Archive for February, 2012

Grocery chain wins first .XXX UDRP case

Posted on February 9th, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

According to Domain Name Wire, HEB Grocery Company, headquartered in San Antonio, is the first complainant to win a uniform domain name dispute resolution (UDRP) case for a .xxx domain name (HEB.xxx)

Atlanta resident Eric Gonzales registered the domain name after he claims to have contacted the grocery chain to see if they were going to register it.

Gonzales’ approach is certainly interesting. Here’s how the World Intellectual Property Forum panel summed it up:

Respondent is an individual, located in the U.S. state of Georgia, who indicates that he was doing “extensive research for a TV news report on businesses that have not registered .XXX domains with possible variations close to their names.” Respondent states that he contacted several businesses that bought .XXX domains after he brought the matter to their attention but that Complainant was not one of them so he bought the disputed domain because of Complainant’s failure to exhibit a proactive approach. Respondent states that he was later contacted by counsel for Complainant “DEMANDING” he relinquish control over the disputed domain but that Complainant never asked. Respondent states “Everything would have been avoided if they would have asked.”, because then he “would have gladly GIVEN” them the domain. Respondent noted several policies involving the .XXX gTLD which cause him to question the general availability of domain sites if they are allowed to be taken away by companies that fail to block the initial purchase. Respondent stated that he could have avoided dealing with this legal issue and consulting legal advice if Complainant had taken steps to block his purchase.

Another strike against Gonzales: he admitted he’s not part of the sponsored community (adult sites).

@AndrewHazen

David Choe Just Made $200 Million For Painting Facebook’s Office in 2005

Posted on February 3rd, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

According to the New York Times, in 2005, David Choe was invited to paint murals on the walls of Facebook’s first offices in Palo Alto, Calif., by Sean Parker, then Facebook’s president. As pay, Mr. Parker offered Mr. Choe a choice between cash in the “thousands of dollars,” according to several people who know Mr. Choe, or stock then worth about the same.

Mr. Choe, who has said that at the time that he thought the idea of Facebook was “ridiculous and pointless,” nevertheless chose the stock.

Many “advisers” to the company at that time, which is how Mr. Choe would have been classified, would have received about 0.1 to 0.25 percent of the company, according to a former Facebook employee. That may sound like a paltry amount, but a stake that size is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, based on a market value of $100 billion. Mr. Choe’s payment is valued at roughly $200 million, according to a number of people who know Mr. Choe and Facebook executives.

Domain Auction Results from DomainFest

Posted on February 2nd, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

Today was the final day of DomainFest when the big domain auction is held…To date, the reported sales was $393,450 for 23 sold domains out of 61 domains.

The Top 10 Domain Name Sales were:
Place Domain Price
1 Empire.com $135,000.00
2 Qe.com $89,000.00
3 CatFood.com $62,000.00
4 Marriages.com $36,000.00
5 ICard.com $26,000.00
6 RentalTrucks.com $12,500.00
7 Avengers.com $4,000.00
8 Margo.com $4,000.00
9 StripMall.com $3,700.00
10 LiverDonor.com $3,000.00

It’s interesting to note that a few high bids were rejected for EO.com ($200k), Sox.com ($50k) and Drill.com ($42k)

@AndrewHazen