Daily Snippets – 12 February

Here is a round up of some recent stories that I found interesting – hope you do too.

Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

Saw an interesting article earlier this morning on Andrew Allemann’s Domain Name Wire.

It concerned a well known Australian company (Carman’s Fine Foods) trying to acquire the domain name Carmans.com.au by means of an auDRP (dispute mechanism).

The trouble for them is that the existing registrant was perfectly entitled to the domain. His surname is “Carman”, and he used the domain name for one of his businesses. The panelist (John Swinson) was scathing in some of his remarks:

“The Panel considers the Complainant launched the proceedings following several failed attempts to purchase the Disputed Domain Name at what it considered to be a reasonable price. The Complainant ought to have known its Complaint was doomed to fail”.

What makes this even sweeter for Mr Carman is that he defended this himself – yet the complainant engaged lawyers to act for them.

I’m glad the panelist found in favour of a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking – it’s just a pity there is no financial penalty attributed to such a finding. This would definitely discourage such claims from being made so readily.

China And Trademarks

Whilst this doesn’t have a lot of relevance to domain names, I saw this great article written by Nicole Murdoch (Senior Associate (IP Law) Bennett & Philp Lawyers). Nicole was on the auDA 2015 Names Panel.

A ruling by China’s highest court could spark mayhem among international manufacturers after it effectively gave the red light to trade mark infringement claims for goods manufactured in China for export.

It’s worth a read.

Aussie StartUp Founder Uses These Tools

Read another excellent piece on StartupSmart yesterday.

Holly Cardew in an Aussie now based in San Francisco. Her startup business is Pixcthey specialise in removing the background from product images. I remember how many hours I spent on this task when I ran an eCommerce business years ago!

Anyway, Holly put together a list of tools she used (and uses) to get her business up and running.

It’s great to see Aussies succeeding all over the world!


If you have any comments on any of the above, I’d love to hear them.

Should you have any suggestions for future stories – or any “hot news”, please let me know.

I’m also always on the lookout for people to interview. It is great to share peoples’ journeys in the domain world. So please get in touch if you would like to be featured. It’s totally free – I’m a great believer in a “rising tide lifts all boats”.

Best wishes for your online success.

5 thoughts on “Daily Snippets – 12 February

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    February 12, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Great Ned!

    Thank you – it’s terrific to get this information and news with an Australian focus.

    I have a request for a story.

    Your parking experience and processes at Fabulous.

    How you started. How things have changed. How you have your parked domain listings set up there…. make offer? type of landing page?

    Parking revenue? (as a % of estimated value?)

    Number of enquiries (% of holdings?) and your general experience.

    If you were able to share, I think a lot of domain investors would be really interested in hearing how you do it…. I know I would

    Thanks again


    • Ned O'Meara
      February 12, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Thanks for your comments Richard.

      Not sure if I’ll be able to provide all that info (!), but certainly I’d be happy to do an article.

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    February 13, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Agree there should be penalties for RDNH. Hope registrant holds out for big payday.

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    February 13, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Nice list of tools. One glaring omission though – slack. If you have a distributed team you gotta be using slack..

    Also great to see the little guy winning auDRP

    • Ned O'Meara
      February 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Just had a squiz. Never heard of “Slack”.

      But it looks good:

      NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is one of tens of thousands of teams around the world using Slack to make their working lives simpler, more pleasant, and more productive.


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