Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sunrise Period starts for .ART new gTLD

Announced yesterday, the .ART new gTLD Sunrise Period starts...today:
  • START: Wednesday, 7 December, 2016 - 16:00;
  • END: Tuesday, 7 February, 2017 - 16:00.

Interesting extract from the application:

It is difficult to anticipate the number of registrations in the restricted registry for .art, as the number may be determined by the effectiveness of marketing and the reception of internet users to the new gTLDs more generally. It is estimated that between 25,000 and 80,000 registrations may take place in the first year. It is difficult to estimate the number of people engaged at different levels within the visual arts community worldwide; however as a portion of the population, the number is likely to be significant and growing. In 2009 there were over 400,000 listed businesses engaging in the art market worldwide and between 5 and 15 million individuals engaging in arts related activities.
What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. .CLUB Gets Approved by Chinese Government (Official announcement);
  2. Just delegated: the .HAIR new gTLD;
  3. Overseas TLD Registries Licensed by Chinese Government;
  4. Donuts,Inc:
    1. Bellevue startup Donuts finds success with domain-name registry;
    2. Jobs at Donuts Inc:
      1. Business Intelligence Analyst - Bellevue, WA;
      2. Director of Digital Marketing - Bellevue, WA.
    3. Why Donuts is Called Donuts.
  5. New gTLD Conference: ICANN New gTLD Program: Exploring Impact & Future Direction;
  6. HOT - Identification card to register a .TOP ?
  7. The .CLUB Registry approved in China;
  8. .xyz, .club and .vip get the nod to sell in China;
  9. The .BANGLA new gTLD;
  10. Innovation - Apple reveals self-driving car plans;
  11. The future of .COM after new gTLDs boom!
  12. Cross-Community Working Group on new gTLD Auction Proceeds Home;
  13. Imagine and Inspire with a .DESIGN Domain;
  14. Lancement du .RADIO par l'UER;
  15. The most surprising new TLDs so far;
  16. Amazon launches a new Brand TLD website;
  17. What Is A TLD? gTLD? ccTLD? newgTLD? IDN?
  18. Good read - Quelles sont les opportunités SEO des nouvelles extensions de domaine?
Domain name registration volumes: 
  • For Companies;
  • For the Law;
  • For Finance;
  • For Colors;
  • For Sport (check the .XBOX new gTLD);
  • For Real estate.
Our reports are available here.

Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Note to our readers: starting January 2017, the content of our Newsletter will be sent by email only. It will not be made available online anymore on www.newsletter.domains.

Monday, December 5, 2016

All City new gTLDs have launched

We are now done with all new gTLDs related to Cities.

38 cities in the world submitted one or more applications to own their name as a domain name extension:
  • Some applied for several TLDs such as .BCN and .BARCELONA for the city of Barcelona;
  • Some, like the city of Moscow applied for the same string in their ASCII and IDN version;
  • In certain cases, the TLD does not only represent the city itself but an entire municipality or an emirate like it is the case for Abu Dhabi;
  • Some strings were applied for the same name but in different languages like the city of Koeln (and Cologne).
  • We added .TOURS as a city since it also represents the city of Tours in France (even if the city of Tours has probably not noted its existence yet);
  • The last to have been added is the .BOSTON new gTLD which was delegated last week.
The complete list of cities can be checked here and we welcome new strings (since it is possible that we forgot some). The .SPA new gTLD maybe?

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. 4 new gTLD were delegated;
  2. The tables are turned: now Donuts can delay Verisign;
  3. The Business Benefits of Not-Com Domain Names;
  4. HOT - Adopting a Creative Domain Extension;
  5. Some article about new gTLDs & Universal Acceptance;
  6. The ICRC:
    1. Letter from the Red Cross asking for full protection of "redcross" and "redcrescent";
    2. Answer from the ICANN.
Domain name registration volumes: 
  • New gTLDs with a FRENCH connotation; 
  • HOT - New gTLDs related to CITIES; 
  • New gTLDs related to CATERING;
  • New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY.
Our reports are available here.

Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Note to our readers: starting January 2017, the content of our Newsletter will be sent by email only. It will not be made available online on www.newsletter.domains anymore.

Friday, December 2, 2016

415 new .AUDI domain names?

AUDI
The AUDI Trademark just created an important number of domain names: 470 domain names ending in ".audi" have been created in one week. This is a lot for a .BRAND new gTLD.
I dug on google and found redirections to existing Audi websites and found two using ".audi" domain names:
  • http://www.audi-zentrum-dresden.audi/
  • https://award.audi/
I doubt creating so many new domain names is dedicated to tests so there must be a serious project to deploy these names at AUDI. Future will tell.

SHAPR
SHAPR uses ".email" domain names. SHAPR is a French mobile application to allow professionals to meet and network. It works a different way and goes straight to the point: "meet".
For the first time, I connected with someone yesterday and noticed that the internal email used by the application to connect registered users is a ".email" domain name. This is pretty unusual since the Universal Acceptance group at ICANN deals with this very specific problem and it is far from being solved at an international level. Some servers still reject emails using new domain names. Such risk taken by innovators demonstrates one thing though: new gTLDs are being more trusted.

What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. Amen - 4 new gTLD were delegated: .католик - .كاثوليك - .天主教 - .CATHOLIC;
  2. The tables are turned: now Donuts can delay Verisign;
  3. The Business Benefits of Not-Com Domain Names;
  4. Interesting - Adopting a Creative Domain Extension;
  5. Some article about new gTLDs & Universal Acceptance;
  6. Letter from the Red Cross ...asking for full protection of "redcross" and "redcrescent";
  7. Answer from the ICANN to the Red Cross request.
Domain name registration volumes: 
  • New gTLDs related to CARS (HOT); 
  • Generic new gTLDs;
  • New gTLDs related to HEALTH.
Our reports are available here.

Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Note to our readers: starting January 2017, the content of our Newsletter will be sent by email only. It will not be made available online anymore on www.newsletter.domains.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

ICANN new gTLD program: permanent protection?

This is a correspondence which was just published on the ICANN website between the Red Cross and the ICANN:

The ICRC to ICANN (translated by myself): "after five years of discussions, when can you confirm that "redcross" and "redcrescent" are fully protected at the first and second level (first and second level domain names)?

ICANN's answer:
"...the Board took a decision in 2013 to grant temporary protection to the names of your national societies; thus preventing such registrations at the second level for all new gTLDs. Such temporary protection will stay in place until an agreed permanent solution is in place."
and:
"I will update you on developments concerning the latter and the process and likely timescales involved".
Sources:
  1. Letter from the ICRC (download);
  2. Answer from the ICANN board (download).
What you missed in our previous Newsletter:
  1. Chinese registrants like .LOAN;
  2. Identifier Technology Health Indicators;
  3. Donuts loses $22.5m .WEB lawsuit;
  4. Cool - Just delegated: .BOSTON
  5. Court tosses Donuts’ .WEB lawsuit;
  6. Infographic Explaining Top Level Domain System;
  7. SEDO Registry services;
  8. . ART domain name seeks to become dominant global online site for art.
Domain name registration volumes: 
  • New gTLDs related to RELIGION; 
  • Singular VS Plural new gTLDs; 
  • New gTLDs related to FRENCH applications.
Our reports are available here.

Since most new gTLDs have launched, reports will be updated on a monthly basis starting January 2017.

Recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Note to our readers: starting January 2017, the content of our Newsletter will be sent by email only. It will not be made available online anymore on www.newsletter.domains.

Singer 50Cent to choose a .CLUB domain name for his Fan Club.