Tuesday, 18 October 2016

.AU Celebrates 30 Years As Australia's Home On The Internet

The internet has changed a lot in the 30 years since .au became Australia’s home. For the world, it was when Crocodile Dundee was released and opened up Australia to the world's eyes! Back in 1986 organisations were only entitled to one domain name each, there was no domain name aftermarket and the number of registrations were in the low thousands. Today there are over three million .au domain names registered and it’s considered one of the safer TLDs. Coming up are more major changes with the introduction of second level registrations for the first time in the next year or two and the choice of registration periods from one to five years.

To register your Australian domain name, email us at support@lexsynergy.com

Monday, 10 October 2016

Is .CAM A Scam?

The new generic extension .CAM (Camera) has launched and is currently in the Sunrise phase, which ends on 20 November 2016.

This new extension is a worry for online businesses, where a slight typo can direct an Internet user to an unintended destination. www.facebook.com vs. www.facebook.cam – is confusing at first glance until you realise the only difference is an “a” for an “o”.

Internet users are impatient and do not take time to read a URL, which creates an avenue for phishing and other online scams. Some studies have proven that our brain pays attention only to the first and the last letter, abandoning the middle letter.

Is it a coincidence that if you add the letter “s” to .cam you get .scam?

We do not suggest that client’s panic but rather take the proactive step and register a .cam domain name that matches its primary .com domain names, which are associated with active website. The cost of a registration is far lower than the risk of an infringement or the consequences that flow from a scam.

The launch information for .cam can be found at http://www.lexsynergy.com/tlds/cam. If you wish to register a .cam domain, email your account manager or support@lexsynergy.com.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Business of Domains - One Day Seminar in Nairobi

Lexsynergy is hosting a one-day seminar in Nairobi, Kenya on 11 October 2016. This seminar will teach entrepreneurs how to establish and maintain a profitable business selling domain names in Kenya and throughout Africa. Our reseller program provides access to over 1000 domain name extensions including 50 African country extensions.

If you are interested in attending the seminar and learning more about our African reseller program, RSVP to info@lexsynergy.co.ke. Space is limited to the first 40 participants so book your place now.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Donuts Introduces DPML Plus

Donuts Inc., a registry that manages nearly 200 new gTLDs, has announced an expansion to its domain-blocking services with its new offering called DPML Plus. They also announced that they will be raising the price for their standard DPML block beginning January 2017.

For those who are unfamiliar, a Domains Protected Marks List (DPML) block prevents unauthorized third parties (i.e. domain squatters) from registering your trademark within any of the Donuts TLDs. For example, Lexsynergy could purchase a DPML block for the trademark “lexsynergy” and this would block other parties from registering domains like lexsynergy.business, lexsynergy.email or lexsynergy.guru. This standard block only includes domains that are an exact match to the trademark.

The new DMPL Plus allows trademark owners to block an exact match of their trademark plus three additional terms that are either misspells or contains the exact match. For example, with a single DPML Plus purchase, Lexsynergy could receive a block on all of the following:
  • Lexsynergy – the exact match
  • Lexsynergyinc – contains the trademark
  • Lexsynergydomains – contains the trademark
  • Lexssynergy – a misspell
Here are some of the features of the DPML Plus:
  • The blocks are for 10-years vs. the current 5-year standard block (renewals are still for 1-year)
  • It blocks the terms across all Donuts TLD, including all standard and premium domain names
  • Includes unlimited free overrides for the duration of the 10-year term
  • The DPML Plus blocks are not subject to override registrations by other parties with the same trademark (this is allowed with the standard 5-year block).
  • There is an option to add additional misspells/contains for an additional fee. 
  • Current Donuts DPML holders can purchase a DPML Plus block and replace their current block for 10 years.
A DPML block has been a cost-effective way for trademark owners to protect their brands within the new gTLD space.  Donut’s new pricing levels, especially the DMPL Plus, may make a block less feasible for trademark owners; however, it is still an efficient and cost-effective option. A standard DPML block or a DPML Plus block should be carefully considered for high priority trademarks.

DPML Plus is only available from now until 31 December 2016. If you are interested in purchasing a new DPML block or converting your standard DPML to a DPML Plus please contact your account manager or email our support team at support@lexsynergy.com as soon as possible so we can process this for you. If you have any additional questions or would like to receive the pricing for DPML Plus, please email support@lexsynergy.com.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Indian Government Plans Major Push for .BHARAT

 The Indian government is planning a big push for the Hindi script TLD .bharat when it launches in either late 2016 or early 2017. To push the TLD, every .in domain registered will get a complimentary .bharat domain for one year. The government believes that part of their plans to make the internet more widely available in India is to make web addresses and email addresses available in local languages.

“We hope that by giving ‘.bharat’ as complimentary Web address, it may encourage entities to experiment and develop content in local languages, including e-mail addresses,” the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) CEO Rajiv Bansal told the Press Trust of India.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Sunrise Period for Short .AT Domains Commenced 29 August

The Austrian registry, nic.at, launched the Sunrise period for one and two character .at domain names on 29 August 2016. The Sunrise period is for trademark holders only and applications can be made until 23 September 2016.

Domain names with more than one eligible applicant will be allocated via a public auction, through Sedo.com, commencing on 7 November 2016. All domains still available after the Sunrise phase and public auction will be released to the public on a first-come, first-served basis on 6 December 2016.

“It is a good time to launch the short domains,” Richard Wein, nic.at General Manager, told Lexsynergy. “Many European registries are currently opening up their namespace for short domains, and many of the new top-level domains have supported single character domains from the outset. We have been monitoring developments and decided to follow suit, in consultation with the Austrian internet community and our domain name council. Besides being shorter, we expect trademark owners to profit most from the short domains. They can bring their branding into line across all communication channels and sharpen the profile of their brand. For users, short domains are always easier to remember. And by the way, it is always good for a ccTLD like .at to bring something new into the market.”

Interest to date has been positive with several trademark holders interested such as Volkswagen and telecommunications company 3.

Wein added, “Registrars and Trademark lawyers start asking us detailed questions about the procedures, so we suppose that the industry waits in the wings. Sedo is already eager to communicate the list of domains for auction to their customers, especially outside of Austria like US and China. We’ve also seen an increasing interest from the press and marketing communities.”

Uniregistry Will Release 1,000,000 Previously Reserved Domains

On 27 September 2016, Uniregistry will release over 1,000,000 previously reserved premium names. This release will include valuable keywords, two, three and four-character names and names from ICANN's Names Collision program.

This release includes the following extensions: .audio, .blackfriday, .christmas, .click, .diet, .flowers, .gift, .guitars, .help, .hiphop, .hosting, .juegos, .link, .lol, .photo, .pics, .property, .sexy and .tattoo.

To find out which domains are planned for release, email us at support@lexsynergy.com.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

After 20 Years, U.S. Government Ready To Hand Over DNS Stewardship to Private Sector

It has taken almost two decades, but the U.S. Government is ready to transition their stewardship role for the domain name system’s (DNS) technical functions, known as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, to the private sector. Throughout this period the U.S. government has always had the final say on how the DNS is controlled.

The move, endorsed by the U.S. President Barack Obama but resisted by many Republicans, follows 18 years of work by the global internet multi-stakeholder community and meets criteria the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) outlined in 2014.

ICANN was established in 1998 with, among other roles, the task of assigning the operators of top-level domains (TLDs) and managing internet number resources but the NTIA, part of the Department of Commerce, could always have the final say.

On 1 October 2016, ICANN will be handed what are sometimes referred to as the “keys to the internet” and although ICANN will still be headquartered in Los Angeles, oversight will transfer to the global stakeholder community.

“The internet’s multistakeholder community has risen to the challenge we gave them to develop a transition proposal that would ensure the Internet’s domain name system will continue to operate as seamlessly as it currently does,” said Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling. “The plan developed by the community will strengthen the multistakeholder approach that has helped the Internet to grow and thrive, while maintaining the stability, security, and openness that users across the globe depend on today.”

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

.BANK and .INSURANCE 1 and 2 Character Domain Release

fTLD Registry Services have announced the release of single-character and two-letter domain names within .bank and .insurance. These domains will become available on the following dates on a first come, first served basis:

.BANK - 15 September 2016 16:00 UTC
.INSURANCE - 6 October 2016 16:00 UTC

These domains will be released at a premium price of £2450 / $2950 / €2600 / R43,382

If you are interested in registering one of these premium .BANK or .INSURANCE domains email us at support@lexsynergy.com.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

.商标 Domain Created To Protect Trademarks And Fight Counterfeiting

A Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) aimed at protecting trademarks, fighting counterfeits and fighting cybersquatting? Yes, really. One new gTLD has introduced an innovative solution than aims to do just that, and 7,000+ brands have already registered including: Microsoft, Google, Apple, Lacoste, Rolex, BMW, Gucci, Chanel, Amazon, Starbucks, Toyota, Watsons, ASUS and many others.

Increasingly, many Chinese consumers have both the means and the desire to purchase genuine branded products. Unfortunately, finding authentic brands online in China is very challenging.

.商标 (which translates to .trademark) was created as an online trademark symbol, to help brands establish trusted websites, where Chinese consumers can easily find authentic brands online. 

How Does .商标 Protect and Promote Trademark Rights?

The .商标 domain extension is the world’s first to require a trademark. All registrants of .商标 domains must provide proof of their registered trademark, or trademark application.

Their first-of-its-kind domain registration requirements are aimed at ensuring that all .商标 domains are registered by legitimate trademark holders, and accurately reflect their trademarks.

Why Do Trademark Holders Need “.商标?
Verified - Since all .商标 domains are manually verified by the .商标 Domain Registry’s registration assurance team, this enables consumers to identify your official brand website.

Localized - .商标 is recognized and trusted online symbol for the world’s trademarks in China. Chinese consumers do not know what the “®” or “™” symbols mean, but they do know “商标” means “trademark”. Furthermore, Chinese characters domains are Chinese user friendly, and easier to remember.

Trusted - Consumers can trust .商标 websites. The rapid growth in the Chinese online economy has led to many new threats to intellectual property, making it difficult for brands to provide consumers a trusted, secure online experience. A .商标 web address makes it easy for Chinese consumers to find authentic brands online. 

How Does a Trademark Holder Register .商标 Domains?
.商标 domain names can be registered directly through Lexsynergy. We will collect and submit the required trademark information to the registry. The .商标 Domain Registry’s registration assurance team manually validates and verifies each domain registration for authenticity and accuracy before it can go live.

The .商标 Domain Registry recognizes trademarks from over 200 jurisdictions worldwide and enables global trademark owners to register domain names in Roman characters (e.g. English), as well as Simplified and Traditional Chinese characters.

The .商标 Registry asserts that, “all brands currently doing business in China, and those who plans to do business there, should strongly consider registering .商标 domains for each of their core brands.”

If you are interested in registering a .商标 domain, or have questions, please contact us at support@lexsynergy.com.