Boots becomes latest company to terminate new gTLD but other ‘.brands’ go full steam ahead

Trevor Little

Pharmacy chain Boots has become the latest company to signal an intention to terminate a Registry Agreement (RA), this time for the ‘.boots’ TLD. While a negative development for the new gTLD programme, it should not be viewed as an indicator that ‘.brands’ are losing their lustre – on the contrary, the rollout of branded spaces shows no sign of slowing.

On Domain Incite, Kevin Murphy reported the news that the company informed ICANN in April that it is unilaterally terminating the RA for ‘.boots’, with ICANN opening it up for comment this week. Murphy notes that the string is the first single-dictionary-word gTLD (Boots having both a brand and non-brand meaning) to be taken off the market, the ‘.brand’ termination process meaning that it will not be relegated to another registration or made available to a third party for two years after the contract ends.

The move makes Boots the latest company to make a U-turn on its decision to run a ‘.brand’. Others that have previously decided against proceeding with ‘.brand’ applications including South Korean industrial conglomerate Doosan, publisher Guardian News Media and cosmetics giant L’Oreal. However, do not take this as a negative indicator on the ROI or attraction of ‘.brands’.

On the issue of domains, one metric often scrutinised when assessing the new gTLD programme is the number of domains registered in new gTLDs. While the overall figure – at time of writing – is approaching 27 million, ‘.brands’ are not a significant contributor. But one size does not fit all and this particular metric is not indicative of success or failure. At this year’s INTA Annual Meeting, for example, CSC Digital Brand Services’ Gretchen Olive noted that ‘.brands’ are neither in a rush to launch or subject to economic pressures to do so as registration sales are not central to their economic model: “Success is not measured by registrations or profit, but instead the unique strategic business goals of each individual brand.” This sentiment was backed up by Accenture’s Kristen Poggensee, who participated in the session with Gretchen. Part of a cross-company team – drawing on legal, marketing and IT – that is driving the digital strategy behind ‘.accenture’, she explained: “Right now we are not looking to just switch from ‘.com’ to ‘.accenture’. Instead we are taking a phased approach and testing the water. This is an evolving strategy.”

Instead, then, the analysis should focus less on numbers, and more on use and how the deployment of branded spaces is being approached. In the upcoming issue of World Trademark Review we present analysis of the ‘.brand’ environment from Nick Wood, managing director of Valideus. In his analysis, Wood notes that over 500 ‘.brands’ are now in operation – including ‘.audi’, ‘.barclays’ and ‘.sharp’ – with more than 100 boasting active second-level domain name registrations, and 17 of these actively using their ‘.brand’ as their main corporate or consumer website address. The latter includes Barclays, Bradesco, Canon, Citic and State Bank of India.

Another branded user is The National Association of Realtors (NAR), which as well as using ‘.realtor’ itself allows its members to utilise the space. NAR recently won the ‘Not-for-Profit Organisation Team of the Year’ accolade at this year’s WTR Industry Awards and when we talked to Chloe Hecht, associate counsel, after the ceremony she reflected: “NAR’s ‘.realtor’ TLD is an excellent example of the organisation evolving along with members’ methods of leveraging the Realtor brand (within the parameters of NAR’s trademark rules, of course). Most members’ marketing plans focus on a heavy online presence and NAR worked for over seven years to create an online space exclusively for its members. In fact, ‘.realtor’ is the only new TLD reserved exclusively for a membership.” NAR validates all domain registrations and renewals to ensure that domains are only licensed by active members, and the organisation clearly sees its gTLD offering as a key marketing benefit for members.

As Wood notes, increasing numbers of rights holders are now stepping up use of their ‘.brand’ domains – as evidenced above – but many are also treading cautiously. As well as not wishing to “dilute hard-won (and expensive) Google rankings”, they are also “watching and waiting, learning from the experiences of those who have gone before”. Testing is being carried out, with brands using their ‘.brand’ in areas where the impact of any tests are measurable. As a result, often activity will go under the radar, as tests are run using sub-segments of returning customers. Wood adds: “We know of two supplier-oriented portals created on ‘.brand’ spaces which are open only to those supplying secure data and services to the brands.” In short – activity is going on even if you can’t see it.

It could be that Boots is not the final company to decide that – more than five years after deciding to apply – a branded TLD is not now for them (after all, five years is a long time in the online world and as companies develop and evolve their strategies, priorities do change). However, as the rollout continues, early adopters are still testing use and the smart money is on ‘.brands’ being a driver of applications when the next round opens up – whenever that may be.  

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.CLUB Presents Million.Club Domain Name to Person Who Made the New gTLD’s One Millionth Registration

In
a new post
on the .CLUB blog today
Chief Marketing Officer Jeff
Sass
revealed that Liz
Mejia
, an entrepreneur
based in Guatemala,
used GoDaddy to
register what would be the
TLD’s 1 millionth domain – MyWineShop.club.
Sass added that in
recognition of Ms. Meija’s
role in reaching the
landmark, the registry has
also given her the domain Million.Club

Regarding
the new website Ms. Mejia
plans to build on
MyWineShop.Club, she told
Sass, “the website is
an affiliate website and I
needed a great name for my
platform and all the
others, .com, .org ,
etc. could not help me. Only
.CLUB had the name that
would work best for my
site
. I chose this
name because we sell incredible
wine and accessories – and
we wanted that the website
be personal, hence the name
MyWineShop.club.” 

Article source: http://www.dnjournal.com/archive/lowdown/2017/dailyposts/20170622.htm

Nearly 1 000 trademark owners have registered dotAfrica domains

The ZACR has revealed today that registrations by trademark owners of the dotAfrica geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) are among the highest in the world.

Since the launch of the Sunrise Phase on 4th April, 981 domains have been claimed by trademark owners placing it in the top ten of gTLD registrations around the world.

“The long journey to delegate the rights to administer .africa to the ZACR has clearly created a tremendous amount of pent-up demand for Africa’s new home on the web,” explained ZACR chief executive officer Lucky Masilela.

Registering a dotAfrica domain? Here’s everything you need to know

This feat was accomplished together with ZACR’s accredited registrars and systems such as the Trade Mark Clearing House and the ZACR’s Mark Validation System. Together these systems worked to insure that the right domains went to the right trademark owners.

Right now, the ZACR is running a Landrush phase where those that missed out on registrations during the Sunrise phase can apply to register their domains.

There is a catch however, if two entities attempt to register the same dotAfrica domain, the contested domain moves to an auction and the highest bidder wins.

This Landrush phase ends on 30th June after which dotAfrica domain registrations will be open to the public on 4th July.

 

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Nearly 1000 trademark owners register for .africa names …

Trademark owners have registered nearly 1000 .africa domain names, making it one of the top ten largest number of domain name reservations during the sunrise phase of the new geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) ‘s launch process. In total, .africa recorded 981 registrations by trademark owners over the two months from launch date 4 April.

Like other Registry Operators, ZACR monitored and measured the number of intellectual property owners that submitted marks through the global Trade Mark Clearing House (TMCH) and ZACR’s own Mark Validation System (MVS) to ensure protection of priority rights as far as is reasonably possible before .africa is launched to the general public on 04 July. 

The .africa Sunrise Period prioritised the securing of valuable brand names in the form of registered trademarks. During Sunrise, brand owners across Africa were encouraged to apply for .africa domain names matching their registered or validated intellectual property. 

The new .africa gTLD enables the acquisition of valuable online real-estate in a fast-growing and high-potential market. It also enables individuals and organisations to showcase their brands while establishing a home for Africa-specific products and services. The .africa domain is now at the tail end of the second Landrush Phase, meaning .africa registrations are now open to everyone around the world, without any restriction.

Article source: https://www.telecompaper.com/news/nearly-1000-trademark-owners-register-for-africa-names--1200596

Nearly 1000 trademark owners register for .africa names

Trademark owners have registered nearly 1000 .africa domain names, making it one of the top ten largest number of domain name reservations during the sunrise phase of the new geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) ‘s launch process. In total, .africa recorded 981 registrations by trademark owners over the two months from launch date 4 April.

Like other Registry Operators, ZACR monitored and measured the number of intellectual property owners that submitted marks through the global Trade Mark Clearing House (TMCH) and ZACR’s own Mark Validation System (MVS) to ensure protection of priority rights as far as is reasonably possible before .africa is launched to the general public on 04 July. 

The .africa Sunrise Period prioritised the securing of valuable brand names in the form of registered trademarks. During Sunrise, brand owners across Africa were encouraged to apply for .africa domain names matching their registered or validated intellectual property. 

The new .africa gTLD enables the acquisition of valuable online real-estate in a fast-growing and high-potential market. It also enables individuals and organisations to showcase their brands while establishing a home for Africa-specific products and services. The .africa domain is now at the tail end of the second Landrush Phase, meaning .africa registrations are now open to everyone around the world, without any restriction.

Article source: https://www.telecompaper.com/news/nearly-1000-trademark-owners-register-for-africa-names--1200596

dotAfrica hits world top 10 – IT

Great interest in dotAfrica (.africa) by trademark owners has seen the geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) score within the top 10 globally for the largest number of domain name reservations during the Sunrise Phase of the new gTLD’s launch process.
In total, .africa recorded an impressive 981 registrations by trademark owners over the 60 days from 4 April 2017, placing it firmly within the top 10.
“The long journey to delegate the rights to administer .africa to the ZACR has clearly created a tremendous amount of pent-up demand for Africa’s new home on the web,” says Lucky Masilela, ZACR CEO. “All good things come to those who wait, Africans have certainly waited, and it’s been worth the wait.”
The ZACR-administered gTLD enjoys the support of the African Union Commission (AUC) and an overwhelming majority of African governments.
Like other Registry Operators, ZACR monitored and measured the number of intellectual property owners that submitted marks through the global Trade Mark Clearing House (TMCH) and ZACR’s own Mark Validation System (MVS) to ensure protection of priority rights as far as is reasonably possible before .africa is launched to the general public on 04 July 2017.
The .africa Sunrise Period prioritised the securing of valuable brand names in the form of registered trademarks. During Sunrise, brand owners across Africa were encouraged to apply for .africa domain names matching their registered or validated intellectual property.
Masilela thanked ZACR’s accredited registrars for their steadfast commitment to .africa. “Their support has been invaluable in providing trademark holders with the opportunity to secure relevant domain names that are associated with their marks.”
The new .africa gTLD enables the acquisition of valuable online real-estate in a fast-growing and high-potential market. It also enables individuals and organisations to showcase their brands while establishing a home for Africa-specific products and services.
The .africa domain is now at the tail end of the second Landrush Phase, meaning .africa registrations are now open to everyone around the world, without any restriction.

Article source: http://it-online.co.za/2017/06/19/dotafrica-hits-world-top-10/

dotAfrica hits world top 10 | IT-Online – IT

Great interest in dotAfrica (.africa) by trademark owners has seen the geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) score within the top 10 globally for the largest number of domain name reservations during the Sunrise Phase of the new gTLD’s launch process.
In total, .africa recorded an impressive 981 registrations by trademark owners over the 60 days from 4 April 2017, placing it firmly within the top 10.
“The long journey to delegate the rights to administer .africa to the ZACR has clearly created a tremendous amount of pent-up demand for Africa’s new home on the web,” says Lucky Masilela, ZACR CEO. “All good things come to those who wait, Africans have certainly waited, and it’s been worth the wait.”
The ZACR-administered gTLD enjoys the support of the African Union Commission (AUC) and an overwhelming majority of African governments.
Like other Registry Operators, ZACR monitored and measured the number of intellectual property owners that submitted marks through the global Trade Mark Clearing House (TMCH) and ZACR’s own Mark Validation System (MVS) to ensure protection of priority rights as far as is reasonably possible before .africa is launched to the general public on 04 July 2017.
The .africa Sunrise Period prioritised the securing of valuable brand names in the form of registered trademarks. During Sunrise, brand owners across Africa were encouraged to apply for .africa domain names matching their registered or validated intellectual property.
Masilela thanked ZACR’s accredited registrars for their steadfast commitment to .africa. “Their support has been invaluable in providing trademark holders with the opportunity to secure relevant domain names that are associated with their marks.”
The new .africa gTLD enables the acquisition of valuable online real-estate in a fast-growing and high-potential market. It also enables individuals and organisations to showcase their brands while establishing a home for Africa-specific products and services.
The .africa domain is now at the tail end of the second Landrush Phase, meaning .africa registrations are now open to everyone around the world, without any restriction.

Article source: http://it-online.co.za/2017/06/19/dotafrica-hits-world-top-10/

Brands Containing “Geographic Terms” May be at Risk In The Next gTLD Round

Does your or your client’s brand contain a “Term of National Significance”? If it contains a word that matches a geographic place, or feature name, or could be characterized by a government as such, then you may be surprised to learn that some government body, national association, or regulatory group could interfere with your obtaining a top-level domain name even if it reflects your brand. Many famous brands coincidentally match a geographic name, and face the possibility of having their future .BRAND top-level domain (TLD) rejected because a government claims “sovereign rights” over the term.

Such conflicts were one of the most controversial aspects of the first new generic top-level domain (gTLD) application round, especially for .BRAND TLDs. For example, ICANN rejected the good-faith application for .TATA by the Indian conglomerate Tata (named after the Tata family and protected globally as a trademark) because “Tata” is the name of a Moroccan province, and the Moroccan government would not consent to the application, even though Tata had Moroccan trademark registrations dating back to 2008. Reportedly, the company Tata had never had a conflict or objection before from the Moroccan government over the use of its name, nor had there been any confusion that its famous brand could be confused as endorsed by the government, or that its use could confuse citizens who would be looking for information about the Moroccan province online. As we prepare for the next round, brands should be aware that this issue may affect their ability to obtain and enjoy freedom to operate the TLD that matches their brand.

Steps to Reach a Solution

In April 2017, the co-chairs of ICANN’s Subsequent Procedures Working Group invited ICANN community members to present positions, or possible solutions, in a webinar which laid the foundation for community discussions to take place at the ICANN meeting in Johannesburg later this month.

One notable webinar proposal was the “Repository Proposal,” which advocated for creating a “Repository of Names of Geographical Significance” into which governments could add the names of places, rivers, mountains, regions, national monuments, etc.—essentially, any terms that the governments could identify as “sensitive” in their countries. Under the Repository Proposal, all future gTLD applicants must check the Repository for their desired TLD. If the TLD matches a Term of National Significance, the applicant must obtain prior consent for its intended TLD from all governments that added the term.

Many individuals (including Intellectual Property Constituency members and GAC representatives) voiced concerns about the Repository Proposal, such as:

  • It restricts a trademark owner’s right to use its mark(s) under international law;
  • It ignores the principle that governmental rights over terms of geographical significance (if any) are restricted to their national borders;
  • International law has no definition of “Terms of National Significance”;
  • It creates conflict if one government consents to a .BRAND TLD, but another government does not; and
  • It gives individual governments a veto, with no possibility of appeal or due process, over the global internet’s expansion.

GeoPIC—A Proposed Solution

I presented at the webinar a proposal that is much simpler, and fairer, than a Repository and is consistent with international law—a Geographic Term Public Interest Commitment (“GeoPIC”). Under the proposed GeoPIC, an applicant for a TLD that is an identical match to a geographic term protected under national law would, at governmental request, include in its Registry Agreement with ICANN a binding undertaking to not use the TLD in a way that might confuse an internet user into thinking there is a connection between the registry and a national government or geographic term.

The GeoPIC has many advantages:

  • It accords with norms of international law and does not create any new legal rights;
  • It does not diminish the rights of others—it respects both trademark rights and the desires of governments to protect terms of importance to them;
  • It is cost-effective;
  • It works for all registry types and is language- and script-neutral;
  • It is easy to implement and relies on an existing enforcement mechanism;
  • It is predictable for applicants while respecting individual governmental concerns; and,
  • It is consistent with the “permissionless” evolution of the internet.

I will present the GeoPIC proposal again later this month at the ICANN meeting in Johannesburg. In the meantime, listed below are the basic terms of the GeoPIC proposal. I welcome all feedback—especially suggestions for improvement.

Summary of GeoPIC

Applicable Terms:

Only applicable to geographic and territorial terms protected under national legislation (“Geographic Protected Terms”).

Purpose:

To address the governmental concern that an applied-for string at the top level, which is identical to a Geographic Protected Term, might be used in a manner:

  • That falsely suggests to the public that a connection exists between the TLD or its Operator and the Geographic Protected Term, and/or
  • That is otherwise of a nature as to mislead the public as to the existence of a connection between the TLD or its Operator and the Geographic Protected Term.

Proposed Procedure:

  1. Applicant applies for a TLD containing a Geographic Protected Term
  2. ICANN receives a timely objection to the TLD Application from the GAC
    • Working options for what constitutes a “GAC Objection”:
      • GAC Consensus Advice
      • Objection from five or more GAC members
      • Objection from three or more GAC members
  3. TLD Applicant agrees to a Public Interest Commitment (PIC) that requires:
    • That the TLD Applicant not use the TLD in a manner that falsely suggests to the public that a connection exists between the TLD or its Operator and the Geographic Protected Term (“GeoPIC”).
  4. GeoPIC will be included in the TLD Applicant’s Registry Agreement, should such Agreement be executed by ICANN. This GeoPIC shall be enforced in the same manner, and process, currently contained in the Registry Agreement for other PICs.
    • PICS are enforced through:
      • Complaints to ICANN Contractual Compliance, which may result in ICANN Compliance Action
      • Formal PICDRP complaints to the PICDRP Standing Panel, which can make a formal ruling of compliance or non-compliance

A note on the intended scope of the proposal:

This proposal is not intended to replace the current restrictions on geographic terms at the top level, which are set out in the Applicant Guidebook (“AGB”—which can be found here) used in the 2012 Round at Sections 2.2.1.4.1 and 2.2.1.4.2 (extracts of which are here for convenience). The proposal is intended to address terms which fall outside of these AGB provisions and which might, under the previous AGB, otherwise have given rise to GAC Advice under Section 3.1 AGB.

Article source: http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=e8114839-94f2-43fc-a962-dc455f21fc94

FIBA launches new digital identity

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FIBA goes digitalFIBA’s official website FIBA.com has become FIBA.basketball after the International Basketball Federation on Thursday officially launched the .basketball domain name.

FIBA is among the very few international federations to have applied and successfully secured the Top Level Domain (TLD) named after its sport. As a result, basketball’s world governing body is now in a position to provide all of the sport’s stakeholders and fans with a trusted and secure domain space that is consistent with industry standard service levels.

FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann said: “The .basketball domain is ideal because it is clear, specific, has a global scale and reach and defines the sport. Ensuring that .basketball is kept within the sport for the benefit of the global basketball community is fully in line with one of FIBA’s missions – that of bringing people together and uniting the community.”

The process to obtain the .basketball domain began in 2012, when FIBA partnered with Roar Domains, a US-based company focused on the commercialization of sports-related Top Level Domains, to submit its application.

Aware of the fact that domain names including .com, .net and .org were reaching saturation point, FIBA and Roar Domains jumped at the chance of securing .basketball when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was expanding the portfolio by making certain words available to the private sector as a generic top-level domain (gTLD).

Following an extensive process, FIBA and Roar Domains were informed of the successful outcome of their application.

Roar Founder and Chairman Ryan Nelsen congratulated FIBA on the launch of the FIBA.basketball website, and said it was a tribute to FIBA’s vision for the future: “Creating a global digital identity for basketball is an historic step that will unify, protect and promote the sport for its Federations, Clubs, players and everyone in the Basketball community. We look forward to working with FIBA to strengthen the basketball digital identity online and strengthening links within the community.”

Roar Co-Founder Hamish Miller said: “FIBA’s commitment to uniting and developing the basketball world with its powerful new domain makes them a great partner for Roar. We are delighted to be working with FIBA to enhance basketball community members’ digital presence, identity and security through the .basketball domain.”

FIBA obtained the .basketball domain with a view to:

  • Accelerate the promotion of basketball and stakeholder brands in a controlled environment;
  • Promote the sport and unify the global community online under a common banner;
  • Make sure the rights of privileged basketball stakeholders are preserved;
  • Link all participants via a specific identity and create a recognizable digital space for all basketball-related activities online.

FIBA expects the global basketball community to embrace .basketball and is offering priority access to the domain names to its 213 National Federations and their members (leagues, clubs, players, etc.) as well as key stakeholders. The general public will have the chance to avail of the trusted and secure domain in 2018.

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Article source: http://sports.mb.com.ph/2017/06/16/fiba-launches-basketball-as-new-digital-identity/

FIBA Launches Basketball as New Digital Identity of the Global …

FIBA’s official website FIBA.com has become FIBA.basketball after the International Basketball Federation on Thursday officially launched the .basketball domain name.

FIBA is among the very few international federations to have applied and successfully secured the Top Level Domain (TLD) named after its sport. As a result, basketball’s world governing body is now in a position to provide all of the sport’s stakeholders and fans with a trusted and secure domain space that is consistent with industry standard service levels.

FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann said: “The .basketball domain is ideal because it is clear, specific, has a global scale and reach and defines the sport. Ensuring that .basketball is kept within the sport for the benefit of the global basketball community is fully in line with one of FIBA’s missions – that of bringing people together and uniting the community.”

The process to obtain the .basketball domain began in 2012, when FIBA partnered with Roar Domains, a US-based company focused on the commercialization of sports-related Top Level Domains, to submit its application.

Aware of the fact that domain names including .com, .net and .org were reaching saturation point, FIBA and Roar Domains jumped at the chance of securing .basketball when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was expanding the portfolio by making certain words available to the private sector as a generic top-level domain (gTLD).

Following an extensive process, FIBA and Roar Domains were informed of the successful outcome of their application.

Roar Founder and Chairman Ryan Nelsen congratulated FIBA on the launch of the FIBA.basketball website, and said it was a tribute to FIBA’s vision for the future: “Creating a global digital identity for basketball is an historic step that will unify, protect and promote the sport for its Federations, Clubs, players and everyone in the Basketball community. We look forward to working with FIBA to strengthen the basketball digital identity online and strengthening links within the community.”

Roar Co-Founder Hamish Miller said: “FIBA’s commitment to uniting and developing the basketball world with its powerful new domain makes them a great partner for Roar. We are delighted to be working with FIBA to enhance basketball community members’ digital presence, identity and security through the .basketball domain.”

FIBA obtained the .basketball domain with a view to:

  • Accelerate the promotion of basketball and stakeholder brands in a controlled environment;
  • Promote the sport and unify the global community online under a common banner;
  • Make sure the rights of privileged basketball stakeholders are preserved;
  • Link all participants via a specific identity and create a recognizable digital space for all basketball-related activities online.

FIBA expects the global basketball community to embrace .basketball and is offering priority access to the domain names to its 213 National Federations and their members (leagues, clubs, players, etc.) as well as key stakeholders. The general public will have the chance to avail of the trusted and secure domain in 2018.

For more information, please contact: 

Patrick Koller
Communications Director
Tel: +41 22 545 00 00
Email: communications@fiba.com

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FIBA launches .basketball as new digital identity of the global …

MIES, Switzerland – FIBA’s official website FIBA.com has become FIBA.basketball after the International Basketball Federation on Thursday officially launched the .basketball domain name.

FIBA is among the very few international federations to have applied and successfully secured the Top Level Domain (TLD) named after its sport. As a result, basketball’s world governing body is now in a position to provide all of the sport’s stakeholders and fans with a trusted and secure domain space that is consistent with industry standard service levels.

FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann said: “The .basketball domain is ideal because it is clear, specific, has a global scale and reach and defines the sport. Ensuring that .basketball is kept within the sport for the benefit of the global basketball community is fully in line with one of FIBA’s missions – that of bringing people together and uniting the community.”

The process to obtain the .basketball domain began in 2012, when FIBA partnered with Roar Domains, a US-based company focused on the commercialization of sports-related Top Level Domains, to submit its application.

Aware of the fact that domain names including .com, .net and .org were reaching saturation point, FIBA and Roar Domains jumped at the chance of securing .basketball when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was expanding the portfolio by making certain words available to the private sector as a generic top-level domain (gTLD).

Following an extensive process, FIBA and Roar Domains were informed of the successful outcome of their application.

Roar Founder and Chairman Ryan Nelsen congratulated FIBA on the launch of the FIBA.basketball website, and said it was a tribute to FIBA’s vision for the future: “Creating a global digital identity for basketball is an historic step that will unify, protect and promote the sport for its Federations, Clubs, players and everyone in the Basketball community. We look forward to working with FIBA to strengthen the basketball digital identity online and strengthening links within the community.”

Roar Co-Founder Hamish Miller said: “FIBA’s commitment to uniting and developing the basketball world with its powerful new domain makes them a great partner for Roar. We are delighted to be working with FIBA to enhance basketball community members’ digital presence, identity and security through the .basketball domain.”

FIBA obtained the .basketball domain with a view to:

  • Accelerate the promotion of basketball and stakeholder brands in a controlled environment;
  • Promote the sport and unify the global community online under a common banner;
  • Make sure the rights of privileged basketball stakeholders are preserved;
  • Link all participants via a specific identity and create a recognizable digital space for all basketball-related activities online.

FIBA expects the global basketball community to embrace .basketball and is offering priority access to the domain names to its 213 National Federations and their members (leagues, clubs, players, etc.) as well as key stakeholders. The general public will have the chance to avail of the trusted and secure domain in 2018.

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B. Riley Cuts Rating On Rightside Group, Ltd. (NAME)

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Rightside Group, Ltd. (NASDAQ:NAME).

February 17 investment analysts at B. Riley made no change to the stock rating of “Buy” and lowered the price target to $12.00 from $15.00. On November 10 Deutsche Bank kept the company rating at “Hold” but lowered the price target from $8.00 to $7.00.

On May 11 analysts at Deutsche Bank initiated coverage by announcing an initial rating of “Hold” and setting a price target of $8.00.

The company is up by 10.26 percent from yesterday’s close. Shares of the company are trading at $10.75 a tad higher than the 50 day moving average which is $9.65 and which is slightly above the 200 day moving average of $8.92. The 50 day moving average went up by +11.43% and the 200 day average went up $1.83 or +20.45%.

Rightside Group, Ltd., launched on July 11, 2013, is a provider of domain name services that enable businesses and consumers to find, establish and maintain their digital address. The Company is a registrar, offering domain name registration and other related services to resellers and directly to domain name registrants. The Company provides infrastructure services through its eNom brand. Through its retail brands, including Name.com, the Company directly offers domain name registration services to over 320,000 customers. The Company has over 16.5 million domain names under management. The Company is a domain name registry with a portfolio of over 40 generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) acquired through Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)’s expansion of new gTLDs (the New gTLD Program). It has launched all of its gTLDs, including .NEWS, .LIVE, and .FAMILY, into general availability in the marketplace. Its registry services business builds a distribution network of over 125 ICANN accredited registrars, including GoDaddy, eNom and Name.com, as well as other complementary distribution partners, such as Website builders and e-mail service providers, that offer its gTLD domain names to businesses and consumers..

Rightside Group, Ltd. currently has a P/E ratio of 5.07 and market capitalization is 208.81M. In the latest earnings report the EPS was $2.12 and is estimated to be $-0.91 for the current year with 19,424,000 shares outstanding. Next quarter’s EPS is expected be $-0.21 with next year’s EPS anticipated to be $-0.55.

Traders are more bullish on shares of the company of late as evidenced by the motion in short interest. The company recorded a fall in short interest between May 15, 2017 and April 28, 2017 of -13.85%. Short interest fell from 175,700 to 151,358 over that timeframe. The days to cover decreased to 3.7 and the percentage of shorted shares was 0.01% on April 28.

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(NAME) is up at $10.65 RIGHTSIDE (NAME) Alert: J&W Investigates…

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Rightside Group, Ltd. (NASDAQ:NAME):

RIGHTSIDE (NAME) Alert: JW Investigates Proposed Sale of Rightside Group, Ltd.; Are Shareholders Getting a Fair Deal?.

The company is now up by 9.23% since yesterday’s close of $9.75.

Rightside Group, Ltd., launched on July 11, 2013, is a provider of domain name services that enable businesses and consumers to find, establish and maintain their digital address. The Company is a registrar, offering domain name registration and other related services to resellers and directly to domain name registrants. The Company provides infrastructure services through its eNom brand. Through its retail brands, including Name.com, the Company directly offers domain name registration services to over 320,000 customers. The Company has over 16.5 million domain names under management. The Company is a domain name registry with a portfolio of over 40 generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) acquired through Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)’s expansion of new gTLDs (the New gTLD Program). It has launched all of its gTLDs, including .NEWS, .LIVE, and .FAMILY, into general availability in the marketplace. Its registry services business builds a distribution network of over 125 ICANN accredited registrars, including GoDaddy, eNom and Name.com, as well as other complementary distribution partners, such as Website builders and e-mail service providers, that offer its gTLD domain names to businesses and consumers..

The stock is trading at $10.65 which is slightly above the 50 day moving average of $9.63 and which is just a bit higher than the 200 day moving average of $8.91. The 50 day moving average moved up $1.01 and the 200 day average moved up $1.72.

The P/E ratio is currently 5.012 and market cap is 206.57M. As of the last earnings report the EPS was $2.12 and is projected to be $-0.91 for the current year with 19,424,000 shares now outstanding. Analysts expect next quarter’s EPS will be $-0.21 and the next full year EPS is anticipated to be $-0.55.

Short traders are more bullish on shares of the company recently if you take a look at the downtick in short interest. The stock realized a fall in short interest of -13.85% between May 15, 2017 and April 28, 2017. Short interest fell 24,342 over that timeframe. With short interest at 151,358 and short average daily volume at 40,391, the short-interest ratio is 3.7 and the percentage of shorted shares was 0.01% on April 28.

A few investment analysts have weighed in on the company recently. On February 17 B. Riley maintained a company rating of “Buy” and lowered the price target from $15.00 to $12.00. November 10 investment analysts at Deutsche Bank held the stock rating at “Hold” but lowered the price target to $7.00 from $8.00.

Deutsche Bank started coverage by announcing an initial rating of “Hold” and projecting a price target of $8.00.

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Analyzing Leaf Group (DMD) and Rightside Group (NAME)

Leaf Group (NYSE: DMD) and Rightside Group (NASDAQ:NAME) are both technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitabiliy and risk.

Risk Volatility

Leaf Group has a beta of 0.56, suggesting that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the SP 500. Comparatively, Rightside Group has a beta of -0.75, suggesting that its stock price is 175% less volatile than the SP 500.

Insider Institutional Ownership

58.8% of Leaf Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.9% of Rightside Group shares are held by institutional investors. 44.0% of Leaf Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of Rightside Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Leaf Group and Rightside Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Leaf Group has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Rightside Group. Leaf Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Rightside Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Leaf Group and Rightside Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Leaf Group and Rightside Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Leaf Group presently has a consensus price target of $8.38, suggesting a potential upside of 31.89%. Rightside Group has a consensus price target of $11.25, suggesting a potential upside of 14.68%. Given Leaf Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Leaf Group is more favorable than Rightside Group.

Summary

Rightside Group beats Leaf Group on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Leaf Group Company Profile

Leaf Group Ltd., formerly Demand Media, Inc., is diversified Internet marketplaces and media company. The Company has online media properties and marketplace platforms that enable communities of creators to reach audiences in lifestyle categories. The Company operates an online studio platform for the professional creation and distribution of content, as well as two online artist marketplaces. Its business comprises two service offerings: Content Media and Marketplaces. The Company creates media content, including text articles, videos, photographs and designed visual formats, and publishes such content to its owned and operated online properties and to its customers’ online properties. The Company also offers its content creation and distribution platform to provide custom content and other content marketing solutions to brands, publishers and advertisers.

Rightside Group Company Profile

Rightside Group, Ltd. is a provider of domain name services that enable businesses and consumers to find, establish and maintain their digital address. The Company is a registrar, offering domain name registration and other related services to resellers and domain name registrants. It provides infrastructure services through its eNom brand. It has over 16.5 million domain names under management. It has a portfolio of over 40 generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) acquired through Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)’s expansion of new gTLDs. It has launched all of its gTLDs, including .NEWS, .LIVE, and .FAMILY, into general availability in the marketplace. Its registry services business builds a distribution network of over 125 ICANN accredited registrars, including GoDaddy, eNom and Name.com, as well as other complementary distribution partners, such as Website builders and e-mail service providers, that offer its gTLD domain names to businesses and consumers.

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Article source: https://www.thecerbatgem.com/2017/06/13/analyzing-leaf-group-dmd-and-rightside-group-name.html

New Report Presents Syntax and Operability Accuracy of WHOIS Data in gTLDs – ag-IP

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LOS ANGELES – ICANN published the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System June 2017 report. This latest report of the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System (ARS) acts as a follow-on to the reports published in December 2016, June 2016, and December 2015.

According to ICANN, the report explores both the syntax and operability accuracy of WHOIS records in gTLDs as compared to the requirements of the 2009 and 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreements (RAAs). It also examines the leading types of nonconformances, trends and comparisons of WHOIS accuracy across ICANN regions, RAA versions and gTLD types.

ICANN developed accuracy tests to answer questions about the syntax (format and content) and operability (e.g., does an email sent to the email address provided in the WHOIS record go through?) of a sample of WHOIS records. Then, using statistical methods, syntax and operability accuracy estimates with a 95 percent confidence interval were provided for the population of domains in gTLDs as a whole, as well as for several subgroups of interest.

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Rightside Group (NAME) vs. Leaf Group (DMD) Critical Analysis

Rightside Group (NASDAQ: NAME) and Leaf Group (NYSE:DMD) are both technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.4% of Rightside Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.8% of Leaf Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of Rightside Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 44.0% of Leaf Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Rightside Group and Leaf Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Rightside Group and Leaf Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Rightside Group currently has a consensus target price of $11.25, suggesting a potential upside of 11.72%. Leaf Group has a consensus target price of $8.38, suggesting a potential upside of 31.89%. Given Leaf Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Leaf Group is more favorable than Rightside Group.

Volatility and Risk

Rightside Group has a beta of -0.71, indicating that its stock price is 171% less volatile than the SP 500. Comparatively, Leaf Group has a beta of 0.56, indicating that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the SP 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Rightside Group and Leaf Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Leaf Group has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Rightside Group. Leaf Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Rightside Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Leaf Group beats Rightside Group on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Rightside Group Company Profile

Rightside Group, Ltd. is a provider of domain name services that enable businesses and consumers to find, establish and maintain their digital address. The Company is a registrar, offering domain name registration and other related services to resellers and domain name registrants. It provides infrastructure services through its eNom brand. It has over 16.5 million domain names under management. It has a portfolio of over 40 generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) acquired through Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)’s expansion of new gTLDs. It has launched all of its gTLDs, including .NEWS, .LIVE, and .FAMILY, into general availability in the marketplace. Its registry services business builds a distribution network of over 125 ICANN accredited registrars, including GoDaddy, eNom and Name.com, as well as other complementary distribution partners, such as Website builders and e-mail service providers, that offer its gTLD domain names to businesses and consumers.

Leaf Group Company Profile

Leaf Group Ltd., formerly Demand Media, Inc., is diversified Internet marketplaces and media company. The Company has online media properties and marketplace platforms that enable communities of creators to reach audiences in lifestyle categories. The Company operates an online studio platform for the professional creation and distribution of content, as well as two online artist marketplaces. Its business comprises two service offerings: Content Media and Marketplaces. The Company creates media content, including text articles, videos, photographs and designed visual formats, and publishes such content to its owned and operated online properties and to its customers’ online properties. The Company also offers its content creation and distribution platform to provide custom content and other content marketing solutions to brands, publishers and advertisers.

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Article source: https://sportsperspectives.com/2017/06/11/rightside-group-name-vs-leaf-group-dmd-critical-analysis.html

Leading brands snap .africa domain names

Lucky Masilela, CEO of ZACR

Lucky Masilela, CEO of ZACR

By MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – ZA Central Registry’s (ZACR) has opened a second round of applications for dotAfrica (.africa) domain names, following a positive response by Africa’s leading brands to apply for preferential access.
The second phase of the .africa Pioneer Programme opens on Thursday and will run until June 23 to enable business, civil society and other interested parties across the continent to apply for preferred access to approved .africa domains prior to General Availability.
The latter launch phase of the new .africa geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) is when the general public can register .africa domains from July 4.
Lucky Masilela, CEO of ZACR, explained the Pioneer Programme was about creating interest in Africa’s domain name.
“This programme and the interest it generated in the public and private sector really surpassed all of our expectations. It is for this reason that we are reactivating the Pioneer Programme for the month of June,” said Masilela.
Masilela explained an approved .Africa domain name would enable individuals and organisations to showcase their brand and their commitment to the continent while establishing a home for Africa-specific products and services.
The new .africa gTLD enables the acquisition of valuable online real-estate in a fast-growing and high-potential market.
ZACR is a non-profit organisation currently managing various .za second level domains, such as co.za, net.za, org.za and web.za.

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DENIC erhält ICANN-Akkreditierung als New gTLD Data Escrow Agent

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Mit Wirkung vom 6. Juni 2017 ist die Betreiberorganisation der deutschen Länderendung .de im Internet, DENIC, akkreditierter Escrow Agent im Rahmen des New gTLD-Programms der zentralen Internet-Adressverwaltung ICANN und somit offiziell zur Sicherung der Geschäftsdaten von Domain-Registrierungsstellen (Registry Data Escrow, RyDE) autorisiert.

Nach ihrer Zulassung ist DENIC einer von insgesamt neun sogenannten Authorized New gTLD Data Escrow Agents mit ICANN-Akkreditierung. Drei dieser Agents sind in Europa ansässig; DENIC ist allerdings der einzige Dienstleister, der aufgrund einer besonderen Übereinkunft mit ICANN den Datensicherungs-Service sowohl rechtskonform mit den geltenden europäischen Datenschutzbestimmungen als auch dergestalt anbieten kann, dass im Rechtsverhältnis zwischen Kunde und DENIC der Gerichtsstand von den Parteien frei wählbar ist.

Nach der bereits im März dieses Jahres erzielten Einigung hinsichtlich der Rahmenbedingungen zur Erbringung von Escrow-Services für Registrare (Registrar Data Escrow, RDE) stellt die jetzige Vereinbarung zwischen ICANN und DENIC über den Vertrag, den DENIC zukünftig mit den gTLD-Registries schließen wird, einen weiteren Meilenstein dar. Diese Einigung war die Voraussetzung für die finale Akkreditierung DENICs. Die Prüfung der technischen Voraussetzungen für den RyDE-Dienst hatte DENIC schon im vergangenen Jahr erfolgreich durchlaufen.

Wie von DENIC angestrebt, wird, analog zum kürzlich gestarteten Registrar Data Escrow-Dienst (RDE) [1], die jeweilige Registry als Nutzer des Dienstes bei Vertragsschluss entscheiden können, ob Streitigkeiten zwischen ihr und DENIC vor deutschen staatlichen Gerichten oder vor einem Schiedsgericht in der Schweiz ausgetragen werden. ICANN kann ihre Rechte, die sie als Drittbegünstigte des Vertrags hat, gegen DENIC nur vor einem Schweizer Schiedsgericht durchsetzen. Zum anwendbaren Recht enthält der Vertrag keine Regelung. Im Falle deutscher Kunden wird demzufolge deutsches Recht auf den Vertrag anwendbar sein.

Als unabhängige, nicht-gewinnorientierte Genossenschaft ist DENIC eine neutrale Instanz und weder Registrar noch gTLD(-Backend)-Registry, steht also nicht im Wettbewerb zu potenziellen Kunden ihres Escrow-Service. Aufgrund ihrer über 20-jährigen Erfahrung als Betreiberin von .de – mit heute mehr als 16 Millionen Domains eine der größten TLD-Zonen der Welt – gehört DENIC zu den international führenden Spezialisten im Management von Domains.
Durch den Einsatz modernster kryptografischer Verfahren und mehrfacher Redundanzen wird die sichere Übermittlung und Speicherung aller zugehörigen Registrierungsdaten garantiert. Die Datenspeicherung erfolgt ausschließlich in Rechenzentren in Europa (in Deutschland und den Niederlanden) und konform mit den europäischen Datenschutzbestimmungen. Durch ihre Zertifizierungen nach ISO/IEC 27001:2013 ISMS und ISO 22301:2012 BCMS gewährleistet DENIC zudem ein Höchstmaß an Informationssicherheit und Verfügbarkeit.

Hintergrund Data Escrow

Bei Data Escrow handelt es sich um die Hinterlegung von Daten und Informationen bei einem Dritten. Im Fehlerfall oder bei einer Insolvenz des Anbieters sollen die Geschäftstätigkeiten mit Hilfe der als Kopie hinterlegten Daten durch eine unabhängige Partei fortgeführt werden können. Als derart geschäftsrelevante Daten gelten auch Domaindaten. Die zentrale Internet-Adressverwaltungsorganisation ICANN (Internet Corporation for Names and
Numbers) schreibt daher allen bei ihr akkreditierten Registraren und Registries vor, die Datensätze der von ihnen verwalteten generischen (gTLD) Domains regelmäßig bei einem unabhängigen Escrow Agent zu hinterlegen. Sind ein Registrar oder eine Registry nicht mehr in der Lage, ihre Dienstleistungen zu erbringen, können diese Daten somit einem durch ICANN zu bestimmenden Partner übergeben werden und Domaininhaber haben die Möglichkeit, ihre Inhaberschaft an einer Domain nachzuweisen.

Angesichts der strengeren deutschen und europäischen Datenschutzgesetzgebung hegen deutsche und europäische Registrierungsstellen zunehmend den Wunsch, die Daten ihrer Kunden nicht in die USA oder außerhalb des deutschen/europäischen Rechtsraumes zu übertragen. Mit seinem neuen Escrow-Service bietet DENIC gTLD-Registrierungsstellen – ebenso wie zuvor schon Registraren –, vor allem solchen mit Sitz in Europa, eine Lösung, um ihrer Escrow-Pflicht innerhalb des europäischen Rechtsrahmens gerecht zu werden, indem sie einen innerhalb der EU ansässigen Escrow Agent nutzen und ihre Daten somit nicht in ein Land außerhalb der EU übermitteln müssen.

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