Domain Names

03 October 2006

A New Wave of Web Addresses Business Week

Business Week reports on the DotMobi launch with 88,000 domains registered in the first two days (75,000 registrations reported elsewhere). Business Week asks who is registering these domains. Sarah Deutsch, General Counsel of VERizon, is quoted again saying big-name companies are being forced to register dotMobi domains or risk brand damage. Sarah says "Anytime one of these top-level domains is introduced, we are forced to register these domains proactively because if you don't do that, you are going to find your trademark infringed. It might be linked with pornography or phishing or fraud. Companies are forced to come in and protect their crown jewels." Sarah goes on to say that dotMobi names don't offer the domain owners anything they can't do with their existing domains. Meanwhile dotMobi CEO Neil Edwards obviously disagrees although in the article he doesn't seem to give any convincing arguments.

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Internet Law - The Initial Interest Confusion Theory: The Beginning of Liability for Search Engine Companies Internet Business Law Services

One of the leading U.S. cases on the issue of liability for the use of trademarked terms is Brookfield Communications, Inc. v. West Coast Entertainment (Brookfield). The case concluded with a remarkable decision that marked the beginning of a new liability era for those using trademarked words in their advertisements. Brookfield held that the defendant company was liable to the plaintiff company, under the Trademark Infringement and Unfair Competition Laws of the U.S. Lanham Act for the defendant's use of plaintiff's trademarked term in defendant's Meta tags in Defendant's websites, even if no actual damage existed. This case introduced the Initial Interest Confusion liability theory that is still applicable in the U.S. Courts. Of the legal issues in the case, the Court considered whether there was an infringement of trademark claim; second, whether there was an unfair competition claim. These two issues were solved after intellectual property considerations in part that that related to the use of trademarked terms in domain names. Third, and most important for us in this discussion, the Court considered whether West Coast Entertainment Company (defendant) was liable for the use of the trademarked term "movieBuff" in the Meta tags in its website "westcoastvideo.com" or any other website different than "movieBuff.com." The Court decision was in the affirmative. The Court held that due to the Initial Interest Confusion theory, West Coast Entertainment Company was liable to Brookfield for the use of its trademarked term in the Meta tags of defendant's websites other than "movieBueff.com."

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11 May 2006

ICANN Chooses Privacy for Whois Electronic Privacy Information Center

ICANN has voted to adopt a policy protecting the privacy of domain holders' personal information.

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Interesting facts about domain names Yafla

Some interesting facts about domain names such as that of of the 676 possible two-letter sequences - they're all taken. And then even allowing for digits, giving 1296 combinations, again every single variation is taken. Als, there are 253,000 non-IDN domains that are 32 characters or longer, including 538 that are 63 characters long.

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Germans lead the charge to register .eu domain names The Guardian

Since Friday, any of the European Union's 450 million citizens can register a new .eu domain name. Though the Brussels-based European Registry of Internet Domain Names (EURid) did not expect to be trampled in the stampede, it received 350,000 pre-registration applications and a further 560,000 on the first day - making .eu bigger than many small country domains, though still behind the 4.8m permutations of .uk, or the 10m .com domains.

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1,5 million .eu registrations in less than a week (news release) Eurid

In less than a week from the general launch .eu has approximately 1.5 million domain names registered. This is in addition to all the applications made during the Sunrise phase which still await validation before they are activated.

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au: Govt opposes adult internet domain The Age

The federal government has written to the international internet domain name body to protest against moves by a United States company to establish the adult content domain .xxx.

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08 May 2006

Fast start for European net names BBC

More than 1.3 million .eu domains have been registered according to Eurid, the non-profit agency that oversees the new net name.

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Thousands lose out to touts in sale of .eu web addresses The Guardian

Internet touts have used a legal loophole to buy thousands of Europe's new internet addresses, thwarting attempts to crack down on cybersquatters and unscrupulous traders.

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eu: Fast start for European net names BBC

More than 1.3 million .eu domains have been registered according to Eurid, the non-profit agency that oversees the new net name.

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Interesting Facts About Domain Names Circle ID

During a database testing, Dennis Forbes makes use of the .com zone file as data sample but he also stumbles upon some unexpected domain name discoveries which he has reported on his site.

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Cybersquatters Try New Tactics Wired

Cybersquatting the domain name of a celebrity and selling it for a king's ransom was one of the great get-rich-quick schemes of the early internet. But since courts now tend to favor the star over the squatter, a new kinder, gentler cybersquatting tactic has emerged.

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Testing IDNs by Susan Crawford Circle ID

Internationalized (non-ascii) domain names (IDN) are a key issue for ICANN. Yesterday, the Board completed two days of workshop presentations about various matters (IANA, security, GAC relationships), and we were briefed on the IDN testing that is planned.

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au: Australia wants .xxx domain on hold Sydney Morning Herald

Senator Helen Coonan has weighed into the simmering debate over a new .xxx adult content domain name, calling for its creation to be delayed until the benefits are proven.

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ca: Open letter to ICANN from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority CIRA

CIRA is a respected and influential player in global Internet governance. This has been especially true when it comes to ICANN, where CIRA's involvement has included: participating actively in events leading to the creation of ICANN; helping create the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO); chairing the ccNSO working group on IANA; voluntarily contributing funds to ICANN; hosting the ICANN Montreal meeting; supporting the ICANN Vancouver meeting in many ways including being its main sponsor; and generally promoting the value and benefits of ICANN to the world community.

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Why The ICANN Board Would Love Transparency by Bret Fausett Lextext

Last night the members of the GNSO Council and members of the ICANN Board gathered for a working dinner in the main conference facility here in Wellington. The 8:00 p.m. dinner came at the end of a very long day, for everyone, that had begun 12 hours earlier and proceeded apace through a host of different meetings without interruption. Nevertheless, as long as these meetings have become, the GNSO believes that time with the Board is precious, so we insisted that the Board set this time aside. Predictably, given jet lag and the rigors of the day's meeting schedule, Board members and GNSO Councilors were falling asleep at the table. The topic for the working dinner was IDN TLDs. It was certainly nice to hear the preliminary thoughts of members of the Board on this subject, but I couldn't help but notice that the time demands on everyone made the meeting less productive that it otherwise might have been.

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18 April 2006

auDA wants input on domain rules ZDnet

Australia's domain name administrator today called for public comment on the practice of registering large numbers of domain names for the purpose of selling click-through advertising.

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Senators renew call for .xxx domains CNET

Controversial plans to create an Internet red-light district would be revived under a new U.S. Senate proposal. On Thursday, two Senate Democrats, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Max Baucus of Montana, introduced a bill called the "Cyber Safety for Kids Act of 2006." The 11-page measure would require the U.S. Department of Commerce to work with ICANN to develop plans for a domain name system that would house material deemed "harmful to minors."

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Registrars urge rejection of VeriSign's .com deal The Register

Nineteen internet companies, including Network Solutions, have asked ICANN's Board of Directors to reconsider a controversial agreement giving VeriSign control of the .com top-level domain until 2012.

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Timetable for Testing IDNS in Top-Level Domains Announced Circle ID

ICANN released today a statement outlining a proposal by the President's Committee on IDNs (co-chaired by Hualin Qian, Mouhamet Diop and Paul Twomey) for a timetable leading to the technical testing of IDNs at the TLD level.

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ICANN tests global domain names Silicon

Icann is to test Arabic, Chinese and other non-Roman characters in domain names. Also see http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/03/16/1142098568084.html and http://www.dmeurope.com/default.asp?ArticleID=14180

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jp: Total Number of JP Domain Name Registration Reaches 800,000 (news release) Japan Registry Services

On March 2, 2006, JPRS announced that the accumulated total of registered JP domain name as of March 1, 2006 exceeded 800,000, marking 801,997. The number of registered Japanese JP domain name reached 118,450, hitting a record high. This number of Japanese JP domain name, which accounts for 15% of whole JP domain name, is the second largest number of registered IDN among the 248 ccTLDs worldwide next to .de (Germany), tying for second place with .tw (Taiwan).

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.KR domain names to be forced to 2-nd level Domain Times

Starting September, all Korean 2LD, such as .CO.KR, .OR.KR, .GO.KR and others will be covered by .KR names.

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Answers from Vint Cerf: The Road Ahead for Top-Level Domains Circle ID

Earlier this year we requested your questions on one of ICANN's most heated discussions -- issues involving TLDs -- which we passed on to Vint Cerf, Google's VP and Chief Internet Evangelist and chairman of the board of ICANN. Despite an understandably heavy schedule, Vint Cerf has taken the time to personally respond to more questions than we had originally anticipated. So with our special thanks, here are his responses.

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12 March 2006

China and the break-up of the net BBC

Chinese ideas about the setting up its own domain name system could change the global nature of the internet, argues internet law professor Michael Geist.

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