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French Torrent Giant Vaults Through Domains To Prevent ISP Blocking

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What do you do when your domain is at the risk of ISP blocking? You go domain (s)hopping! Well, at least that’s what this French torrent giant is doing, with its newest stop being .si, the ccTLD for Slovenia. Just seven months into the year and Ygg Torrent has already changed three domain extensions, all of them being ccTLDs. The site fully runs in French and stands for a prime example of a site...

Domain of Largest Torrent Portal Suspended

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Torrentz2.eu, the primary domain of the popular torrent website has been suspended by the EURid. It was the most visited torrent indexing site as of April 2020. Torrentz2, launched in 2016, is the successor of Torrentz, which abruptly shut down the same year. While Torrentz was based in Finland, its heir wasn’t so generous to reveal that info. But that was no barrier to the meta-search platform...

Web.com Suspends White Nationalist Site

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VDARE.com, a promoter of white supremacy and anti-immigration ideology has its domain in jeopardy as its registrar, Network Solutions, has threatened to de-list the site. This means that the site would be only accessible on the dark web through special browsers. The website had until Thursday to transfer its domain after which its services would be suspended, said a letter by the lawyer of the...

The Largest Crypto Exchange Loses Domain Dispute To An Australian Florist

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Binance, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in trade volume (as of January 2018) recently lost a domain dispute to Binancé, an Australian florist. The domain in question here is binance.com.au. Binance filed the complaint on April 15, 2020, and the proceedings began on April 17, 2020. Ashurst Australia was representing Binance, and its lawyers argued that trademark for Binance had been...

Almost Half of .UK Domain Disputes in 2019 Decided In Favour Of The Complainant

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Nominet, the registry for .uk domains released, the yearly report on domain disputes it handled in 2019. It introduced its Dispute Resolution System back in 2001 for this purpose. eBay and Gumtree, Pierre Balmain SA, the Taunton Angling Association, and Groupon make up some of the most noteworthy cases of the year. Now, let’s look at some stats: 0.007% of the total .uk domains i.e. 801 disputed...

Facebook Files Lawsuit Against Phoney Domains

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Facebook has filed a lawsuit against 12 imposter domain names which have been registered by a private Indian proxy service Compsys Domain Solutions. The domains were allegedly designed to deceive users by impersonating Facebook owned apps – its namesake along with WhatsApp and Instagram. The firm registered misleading domains like facebook-verify-inc.com, instagramhjack.com and videocall-whatsapp...

US Lawmakers Demand Access To Domain Owner Records

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Coronavirus related domain names have become the new paradise for scammers and fraudsters. A report  by Palo Alto’s Unit 42 researchers published in May found that more than 86,600 domains out of the 1.2 Million newly registered domain names with keywords related to the coronavirus outbreak from March 9 to April 26, 2020 were classified as risky or malicious. On an average, 1,767 such domains...

How Will Brexit Impact .eu and .fr Domains

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Ever since the UK decided on Brexit, things have been gloomy for the UK based companies operating in the region of the European Union. A similar confusion has also been caused in the domain market as well with their future hanging.  The problem arises with the criteria of holding a .eu domain name. In simple words, in order to have a .eu your company must be based within the territory of...

Startup domain expires after $30 Million Fundraise

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Plum District was a hyper-local daily deals site created ‘by Moms, for Moms’. It was founded in 2009 by Megan Gardner with an aim of making every mom a ‘momtrepreneur’. It raised a whopping $30 million in funding, with about $10 million in its Series A funding, and the remaining $20 million in December 2011. Off to a great start, it became a leading e-commerce destination with a community of moms...

Panel decides RDNH while the registrant didn’t even respond

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How often have you heard a UDRP panel deciding against the complainant even when the respondent didn’t even appear. Now on top of that add that not only the respondent won, but the panel also decided that the complainant was Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH). This is what happened with the domain AdviceGroup.com. Advice Group S.P.A. an Italian company filed a UDRP over the domain name...

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