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‘Hostel’ director slams Go Daddy CEO

Kevin Murphy, March 31, 2011, Domain Services

Okay, this is getting weird.

Eli Roth, director of Hostel – one of the sickest horror films of recent years – has criticized Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons for his controversial elephant-hunting video.

In a series of Twitter posts last night, Roth condemned Parsons for his video, saying, among other things: “It’s sick fucks like you that make me think Hostel could really happen.”

If you haven’t seen Hostel, it’s basically about an Eastern European gang that lets wealthy Americans torture and murder kidnapped backpackers in exchange for a hefty fee.

It’s just about as grim a movie as you could imagine.

Here’s a screenshot of some of Roth’s tweets.

Eli Roth tweets

Compounding the weirdness, Roth was later retweeted by Russell Crowe.

Kevin Murphy, March 31, 2011, Domain Services

Too many ideas, not enough time.

These are some of the stories I would have covered today, if only there were more hours in the day.

Joan Rivers dies after head transplant surgery

UK government banishes cybercrime sites to .au

Transparency review calls for ICANN reality show

UDRP panelist returns Taiwan to China

Bob Parsons shoots BigJumbo CEO

“Pigeon shit” blamed for Playboy plague

Hank Alvarez named ICANN compliance chief

Constantine Roussos says DNS needs “more cowbell”

NATO apologizes for Bit.ly bombing

Blacknight unveils leprechaun mascot

RIAA says .so domains “haven for piracy”

DomainTools merges with DomainJerks

BBC to apply for .cotton

ICANN successfully delays heat death of universe

Parsons apologizes, resurrects elephant

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dotMusic and ICANN execs form TLD consultancy

Kevin Murphy, March 11, 2011, Domain Services

Just what the world needs, another top-level domain consultancy.

Constantine Roussos, best known his campaign for .music, has teamed up with ICANN veteran Tina Dam to launch MyTLD.com, promising to help applicants with their TLD bids.

Dam was senior director of internationalized domain names at ICANN, spearheading the IDN ccTLD Fast Track program, until she quit last December.

Those are good credentials, especially for supporting IDN TLD applicants.

Dam is currently critical of how ICANN’s Applicant Guidebook treats IDN TLDs, saying that the process is too expensive and does not effectively handle transliterations and translations.

Roussos is an entrepreneur, owner of music.us/.biz/.co, who has been pushing his own self-financed .music bid for the last couple of years.

A running joke at the recent .nxt conference was that he was once an “outsider” but has since been firmly institutionalized by the ICANN environment. He’s also critical of aspects of the Guidebook.

MyTLD.com is the latest of a series of companies to form over the last few months to provide consulting to potential TLD applicants.

Recently, domain investors Mike Berkens and Monte Cahn founded Right Of The Dot, which specializes in marketing and premium domain strategy.

And Alexa Raad, former CEO of the .org registry PIR, is currently plugging her new consulting play, Architelos.

WIPO launches global brand database

Kevin Murphy, March 8, 2011, Domain Services

The World Intellectual Property Organization has opened up a free, searchable web-based database of over 640,000 trademarks.

The slick new Global Brand Database is not related to domain names specifically, but could well prove an invaluable research tool for players in the space, especially for top-level domain applicants.

How useful it becomes will depend on how much the database grows. At the moment, it appears less than comprehensive.

WIPO said the interface currently provides access to three existing databases.

There’s the list of “armorial bearings, flags and other state emblems as well as the names, abbreviations and emblems of intergovernmental organizations” protected under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.

There’s the database of “appellations of origin” – geo-brands such as Champagne and Tequila – registered under the so-called Lisbon system.

Finally, and probably most interestingly, there’s international trademarks registered under the Madrid system, which is a way for companies to register their brands in multiple legal jurisdictions.

But don’t expect to find US trademarks, for example, listed in the database yet. WIPO said in its announcement that it plans to add national databases to the system in the future.