[photo] Mark Jeftovic

easyDNS CEO, Career Contrarian & AntiGuru

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An Open Letter to Bittorrent and File Sharing Sites

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The Birthday Massacre, who is managed by my former college prof Terry MacManus. During our telephone conversation discussing the effect of filesharing on content creators I downloaded their entire 6-album catalog via bittorrent. For free.

Since our successful wrangling with another ICANN registrar over the rights  of domain name holders and the responsibilities of registrars when transferring their names, we have unsurprisingly become a "goto" registrar for bittorrent and filesharing sites.

I wanted to clarify the easyDNS stance on this because I think the entire filesharing space has a limited time window to position for the future and nothing less … Read the rest

The New TLDs are Here. Do You Really Need Yourname.BLARGH?

Picture-161It's been a long time coming, but as of a few months ago, the onslaught of the new Top Level Domains ("TLDs") has commenced. This is quite the game-changer because the sheer volume of new TLDs necessitates a different strategy for protecting one's interests than was the general convention of the past.

In the past, everybody (except maybe us), would try to whip all their customers into a frenzy around the concept "Get your name under [dot]whatever before somebody else does!" (We were usually a bit more stand-offish about it, being deeply skeptical of that entire model).

Not every new … Read the rest

What the recent US Government announcement about transitioning the root really means.

nwo_agendaI was away when the big announcement came out. The news was, more or less,

"US GOVERNMENT RELINQUISHES CONTROL OF THE INTERNET!!!!!"

and I put it in all caps and underlined and with a lot of !!!! because the people who are busily talking about it in that context are typically newbie type half-wits, or journalists. The latter of which are barely distinguishable from the former, only because they aren't as intelligent and their knuckles tend to drag lower on the pavement when they walk.

Sorry if that sounds harsh, but this is the second time in less … Read the rest

YOU have a moral obligation to use crypto.

we_want_you_to_use_cryptoToday is The Day We Fight Back, a global initiative to send a message to our overlords that we're not thrilled about being spied on, subject to mass surveillance and basically living in an Orwellian nightmare.

Ordinarily we're not big "joiners" or "petition pushers", we think taking action has more efficacy. However, this is in it's own way doing just that. It is simply unfathomable to me how low on people's radar this issue is.

When the first revelations began surfacing that the NSA had basically implemented a surveillance state, I commented privately "just wait, eventually it will come … Read the rest

Domains Locked in London Police Takedown Ordered To Be Transferred.

wewinThe National Arbitration Forum has just handed down its decision in respect to the three domain names locked down at Public Domain Registry in response to the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit takedown requests. The decision is in favour of easyDNS and orders the three names to be transferred to us.

The full text of the decision is available here, the notable finding is that:

No court order has been issued which would prohibit the transfer of the domain names at issue from the Registrar of Record to the Gaining Registrar.  Therefore, there is nothing in

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