Domain Names

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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Yellow legal fight erupts in NZ The Age

A domain name dispute between New Zealand's Yellow Pages who isn't happy with Yellow Book. Yellow Pages NZ is suing an Australian student to stop Yellow Book trading under its present name in New Zealand. The case also involves stopping Yellow Book from using the domain name yellowbook.co.nz and the right to trademark the colour yellow in New Zealand. Yellow Pages also claims Yellow Book would cause confusion for the public due to their likeness.

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.nz offers IPv6 connectivity (news release) InternetNZ

NZRS (.nz Registry Services) announces a core component of the New Zealand Internet infrastructure is being geared up to accommodate huge potential increases in the number of networked devices connected to the Internet.

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13 June 2007

Fancy buying Scotland for £2m? The Scotsman

Scotland will go on sale at an auction in New York with a price tag of offers over £2 million, The Scotsman can reveal. But it is not the whole country up for grabs - just the internet domain name of scotland.com.

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12 June 2007

Large-scale DOS attack menace continues to grow The Register

You may or may not have picked up the news that Estonia came under cyber-attack in early May. ... The almost unanswerable question is whether it was the Russian government that launched the attack or whether it was Russian hackers. Estonia, it seems, provoked the attack when the Estonian government removed a statue (in Tallinn) that commemorates Soviet troops who were killed fighting the Nazis. Estonian officials claim some of the attacking computers had Kremlin IP addresses, but - and I'm sure the Russians would suggest this - such computers could have been infected by viruses and used as bots by Russian hackers. That's what you call plausible deniability.

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Sale of domain names a hot business in India The Business Standard

eBay India records one domain name sale every eight hours according to this article in The Business Standard (India). The article reports of a recent surge in domain name sales, with around 120 domain names for sale at any time on eBay India and recording one sale every 8 hours.

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Netcraft June 2007 Web Server Survey Netcraft

In the June 2007 survey we received responses from 122,000,635 sites, an increase of 3.97 million sites from the May survey.

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10 June 2007

IP address depletion looms, ARIN warns Network World

The IPv6 movement got a boost in May when the American Registry for Internet Numbers announced it would actively encourage migration to IPv6. ARIN distributes blocks of IP addresses to service providers and enterprises based in North America.

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Sedo, and the Boobtube.com problem VentureBeat

VentureBeat comments on Sedo’s selling the domain name Boobtube.com, for $41,688 last week, and then cancelling the sale because the seller didn’t really own it. VentureBeat suggests the cancellation “raises prickly questions about the nascent domain name exchanges, which are handling several hundred million dollars of trades. Are they trustworthy? Are they open to market manipulation?” The writer, Mark Coker, a bidder for the domain name, is appreciative he wasn’t defrauded of money, but questions the processes involved in domain name exchanges. Coker notes that “without the essential service of trusted and transparent exchanges, domain buyers and sellers are forced to negotiate blindfolded in the virtual equivalent of a dark alley.”

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09 June 2007

ICANN Response to One World Trust Review of ICANN's Accountability and Transparency ICANN

ICANN have released a document that outlines their response to each of the recommendations in the One World Trust report. The bulk of the recommendations are accepted and are in the process of being implemented; some others have been referred to the Nominating Committee and Board reviews which will take place this year, or to the GNSO Improvements Working Group, for further consideration.

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Google wins right over domain name 'gmail.co.in' The Hindu News

Google has won ownership of 'gmail.co.in' as an arbitrator appointed by National Internet Exchange of India has directed a Chinese national to transfer the portal address in its favour. "The respondent took “deliberate steps to take benefit of identity and reputation of the complainant (Google)," arbitrator A K Singh said in his order.” Further, “the arbitrator observed that Zhaoyang registered a company ‘Gmail Ltd’ only after the complaint was filed by Google and ‘gmail.co.in’ was transferred to the company one day later.

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08 June 2007

Latest VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief Spotlights Growth Indicators for First Quarter of 2007 VeriSign

VeriSign has released the VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief for the first quarter of 2007. The brief, which highlights key industry data for worldwide domain name activity, reports that total domain name registrations reached 128 million, representing a 31 percent increase over the same quarter in the previous year, and a 6 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2006. New domain name registrations reached 10.7 million during the first quarter of 2007, a signal that strong growth continues for the domain name industry. Coming off an unusually vigorous new registration rate in the fourth quarter of 2006, the first quarter’s new registrations dropped 8 percent quarter-over-quarter, but showed a strong year-over-year increase of 25 percent.

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06 June 2007

It's time to support a multilingual Web by Michael Geist Toronto Star

Imagine if each time a Canadian Internet user entered an email or website address, they would be required to include a Chinese or Cyrillic character. For millions of non-English speakers around the world, this is precisely what they experience when they use the Internet as the domain name system is unable to fully accommodate their local language.

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IPv6 for the Rest of Us by Patrick Vande Walle Circle ID

IPv6 deployment is in a chicken and egg situation. On the one hand, there is no willingness from ISPs and commodity DNS router manufacturers to include IPv6 support in their infrastructure or equipment because "there is no demand". On the other hand, there is no demand because the average Joe Blow could not care less if he accesses a web site under IPv4 or IPv6. It should just work. The equipment and infrastructure should adapt transparently... What we users can do is to stop waiting for the industry to get its act together and work around its limitations.

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Domain name buying & selling, and the auDA Names Policy Panel Sydney Morning Herald

This story in Fairfax publications (The Age and SMH) focuses on domain name buying and selling, noting the recent sale of jobs.com.au, reportedly for a six-figure sum. The story notes some of the big domain name sales in recent years and Australians (and Americans) involved in domain name buying and selling and the "automated tools of the trade have improved dramatically." There is also information on auDA's current Names Policy Panel and links this to domain name buying and selling.

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04 June 2007

Building Towards a Comprehensive Registry Failover Plan, and ICANN want your comments! ICANN

ICANN have released a report as part of the registry failover project to provide guidance to ICANN and the Internet community in the event of a registry failure. This is not intended to be a policy document. ICANN also wants your comments!

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02 June 2007

Security Through Obscurity as an Institution by Kurtis Lindqvist Circle ID

Responding to Mikko Hyppönen’s recent article in Foreign Policy, Lindqvist strongly disagrees with the proposition that a .bank, or similar, gTLD would reduce online financial institution fraud. Reasons given against are the proposed $50,000 fee for a domain would be too high for those in developing countries and to compile a list of the world’s eligible financial institutions extremely difficult. And if a domain was registered under such a gTLD by criminals, it would be invaluable to them. Lindqvist concludes he thinks “the proposal is trying to reach higher end-user confidence levels through security obfuscation. This will work until the registry gets compromised (and it will), and then the effects are much worse and far reaching.”

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ENUM service launches in Ireland Electric News

An ENUM service, which makes it possible to link commonly-used internet addresses with traditional telephone numbers, has been launched in Ireland by and Internet Privatstifung Austria and provided the first commercial ENUM registry service in the world.

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01 June 2007

Cameroon strikes it rich on the internet with .cm TLD - an unexpected source of revenue The Times

The Republic of Cameroon is making money from its ccTLD - .cm. With internet users mistyping ".com", sometimes getting ".cm", The Times reports "thousands of internet users searching for .com sites are directed Cameroonian web addresses which do not exist." The article notes that under a deal signed last year, any .cm domain names not registered that a user types in, the user is "redirected to an advertising-laden page called 'agoga.com'." A spokesman for Cameroon's largest ISP said "We can continue to register legitimate .cm names - it's just when a page doesn't exist that the person searching is sent automatically to Agoga." While David Ulevitch, chief executive of OpenDNS says "It's a total disservice to internet users and to brand names which doesn't provide any benefit to anyone." The deal was struck with the Canadian entrepreneur Kevin Ham who holds an estimated 300,000 domains. Kevin Ham was the focus of a Business 2.0 article that appeared previously in the news. The Times says Ham is "understood to earn more than $70 million a year from his collection of domain names, which includes god.com and satan.com."

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Legal Issues About Trademarks And Domain Names uPublish.info

With each country having its own trade mark system, the effect is the trademark system is territorial. So a brand name may be owned by one person in the United Kingdom and by another, totally unrelated, person in the United States. This article notes as the DNS puts "most of its emphasis on the .com title as the international domain, [this] does not really jive well with the trade mark system because of the latter's fundamental definition of 'ownership'." The article uses as an example the domain prince.com where the sports good manufacturer Prince challenged a British computer consultancy who registered the name in good faith. The computer consultancy won the case. However it was different when Marks & Spencer challenged One In A Million who had registered the domains of registered trade marks such as Marks & Spencer, Sainsburys, Virgin and Cellnet for the express purpose of selling the domains to the trade mark holders. The High Court decided One In A Million relinquish their claim on the said domain names, a decision further upheld by the Court of Appeal. The concludes, in part "Based on the two actual court cases we can build up a clear picture about the interrelation of trademarks and domain names. In general, domains that have no trademark significance can be acquired by the entity who registered them first."

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