Luxury Brands Get Their .Luxury Domains: Bugatti; Cartier; Prada; Chopard; Dior & More

I just reviewed the zone file for .Luxury, which appears to have gotten over 400 sunrise registrations by trademark holders and many of the top luxury brands in the world got their  .luxury domain name.

Many luxury jewelry  brands including watch manufacturers, participated along with fashion designers, auto makers, and Champagne producers including Chanel, Prada, Cartier,  Chopard,  Dior,  Jimmy Choo; Versace, Harry Winston, Escada, Bugatti, Maserati, Rolls Royce, BMW, Patek, Panerai, Montblanc, Baccarat, Perrier Jouet and Krug to name a few.

I also noticed a number of brands usually not associated with the word .luxury went ahead and registered a .luxury domain anyway.

Timex.Luxury anyone?

As usual some generic words got registered under Sunrise based on a “trademark” including, Lease.Luxury, Christ.Luxury, Dancer.Luxury.

Here are some of the more interesting .Luxury Sunrise registrations:



Verisign There are 271 Million Domains In The World .Com/.Net Up 5% in 2013

VeriSign, Inc. VRSN just issued the 2013 fourth quarter Domain Name Industry Brief reporting that five million domain names were added to the Internet in the fourth quarter of 2013, bringing the total number of registered domain names to 271 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of Dec. 31, 2013.

The increase of five million domain names globally equates to a growth rate of 1.9% over the third quarter of 2013.

Worldwide registrations have grown by 18.5 million, or 7.3%, year over year.

The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the fourth quarter of 2013, reaching a combined total of approximately 127.2 million domain names in the adjusted zone for .com and .net. representing a 5% increase year over year.

New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to 8.0 million in 2012

As of Dec. 31, 2013, the base of registered names in .com equaled 112 million names, while .net equaled 15.2 million names.

New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2013. In the fourth quarter of 2012, new .com and .net registrations totaled 8.0 million.

During the fourth quarter of 2013, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 82 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 100 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average increased 0.9 percent and the peak decreased 5.5 percent.

Year over year, the daily average increased 6.4 percent and the peak decreased 19.2%.

Of course none of these number reflect the new gTLD which did not launch until 2014 which has around 450,000 registrations.

Verisign reports that  47.7% of four-character domain names, over 95.3% of five-character domain names and more than 99.8% of six-character domain names are still available as of Dec. 31, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: “People Just Are Not Educated On How To Use The Internet”

According to, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pegged problems with people being able to signup on, by saying people just “are not educated on how to use the Internet.”

“We have hundreds of thousands of people who tried to sign up and they didn’t get through,” Reid said during a press conference, before describing the difficulties people have with the Internet in general.

“There are some people who are not like my grandchildren who can handle everything so easily on the Internet, and these people need a little extra time. …

The example they gave us is a 63-year-old woman came into the store and said, ‘I almost got it. Every time I just about got there, it would cut me off.’

We have a lot of people just like this through no fault of the Internet, but [because] people are not educated on how to use the Internet,” he said.


35 Senators Demand Answers On NTIA Plan Of Giving Up Oversight of ICANN

35 U.S. Senators (all Republicans) led by John Thune (R-S.D.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of Commerce Larry Strickling, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), asking a lot of questions (I counted 13) on the recent announcement that NTIA intends to relinquish oversight responsibility over the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)functions of ICANN to the global multistakeholder community.

Here is the letter that was sent, a lot of questions were asked including how can the US plan on handling over this function to some unknown group next year:

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20230

Dear Assistant Secretary Strickling:

We write concerning the recent announcement by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that it intends to relinquish responsibility of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions to the global multistakeholder community.

In its announcement, NTIA also asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to convene stakeholders and develop a proposal to transition the role currently played by NTIA.

We strongly support the existing bottom-up, multistakeholder approach to Internet governance that has led to immense prosperity and empowerment for individuals around the world. The current approach has helped to define the open Internet, which has allowed the private sector to deliver technology and services that have changed our lives for the better.

In 2012, many of us were leaders on S. Con. Res. 50, a resolution that reinforced the U.S. government’s opposition to ceding control of the Internet to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an arm of the United Nations, or to any other governmental body. As you know, S. Con. Res. 50 unanimously passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives, a rare instance of bipartisan agreement on such an important topic.

In announcing the intended transition, NTIA committed that it “will not accept a proposal that replaces the NTIA role with a government-led or an inter-governmental organization solution.”

We agree that any such proposal would be completely unacceptable.

Replacing NTIA’s role with another governmental organization would be disastrous, and we would vigorously oppose such a plan. We must not allow the IANA functions to fall under the control of repressive governments, America’s enemies, or unaccountable bureaucrats.

The global community of Internet stakeholders should act deliberately and transparently as it formulates a possible proposal to transition the IANA functions to a nongovernmental entity. The multistakeholder model of Internet governance and the IANA functions are far too important for this process to be rushed or to be done behind closed doors.

Because this issue is so important to the future of the Internet and for the protection of American values and interests, we request expeditious responses to the following questions and requests for information about the proposed IANA transition.

A 2000 report by the U.S. General Accounting Office stated that “it is unclear if the Department [of Commerce] has the requisite authority” to transfer control of the IANA functions to a private entity.

1. Please provide us with the Administration’s legal views and analysis on whether the United States Government can transition the IANA functions to another entity without an Act of Congress.

2. Please explain why it is in our national interest to transition the IANA functions to the “global multistakeholder community.”

You have stated that NTIA believes “the timing is right to start the transition process.”

3. Why does the Administration believe now is the appropriate time to begin the transition, and what was the specific circumstance or development that led the Administration to decide to begin the transition now?

4. What steps will NTIA take to ensure the process to develop a transition plan for the IANA functions is open and transparent?

5. Will NTIA actively participate in the global multistakeholder process to develop a transition plan for the IANA functions, or will the Administration leave the process entirely in the hands of ICANN?

6. You have stated that NTIA “will not accept a proposal that replaces NTIA’s role with a government-led or an inter-governmental solution,” but NTIA has been silent on how it will ensure the IANA functions do not end up being controlled, directly or indirectly, by a government or inter-governmental entity. What specific options are available to NTIA to prevent this from happening?

7. How can the Administration guarantee the multistakeholder organization that succeeds NTIA will not subsequently transfer the IANA functions to a government or intergovernmental organization in the future, or that such successor organization will not eventually fall under the undue influence of other governments?

8. NTIA asked ICANN to lead the transition process. However, ICANN has a potential self-interest in increasing its own autonomy and reducing its accountability to other entities. Some stakeholders have expressed concerns that ICANN may seek to control the IANA functions on its own, without oversight from anyone else. How did NTIA determine that ICANN is the appropriate entity to lead the transition process, and how will NTIA ensure that ICANN does not inappropriately control or influence the process for its own self-interest?

9. Does NTIA believe ICANN currently is sufficiently transparent and accountable in its activities, or should ICANN adopt additional transparency and accountability requirements as part of the IANA transition?

10. Is it realistic to expect that an acceptable transition plan can be developed before the IANA functions contract expires on September 30, 2015? Is there another example of a similar global stakeholder transition plan being developed and approved in just 18 months?

11. How will NTIA ultimately decide whether a proposed transition plan for IANA, developed by global stakeholders, is acceptable? What factors will NTIA use to determine if such a proposal supports and enhances the multistakeholder model; maintains the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet Domain Name System; meets the needs and expectation of the global customers and partners of the IANA services; and maintains the openness of the Internet?

12. Will NTIA also take into account American values and interests in evaluating a proposed transition plan?

13. How?

As this process moves forward, we will conduct careful oversight on behalf of the American people to ensure that American values, American interests, and the open Internet are protected. Your detailed responses to our questions and requests for information will aid in that oversight, and we thank you in advance for your personal attention to this matter. “”

Here are the Senators who signed the letter in addition to Thune and Rubio:

Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.)
John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
John Boozman (R-Ark.)
Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.)
Dan Coats (R-Ind.)
Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
John Cornyn (R-Texas)
Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)
Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
Dean Heller (R-Nev.)
John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
Mike Johanns (R-Neb.)
Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)
Mike Lee (R-Utah)
John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)
Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Jim Risch (R-Idaho)
Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
David Vitter (R-La.)
Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

Quick Poll: Which New gTLD Will Be The 1st To Hit 100K Registrations?

As of today there are over 414,000 new gTLD domain names registered.

.Guru is still leading the pack with over 47,000 registrations and is growing at the rate of 75-100 domains a day.

.Berlin is safely in second place for now, with  43K registrations and .Photography just topped 30K registrations.

The question we have today is a simple one which new gTLD will hit 100,000 registrations first.

We have included the three top new gTLD’s to date and have included some other what we consider likely choices.

We will even give you the option to pick none.

You can vote on the right side of the site and for bragging rights or to make a pick we didn’t select, feel free to comment.

Keep in mind that ICANN Last Resort Auctions first start in June and many of the “better” new gTLD’s are tied up in contention and ICANN Last resort Auctions are not scheduled to be completed this year.

So although you might think .web is the right answer it may not be out for another year art which point another extension would have hit 100K in registrations.

Here are your choices:
















(Dot Chinese Online)






Other New gTLD Not Mentioned

You can vote on the right and leave comments below