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Uniform Rapid Suspension by the numbers

According to the news from Domain Forum of China on April 9th,a look at which new top level domain names are getting hit with the most URS cases.

Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) was introduced along with new top level domains as a sort of faster, cheaper version of UDRP. Companies can make a cybersquatting claim against a domain name in the abbreviated procedure. If they win, the domain name is suspended rather than transferred like it is in a UDRP.

Both National Arbitration Forum (NAF) and Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) handle URS cases. So far NAF has posted 272 decided or pending URS cases on its website covering 319 domains. ADNDRC has posted 24 decided cases covering 49 domain names.

I recorded the domain names so far to see which TLDs are being hit with the most URS cases. Here are the top 5:

1. Club 30
2. Email 27
3. Wang 25
4. Top 12
5. Guru 11

118 unique top level domain names have URS complaints, and 20 have five or more.

I’d caution against reading too much into this data. In the case of .email, for example, almost all of the cases are against an individual company. This data also doesn’t include UDRP cases filed against domains under new TLDs, which arguably include some of the more egregious cases. It’s also worth noting that the complainants don’t win every time.

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