In a brutal article, entitled “Pre-order your .cm domain now, start making money off Domain Typos Soon“,TechCrunch talks about the Namejet.com/Enom exclusive .CM registry arrangement we told you about last week, for the .cm domain landrush.
The article discusses the Business 2.0 article on Kevin Ham, as well as that several trademarked terms appeared on NameJet site when they checked out the backorder page.
As many readers discussed last night on another post on the .CM domains, this is not going to help the domain industry, yet Cameroon has a absolute right to the .cm extension.
Cameroon’s country code, like every other country, was determined by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which manages the root zone file: http://www.iana.org
All country codes have to be 2 letters, and cannot be three.
It was not like Cameroon went out and asked to be .cm it was just assigned that way.
You know my opinion on this already.
If a the .com belongs to the trademark owner then stay away from the .cm.
Also keep in mind even if its a generic term anyone can sue anybody including domain holders.
However, as I said last night if its a generic term like poker.com (poker.com is not trademarked, at least the site does not indicate it) and you have a site developed in that industry you might want to very selectively register .cm.
Keep in mind the registrations are steep; $350 for 2 years, PPC revenue is down, and the best of the generic terms are going to wind up in auction.
Let’s not forget that many ISP’s wildcard mistyped traffic for their own benefit as well.