Senior Vice President
Here We Go Again...Another New gTLD Registry Practice to Navigate
It seems like only yesterday when ICANN opened up the application process for the new gTLD Program, but amazingly, it was actually almost four years ago! To date, over 750 new gTLDs have been added to the root zone…an incredible number when you think about the landscape previously, which had less than two dozen gTLDs. In Dublin, it was clear that this initial gTLD round is nearing an end as ICANN is going through the process of contracting and delegating the remaining strings. Even as that activity is ongoing, the work to review the overall launch of the gTLD program has... Read More
Senior Product Marketing Manager, Brand Protection and AntiPiracy
Using Piracy Data to Understand Media Demand and Recover Lost Revenue
Media companies around the globe can use piracy data to get visibility into global piracy consumption trends and the most popular file sharing networks. This data can be turned into actionable intelligence to help make smarter decisions regarding the acquisition and distribution of digital content across the globe. Let’s look at how data around timing of infringement are occurring can help TV networks and copyright owners understand media consumption patterns of how, where and when copyrighted material is being used. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="643"] (Source: MarkMonitor GDPI data) The number of instances of piracy infringement across cable, commercial broadcast and premium... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Director
Phishing Trends: Who Are Fraudsters Targeting Now?
Traditionally, the financial industry has always been a primary target for phishing attacks. And so far, that trend seems to remain true. In the first half of 2015, 41% of the phishing attacks targeted the financial industry. It’s still an issue and financial institutions must continue to proactively focus on their anti-fraud strategies. But here’s what I think is interesting, when we removed the financial industry from the equation and just looked at phishing trends for key non-financial industries – phishing attacks have practically quadrupled since January 2014. It’s a significant increase that is difficult to ignore. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="731"]... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Manager
  Have you ever stopped to think about how easy it is for a competitor to “legally” use your brand to redirect traffic to its own site? First, search engines allow anyone, even your competitors, to show their ads to people searching for your brand – the online equivalent of competing retail stores on opposite sides of the street hanging banners about their latest and greatest sale to pull customers in off the street. The second way for your online competitors to legally redirect traffic isn’t as clear cut. It involves use of your brand’s name in the text of an... Read More
Policy Counselor
ICANN 53:  Accountability, Brand Policy & New Round of New gTLDs
In June, MarkMonitor joined our colleagues once again at the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 53rd public meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Several high-profile and contentious issues were on the agenda, many of which have significant impact on the interests of intellectual property and brand owners.  Among these are the ongoing ICANN Accountability issues and the impending departure of ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé; registrant information (Whois) transparency, accuracy and accessibility; and the timing of the next round of new gTLD applications/delegation. ICANN Accountability and a new CEO In May, ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé announced his departure, effective in... Read More

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Alison Simpson
With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More