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New domain name registration volumes: all new gTLD reports were updated by Jean Guillon.

Friday, October 16, 2015

The .WINE Qualified Launch Program

The .WINE Registry may allocate or register up to one hundred (100) domain names to third parties prior to or during the Sunrise Period in compliance with the Trademark Clearinghouse Rights Protection Mechanism Requirements Qualified Launch Program Addendum.

The .WINE Qualified Launch Program will run from 4 November 2015 – 16 January 2016.

Qualified Launch Program Addendum

This addendum (this “Addendum”) to the Trademark Clearinghouse Rights Protection Mechanism Requirements (the “TMCH Requirements”) is hereby approved by ICANN as of 05 June 2015 and, pursuant to the terms of Section 4.5.1 of the TMCH Requirements, automatically incorporated without further action by either ICANN or any Registry Operator into the TMCH Requirements. All capitalized terms used in this Addendum but not defined herein have the meaning given to them in the TMCH Requirements.
  1. Pursuant to Section 3.2 of Specification 5 of the Agreement, Registry Operator MAY register to itself up to one hundred (100) domain names (plus their IDN variants, where applicable) cumulatively over the life of the TLD. If Registry Operator complies with the terms and conditions of this Addendum, Registry Operator MAY, through an ICANN-accredited registrar, Allocate or register such one hundred (100) domain names (plus their IDN variants, where applicable) to third parties prior to or during the Sunrise Period (each such domain name, a “QLP Name”) for the purpose of promoting the TLD (a “Qualified Launch Program”). Except as permitted by this Addendum, Registry Operator MUST NOT Allocate or register such one hundred (100) domain names (plus their IDN variants, where applicable) to third parties prior to the Allocation and registration of all Sunrise Registrations.
  2. If, at the time Registry Operator seeks to Allocate or register a QLP Name, the QLP Name matches a label contained in the list provided to Registry Operator by the TMCH Sunrise and Claims Provider containing the labels attributable to Sunrise-Eligible Rights Holders (the “Sunrise List”), then such QLP Name MAY be Allocated or registered to a third party registrant as follows:
    1. To a registrant who is a Sunrise-Eligible Rights Holder with a valid SMD file for a label that matches the QLP Name; or
    2. To a registrant who is an international, national, regional, local or municipal governmental authority (a “Public Authority”) and such QLP Name is either identical to, or translation or a transliteration of, (i) the name or acronym of such Public Authority, (ii) the name of a building, park, monument, airport or other public place operated by such Public Authority, (iii) the name of a region, city, street, district or other geographic area under the governance of such Public Authority, or (iv) the name of a recognized public service provided by such Public Authority. Except as permitted by this Section, if a QLP Name matches a label contained in the Sunrise List, such QLP Name MUST NOT as part of the Qualified Launch Program be Allocated or registered to a registrant who is not a SunriseEligible Rights Holder with a valid SMD file for a label that matches the QLP Name.
  3. If, at the time of Allocation or registration of a QLP Name, the QLP Name does not match a label contained in the Sunrise List, then such QLP Name MAY be Allocated or registered to any third party registrant (i.e. does not have to be Allocated or registered to a Sunrise-Eligible Rights Holders), provided that such QLP Name is promptly Allocated or registered to such third party following such review of the Sunrise List.
  4. If Registry Operator reviewed a QLP Name against the Sunrise List at the time such QLP Name was Allocated to a third party, then Registry Operator will not be required to review such QLP Name 2 against the Sunrise List again at the time of the registration of such QLP Name to such third party.
  5. Prior to Allocating or registering any QLP Name, Registry Operator MUST obtain a Sunrise List from the TMCH Sunrise and Claims Provider. Registry Operator MUST obtain a Sunrise List from the TMCH Sunrise and Claims Provider at least once every 24 hours throughout the duration of the Qualified Launch Program. Registry Operator MUST NOT Allocate or register a QLP Name without obtaining the Sunrise List in accordance with the time requirements of this Section 4 and, as contemplated by this Addendum, reviewing the QLP Name against the most recent Sunrise List obtained by Registry Operator. Registry Operator will obtain the Sunrise List from the TMCH Sunrise and Claims Provider in the same manner as it obtains the Domain Name Label (DNL) List (as defined in the Functional Specification). Notwithstanding any provision of this Addendum, Registry Operator MUST NOT Allocate or register a QLP name prior to the delegation of the TLD to nameservers designated by Registry Operator into the root-zone.
  6. Reporting.
    1. Upon and following the first registration of a QLP Name, Registry Operator MUST transmit any QLP Name registered pursuant to Section 2 of this Addendum to the TMCH Sunrise and Claims Operator in its List of Registered Domain Names, as specified in the Functional Specification. Registry Operator acknowledges that ICANN may obtain such list of Registered Domain Names from the TMCH Sunrise and Claims Operator in order to assess Registry Operator’s compliance with the provisions of this Addendum and related provisions of the Agreement.
    2. Promptly following Registry Operator’s Allocation or registration of all one hundred (100) domain names available for Allocation or registration for the TLD pursuant to Section 3.2 of Specification 5 of the Agreement (accounting for Section 7 of this Addendum) or Registry Operator’s decision to not Allocate or register any further QLP Names beyond what it has already Allocated or registered, and in no event later than the end of the Sunrise Period, Registry Operator MUST deliver to ICANN, via the Global Domains Division Portal (https://myicann.secure.force.com/gdd), a list of all of its Allocated or registered QLP Names (“QLP Names List”). Additionally, upon ICANN’s request at any time, Registry Operator MUST promptly deliver to ICANN its then current QLP Names List. Registry Operator acknowledges and agrees that ICANN MAY post Registry Operator’s QLP Names List to Registry Operator’s TLD Startup Information page.
  7. Each Allocation or registration of a QLP Name to a third party as permitted by this Addendum will reduce the cumulative number of domain names that could otherwise be registered by Registry Operator for the operation and promotion of the TLD pursuant to Section 3.2 of Specification 5 of the Agreement (i.e. if Registry Operator registers 20 QLP Names, Registry Operator will only have 80 domain names available to it under Section 3.2 of Specification 5 of the Agreement over the life of the TLD, either for its own use or for use as a QLP Name).
  8. Except for QLP Names Allocated or registered pursuant to Section 2.1 of this Addendum, Registry Operator MUST provide the Claims Services for each QLP Name registered to a third party.
  9. A registration of a QLP Name is deemed a “Sunrise Registration” for purposes of the TMCH Requirements and the Agreement. 3
  10. Notwithstanding any provision of this Addendum, Registry Operator must comply with Section 6 of Specification 6 of the Registry Agreement in connection with the registration of any QLP Name.
For more information, contact the Nameshield Group.

Monday, October 12, 2015

New gTLDs according to Registrants (updated)

New gTLDs are understood in many different ways: the understanding from end users, and the understanding of domain name professionals is often not the same. As an actor of the ICANN new gTLD program, a true user of these new domains, and a consultant on these questions, find below a mix of things I heard, and things I believe are right about new gTLDs.

A Registrant?
I call a "Registrant", the person to own a domain name and who's had to pay interest in new gTLDs at some point: website owner, law firm, webmaster, IP department...

Feedback received from Registrants:
  1. I have a ".com": why would I change my domain name?
  2. It is expensive (...)
  3. You said a domain name ending in ".consulting": do you mean "consulting.com"?
  4. Domain names ending in ".sucks"? Come on: no one would allow that (and certainly not the people who govern the Internet*)!
  5. There are too many domain name extensions: I would like to secure my domain in all of them but it is too expensive.
  6. I noticed some domain name extensions exist with an "s": this is confusing and irritating.
  7. Some extensions are really interesting, some ... I, just don't understand why they exist.
  8. My Registrar keeps me informed about new domain names, this is fortunate because I don't have time for this.
  9. My Registrar sends me too many emails about new gTLDs, this is annoying.
  10. Why is there such a difference of price between Registrars?
  11. I hate don't like domainers, they took the domain name I wanted to register and they put an ugly "Sedo" page behind with "buy now" button.
  12. .BRAND new gTLDs are a good idea for Trademark owners who can afford it.
  13. .BRAND new gTLDs will increase consumers' trust.
  14. .BRAND new gTLDs will be confusing...in the beginning.
  15. The Trademark Clearing what?
  16. It is sad that the Trademark Clearinghouse mechanism did not allow to block domain names from being registered "at the root".
  17. Why should I pay more to protect my name? In the past I had a domain name and if was fine: now so many are related to my business, the risk of infringement has increased and I am forced to act.
  18. .CITY new gTLDs are a good idea.
  19. Community domain name extensions: what ???
  20. Now I have a new domain name, should I stop renewing my ".com" or should I keep it?
  21. Is there a possibility to register a domain name before the Sunrise Period?
Coming next:
  1. "New gTLDs according to Registrars";
  2. "New gTLDs according to Registries";
  3. Updated: "New gTLDs according to Backend Registries";
  4. "New gTLDs according to ICANN" .
* Ok, this one was from me ;-)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Single And Double Letter Domains Launch .CLUB’s First China Auction

High Value ".club" Domain Names

A Strong Appeal in Asia and the West for C.club, DK.club, PC.club and PJ.club

C.Club and twenty-four 2-character .CLUB domain names are set to hit the auction block on October 29, 2015 in a series of five fast-moving auctions with each auction lasting three days. The popularity and value of one and two-character domains is well documented as witnessed through their global sales and usage by major corporations across verticals such as:
  • YP.com (Yellow Pages),
  • HP.com (Hewlett Packard),
  • SI.com (Sports Illustrated),
  • EA.com (Electronic Arts),
  • QQ.com (Tencent QQ),
  • W.org (WordPress),
  • and more. In fact, many companies’ brand identity has naturally morphed to be more prevalent in their two-character abbreviated form rather than full name.
This auction, to be held on the Chinese EachNic.com platform, marks the first time .CLUB Domains, the Registry behind one of the world’s most popular new domain extensions, is offering this set of domains in a public auction format. The domain inventory included in this auction has been hand-selected by the EachNic.com team to specifically appeal to Eastern and Western businesses and investors alike. Auction bidding starts as low as $5,000USD for the majority of two-character domains, making them accessible for businesses of all sizes and budgets.

.CLUB Domains has already sold reserved domains at considerable auction prices, including the sale of Wine.club for $140,000 in 2015 at the NamesCon Auction, which set the worldwide auction record for all new domain extension sales to date. This was their first and only auction, showing the demand for .CLUB domain sales. Likewise, interest in the first Eastern and Western auction of .CLUB names is expected to attract strong participation, especially with .CLUB’s active focus on buyers worldwide.

The auction platform will be available in both Chinese and English, and .CLUB will be offering a Concierge Service to assist Western buyers, thus allowing two ways to bid:
  • Bid online from the EachNic.com auction platform. Once the auction begins, create an account and bid as frequently as you like. You can also enter a proxy bid for each auction for automated bidding. 
  • Use the free Concierge Service and work with a professional bi-lingual domain specialist to guide you through EachNic.com’s registration and bidding process on your behalf and under your directions. This provides you the freedom to set your limits anonymously before the auction ends. To learn more, contact us at auction@nic.club.
Payments will be made through the familiar website Escrow.com for non-Chinese investors and through Union Pay for Chinese investors. To accommodate investors everywhere, teams of bilingual speakers will be available throughout the auction in U.S. and China time zones.

Be sure to frequently check http://nic.club/auction/ for the latest news and bidding links for this coveted set of 25 valuable domains. Auction inventory, reserves and dates can be found below.

Each auction will end promptly at 10:30 pm Eastern (7:30 pm Pacific) on the indicated End date.

List of domain names:
  1. HJ.CLUB
    • $5,000 USD
    • 29-Oct-2015 (start date)
    • 1-Nov-2015 (end date)
  2. JC.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 29-Oct-2015
    3. 1-Nov-2015 
  3. YM.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 29-Oct-2015
    3. 1-Nov-2015 
  4. JS.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 29-Oct-2015
    3. 1-Nov-2015 
  5. GZ.CLUB
    1. $5,000
    2. USD 29-Oct-2015
    3. 1-Nov-2015 
  6. PC.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 30-Oct-2015
    3. 2-Nov-2015 
  7. YX.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 30-Oct-2015
    3. 2-Nov-2015 
  8. QC.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 30-Oct-2015
    3. 2-Nov-2015 
  9. DK.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 30-Oct-2015
    3. 2-Nov-2015 
  10. PK.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 30-Oct-2015
    3. 2-Nov-2015 
  11. ZS.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 31-Oct-2015
    3. 3-Nov-2015 
  12. CG.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 31-Oct-2015
    3. 3-Nov-2015 
  13. SQ.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 31-Oct-2015
    3. 3-Nov-2015 
  14. KF.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 31-Oct-2015
    3. 3-Nov-2015 
  15. ZI.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 31-Oct-2015
    3. 3-Nov-2015 
  16. YC.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 1-Nov-2015
    3. 4-Nov-2015 
  17. DS.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 1-Nov-2015
    3. 4-Nov-2015 
  18. YQ.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 1-Nov-2015
    3. 4-Nov-2015 
  19. ZQ.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 1-Nov-2015
    3. 4-Nov-2015 
  20. TB.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 1-Nov-2015
    3. 4-Nov-2015 
  21. C.CLUB
    1. $50,000 USD
    2. 2-Nov-2015
    3. 5-Nov-2015 
  22. JD.CLUB
    1. $10,000 USD
    2. 2-Nov-2015
    3. 5-Nov-2015 
  23. PJ.CLUB
    1. $10,000 USD
    2. 2-Nov-2015
    3. 5-Nov-2015 
  24. LY.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 2-Nov-2015
    3. 5-Nov-2015 
  25. GW.CLUB
    1. $5,000 USD
    2. 2-Nov-2015
    3. 5-Nov-2015
About .Club Domains, LLC
Led by Internet entrepreneur Colin Campbell, whose prior successes include Tucows Interactive and Hostopia.com, .Club Domains, LLC is the award-winning registry behind the .CLUB top level domain name. The company recently launched Startup.club to support entrepreneurs building businesses around a .CLUB domain name. With more than 290,000 domain names sold to date .CLUB leads the pack of new domain extensions in sales and usage and was recognized at the 2015 Domain Industry Awards for Best Registry and Company of the Year. More information and links to register .CLUB domains are available now at http://www.get.club.

About EachNic.com
EachNic is China’s first professional domain trading and investing website. With over 400,000 registered members, and certified by both ICANN and CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center). Its services include domain registration, aftermarket trading, brokerage, auction, reservation cancellation and parking and other relevant value adding services. Established in 2000, EachNic is one of China’s oldest and most trusted auction platforms for global domain name auctions. Built on powerful, robust bidding software and more than a decade of experience, EachNic is the only choice for internationally-minded domain investors and for new gTLDs in China.

EachNic was founded by one of the best-known Chinese Internet industry leaders, Mr. YAO Jinbo (current CEO of 58.com) on August 18, 2000, and was acquired in 2008 and ran independently since then by EJEE Group, one of China’s largest registrar service providers headquartered in Zhongguancun, Beijing, the Silicon Valley of China.

Monday, October 5, 2015

.VIN & .WINE new gTLDs are here, Thanks to Politicians

It is no news that the .WINE and .VIN new gTLDs are to be announced soon by Donuts and if the month of November is the very month everybody has been waiting for, at the beginning of the Sunrise Periods, many questions arise regarding the protection of wine geographical indications.


Axelle Lemaire
There is a lot to say regarding the length of time it took to launch .wine and .vin new gTLDs and, most of all, how difficult it has been to protect its wine Geographical Indications (also called "wine GIs"). The "French way" has been very efficient in facing such a threat to our culture. That is to be demonstrated when these two new gTLD launch. France has had French experts working on how to protect wine GIs but we've also had politicians handling the problem and help find solutions.

Read the end of this article here on CircleId and prepare your .WINE and .VIN Sunrise Periods with Nameshield.


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