Bill Hartzer and Rob Monster are working on a rather ambitious project to provide a name protection/insurance type product. It started with a post on Namepros and then Rob posted a domains wanted thread to come up with the name, I submitted DNProtect.com and I can confirm my name was chosen and sold it to Rob for this new project.
Rob posted details about the project:
@bhartzer and I have agreed to work on a new venture that is designed to protect end-users from buying damaged domains. Some of the risk factors that can be mitigated include:
Prior Fraudulent Conveyance
Domain Theft post purchase
Civil Trademark Claims
Copyright / DMCA complaint
DNS Hijack protection
The product can be sold as a one-off risk assessment report for a fixed fee of $149 per domain. There will also be free API-based risk scoring estimate available to qualified partners, e.g. Estibot, etc.
The product upsell is an insurance product with target pricing of either:
(1) 1% of face value per year
(2) 4% of face value for duration of ownership
There is now a thread where people like Brad Mugford, Elliot Silver and others have posted what kinds of features and precautions the product needs to encompass. You can follow that thread and also provide your own commentary on what you think needs to be done to make the product viable.
It will be interesting to see where this product can go and what kind of support it will receive from domainers, registrars and marketplaces.