Just to followup on the earlier blog post of today, I received the following email from Keith Drazek (GNSO Council Chair),
Dear Mr. Kirikos,
Receipt of your letter is acknowledged.
We note and regret that you have elected to not accept and agree to abide by ICANN’s Expected Standards of Behavior (ESOB).
As such, per the notice provided in the Council Leadership Team’s letter of 29 March, you will be placed in observer status in the RPM PDP WG and any other GNSO-related forum until such time we receive the necessary communication confirming acceptance of the ESOB, or until such time the ICANN Ombuds rules that you may return to member status following any appeal.
GNSO Chair (on behalf of the GNSO Council Leadership Team)
So, unless I “bend the knee” and “swear an oath of fealty” (or unless the ICANN Ombudsman says I can return), I’m forever banished. Is that reasonable and proportionate?
And, this affects participation for all working groups (not just the RPM PDP), even though there’s no issue in the IGO PDP!
ICANN, in an affront to free speech and due process, has threatened to restrict my participation on important domain name policy issues, and I think it’s crucial that these topics be brought before the public for debate. Continue reading “ICANN Threatens to Restrict Participation Rights of critic George Kirikos”
I have launched this new blog today at FreeSpeech.com, in order to better educate the public about domain names, internet governance, ICANN, free speech, and other topics. Continue reading “Hello, World!”
A recent SEC filing by ironSource has revealed that the elite 2-letter .com domain name IS.com changed hands in February 2021 for USD $1,950,000.
Continue reading “IS.com domain changed hands for $1,950,000 in February 2021”
It has been previously reported by others that the money transfer service TransferWise rebranded to Wise, and acquired the Wise.com domain name in 2020. The transaction price for the domain name had not been made public at the time. However, a recent prospectus by Wise can shed some light on the deal.
Continue reading “Did TransferWise pay $2 million to acquire and rebrand to the Wise.com domain name?”
Today I was able to uncover a $2 million transaction in 2010 for the Chatter.com domain name, using a combination of the SEC’s EDGAR database and the historical WHOIS data at DomainTools.com.
On page FF-10 of a SEC filing by Quepasa Corporation in 2011, they disclosed that:
The Company sold a domain name in 2010 for $2,000,000, resulting in a gain of $1,895,000 that is presented as a component of other income on the statement of operations.
Continue reading “Chatter.com domain name changed hands for $2 million in 2010”
Exodus Movement, a company involved in the crypto field, has disclosed that they purchased the Exodus.com domain name for USD $1,945,000. This was revealed in a recent SEC filing (page 21):
The Company purchased the exodus.com domain name in the first quarter of 2021 for $1.9 million. The Company considers the domain name to be an indefinite-lived asset so no amortization will be recognized.
While page 21 of the SEC filing mentions the $1.9 million figure, the more precise figure of $1,945,000 can be found on page 9, where the “Indefinite-lived asset” is listed directly on the balance sheet.
As I’ve pointed out previously, the EDGAR system operated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has a wealth of data. If more researchers searched it regularly, more of these kinds of transactions would be uncovered.
According to page F-38 of a recently published SEC filing, there was a domain name with a book value of $1.5 million, which is being amortized at $100,000 per year. As of December 31, 2020, it had accumulated $533,000 worth of amortization (5.33 years). While the domain name wasn’t identified on that page of the SEC filing, page 218 does mention Enjoy.com.
Some additional digging via the WHOIS history at DomainTools indicates that the nameservers of Enjoy.com changed from DreamHost to AWS in the period between August 29, 2015 and September 11, 2015. This timing is entirely consistent with the above amortization, since 5.33 years before December 31, 2020 is early September 2015. Furthermore, Archive.org shows a change in the website around that time.
If accepted by DNJournal, this would rank #3 for publicly reported domain name transactions in 2015.
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ICANN holds themselves out as an organization that is highly competent, but that could not be further from the truth. More evidence of their utter incompetence can be seen in the ICANN RPM PDP Phase 1 final report, which has a deadline for public comments of May 21, 2021 (this coming Friday). [Originally the deadline was going to be April 30, 2021, but I demonstrated how that was unacceptable, and they changed it.] I scanned through the document quickly this afternoon, and was appalled that it is replete with glaring and obvious errors. ICANN staff, GNSO Council, and anyone associated with this report should be ashamed that their names are attached to it. Of course, I’m unfairly banished from all ICANN working groups, so I have no responsibility for their obvious errors.
Continue reading “ICANN Incompetence On Full Display With the RPM PDP Phase 1 Final Report”
I noticed earlier today that the ICANN public comment period for Phase 1 of the RPM PDP was unreasonably short, going from April 7, 2021 to April 30, 2021, a mere 23 days. As I noted on Twitter:
this didn’t make sense, and seemed to me to be an attempt to stifle public input. I submitted a complaint to the relevant ICANN staff, and even submitted a supporting spreadsheet analysis which proved that 23 days is inconsistent with past comment periods.
Continue reading “ICANN Staff Have Repeatedly Violated Public Comment Period Requirements in Bylaws”
To what should be no one’s surprise at this point, the shenanigans in the ICANN RPM PDP working group continue, as a sham consensus call is now taking place to approve its recommendations.
Continue reading “ICANN RPM PDP holds a sham consensus call to approve its recommendations”
Verisign, the abusive monopolist that operates the registries for dot-com and dot-net, wants to impose the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) policy on dot-com and dot-net registrants, which will put valuable legacy domain names at risk via a flawed dispute resolution procedure that was designed only for low stakes “throwaway” and worthless new gTLD domains.
Continue reading “Verisign Wants The URS To Apply To Dot-com Registrants”