Domain Names

30 June 2007

Speculators grab iPhone domain names Sydney Morning Herald

Visit iPhone.com and you'll see ads for various cell phones that play music - but Apple Inc.'s much-hyped iPhone isn't one of them. The domain name was grabbed long before Jan. 9, when Apple announced its gadget combining a cell phone, an iPod media player and a wireless Internet device. Since then, speculators and entrepreneurs have registered thousands of iPhone-related Internet addresses.

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29 June 2007

TLD Or Not TLD For Cities? Berlin Senate Wants Out Intellectual Property Watch

A fight has begun over the virtual existence of Germany's capital: Does a .berlin address space have a right to exist beside the old standby berlin.de? The outcome of the fight could have a broader effect on the future of city names on the Internet. So reports Intellectual Property Watch.

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ICANN in Puerto Rico - Day Three Wrap

Day three of the ICANN meeting in San Juan, and Burke Hansen in The Register reports on discussions of the expansion of the TLDs available, or as he notes, "two distinct kinds of TLDs - one for information about cities or purely geographic regions, and another for linguistic and cultural preservation". Meanwhile, at domainnamenews.com, Adam Strong comments "after reading the transcript of the 'tutorial' on domain tasting, [he] was pretty disappointed by what's going on. It's pretty clear at least one presenter got things off track. Representing the Business Constituency (BC), Maryiln Cade focused on what she called 'the harmful aspect, the dark side, ... a scheme that is involving the abusive registration and exploitation of the rights of others.'"

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What Is Cybersquatting and What Can Be Done About It? ACPA or UDRP? Domain Informer

Have you ever had a third party register a domain name that is either exactly the same or very similar to your trademark? If so, it may be a Cybersquatting issue. Cybersquatting is registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name with a bad-faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else. To address this issue, Congress enacted what is known as the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act ("ACPA"). The ACPA amended the Lanham Act by providing trademark owners with a civil remedy against cybersquatting.

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28 June 2007

ICANN in Puerto Rico - Day Two Wrap

On day two of the ICANN meeting in San Juan, Burke Hansen in The Register wrote of the RAA that has, he says, "forced ICANN into a bout of soul-searching, and the potential reform" with "wide-ranging debate about ICANN's purpose and the rights of registrants to their domains" along with how to deal with the failure of a registry. Hansen wonders if it's fair that most registrants treat their domain name as some form of property and "is it a correct reflection of intellectual property for no other reason than ICANN's convenience"? Data escrow, registrar audits and enforcement of RAAs are also briefly covered. IDG also covered the RAA noting one of the issues is how to protect the privacy of data and data escrow. On the RAA, "Beau Brendler, director of Consumer Reports Webwatch, suggested that ICANN provide more information about registrars, including ratings, so that consumers can make better informed decisions when choosing one." Stacy Burnette is quoted saying starting next month her team will publish a report twice a year with results from their registrar audits.

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27 June 2007

ICANN in Puerto Rico - Day One Wrap

ICANN's 29th international meeting kicked off on Monday (25th) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Much warmer than it currently is in Sydney, it would be nice to be there! The serious business of this ICANN meeting has received widespread coverage from 2 sources - Associated Press and IDG. The Register through Burke Hansen is also there. Internationalised Domain Names, new TLDs, transparency and IPv6 are among the items to be discussed.

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All the new .mx IP addresses will be allocated on IPv6 Nic Mexico

According to forecasts of some investigators, in the next three years the central pool of Internet Protocol addresses of the present version 4, IPv4 will be depleted, so from January 1st, of 2011, NIC Mexico will not be able to allocate anymore IPv4 addresses and will only assign IP addresses in version 6 of the Internet Protocol (IPv6).

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Domain name industry booming with multimillion-dollar sales, but is it sustainable? Red Herring

If hefty domain name prices are any indication, the dot-com resurgence may be headed for another bust. Just take a look at last week's live auction sale by domain name broker Moniker. On Friday at the Traffic conference in New York, Moniker beat its record for the largest sale of a single domain name at live auction. That sale went to Creditcheck.com, which took in a cool $3 million. When the day was done, Pompano Beach, Florida-based Moniker had raked in $10.9 million for brokering 115 names.

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Domain Names Market Remains Hot...A Bubble Waiting To Burst? Search Engine Journal

In April, Pablo Palatnik wrote a blog post, "Domain Names Have Become True Commodities". Pablo writes "[i]t's now June and the market for Domain names is still rising in prices. It's much like the housing market two years ago, not quite as hot and profitable yet, but there are a lot of people making serious money from domain names."

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26 June 2007

McAfee: attacks coming for infrastructure, digital home ComputerWorld

"Online criminals looking for new areas to attack in the next few years will find green fields in the internet infrastructure and the digital home, researchers with McAfee's AVERT labs said last week." Further, McAfee says "well-known problems like phishing, spam, bots and rootkits are on the rise." Computerworld quotes McAfee's Anti-Virus Emergency Response Team (AVERT) labs virus research manager (Craig Schmugar) saying "in the short-term, it will be the infrastructure side of things, [but] in the long term, it will be digital entertainment." Schmugar also says the recent flaw in Windows DNS servers is a good example of things to come.

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23 June 2007

Business.com Could Hit Jackpot on Auction Block Wall Street Journal

The domain name, and the business that has developed with it, business.com is up for auction and the Wall Street Journal reports it could sell for anywhere between US$300 million and $400 million. The domain was bought for $7.5 million back in 1999. Widely derided for paying such a high fee, the domain holders are set to make a huge profit. Business.com is used as “a search engine used by businesses to find products and services. Credit Suisse is running the auction, and potential buyers have included media companies The New York Times and Dow Jones.

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22 June 2007

TRAFFIC: Beyond Pay-Per-Click Domain Name Wire

A panel of domain industry experts discussed domain revenue beyond pay-per-click this week morning at the TRAFFIC conference in New York. Panelists included Ofer Ronen, CEO of Sendori, Jonathan Boswell, CEO of LeaseThis.com, Anthony Pepper of Startup Capital, Sahar Sarid of Recall Media Group, Rick Latona, CEO of Offshoring.com, and Joe Alagna, GM of CentralNic. The general consensus was Google and Yahoo have a stranglehold on the industry. They could quickly turn off domain owner’s revenue. Domain owners need to find alternatives to Google and Yahoo’s pay-per-click services. These alternatives may actually generate more revenue than pay-per-click. There is a summary of what most panellists said. A couple of the more interesting comments were: Ofer Ronen of Sendori – instead of creating a landing page full of pay-per-click links, Sendori sends type-ins directly to an advertisers’ site, increase revenues compared to pay-per-click; and Jonathan Boswell of LeaseThis – domains rarely in hands of person who gets best benefit so LeaseThis links domains with clients for a specified period, e.g. Sony leased Vacancy.com during the launch of the movie Vacancy.

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Domain Name Industry Threatened Domain Name Wire & The Whir

Phil Corwin, representing Internet Commerce Association, discusses threats to domainers at the SedPro conference in New York, noting several specific threats: Domain name classification as property versus a license; Registrar conflicts of interest; Trademark interests and Search engine conflicts of interest. Corwin concluded by saying the ICA's future is uncertain. It raised about $300,000 in seed money from companies such as Sedo and iREIT, but Corwin says it needs at least $1M each year to be effective.

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".cn" becomes third largest ccTLD People's Daily Online

On June 17th, China's Internet Network Information Center announced that the number of China's registered ".cn" domain names reached more than 5.3 million globally making it the third largest ccTLD.

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21 June 2007

CitizenHawk TypoAlert: Cybersquatting Plagues Online Kids' Sites CitizenHawk news release

CitizenHawk is encouraging top children’s brand holders to take a more active role in policing their brands against cybersquatting. As a reminder of the urgency of the problem, the company today issued a TypoAlert revealing thousands of instances of cybersquatting on ten of the top learning and entertainment web sites for young children. The news release includes a list of top online kids’ sites and an estimate of the number of potentially trademark-infringing domains on each brand.

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20 June 2007

SEO.com sold at US$5M 901am

Mike Mann, the guy who sold BuyDomains for US$65 Million some years ago, buys SEO.com for $5M.

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What Prevents IPv6 Deployment in Europe by Patrick Vande Walle Circle ID

Patrick Vande Walle writing in Circle ID notes the recent ZDNet UK article on IPv6 and what may slow down its deployment. Jay Daley, from Nominet points out to the fact that the current IPv6 allocation policy used by RIPE NCC is geared towards ISPs. This is a complaint I have heard time and time again. Under the current policy, you have to show to RIPE NCC that you are going to allocate 200 address blocks to your customers before you are allocated a /32 block.

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ICANN IDN Program Status Report ICANN

In preparation for the San Juan meeting and to provide better insight into the plan for the eventual deployment of internationalized top-level labels, ICANN released today a status report describing IDN Program activities. To facilitate project management, IDN activities have been split into separate and independent projects. These projects are: IDN Technical Tests and Evaluations, IDN Security Study (SSAC), IDN Guidelines, IDN Repository, IDN Policy Development, IDN Protocol Review and Revisions (IETF), IDN Outreach, and IDN TLD Deployment.

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DotAsia start-up now set for September 2007 DomainesInfo

The DotAsia registry has delayed the start of the sunrise period by an extra month but has now announced precise dates for the three-part launch

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17 June 2007

European concerns grow over IPv6 migration ZDNet

European businesses are being held back from migrating to IPv6 due to the way IP addresses are being allocated, according to the director of IT at Nominet. ... However, concerns have been raised about the way IPv6 addresses are currently allocated by RIPE and it appears that this situation will not change for at least four months. Nominet's IT director Jay Daley indicated that, unlike ARIN, RIPE was allowing only ISPs access to IPv6 addresses, leaving enterprises out in the cold. "We, for example, have our own IPv4 address allocation from RIPE, but we are unable to get an IPv6 allocation because their current allocation policy means we must be an ISP who gives addresses out to at least 200 customers. We don't give addresses to customers -- we are an enterprise, in the same way that a large enterprise might want their own address space for local management of internet connectivity."

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More IPv6 Warnings on Why Organizations Must Plan Transition Now Circle ID

The IPv6 Portal reports on a paper titled "The Choice: IPV4 Exhaustion or Transition to IPv6", written by Jordi Palet, warning that organizations must start planning for IPv6 now or "be aware that some already have, and you are beginning to be at a disadvantage." From the report: "This is going to affect the business of existing ISPs and to a greater extent, at a certain point in time, the creation of new ISPs. As a consequence if may have a deeper impact in developing regions (Africa, Asia and Latin America/Caribbean) where the penetration of the Internet is not yet so widespread."

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16 June 2007

The Domains Of The Day - making money from domain names Business Week

Making a living from buying and selling domain names is becoming a popular topic for the mainstream media. Recently Business 2.0 had an article about Kevin Ham, and this week Business Week has an article on Andrew Miller and Michael Zapolin who are buying generic domain names and building a business around creating content, and then come visitors and money. They own 17 generic domain names including chocolate.com, software.com and relationship.com.

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za: Domain name rules 'are working' Business Day

Two South African companies fighting over the domain name mrplastic.co.za have been the first to resolve a dispute under the ZA Domain Name Authority’s new dispute resolution procedures. The dispute was about the complainant, Mr Plastic, who had used its name and a flag logo for 27 years. Mr Plastic Mining & Promotional Goods has used the same logo for 18 years, but was first to register the internet domain name. The panel found that both companies had established a right to the name, and the complainant lost the case. So now the complainant has registered the domain name mrplastics.co.za – with an “s”.

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14 June 2007

YouTube - uTube showdown stays alive in federal court The Register

For the Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corporation, operator of uTube.com, its domain name means cash - and with a federal court's recent refusal to dismiss the company's suit against YouTube, the possibility of even more cash in the future. The company has operated uTube.com as a means to sell used pipe and tube mills and rollform machinery since 1996. After YouTube's launch in 2005, the sleepy little Ohio website went from around 1,500 visitors a month to roughly 70,000 per day. The company alleges that this caused its web host's servers to crash, which disrupted its business and sullied its reputation. It also claims that bandwidth overages bumped its hosting fees from $100 a month to $2,500. One aspect of this case that I think could be the most interesting outcome is "uTube had not shown that a domain name, website, or host server somehow constitute real property in any way".

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California Man Gets 6-Year Sentence For Phishing Information Week

Jeffrey Brett Goodin faced a maximum of 101 years behind bars but received only 70 months during his sentencing for e-mail fraud Monday afternoon.

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