The .be registry has carried out a survey to dropcatching within the .be domain. Dropcatching is the re-registering of an expired domain name the second that domain name becomes available for registration. The most striking result was that dropcatching of .be domain names is rising rapidly. While in 2009 and 2010 less than 5% of the expired domain names were registered again by a dropcatcher, in 2011 this amount has more than doubled to over 10%.
ICM (.xxx registry) has recently blocked some .xxx names which were registered by cybersquatters rather unexpectedly. Question is whether this action is as positive as it was meant by the registry and whether the registry didn’t cause confusion by doing this.
EURid (.eu registry) has made a proposal to change the transfer and trade procedure for a .eu name during 2012. The aim would be to replace the current procedure with a quicker procedure that is also more in line to standard transfer procedures of other TLD’s.
The .xxx-General Availability has been delayed for at least one hour because of a technical issue at the .xxx-registry. During a last-minute check, an amount of domain names that was actually requested during the sunrise or landrush was still being shown as available in the registry system while they should not be available for registration.
We’ll keep you updated once there is more news on this.
Today the .fr registry didn’t just relax the rules for .fr registrations, they also released some other extensions which they manage: .re, .yt, .pm, .wf and .tf. As from today everyone who has an address within the European Union can register a name under one of those extensions.
As from today, the new rules for .fr registrations came into force. Those new rules mean a relaxation of the current registration policy.