When we originally heard about Vox Populi's plans to offer .SUCKS sunrise registrations for $25,000, we were outraged. We understand better than anyone that registries can charge whatever they want, and that registrars must mark up those fees to recover their costs for integration, registration, and ongoing management. All that said, their original pricing seemed extortionate to brand owners. I was extremely hopeful when I heard that their plan to charge $25,000 had been changed, and that a new pricing structure would be introduced. Honestly, I was expecting to see sunrise fees on the order of $100 to $200 dollars. And... Read More
MarkMonitor recently joined our colleagues and friends  at the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 52nd public meeting in Singapore.  As promised, the ICANN community has a lot on its plate for 2015, and at this first full meeting of the year, we are all jumping into the work with both feet. Here are some of the main issues for brand owners:  Sorting out the long-awaited transition from U.S. Government oversight to a truly multi-stakeholder model of governance; ensuring Registrant data (Whois) accuracy, accessibility and privacy (where appropriate); launching reviews of the new gTLD program; and protecting/preserving the robust... Read More
2014 was a big year for us and for our clients.  The new gTLD program forced us to rethink, reprioritize and implement new and different strategies to protect our brands online.  The uncertainty largely behind us, and with more information at our fingertips about just how well (or not) brands are faring in the new environment, it’s time to look forward to what we can do in 2015 to fix what’s broken, throw away what’s useless, fight for what’s important and generally continue to try and make navigating the new Internet landscape as smooth as possible for brand owners and consumers... Read More
Earlier this month, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) held its 51st public meeting in Los Angeles.  Once again, MarkMonitor joined stakeholders from across the globe to discuss issues ranging from government control over the Internet, to key lessons learned thus far from the new gTLD rollout. This coming year promises to be a big one for ICANN, and for the business and brand community as a result.  The following broad issues are teed up for development in 2015.  In addition to the large and consuming debate about Internet governance (more below), this final meeting of 2014 focused primarily on preparations... Read More
In an effort to dispel some of the myths and hyperbole in Europe about ACTA following the outcry against SOPA, several intellectual property rights organizations have teamed up to create ACTAfacts.com. It's a great resource for factual information and talking points about ACTA. Read More

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