Schlagwort-Archive: ICM Registry

XXX gegen YouPorn

Nachdem im letzten Jahr durch Manwin (YouPorn, PornHub, Brazzers, Digital Playground…) eine Klage gegen ICANN und ICM Registry eingereicht wurde, folgt nun die Antwort. ICM, der Anbieter von XXX-Domains, hat am vergangenen Freitag beim kalifornischen Bundesbezirksgericht eine Gegenklage gestartet. Die Vorwürfe lauten wie folgt:

Manwin has colluded with at least, Digital Playground, and their related companies, affiliates, brands and certain third party affiliates to prevent the emergence of other tube sites through improper means in order to protect its dominance in the relevant market or markets as alleged herein.

Manwin, Digital Playground, and their related companies, affiliates, brands, and certain third party affiliates have conspired to boycott the .XXX TLD and have coerced and/or encouraged the boycott of .XXX websites by third parties in order to maintain a monopoly over the relevant market or markets as alleged herein.

Manwin, Digital Playground, and their related companies, affiliates, brands, and certain third party affiliates have intended to restrain trade in the product market mentioned above through inhibiting commercialization and utilization of the .XXX TLD.

Plaintiffs are informed and believe that Manwin and Digital Playground have combined and conspired to undertake at least the following anti-competitive practices intended to restrain trade in the relevant market or markets

(a) Engaging in improper “tying” arrangements  with webmasters  in which said Counterdefendants condition the promotion of the webmasters websites on Manwin’s tube sites on a boycott of the .XXX TLD;

(b) Instigating a boycott of .XXX and refusing to advertise, promote or host content for companies, individuals or groups that use .XXX;

(c) Engaging in harassment and coercion to extort high value tube site names such as “tube.xxx” for below market prices;

(d) Demanding that ICM allocate it several thousand domain names at below market prices and requiring assurances that neither ICM’s nor IFFOR’s registry policies would introduce any policies that limited or prevented tube sites from existing in .XXX;

(e) Improperly coercing industry groups into blocking the promotion of  .XXX at adult entertainment  events and gatherings in an attempt to improperly restrain the trade of ICM;

(f) Conditioning contracts with third parties on non-involvement with the .XXX TLD; and

(g) Engaging in an unfair anticompetitive campaign against .XXX in order to prevent ICM from bringing .XXX to market.

Manwin has conspired and combined with Digital Playground, a leading content provider, to maintain Manwin’s monopoly or market power (and Digital Playground’s visibility) by harassing, oppressing, boycotting  and interfering with ICM Registry’s commercialization of .XXX.

If not enjoined, there is a high likelihood that Manwin’s monopolization over the relevant markets will continue to the exclusion of existing and potential competitors giving Manwin unfettered discretion to fix prices, refuse to deal and restrain trade.

Manwin has acted in concert with at least Digital Playground, and their related companies, affiliates, brands, and network of webmasters to boycott the .XXX TLD, and have engaged in predatory anti-competitive acts as discussed above in violation of the Cartwright Act.

Manwin has engaged in libel and trade defamation, including without limitation a libelous press release about this very lawsuit in which Manwin’s (false) allegations were reported as facts, intended to interfere with ICM’s existing and prospective business relationships.

Such actions constitute unfair competition in violation of Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act because they are designed to drive a legitimate market participant out of the market by improper means.

Counterdefendants’ acts complained of herein  have damaged and will continue to damage Counterclaimant irreparably.

Counterclaimant is therefore entitled to an injunction restraining and order

As part of its .XXX Founders Program and Sunrise A reservation period, ICM offered members of the adult entertainment industry the ability to secure and develop .XXX domain names and apply for advanced registration of  .XXX domains in exchange for a registration fee.

In response to these offerings, members of the adult entertainment industry expressed their intention to enter agreements and/or did enter into agreements with ICM, including .XXX Founder Premium Domain Name Licensing Fees Contracts and .XXX Premium Generic Names Contracts, for registration of .XXX domains.

For example, ICM entered into registration agreements with Really Useful, Ltd., the registrant for the domain names orgasms.xxx and casting.xxx.

Under its contracts with this registrant, ICM was to receive a series of payments in exchange for reservation of those domains.

In addition to the contracts for the orgasms.xxx and casting.xxx domains, Really Useful, Ltd. intended to enter into additional premium name contracts with ICM for other .XXX domains.

Manwin had knowledge of ICM’s offering of domain name registration to the members of the adult entertainment industry and ICM’s agreements obtained from this offering based on various public announcements, including ICM’s announcement on the successful conclusion of its .XXX Founder Program, which included the orgasms.xxx and casting.xxx domains.

On information and belief, Manwin had knowledge of adult entertainment industry members’ intention to apply for registration of .XXX domains based on communications with those members and/or Internet publications expressing these members’ intention to apply for registration.

On information and belief, Manwin intended to disrupt the economic relationship between ICM and these industry members who intended to apply for .XXX registrations by indicating that Manwin would not take video uploads, links, sites or ads from .XXX sites.

The actions of Manwin disrupted the relationship ICM had with these industry members who intended to apply for .XXX registrations.  Manwin’s actions deterred these parties from purchasing .XXX domain names because their ability to monetize such domain names would be greatly inhibited by Manwin’s boycott.

These parties decided to forego their applications to register .XXX domain names with ICM as a result of Manwin’s actions.

Certain of these parties also lost revenue as a direct result of Manwin’s boycott of their content and advertising and consequently were forced to seek deferral of payment to ICM for the generic .XXX domain names they had acquired.

Search.xxx

Heute startete die Suchmaschine Search.xxx für Websites unter der neuen Top-Level-Domain. Allerdings handelt es sich nur um eine ähnliche Google-Suche und auch die PR-Kampagne war nicht der große Knaller.

.porn

Heute endet die Bewerbungsphase für neue Top-Level-Domains. ICANN wird nun die Bewerbungen prüfen und am 1. Mai 2012 alle angenommenen Anträge veröffentlichen. Es gilt als sicher, dass Domain-Endungen wie “.web” oder “.shop” hinzukommen und auch Google bestätigt, sich um ein ganzes Portfolio beworben zu haben.

Das Unternehmen ICM Registry, das bereits seit Dezember 2011 mit der .xxx-Domain am Markt ist und nach eigenen Angaben über 215.000 Registrierungen verzeichnet, teilte jetzt mit, dass die Top-Level-Domains “.porn”, “.sex” und “.adult” beantragt wurden. Dabei garantiert ICM Registry einen Bestandsschutz (“grandfathering”) für gleichlautende .xxx-Domainnamen.

Great Tits

Vorgestern startete die freie Registrierung von .xxx-Domains. Bereits seit September wird diese neue Top-Level-Domain mit launigen Spots beworben, beispielsweise mit einer ornithologischen Anspielung auf die Doppeldeutigkeit von Great Tits.

Great-Tits-Video

YouPorn verklagt ICANN

Für ICM Registry war es ein langer Weg bis zur Genehmigung der .xxx-Top-Level-Domain durch die “Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers” (ICANN). Nach vielerlei Protest und über zehnjährigem Verfahren gab es am 18. März 2011 grünes Licht für den virtuellen Rotlichtbezirk. Bereits sechs Monate später startete die erste Registrierungsphase (Sunrise Period) und schnell wurde klar, dass sich ICM Registry nun die Taschen füllen will. Die Jahresgebühren von 60 US-Dollar entsprechen dem Zehnfachen sonstiger Domainkosten und Markeninhaber müssen “Schutzgelder” zahlen. Dagegen wehrt sich nun Manwin, Betreiber von YouPorn und weiteren Tubes. Am 16. November 2011 wurde beim kalifornischen Bundesbezirksgericht eine Klage eingereicht. Diese richtet sich gegen ICANN, ICM Registry und zehn John Does wegen monopolistischem Geschäftsgebaren, ungerechtfertigter Preistreiberei sowie unfairem Verhalten und Wettbewerbsbehinderung. Gleichzeitig wurde eine weitere Beschwerde eingelegt.

.xxx – Pornodomain kommt

Über fünf Jahre bemühte sich das Unternehmen ICM Registry Inc. darum, die neue Domainendung .xxx einzuführen. Heute nun beschloss die Adressverwaltung ICANN eine Zulassung zu erteilen. Damit ist der Weg frei für einen virtuellen Rotlichtbezirk im Internet. Zufrieden sind weder Pornogegner, noch -produzenten. Denn die einheitliche Top-Level-Domain erleichtert eine schnellere Auffindbarkeit, aber auch einfachere Filterung von pornografischen Websites. Ende 2010 soll es losgehen.