Domain Names

01 March 2006

IANA Up For Grabs? Computerwire

The US government wants to hear from organizations interested in running some of the internet's key resources, including the master lists of IP address space and domain names.

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uk: Nominet readies itself for next decade The Times

Two leading figures in the UK's internet registry make their cases for Nominet's change and growth to Kieren McCarthy

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ICANN, At the Crossroads by Bret Fausett Lextext

Several things are coming together in the next few months that place ICANN squarely at a crossroads. Will ICANN approve the proposed Verisign agreement? What will the courts say about ICANN's authority over those with which it has contracts? Will ICANN approve a new .XXX top-level domain? What changes will ICANN make in the role of the Government Advisory Committee to appease governments? Will the IGF look to have a role in ICANN oversight? What will happen when ICANN's current Memorandum of Understanding with the United States expires in September, 2006? The questions all revolve around a single axis: is ICANN the right organization for the coordination and regulatory task it has been assigned?

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Domain names as mobile phone numbers IBM

Learn how you can take the Domain Name System (DNS), which is used primarily on the Internet, and implement it in mobile phones. Find out what DNS is all about, how mobile phones actually work behind the scenes, and how a domain name can simplify how you contact a mobile user.

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China alters definition of 'Cybersquatting' Zeenews

China today said it has redefined the meaning of "Cybersquatters" to promote a more orderly growth of internet domain names and avoid legal battles.

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25 February 2006

uk: Internet registry in trouble over status The Times

Nominet has come under fire from members of its own policy board following a decision to radically change its status.

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uk: Nominet faces rebellion over rule changes The Register

Nominet is facing a grassroots rebellion over proposed changes to company rules that will see it enter a more commercial phase.

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China alters definition of cybersquatting Xinhua

China will narrow the meaning of "cybersquatters" and will now only use the term to refer to those who register Internet domain names and sell them to rivals of a company that owns the rights to the name.

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20 February 2006

uk: Nominet flip-flops on industry code of conduct The Register

Nominet UK, the outfit that administers the .uk domain, says it's committed to "raising standards in the UK internet industry" four years after insisting a code of conduct was "not feasible".

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uk: Nominet takes lead on raising standards in UK Internet industry (news release) Nominet

A survey of registrars by Nominet, the .uk domain name registry, has revealed that two-thirds agreed with the need for improved self-regulation in the domain name industry and over 80 per cent supported a code of conduct for registrars.

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Europe’s new Internet domain “.eu” today got 71,235 new applications in one hour (news release) Eurid

EURid opened its systems to receive applications for .eu domain names from anyone within the EU claiming prior rights to a certain domain name. During the first 15 minutes after 11:00 today EURid received 27 949 applications. After an hour, at 12:00, the number was 71 235.

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au: Pest gives himself a sporting chance The Age

NOTORIOUS cybersquatter Brad Norrish, certainly has a never-say-die attitude. After having his deceptive antics reined in by several Australian courts, Perth-based Norrish has taken on US sporting channel network ESPN.

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12 February 2006

cn: Rule change aids China cyber-squatters VNUnet

New regulations will make it more difficult for companies to protect their domain names from cyber-squatters in China.

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A Pragmatic Report on IPv4 Address Space Consumption by Tony Hain, Cisco Systems Cisco research paper

When I interact with people from all around the world discussing IPv6, there continue to be questions about the projected lifetime for IPv4. This article presents consumption rate and lifetime projections based on publicly available Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) data. In addition, there is discussion about why the widely quoted alternative projection may be flawed, thus leading everyone to believe we have much more time than we might.

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uk: Nominet's Raising Industry Standards consultation deadline extended Nominet

We have made a commitment to raising standards in the Internet industry. To achieve this, we are proposing to make a number of important changes to the terms of the registrar contract. The changes set out in this consultation paper will affect both registrars and registrants, so it is important that you tell us what you think.

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First results in: People not happy with new dotcom contract The Register

People's first thoughts on the revised contract for all dotcoms have started appearing and so far it's unanimous: they hate it.

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Deal places limits on .com fees BBC

ICANN has put forward a revised deal to settle a long-running dispute over the crucial .com domain name.

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29 January 2006

Sex.com fetches $12 million as domain name canada.com

So you want to buy sex.com? Too late. What is arguably the most valuable piece of real estate on the Internet has been sold for a reported $12 million U.S. in cash and stock by San Diego website developer Gary Kremen.

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my: MCMC, Mynic seek domain name feedback star-techcentral.com

Mynic, Malaysia's designated country-code top level domain name managing organisation, and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) are seeking a second round of public feedback on their plan to bring back second-level domain names.

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The First French Judicial Decision Over .EU circleid.com

Over at VoxPI, Alexandre Nappey reports that, a few days ago, the first French judicial decision over a .eu domain name was released -- or more specifically the first decision over an application for a .eu name.

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UK is .eu sceptic El Reg

Germany is leading the scramble to snap up new European domains, while the UK is being a tad .eusceptic.

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au: Scammers go offline The Age

If cyberland is the new frontier, then Chesley Rafferty and Brad Norrish are definitely its cowboys. The pair have gained a reputation as profligate cyber-scammers for sending out misleading invoices to businesses asking them to register their domain names.

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WIPO Responds to Significant Cybersquatting Activity In 2005 circleid.com

A report released by WIPO has announced a 20% increase in the number of cybersquatting cases filed in 2005 as compared to 2004. The report further indicates that “in 2005, a total of 1,456 cybersquatting cases were filed with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center. This increase represents the highest number of cybersquatting cases handled by the WIPO Center since 2001.”

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WIPO responds to significant cybersquatting activity in 2005 (news release) WIPO

WIPO saw a 20% increase in the number of cybersquatting (abusive registration of trademarks as domain names) cases filed in 2005 as compared to 2004. In 2005, a total of 1,456 cybersquatting cases were filed with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center. This increase represents the highest number of cybersquatting cases handled by the WIPO Center since 2001.

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