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Posts from — December 2011

Happy New Year!!!

We want to wish everyone a Happy New year.

Judi and I send out our best wishes for Healthy and Happy New Year.

I also want to thank all our readers, commentators and advertisers for another record year for us at

2011 marked a record for traffic, posts and comments and I deeply appreciate that you chose to spend a part of your day over here.

2011 was a very challenging year for a lot of people and personally I’m glad to see it go.

2012 is going to be action packed for those in the domain industry pretty much right off the bat, with the new gTLD period opening on January 12, the SOPA hearing set for January 24th and Domainfest the first days of February.

Have a great holiday and we will see you on the flip side.




December 31, 2011   No Comments

BigRock Tells Its Customers Verisign’s Price Increase Is A LOT Higher Than It Is is an ICANN Accredited registrar, that is one of the major tags used by to catch domain names on the drop.

I just received an email from them today about the Verisign’s price increase which goes into effect January 15th.

“”Dear Customer,

As your account manager, I would like to inform you of an imminent change in Verisign Registry pricing.”

“From early January 2012,.COM/.NET domain prices will approximately increase by $2 USD.”

“I urge you to take advantage of BigRock’s Industry Best Pricing and register your domains or renew existing ones prior to this price increase.”

“Feel free to contact me for more information or any help that you may need with your account.”

Now Verisign’s wholesale price for .com registrations and renewals is set to increase by 7% or $.51 and its wholesale price for .net’s is set to increase by $.46.

I don’t know if is planning on using the $.51 price increase as an excuse to raise their prices on .com and .net’s by $2, and while a registrar can charge whatever they want for domain renewal or registration, it clearly not proper to tell its customers that Verisign is raising prices 3X more than they really are.



December 30, 2011   No Comments

Despite Push Backs, ICANN Announces Just 13 More Days Until Applications Are Open For New gTLD’s

Despite last-minute push backs from the FTC and Senator Rockerfeller it looks like ICANN is pushing ahead with the opening of the application period for new gTLD’s on January 12th.

ICANN announced on its Facebook page today:

“In just 13 days, the application window for new generic top-level domains opens! ”

“Check out the new gTLDs tab on our Facebook page for more details on the benefits, risks and application process.”

“Click share to help spread the word!”

If if you think everyone is against the new gTLD program, well there are over 1,900 likes for this story from today, a pretty good showing for any Facebook story.

By the time everyone is back from the new years weekend it will be January 2nd and there will only be 9 more days until the application window opens.

Stay tuned.


December 29, 2011   No Comments Sells On For $50K

The domain name just sold on for $49,999, lets just call it an even $50K



December 29, 2011   No Comments

Arizona Bar Rules Lawyers Can Use .Org’s

Wow talk about being a little behind the times.

According to a story in, the state bar of Arizona has just issued an opinion allowing attorney’s in the state to use .org domain names.

Yes up to now attorney’s in Arizona have been prohibited from using .org domain names in their practice.

“”The ethics panel a decade ago ruled that firms that have websites must set them up with a “.com” suffix. That was based on the conclusion that a for-profit law firm’s use of the “.org” suffix “creates a false impression that the firm is either a non-profit or in some ways specifically affiliated with a non-profit.”


“In light of the widespread use of the ‘.org’ suffix by for-profit organizations since (the 2001 opinion) was issued, the possibility that the public will be misled by a for-profit firm’s use of ‘.org’ on its website is remote,” the opinion reads.

“A reasonable person, desiring to verify whether an entity is non-profit, would not rely solely on the entity’s website address.”

But the ethics panel cautioned that this new opinion is not carte blanche for attorneys to do what they want with their Internet domain names. The key, the committee said, goes back to the ethics rules about being honest with clients, whether by commission or omissions.

“Thus, a lawyer or law firm may not use a domain name that falsely implies that the lawyer or the law firm is affiliated with a particular non-profit organization or with a governmental entity or which otherwise is false or misleading”

With the new gTLD’s scheduled to go live in 2013 and a .law a very realistic possibilty hopefully it won’t take the Arizona Bar 10 years to make a call on that one.


December 29, 2011   No Comments

1&1 Takes a Stand Against SOPA & PIPA & Asks Customers To Join The Fight

1 and 1, one of the largest hosting companies in the world, and a domain name registrar, this morning sent an email to it current customers telling them why they oppose both the Protect-IP (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and why customers should join the fight against the current bills.

Its a much different tactic taken than other registrars that have taken Godaddy former support of the bills to encourage Godaddy customers to transfer domains out with discount codes.

This email was sent to current customers of 1 and 1 and its call to action message isn’t about getting any new business but to get customers to support organizations like that has “emerged to protect user interests in the current legislative debate”

Here is the letter that was sent out in full and unedited.

Thanks to Danny for the tip.


Dear Sir/Miss,

You may have heard about Protect-IP (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act
(SOPA) currently under consideration in Congress. If passed, among other
things, SOPA requires Web hosting companies like 1&1 to police websites in
order to prevent them from communicating copyrighted information on the
internet. We would like to make sure you are aware of 1&1’s official
position on SOPA.

As a global provider of domains and hosting services, we oppose the Stop
Online Piracy Act (SOPA) or Protect-IP (PIPA) Acts currently under
consideration. While we observe the concerns of those who are troubled by
the potential impact on protecting intellectual property online, 1&1 feels
there is an urgent need to strike a balance between dissemination of and
access to information and protection against its illegal use within the
public domain.

The US government is currently reviewing SOPA and PIPA as possible ways to
prevent unlawful distribution of copyrighted materials available on the
internet. These current proposals, if passed, would allow for significant
interventions into the technological and economical basis of the internet.
This could put the vast benefits and economic opportunities of entirely
legal and legitimate e-business models at risk. Generally, companies
offering technological services should not be forced to be the executor of
authority in such matters. If they were to act upon every implication of
content infringement without any judicial research into the actual usage of
its customers, the integrity behind their customer’s freedom of
information and speech would be enormously harmed.

1&1 Internet, Inc. has worked through associations and with related
companies to ensure that these aspects are taken into account. Thus, we
welcome the serious consideration by the US Congress of the potential
harmful effects on Internet freedom should SOPA and / or PIPA be passed as
law, and hope the stability of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS)
remains intact.

We encourage every Internet user concerned about these plans to contribute
to the debate and to raise their voice with their local representatives in
the House or Senate. One way to express your concerns could be to use one
of the websites that emerged to protect user interests in the current
legislative debate, such as

At 1&1 we support you, our customer, and an open internet. If you find that
you are supporting a company that encourages SOPA and wish to drop them as
a provider, please follow the simple instructions contained on the website
linked below.

Thank you for being one of our extremely valued customers, and for taking
the time to read this.

Best regards,

Frederick Iwans
General Manager 1&1 Internet Inc.


December 29, 2011   No Comments

WIPO Domain Name Decision D2011-1863 for

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WIPO Domain Name Decision D2011-1602 for,,,

WIPO Domain Name Decision for,,,

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WIPO Domain Name Decision D2011-1803 for,

WIPO Domain Name Decision for,

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WIPO Domain Name Decision D2011-1745 for

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