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- ICANN knifes Africa’s internet: New top-level domains terminated
Nine applications from Africa for new gTLDs received termination notices from ICANN for failing to put them live within a 12-month window, according to a report by The Register. The applicants for .naspers, .supersport, .mzansimagic, .mnet, .kyknet, .africamagic, .multichoice, .dstv, and .gotv are all based in South Africa, and paid $185,000 for the right to their respective names.
More than 200 companies received warnings from ICANN last month that they would lose their rights if they didn’t put their new gTLDs live on the Internet.
- Court Orders Pirate Bay Domains to be Forfeited to the State
The Swedish Court of Appeal has ruled that The Pirate Bay will have its Swedish domains, ThePirateBay.se, and PirateBay.se, based on the grounds that the domains are tools used to infringe copyright, according to a report by Torrent Freak. It seems likely that there will be an appeal in this case, as The Pirate Bay co-founder and alleged owner of the domains Fredrik Neij has hinted.
- Premium domains are confusing, but can be profitable for domain name registries
Premium domains can be confusing, but a premium strategy can payoff for a registry if done right, according to a report by Domain Name Wire, which notes that Rightside had a record month for premium domain sales last month, averaging about $550 per domain.