content owners, engagement for brands and relevance for consumers. With capabilities spanning original programming, cross-channel distribution and addressable advertising, the company connects audiences, content and brands, adding meaning to each touch-point. As people discover new ways to consume content, Specific Media creates impactful media experiences no matter where they are.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Sedo.com Clarifies The Sale Of WellnessFinder.com Sold For 300,000 Euro’s; But It Was A Site Not A Domain

As previously reported the Sedo.com the brokered the sale of WellnessFinder.com for 300,000 euro‘s

Sedo.com own site as late as today was still showing the sale at 150,000 Euro’s.

Last week I wrote about the domain selling for 150,000 Euro’s but when the weekly Sedo report came out the other day the price was listed as 300,000 Euro’s

So I reached out to Sedo.com who clarified that the sales price was indeed 300,000 euro’s, but that what was sold was a website not just a domain name, so it shouldn’t be making DnJournal.com’s top sale list.

We congratulate Sedo and Frank Tillmanns the broker who sold the site. (Frank is the broker who sold VisitBerlin.com for us earlier this year)

 

 

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WIPO Domain Name Decision DTV2011-0003 for indiamart.tv

WIPO Domain Name Decision for indiamart.tv

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WIPO Domain Name Decision D2011-0714 for hépar.com

WIPO Domain Name Decision for hépar.com

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