Thursday, February 16, 2017

4 years to delegate the .AFRICA new gTLD

On the 13th of June 2012 was published the list of new gTLD applicants who submitted an application for a new generic Top-Level Domains. Check down this page to find the list. One might be surprised to see that there was one application only on that list...but in fact, there were two. The second applicant made a mistake submitting its application and applied for the ".DOTAFRICA" new gTLD instead (see below in the list). This issue was solver later one.

Almost 5 years to launch a TLD
I stopped following the different legal procedures a long ago since it was unclear what really happened and to be honest...what a waste of time and money. What to remember:

What you missed in our previous Newsletters:
  1. HOT - The languages of new top level domains (part 5 in a series examining the geography of new domain endings (nTLDs);
  2. .SPACE new gTLD is 2 years old;
  3. New gTLDs: meaning of the MIIT Accreditation;
  4. Thoughts About the Proposed Copyright Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy;
  5. Interesting: "We Need a New Industrial Internet";
  6. Amazon launches new Amazon Chime service on a .brand new gTLD;
  7. New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Working Group Transcript;
  8. Listen to Mert Saka at Turkey DNS Forum 2017;
  9. Live new domains:
    1. LIVE: https://insideretail.live/
    2. UNICOM: http://www.unicom/sitemap/index.html (sitemap)
    3. NATURA: https://global.natura
  10. 1 more new gTLD gets the nod from China;
  11. The DNA Initiative Isn't Healthy for the Internet;
  12. .BRAND new gTLDs: answers from "Nomulus";
  13. ICANN to begin delegation of .AFRICA domain;
  14. New .BRAND gTLDs:
    1. Amazon: https://chime.aws
    2. AFL: http://play.afl
  15. Why new gTLDs rule in usability!
  16. Geo “.Com” Vs. Geo “New gTLD”;
  17. .ART domain name launch shuts down over technical difficulties;
  18. NewG talk #25 (the rise of .loan has been spectacular);
  19. U.S. Antitrust Division investigating Verisign running .WEB new gTLD;
  20. Chinese TLDs get Chinese approval;
  21. .Ceo and .best to release 1 and 2 character domains;
  22. Which new domains are sold?
  23. The .AFRICA new gTLD:
    1. ICANN Free to Proceed with Delegation of .AFRICA;
    2. Third time lucky: ICANN beats off .africa ban;
    3. .AFRICA to finally go live after judge denies injunction.

Monday, February 13, 2017

.BRAND new gTLDs: answers from "Nomulus"

Nomulus is the code of a backend registry solution offered by Google and which requires to use Google Cloud. This solution is the one used for all Google new gTLDs and this solution works.
Such an announcement can look like a potential "simple" solution for future .BRAND new gTLD applicants but is it the case?

When Google makes such an announcement, it suddenly catches the eye of the entire new gTLD industry but not only. If such an announcement can be seen as a trouble maker in other backend registries' business, it also alerts other potential new gTLD service providers such as law firms, who could be interested in using this solution to avoid contracting with a backend registry.

We sent our questions to Ben McIlwain, the Nomulus guy from Google, who was kind enough to answer them.

Our questions:
  1. Which technical knowledge would a Law Firm need to offer Trademarks their .BRAND new gTLD using Nomulus?
    ANSWER: "A law firm?  They'd definitely need technically minded people, and probably at least one developer.  There's not many law firms running TLDs, I would imagine?  It seems more likely to me that said hypothetical law firm would want to use a registry service provider".
  2. Can Google Registrar (for US companies) be the single registrar authorized to create a ".brand" new domain name, when using Nomulus? This question is important since a registrar is required to allow the registration of domain names.
    ANSWER: "With a relatively small amount of custom development to Nomulus you could add a whitelist of registrar(s) to TLDs so that only those registrar(s) could register domain names on said TLD. This would work for any registrar, and isn't specific to Google Domains. It'd all be using standard EPP".
  3. Does it make sense to say that Google Registry has already passed the ICANN technical requirements so a company using Nomulus+Google Cloud would easily pass these tests prior to be delegated?
    ANSWER: "Not sure. You'd still need someone who's already familiar with ICANN's pre-delegation testing process to get through it "easily". But you could say that, since we passed the testing on our ~40 TLDs, there's more assurance that someone else could do so using our software than with some other software that hasn't yet passed testing for any TLD".
  4. Starting from scratch with Nomulus and knowing that OpenRegistry was recently sold for $3.7million: what could be the estimated cost to build a backend registry solution with Nomulus?
    ANSWER: "I have no idea. Hopefully not too much, but there's way too many factors in play (requirements, prevailing wage of the area in which you're hiring developers, etc.)"
  5. Are there already service providers able to build a backend registry solution for third parties customers? (ie: law firm looking for a service provider to build its solution)
    ANSWER: "There are registry service providers that exist, e.g. Rightside and Affilias. Did you mean using Nomulus though? If so, I'm not aware of any, but maybe someone would do so in the future?"
  6. Automating and managing the invoicing seems to be though part on a backend registry solution: how can Nomulus help simplify this for an entrepreneur willing to operate a generic TLD dedicated to selling domain names?
    ANSWER: "I don't entirely understand the question. "though part"? The problem is that there are so many potential different ways to handle invoicing and payments, and what is available/allowable likely differs from country to country, that you'd probably need to end up developing stuff yourself. We provide some billing queries that aggregate billing events on a monthly basis and group them by registrar, which gets you most of the way towards generating invoices, and we also provide integration with Braintree, which is a US-based credit card payment processor that handles USD. Most of what someone would need is thus already available, assuming that Braintree is a viable option for them, which it may not be in most countries. Of course, all the standard disclaimers of the Apache 2.0 license apply, i.e. the work is provided "on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied, including, without limitation, any warranties or conditions of TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE." We just release the code, and we happen to be using it for our purposes, but we don't offer it as a service, or provide any kind of warranty or guarantee".
  7. Is there, by any chance, a possibility that Google offers a .BRAND key-in-hand solution prior of the beginning of the next round (to take place somewhere between mid 2018 & 2020?
    ANSWER: "I don't know".
  8. Nomulus (developed) comes as total new solution for the next round of the ICANN new gTLD program: why isn't there more marketing done about it? Is it too early?
    ANSWER: "I don't know".
  9. nomulus.domains was registered : why it does not redirect to an official presentation of Nomulus?
    ANSWER: "Our official domain name for Nomulus is https://nomulus.foo, and that's the only one we reference. We've registered other domain names defensively, nomulus.domains being one of them, but we're not too concerned about them.  Similarly, we have google.horse, but it's not redirected to google.com; we just don't use it".
What you missed in our previous Newsletters:
  1. Internet Society Calls For Hearings on .nyc Contract Renewal;
  2. Breaking: Verisign loses appeal in .XYZ lawsuit;
  3. Next gTLD Round - A 7 Year Itch?
  4. Rightside and Multiple Registry Sign Multi-Year...
  5. Домен .РУС вошел в ТОП-30 NEW gTLD;
  6. Proposed Agenda - new gTLD Auction Proceeds CCWG;
  7. Le “.cloud” : quel intérêt ? (in French);
  8. Adopted Board Resolutions | Regular Meeting of the ICANN Board;
  9. HOT - Who's at the top as gTLDs turn three?
  10. Key Bank Using Key.Insurance for Email;
  11. NewG talk #24
  12. .CLUB financing option sees early traction with $150k sales;
  13. Are Domain Names Contract of Services or Property Rights?
  14. HOT - .SPORT gTLD fight reopens as panel finds “apparent bias”;
  15. Analyzing new gTLD registrations by country (Part 4);
  16. Why you should not pre-register domain names;
  17. .ECO: Joining the Environmental Community Easy and Cool;
  18. HOT - Another use of the Trademark Clearinghouse;
  19. DOMAINX™ 2017 Conference (Central London - 09 April, 2017);
  20. Thick WHOIS Registration Data Directory Services Requirements to Take Effect;
  21. Sunrise Period for .ECO starts (see the calendar);
  22. HOT - Opposition to the .ECO new gTLD;
  23. New gTLDs: A History of the Making;
  24. HOT - When a "Response Fee" is Required in a URS Case;
  25. Reference Japanese LGR for the Second Level;
  26. Alternative roots (be careful);
  27. New .BRAND domains:
    1. Mini: www.denzel.min
    2. Bridgestone: http://bwsc.bridgestone
    3. Bugatti: http://www.partner.bugatti
    4. Suzuki: http://team.suzuki

Friday, February 3, 2017

New gTLD reports for February 2017

New gTLD reports for the month of February 2017 have been published. These were published on a weekly basis in 2016 for the launching of most of the new generic Top-Level Domains. These publications focus on domain name registration volumes according to businesses and industries.

Industries and businesses
A list of “themes” was chosen to target specific business and activities: new gTLDs related to CATERING, PHOTOGRAPHY, CITIES, COMPANIES, The LAW, FINANCE, COLORS, SPORT, ALCOHOL, REAL ESTATE, Singular VS Plural versions of a new gTLD, FRENCH new gTLD applications, RELIGION, GENERIC TLDs, CARS, HEALTH, new gTLDs with a FRENCH connotation and ADULTS.

These themes offer registrants two possibilities:
  1. Learn” and get to know which domain name extensions exist in their core business so they can register corresponding domain names if they want to;
  2. Stay in touch” so they can keep an eye on the domain name expansion related to their activity.
Registration volumes
One could wonder why it matters to follow new domain name registration volumes.

If it first matters for a dentist to know that there is a domain name extension ending in “.dentist” which exists (instead of “.com”), a “.agency” for an agency or a “.football” for a football federation; it is also important to know that such identities can correspond to your core business and that they are available to anyone who wants to register one. No need for an authorization to buy one and have a perfectly identified presence on Internet.

Second, domain name registration volumes offer the option to keep an eye on trends: when domain name registration volumes increase in an activity, it means that professionals are buying these domain names and that the activity concerned is developing on Internet under a brand new name.

A good example to give are “.cloud” domain names. Let’s be honest: who cares about “clouds”? Well, you’d be surprised to see that this domain name extension is massively being adopted by professionals of the cloud business with almost 100,000 domain name registrations. 

February 2017
It if was difficult to compare figures from January 2017 with figures from the last week of December 2016, it makes more sense to compare domain name registration volumes from January 2017 and February 2017. These figures are, and will be, updated on the second day of each month. Note that figures in blue represent a noticeable increase of domain name registrations, in red when they decrease from a month to the other.

All updated reports are available here.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sunrise Period for .ECO & more.

Today is day one of the .ECO Sunrise Period. It means that owners of a Trademark - who have submitted an application to the Trademark Clearinghouse to protect their Trademark online - are allowed to register their domain name ending in ".eco" (instead of ".com").

There were four applicants for a .ECO new gTLD:
  1. Big Room Inc
  2. Planet Dot Eco, LLC
  3. Little Birch, LLC
  4. Top Level Domain Holdings Limited
Fortunately for .ECO, the application for the .ECOM new gTLD was withdrawn. The SUNRISE PERIOD:
  • STARTS: Wednesday, 1 February, 2017 - 16:00;
  • ENDS: Sunday, 2 April, 2017 - 16:00.
For full details about the Sunrise Period, check the Trademark Clearinghouse's calendar.

Good to know
The purpose of .ECO is to:
  1. Allow members of the Community to more easily identify themselves and other Community members online and to prevent misuse of .ECO domain names that could lead to confusion.
  2. Utilize the power of the Internet to foster transparency, information sharing, communication and exchange of ideas to promote environmental goals, interests and values, amongst Community members and those who are exploring that opportunity.
  3. Provide a platform for accurate and non-deceptive information and reliable resources to encourage environmental awareness and action on sustainability.
What you missed in our previous Newsletters:
  1. HOT - Analyzing new top level domain registrations by country (Part 3: the Geos);
  2. China Domain Name Development Conference:
    1. Trends of new gTLDs in the China Market;
    2. TLD entry license and review;
    3. Domain industry development trends in China;
  3. Dispute: the domain names at issue are <kelloggs.store> and <kelloggs.link>;
  4. .BRAND new domain names in use:
    1. SAP: https://analytics-extensions.enter.sap
    2. JCB:
      1. Indonesia: http://www.id.jcb/id
      2. Viêt Nam: http://www.vn.jcb/vi
      3. Hong-Kong: http://www.hk.jcb/zh
    3. Sohu: http://m.sohu
  5. DomainWire Global TLD Report 2016/4;
  6. French - DNS News (edito Janvier 2017):
    1. Coup de blues pour les titulaires chinois:
    2. Etat statistique des nTLDs au samedi 28/01/17;
    3. Des « terminated » nTLDs aux prémices du 2e round ;
    4. Gouvernance : espoirs et craintes autour du nouveau président américain.
  7. HOT - Brand TLDs 2016 Year-End Status;
  8. URS for IGOs' second level domains?
  9. RPMs for New Top-Level Domains (TLDs);
  10. Donuts & .WEB: request dismissed;
  11. HOT - Backend talks: "There is more than just the price" in a new gTLD offer (podcast);
  12. Patent (concerns new gTLD): company proposes blocking newly-registered domain names for security purposes;
  13. .BRAND new gTLDs:
    1. SCB: https://bike.scb;
    2. SCHWARZ: https://www.bereit.schwarz/.
    3. Redstone:
      1. Career: http://career.redstone;
      2. Curiel: http://curiel.redstone/Job offers (new gTLDs).
  14. Jobs (new gTLDs):
    1. Sr. Program Manager, Registry/Registrar Operations and Partnerships;
    2. Sr. Product Manager, Amazon Registry Services;
    3. Technical Program Manager - Top Level Domains.
  15. Domain Name Industry Forecast;
  16. HOT - 110 Active Brand TLDs - Europe & Asia Lead (infrographic);
  17. How the Fight to Own .ART Illustrates the Art World’s Inherent Contradictions;
  18. Some new gTLDs just turned 3;
  19. More ".BRANDs":
    1. NEC: https://nisf2017sg.nec
    2. NICO: http://www.nnn.ed.nico
    3. OTSUKA: http://www.lilium.otsuka
    4. The NRA: http://grant.nra
  20. Latest ICANN Newsletters: A source for new gTLD information;
  21. Sunrise Periods:
    1. The .ECO Sunrise Period starts tomorrow: Wednesday, 1 February, 2017;
    2. The .ART Sunrise Period ends next week: Tuesday, 7 February, 2017.
      (check the calendar).

Register your Trademark using an agent.