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The release of the .spa domain is overshadowed by arguments and lawsuits. Anything but relax!

NameSphere, who together with Asia Spa and Wellness Promotion Council Limited, manage the .spa domain has long been in a conflict with DotPH (the Philippine registry).

NameSphere was founded in 2012 by Edmon Chung from dotAsia to invest in new gTLDs. In 2012 DotPH invested $ 300,000 in NameSphere. $ 60,000 of this $ 300,000 was intended to obtain a 30% direct ownership in the management of .spa domain names.

However, NameSphere then made a deal with Asia Spa and Wellness Promotion Council Limited to manage the .spa extension (they now together form the .spa registry) and now claims that DotPH cannot claim a 30% direct ownership of the .spa domain. No way DotPH agrees. So DotPH went to the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Court of First Instance First Instance in.

Since it will take the court some time to rule whether or not DotPH is entitled to 30% of the .spa domain, DotPH wants to secure the incomes generated by the release of the .spa domain. According to DotPH’s Joel Desini, DotPH has no intention of delaying the release of .spa, but they do want to be sure that the .spa registry will not sell premium .spa domain names at a lower price. Premium names are names of which the registry decides in advance to sell them at a higher price because they believe that there will be a lot of interest in them. DotPH wants to prevent such names from being sold at a lower price to friendly parties or to a very select public. Therefore, they request that half of all revenues generated by the release of the .spa domain be deposited in an escrow account until there is a final court ruling regarding the ownership of the .spa domain.

The court in Hong Kong seems to follow DotPH’s reasoning because it has already decided that from April 1, 2021 the .spa registry may not sell, lease or dispose .spa names in any other way. The .spa registry doesn’t agree with this and therefore the release of the .spa domain started on April 20, 2021. According to the registry, there is no problem for all contracts that were concluded before April 1, 2021. The registry after all, signs a contract with a registrar and it is that registrar who then sells the .spa names to registrants (end users).
The registrar thus acts as an intermediary between the .spa registry and the actual end-user of the .spa name. Precisely because of these intermediaries, it is not possible, according to the .spa registry, to engage in “favoritism” and to sell premium .spa names at a lower price. Until now, the .spa registry will let the release continue.

In the meantime, this case continues in court, to be continued, but the release of the .spa domain is undoubtedly not as relaxed as the registry had imagined.

A day of relaxation, wellness, sauna, massage, everyone can enjoy it from time to time. So an own extension for the wellness industry isn’t that crazy. And the .spa domain was born.

However, the .spa extension is not limited to just wellness. Also residents and companies from Spa and companies under the Italian company form S.p.A. can register a .spa domain name.

The release of this extension takes place in 3 phases:

1) Sunrise: April 20, 2021 to May 20, 2021
During this sunrise, owners of a registered brand name can register their name under the .spa domain. The name must also be registered with the TradeMark ClearingHouse (TMCH). During the sunrise, a .spa domain name must be registered for 2 years.

2) Landrush: May 26, 2021 to June 24, 2021
During landrush, anyone who meets the conditions can register a name under .spa. The names are awarded on the basis of the first come, first served principle. You also pay a higher price during this period if you wish to register your name. This higher price normally only applies to the first year.

The following persons / companies can register a name under the .spa domain:

– You are professionally engaged in spa and wellness activities OR
– You live in Spa or you have a business in Spa OR
– You are an Italian company under the S.p.A. business form

Proof can be requested by the registry (company certificate, beauty or wellness certificate, proof of address, …).

3) General availabilty from July 1, 2021
From 1 July 2021, anyone who wishes to do so and who meets the conditions of the registry can register a .spa domain name at a fixed standard price.

The following persons / companies can register a name under the .spa domain:

– You are professionally engaged in spa and wellness activities OR
– You live in Spa or you have a business in Spa OR
– You are an Italian company under the S.p.A. business form

Proof can be requested by the registry (company certificate, beauty or wellness certificate, proof of address, …).

bNamed is happy to help you with the registration of your .spa domain name.

Traveling, on holiday abroad, dreaming away on pearly white beaches or an adventure in the mountains, that already been a while ago. And many people crave it more than ever. Discovering other cultures, away from everything and everyone, is guaranteed to be on many people’s to do list.

Let people dream away now with your most amazing travel stories. Or do you offer them the opportunity to book their dream trip through you? Then a .travel domain name is perfect for you. 

Have you got your own bed and breakfast? Do you offer day trips in your own country? Do you know the most beautiful places in the Ardennes or by the sea? A kids-proof walk or exploring your own city? Vacation in your own country, a so called staycation, has never been so popular. With a .travel name it is already clear that everyone can contact you.

It is the ideal time to register your .travel name. Moreover, you can now enjoy a nice promo at bNamed for every new .travel registration. What are you waiting for? Register your .travel domain name and start dreaming!

Lots of people nowadays have a tattoo. A tribute to a loved one, the name of your children, an unforgettable moment or a date? More and more people have this immortalized on their own bodies. Do you put fantastic tattoos? Do you translate the wishes of your customers perfectly into their dream tattoo? Then a .ink name is a fun way to make this clear to everyone.

However, a .ink domain name is not only intended for tattoo artists. Do you deliver flawless printing? As an artist, do you make beautiful sketches in Chinese ink? Or do you make refills for printers, fountain pens or ballpoint pens? These are all perfect reasons to register a .ink name.

Moreover, you can enjoy a nice promo at bNamed if you register a .ink name. Leave a permanent impression and register your .ink domain name now.