Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DomainDiction in interview with Minds+Machines.

Monday, January 27, 2014

New gTLDs: What About 10 Years Ago?

In 2003 — what did we have in terms of domain names?

In 2003, the .AERO, .BIZ, .COOP, .INFO and .NAME Registries were just born. The . .MUSEUM Top-Level Domain was born that very year and .ASIA, .CAT, .JOBS, .MOBI, .PRO, .TEL and .TRAVEL did not exist yet. However, .EU was on its way. Although this particular TLD was a country code Top-Level Domain targeted at the European Union, it was awaited for by many brands in its Sunrise Period.

.EU brought something new to the Domain Name Industry and many corporate Registrants wanted to secure their brand in .EU. It was launched on its own, with no other TLD launches in sight, so there was quite a lot of buzz around it.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Bid-on .BID: Famous Four Media announces .BID reservation program

Monday, 20 January 2014, Gibraltar: In December 2013, Famous Four Media signed its first Registry Agreement for its .BID generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) on behalf of the Registry operator. This momentous moment for one of the largest new gTLD registries now sets in motion a chain of events that will culminate in the launch of the .BID Registry.

In order to allow Registrants (anyone including individuals, corporations, clubs, charities and others) the chance to reserve a cool, funky and potentially valuable .BID domain name at the normal registration price, Famous Four Media has launched a .BID reservation program.

The .BID Reservation program is split into two phases: Bid-on-.BID and First-Come-First-Served (FCFS)

When? From 14:00 UTC on 20th January 2014 until 10:00 UTC on 14th February 2014
Registrants are invited to submit their bids for .BID second level domains through participating ICANN accredited Registrars. The minimum bid will be just $20.00. Reservations at the standard retail price (ask your Registrar for details) will also be accepted on a FCFS basis BUT if another registration is received at a higher bid price then it will take precedence.

First Come First Served
When? From 14:00 UTC on 19th February 2014 until the end of Sunrise PeriodFamous Four Media will accept reservations, on a first come first served basis, at the standard retail price (ask your registrar for details). No further Bid-on-.BID reservations will be accepted during this phase.

To make things even more exciting!
Famous Four Media is releasing 1,200 high value domain names during Bid-on-.BID phase of the reservation program, with an estimated value of USD750,000, and is making them available from just USD19.98. For example this means that registrants could secure or for under $20!
In order to find out more please visit

  • Registrants should contact their domain name registrars in order to submit a Bid-on-.BID;
  • All reservations are subject to the Sunrise registrations and the Trademark Claims Period ;
  • Designated premium names will not be available in the .BID reservation program and second level domain names will resolve as soon as permitted.
About Famous Four Media 

Famous Four Media Limited was set up in 2011 by a small group of recognized domain name experts and successful financiers to actively provide products and services to TLD Registry operators under ICANN’s new generic Top Level Domains (“gTLD”) program.

Drawing on the best from both Registries and Registrars, Famous Four Media’s management team has extensive experience in the domain name industry having successfully launched, operated, marketed and run generic TLDs under previous rounds and having managed some of the largest corporate and retail domain name registrars in the world.

The 57 gTLD applications, that are currently under Famous Four Media Limited management, include some of the most interesting and valuable domain suffixes, such as .ACCOUNTANT, .BID, .DATE, .DOWNLOAD, .FAITH, .LOAN, .MEN, .REVIEW, .SCIENCE, .TRADE, .WEBCAM and .WIN

Friday, January 17, 2014

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Monday, January 13, 2014

.WINE and .VIN : a solution is now known

Jean Guillon

Sunday, January 12, 2014

.GOP creates a way for the Republican party to be connected online from the bottom up

Are Domainers Concerned by New gTLDs?

I would be tempted to say that it is an obvious strategy for a domainer to criticize new gTLDs (in order to protect their existing investment), but if one of the most successful domainers of all time doesn’t talk about them in a negative fashion, you’d better listen. When you are confident that you can acquire a good domain name in such a vast and expanding market, why would you talk about it? Why on earth would you let anybody know about your plans?

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Update on .WINE & .VIN : a letter sent to ICANN by the Organization of American States

Dear Mr. Crocker
The Secretariat of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) of the Organization of American States (OAS) attaches to this communication Resolution PCC.I/RES. 218 (XXIII-13) “SAFEGUARDS IN THE NEW gTLD PROGRAM FOR GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS” approved at the XXIII meeting of the Permanent Consultative Committee I: Telecommunications/Information and Communication Technologies (PCC.I) that was held in Mendoza, Argentina, October 8 to 11, 2013.
Please contact us should you need any clarification or further information.
Clovis Baptista CITEL Executive Secretary


The XXIII Meeting of the Permanent Consultative Committee I: Telecommunications/Information and Communication Technologies (PCC.I),


a) That in paragraph 64 of the Tunis Agenda, the need is recognized for further development of, and strengthened co-operation among, stakeholders for public policies for generic top-level domains (gTLD) names;

b) That it is a mandate of PCC.I to promote and encourage the development and universalization of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the new telecommunication/ICT services arising from them as tools to promote economic, social, and cultural development;

c) That it is the mandate of the Rapporteurship on Internet issues to focus on the study of governmental policies and experiences related to ccTLD, gTLD and IP address block management including a comparative analysis of these experiences to identify the “Best Practice” cases in the countries of the Region, and also aspects relevant to Internet development, working closely with the Internet technical community;

d) That by Decision PCC.I/DEC.96 (XV-09), the CITEL Secretariat is instructed to initiate conversations with the Chair of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) so that CITEL be granted membership as observer to such Committee;

e) That international agreements exist that define and contain provisions applicable to geographical indications, such as the Paris Convention for the Protection of Intellectual Property of the World Intellectual Property Organization; as well as the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, of the World Trade Organization;

f) That in the Declaration of the Fourth Ministerial Conference on the Information Society in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Montevideo, Uruguay, in April 2013, signed by 15 countries of the region, it was resolved to reject any attempt to appropriate, without the consent of the respective countries of the region, the denominations “amazon” and “patagonia” in any language, or any other generic top-level domain (gTLD) names referring to geographical, historical, cultural or natural names, which should be preserved as part of the heritage and cultural identity of the countries of the region;

g) That in that Declaration, it was resolved to strengthen the coordination of the countries of the region and other relevant stakeholders and their participation in forums on Internet governance;

h) That the enlargement of gTLD space affords major opportunities for innovation, trade, and content creation in indigenous languages and alphabets, among other things, rendering it essential to guarantee consumer and company protection;

i) That on June 20, 2011, the Board of Directors of ICANN adopted a Resolution authorizing the ICANN President and CEO to implement the new gTLD Program, including the 30 May 2011 version of the Applicant Guidebook;

j) That during the first round of applications for new gTLD, applications were submitted for strings, such as “.wine” and “.vin”, that will require special safeguards to protect the rights of users, companies, and the public interest in general,


a) The advice of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of ICANN, in its Communiqués arising from ICANN Meetings Nos. 46 and 47, held, respectively, in Beijing, China, and Durban, South Africa, especially their references to the strings “.wine” and “.vin”, which are available at;

b) The communication of September 9, 2013 sent by the Chair of the ICANN GAC to the Chair of the ICANN Board of Directors, available at:,


That subparagraph 9.3 of the Affirmation of Commitments between the United States of America Department of Commerce and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will ensure that as it contemplates expanding the top-level domain space, the various issues that are involved (including competition, consumer protection, security, stability and resiliency, malicious abuse issues, sovereignty concerns and rights protection) will be adequately addressed prior to implementation,


1. To inform the ICANN Board of Directors that the Member States of OAS/CITEL consider that the treatment of geographical indications warrants profound and in-depth analysis in the current and future rounds of the new gTLD Program, primarily for wine and spirits, consistent with the treatment of intellectual property rights, especially for the current applications for the “.wine” and “.vin” strings.

2. To invite the OAS/CITEL Member States to participate actively in the meetings of the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC)


To forward this Resolution to the Chair of the ICANN Board of Directors and to the ICANN CEO within fifteen (15) calendar days from the close of the XXIII Meeting of PCC.I.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Program Updates and New Speakers Announced for the Digital Marketing & gTLD Strategy Congress (New York)

Momentum is pleased to announce several program updates and new speaker additions to the agenda for the Digital Marketing & gTLD Strategy Congress taking place March 3 & 4, 2014 in New York City.

Past attendees and speakers have included representatives from brands including Aden + Anais, American Bible Society, Amica Insurance, Australian Cancer Research Foundation, Calvin Klein, Citibank, City of Helsinki, dotBERLIN, Digitas, DotGreen Community, Epson Europe, BBVA, Google Inc., Gucci, Hermes, Hexap, HSBC, IG Group, Interbrand, JP Morgan Chase, KPMG, L’Oreal, LEGO, London&Partners, Microsoft, MLB, Orange, Oystercatchers, Philips, Richemont, RSLC, Sandvik, Seiko, Sky, The Boston Globe and and Vienna Insurance Group

Just announced - The confirmed speakers at the March event from Brand Registry Group, Brand Channel, IBM, Net Media Planet, Baidu, H+K Digital and many others will be joined by:
  • Jim Rogers, VP Marketing, Enterprise Services, Neustar, Inc., as he shares the vision for how .NYC can be utilized by consumers, brand and generic TLD owners to build value and maximize market opportunities.
  • Jonathon Nevett, Co-Founder & EVP, Donuts as he share Insights for protecting your brand when migrating from a .com to a new TLD, how to protect your brand against cybersquatting in all TLDs and innovative approaches for registries seeking to protect brand names.
With support from founding sponsor Afilias and with supporting sponsorships from Domain Diction & Authentic Web, the Congress is the only content-rich forum that continues to focus on bringing together those in the industry responsible for the marketing, branding, customer engagement and launch strategies of new TLDs – both brands and generics.

The Congress will cover topics as diverse as:
  • How to Effectively Bridge the Gap from Your .COM to Your .BRAND
  • How to Best Position Your TLD for Maximum Exposure and Client Usage
  • How to Manage Internal Support from Marketing, Legal and IT to Achieve a Seamless Launch
  • Novel Brand Extension Opportunities for TLD Owners Through the Use of Strategic
  • How to Effectively Build an Integrated Social Media Strategy Which Will Best Leverage All of specifically crafted to provide applicant brands and generic TLDs with the information and support they will need prior to launch – it is expected that this event will once again sell out.
Visit us online at to view the full program agenda, speaker roster and reserve your space.

For information on sponsoring, please contact Alexandra Hertel at .

Monday, January 6, 2014

Where Do You Register New Domain Names?

Most users who already use websites have heard about domain names and they know what they are. Although .COM domains are already very popular, they are no longer as appealing as they once were, because they don't mean anything as such and all of the cool, short names have long since been registered. In 2014, this will change with the emerging new domain names. I like to think that it is possible that, with the increased communications that exists around new gTLD and the fact that many of these new domain names actually mean something, people will start paying more attention. For example, I like the idea of a , but I doubt I will ever click on a

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Nom de domaine : vive la “.SCIENCE” !

La Communauté scientifique n’a qu’à bien se tenir car elle se verra prochainement offrir un “univers” pour communiquer sur Internet: des noms de domaine qui se terminent en .SCIENCE.

Déjà très utilisés, les noms de domaine .FR qui qualifient les sites Internet Français, et les .COM qui qualifient la majorité des autres sites Internet, le .SCIENCE fait partie de ces nouveaux noms de domaine dont on devrait entendre parler.S’il n’est plus utile de préciser aux lecteurs du JDN que l’ICANN est en train d’autoriser le lancement de plusieurs centaines de nouvelles extensions Internet, il est néanmoins intéressant de s’arrêter sur un certain nombre d’entre elles afin de s’intéresser à leur potentiel.

La suite sur le JDN.

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