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Vignes joins Artemis

Kevin Murphy, September 24, 2013, Domain Registries

Former OpenRegistry CEO Jean-Christophe Vignes has joined new gTLD applicant Artemis as director of domain operations, according to Artemis.

Artemis, which is one of the hopeful applicants for .secure, said “he will be in charge of building our Registry and Registrar capabilities for .secure”.

Vignes, a lawyer by trade, helped found registry service provider OpenRegistry a few years ago but left in July 2012 to go into private practice in Paris. He formerly worked for EuroDNS.

Artemis still needs to beat Amazon at auction or through some other means if it wants to win .secure, which Amazon wants to operate as a closed generic.

OpenRegistry gets €2m financing

Kevin Murphy, September 24, 2013, Domain Registries

New gTLD registry services provider OpenRegistry has secured €2 million ($2.7 million) in financing, the company announced yesterday.

The amount will be “spread over the coming year” and comes from, among other existing investors, Australian registrar Instra.

The Benelux-based company will also see investment from the Luxembourgish government under a ‘Young Innovative Enterprises’ scheme.

OpenRegistry is to provide back-end services for up to 19 new gTLDs and currently manages the registry for .sx, the recently launch ccTLD for Sint Maarten.

Nine more new gTLD contracts signed

Kevin Murphy, September 24, 2013, Domain Registries

ICANN signed nine more new gTLD Registry Agreements yesterday.

The contracts cover .kiwi, .futbol, .kitchen, .directory, .diamonds, .tips, .today, .enterprises, and .photography.

All but .kiwi, which will be run by Dot Kiwi Ltd, were Donuts’ applications.

ICANN now has Registry Agreements with registries to manage 45 new gTLDs.

dotShabaka Diary — Day 14, Writing an RRA

Kevin Murphy, September 24, 2013, Domain Registries

The fourteenth installment of dotShabaka Registry’s journal, charting its progress towards becoming one of the first new gTLDs to go live, written by general manager Yasmin Omer.

Tuesday 24 September 2013

We are trying to determine the best process to finalise a Registry Registrar Agreement (RRA) that is satisfactory to both dotShabaka Registry and our registrars.

According to our agreement with ICANN, we must use a uniform non-discriminatory RRA with all registrars. This makes it challenging in the new gTLD landscape; we have to get it right the first time or we face being bogged down in a clunky amendment procedure.

This is not an easy concept to implement, but dotShabaka Registry and other early launchers must address this soon. It seems there are at least four ways dotShabaka Registry could do this:

1. Wait for ICANN to develop a boilerplate RRA that incorporates the various new gTLD requirements.

2. Negotiate an agreement with the biggest registrar/s and expect that all other registrars will be happy with the result.

3. Put an Agreement out for public comment and request that the Registrars come together with a consensus view.

4. Wait for the Registrar community to generate an agreement for Registries to use.

We don’t expect ICANN’s Automated Registrar Onboarding System (AROS) to be ready for the launch of our TLD.

We would love to hear your thoughts here. Can you think of another pathway to finalise a RRA for the first new gTLDs launched?

Read previous and future diary entries here.

One IE pass, one fail this week

Kevin Murphy, September 20, 2013, Domain Registries

ICANN is down to 18 new gTLD applications in Initial Evaluation now, after one pass and one failure this week.

The pass is the dot-brand .lplfinancial, applied for by LPL Financial, a US-based broker. The company already owns the arguably better domain

The failure, which is eligible for Extended Evaluation, is Top Level Domain Holdings’ geographic bid for .roma, a city TLD for Rome, Italy.

The application failed on geographic grounds, meaning TLDH seems to have failed to provide sufficient evidence of government support or non-objection.

It’s TLDH’s final IE result and the only one of its 70 applications to fail to achieve a passing score.