Saturday, January 15, 2022

Round 2 of new gTLDs: what will it cost?

This is an extract of my latest Newsletter (you can subscribe here)

What is to be prepared prior to submitting your new gTLD application for the next Round of the ICANN new gTLD program?

This is a sum up of the offer I am building and which provides details on a number of things that future applicants should consider. This offer is based on the previous application round, which means that the pricing could change when the ICANN publishes its final version of the new Applicant Guidebook, and also when backend registry providers give more details about their new offer.
  1. CONSULTING: learn about new gTLDs and be explained costs, process, objections and mandatory service provider(s) involved in submitting a new gTLD application to the ICANN.
    Price: it can vary according to the chosen service provider. Consulting comes free for one year with the New gTLD SWOT Analysis below. Most providers charge for this.
  2. NEW GTLD SWOT ANALYSIS: investigate why you want to create your generic, community, geographic or dotBrand new gTLD application:
    1. The objective:
      1. What do you want to do: focus on your brand, sell domain names to all or to a specific community, “own a monopoly”, represent a city and sell domain names ending in its name, create your dotBrand and rent its personalized domain names?
      2. What are the possible scenarios for your new gTLD application: these are scenarios on how your dotBrand (.BRAND) application could be used or if the application concerned is a community or geographic one: who could the targets be, and how are they approached.
        Price: €2,850.00. Only Jovenet Consulting offers that option. This stydy helps prepare a project with an external eye: many lessons were learnt from the first round of the ICANN new gTLD program. It is now known “what works” and “what does not work”. The advantage of using Jovenet Consulting is its independence with no affiliation to any backend registry provider.
  3. WRITE OUT YOUR APPLICATION: once the project is validated internally and the ICANN has finalized the new gTLD Applicant Guidebook (“AGB”) for “Round 2”, it is time to prepare the ICANN form(s) so it is ready to enter the validation process. At this stage, external service providers such as the backend registry provider have been chosen in consultation with the future applicant. All providers have been selected and are mentioned in your application; they are part of your project and have a role in your project. For example, it is the backend registry provider who fills in the technical section of your application.
    1. Writing out the application (Jovenet Consulting): €20,000.00 (one shot).
    2. Backend Registry provider: $1.00 per year, up to $2.00 per domain name creation at the backend registry (requires to sign an agreement with the provider).
    3. ICANN Registry Fixed Fee: $25,000 per year ($6,250 per quarter).
    4. ICANN Registry-Level Transaction Fee: $0,25 per domain name per year when the total volume of domains created is below 50,000.
    5. Escrow service provider: to be determined (TBT) but up to $5,000 per year.
    6. Domain name abuse monitoring tool: TBT.
  4. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION: the form is ready to be filled in the secured environment provided by the ICANN. At this stage, the applicant knows he is going to have to pay for submitting his application (reminder: in the first round of the ICANN new gTLD program, it cost $185.000,00). The procedure can be long and the sole objective is to be validated by the ICANN so the new top-level domain is “delegated”. At this stage, it becomes possible to create domain names.
    In the case of an objection, a string contention, government comments, a Registry Services Review Fee, a Dispute Resolution Filing Fee, or a Community Priority Evaluation Fee; an external provider takes the lead and extra costs are added. During the validation process, such situations can occur.
    1. TAS (TLD Application System): $5,000.00 (deposit deducted from the application fee).
    2. Application fee: $185,000.00
  5. LAUNCHING YOUR REGISTRY: there are two ways to proceed:
    1. A .BRAND type of application: the .BRAND type can create domain names ASAP without a specific launching periods;
    2. A Registry dedicated to selling domain names: it has to organize its launching so registered trademarks can take advantage of registering domain names prior to the general public.
Note that all ICANN prices are based on the first Round one of the ICANN new gTLD program and are submitted to change change. Note that I don’t have a problem with other providers to take advantage of my publications ;-)

(no worry, I am used to have my contents copied ;-)

Monday, January 3, 2022

2,149 .BRAND domains were created in 2021

New .BRAND domain name creations kept increasing since January 2021:
  1. January 2021: 16,075
  2. February 2021: 16,864 (+789)
  3. March 2021: 17,111 (+247)
  4. April 2021: 17,245 (+134)
  5. May 2021: 17,404 (+159)
  6. June 2021: 17,544 (+140)
  7. July 2021: 17,614 (+70)
  8. August 2021: 17,699 (+85)
  9. September 2021: 17,854 (+155)
  10. October 2021: 17,944 (+90)
  11. November: 18,067 (+123)
  12. December: 18,224 (+157)
TOTAL for 2021: 2,149

All reports are updated at the end of each month in the "new gTLD reports" section of Jovenet Consulting.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Six new gTLD revocation reports were issued

Six new revocation reports were published on the official ICANN website:
  1. 2021-12-03 Revocation of the .afamilycompany new gTLD.
  2. 2021-12-03 Revocation of the .duck new gTLD.
  3. 2021-12-03 Revocation of the .glade new gTLD.
  4. 2021-12-03 Revocation of the .off new gTLD.
  5. 2021-12-03 Revocation of the .raid new gTLD.
  6. 2021-12-03 Revocation of the .scjohnson new gTLD.
More details here:

Thursday, December 9, 2021

On .AFRICA Legal Representations & Costs

I thought the .AFRICA case was over but it seems not. This is an extract of how much it cost the opponent to complain...for fraud?

Extracted from complainant's latest publication entitled "Battle Continues, as Fraud Claims Can't be Buried!":
The cost of the legal fees for the past decade including the IRP and trail court efforts plus other legal consulting fees amount to nearly USD 2million. The most recent appeal cost by Dechert was an agreed fixed fee of USD 170,000.00 which was exponential compared to other similar firms. Even so, Dechert still wanted to renegotiate a fee hike for USD500,000, just before the oral argument, which DCA thought was unethical and did not pay. The trial cost with two bench trials was USD 1,000,000.00 plus. Everyone got paid for what they asked for, except DCA. This is without even considering the over USD 600,000.00 spent on project investment. So, there was no justice in DCA walking away with no relief.

More here

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Some idea about .MUSIC

We're all now waiting for the .MUSIC new gTLD to launch and many predict it will be a success. If I was in the music business, I'd definitely consider changing my domain name to one of these. Of course I'd keep my old domain name but changing to a ".music" one would be my move.

Constantine Roussos

New gTLDs are ten years old now and they are here to stay; the "music" sign is universal, it is not French, but it is know from all ;-) so chances are high that such a domain name extension meets with adoption.

I don't follow many people on Twitter, but I follow .MUSIC founder Constantine Roussos. I once met him in the UK and the guy had a strong fight in front of him with seven more applicants who wanted to create this same registry and I was pretty sure that he wouldn't win that war: the guy had Amazon and Google in front of him...

...but he won: the official .MUSIC website says: "Supporting organizations with members representing over 99% of music consumed globally". What a success.

The idea

Since this .MUSIC enters in the history of Internet and Constantine Roussos is probably working hard with multiple partners to guarantee its success, I'd be interested in pushing this idea to his Registry: as a potential consumer of a ".music" domain name (I play the triangle*), I'd be interested in knowing what is the number of the domain name I just created.

Some luxury items enter the history because they are numbered and I would very much like to know if (for example) was the number 3 or number 10 domain name created in the history of internet. Domain names are created at the registry in a certain order, I am sure this number must not be a difficult one to extract.  

I hope he reads me.

* please don't register, I want to be first to register that one.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

123 more dotBrand domain names created in November 2021

 New .BRAND domain name creations have increased since January 2021:

  1. January 2021: 16,075
  2. February 2021: 16,864 (+789)
  3. March 2021: 17,111 (+247)
  4. April 2021: 17,245 (+134)
  5. May 2021: 17,404 (+159)
  6. June 2021: 17,544 (+140)
  7. July 2021: 17,614 (+70)
  8. August 2021: 17,699 (+85)
  9. September 2021: 17,854 (+155)
  10. October 2021: 17,944 (+90)
  11. November: 18,067 (+123)

All reports are updated at the end of each month in the "new gTLD reports" section of Jovenet Consulting.

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