Domain Names

12 May 2007

New gTLDs could come in mid-2008 The Age

The possibility of new gTLDs being made available in mid-2008 received extremely wide coverage via an Associated Press story. AP quoted Paul Twomey from the ICANN announcement saying "This is all about choice. We want the diversity of the world's people, geography and business to be able to be represented in the domain name system." AP notes that some critics have complained ICANN has been slow to approve new names and procedures have sometimes been arbitrary. While businesses and trademark owners worry that more gTLDs will lead to more cybersquatting. The move is regarded as a "welcome step" by Burke Hansen writing in The Register who concludes his article saying he's "argued in the past that ICANN should publish clear and consistent rules for gTLD registration, and allow anyone who fulfills the requirements to sink or swim on their own."

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Vint Cerf: Do you care about the Internet? ICANN Blog

Earlier this week, we released an interview with Vint Cerf in which he discussed ICANN, what it did, the fact he was stepping down as chairman this year, how the Internet has changed in the past ten years and who he hoped would join ICANN to continue the work of the organisation. When that interview was over, Vint also recorded a short message in which he explained why people should get involved in ICANN's processes. "Do you care about the Internet?" he asks -- because if so, you need to take a look at ICANN. "Your opinion won't be heard if you don't participate." We have posted the message on YouTube and Google Video and have linked to it above. You can also download it.

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Dutch domain owner faces legal action from Google Info World

Google England plans to take legal action against a Dutch man who uses the word "google" in the domain names he has registered. Marcel Van der Werf has registered a number of domains that include the word "google," such as Googledatingsite.nl, Googleonlineshop.com, Googlecommunity.nl, and Googlestore.nl. Google contends that Van der Werf is infringing on its trademark.

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Partnership to Grow Internet in Pacific Island Nations ICANN

Building partnerships to better share information about the Internet with the island nations of the Pacific is the goal of a MoU signed by ICANN and the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA).

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11 May 2007

Small claims court for .co.za domains Tectonic

The .za Domain Name Authority announced the introduction of a new formal process, the Alternative Dispute Resolution regulations, for disputes regarding .co.za domain names. The aim is to resolve domain name disputes more quickly and cheaper. Previously claims may have ended up in the high court. Previously those who faced complaints from large and/or wealthy complainants were often forced to cede control of the relevant names. There is also a link to the ZADNA website with more details.

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Profiteers snap up shooting domain names The Age

Two very similar Associated Press stories on the registering of domain names following the Virginia Tech shooting massacre are widely published. Domain names with some relevance to the tragedy were registered, and many then offered for sale or to display advertising by those hoping to make a quick buck. The general counsel for Go Daddy says anytime there's a tragedy people register relevant domain names. Sedo's chief operating officer says Sedo shut down auctions of domain names related to the tragedy, saying "We do feel that they fly in the face of our offensive domain policy. It is quite tasteless."

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10 May 2007

au: Crikey, it's official The Age

"Crikey", the word made famous worldwide by Steve Irwin, is a not uncommon exclamation used in Australia. But as the Australian Fairfax press reveals, WIPO considers it also now has an official secondary meaning: referring to the Crikey online news and gossip e-zine. WIPO has ruled that the Crikey owners should control the crikey.com internet domain, after a virtual real estate battle spanning more than five years. They already have crikey.com.au, but were frustrated by many people typing in, or referring to, crikey.com.

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Small claims court for .co.za domains Tectonic

The .za Domain Name Authority (.za DNA) announced the introduction of new formal process, the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) regulations, for disputes regarding .co.za domain names on the Web.

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Profiteers snap up shooting domain names The Age

Within minutes of the Virginia Tech shooting massacre, online domain names related to the tragedy were snapped up by people hoping to sell them off for a profit or use them to link to advertisers.

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Cerf seeks acolytes to carry the ICANN torch The Register

Vint Cerf, like Tony Blair, is about to hang up his boots! However, unlike Tony Blair, Vint Cerf’s retirement is given coverage in The Register. The Register notes "many people have no idea just what ICANN does – it sets the technical standards for the internet, and is the closest thing to a government the internet has. Even fewer understand the open nature of ICANN participation." The Register advises its easy to get involved, and directs to where to go to get involved. The article then refers to Cerf's comments in the ICANN announcement about getting people involved.

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So... how are we doing? Let’s hear what you have to say about ICANN ICANN Blog

ICANN has put out an RFC on ICANN's performance. ICANN has changed enormously in the past few years, it is continuing to change, and it will have to continue to change into the future. ICANN describes this as your opportunity to throw out a few pointers but most importantly to give some feedback on what ICANN has done recently and give an indication of whether the organisation is on the right path. Yes, ICANN is seeking community feedback about its performance.

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ICANN Posts FAQ on New gTLD Process ICANN

The GNSO is now in the process of completing its Final Report on the introduction of new gTLDs. This report will contain the GNSO's official policy recommendations concerning the future addition of new gTLDs to the DNS. When released, the report will conclude the GNSO's policy development process on this particular issue.

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08 May 2007

Criminal Checks Needed For Tasting, Kiting, Spying Intellectual Property Watch

International organisations should step in to prevent the "tasting," "kiting" and "spying" related to Internet domain names, say representatives from the US telecommunications and trademark industries according to an article in Intellectual Property Watch. The article claims these new activities are dramatically altering online commerce and impacting legitimate businesses, and the FTC, WIPO and ICANN should take action according to the critics. The US Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act had too many loopholes given the actual trends in the domain name secondary market, said Sarah Deutsch and Marilyn Cade. Deutsch says these issues have been discussed three times at special ICANN workshops and the "law is ripe for updating". She proposes the US "Congress hold hearings on a number of ways to create deterrents for domain name tasters." Cade warns that more TLDs "would come under attack from new cybersquatting techniques. 'We also see auctioning in the .eu and .mobi zones.'"

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07 May 2007

55,000 .iran and .ir domain names registered Payvand Iran News

Official in charge of .ir registrations at Theoretical Physics and Mathematics Research Center in Tehran said on Tuesday 55,000 .iran and .ir Internet domains have been registered in the country, according to Payvand's Iran News reports. Of the total, 2030 domains are .iran and the rest are .ir domains. The article notes "applicants can add a .iran suffix to their .ir domain name, so that they would not have to change their keyboards to one with Persian alphabet."

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05 May 2007

Apster - APNIC's newsletter for the Asia Pacific Internet community APNIC

For those interested in internet developments in the Asia Pacific, issue 21 of Apster was published in February. Apster is the quarterly journal of APNIC, one of five Regional Internet Registries in the world. Issues covered include the Internet in Indonesia; an economic and social perspective on a future Internet - Geoff Huston's view of a recent workshop held by the National Science Foundation and the OECD exploring possible futures for the Internet; AAAA in the roots - IPv6 and the DNS; and the installation of the Philippines' first root server and Philippine OpenIX - the economy's first local common exchange point. For those interested in this edition of Apster, and the previous 20 issues dating back to 2001, go to:

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Mapping the Internet, one node at a time by Kim Davies ICANN Blog

In the foyer of the ICANN head office, Kim Davies reports they have hung on the walls a number of interesting maps of the Internet. There are various takes on displaying the Internet on charts and in diagrams. They range from the mind-bogglingly complex to the almost comically simple. One map of the Internet they have not hung on the wall, but derived amusement when passed around in email, was one person's interpretation of IANA's IPv4 address space registry. In this registry, IANA coordinates the IP address space - primarily by assigning large blocks to Regional Internet Registries for further allocation. Kim then goes on to write; "given this, I got to thinking - what if we took the same algorithm used in the hand-drawn map, but plugged in the true allocation data and graphed it to a much more detailed level? After a little time spent fussing around..." well, you can see what he came up with, as well as the rest of the maps by going to:

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Welcome to the Internet .ASIA ICANN Blog

The first gTLD located in Asia has been added to the root zone reports ICANN Blog. .ASIA was added to the root overnight (2 May), becoming the 16th gTLD under contract with ICANN to be delegated.

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04 May 2007

Lockheed Martin Corporation loses domain case against cannabis site ukskunkworks.co.uk The Register

Defence company Lockheed Martin Corporation has lost its attempt to gain control of a web address currently hosting a site devoted to cannabis paraphernalia according to The Register. The ruling on the .co.uk domain was an appeal from an earlier ruling heard under Nominet's UDRP procedure. The domain ukskunkworks.co.uk is owned by UKSkunkworks Ltd, a company selling cannabis seeds and smoking paraphernalia related to cannabis. Lockheed Martin tried to gain control of the domain because it has in times of war operated a secret laboratory developing new products which it called Skunk Works. It owns several UK and community trademarks related to the term.

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03 May 2007

500,000 .mobi Names Registered Sys-con

dotMobi announced more than 500,000 .mobi domains have been registered in 104 countries since the domain's commercial launch in October 2006.

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Loyalty for .uk domains Net4Now

British Internet users are six times more likely to choose a .uk rather than .com address when looking for information via an Internet search engine.

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02 May 2007

MarkMonitor Releases First Quarterly Brandjacking Index MarkMonitor

MarkMonitor released a report that reveals cybersquatting poses greatest threat to brands, while phishing and domain kiting are on the rise. Financial services and media companies were found to be the top targets. The report, "Cybersquatting Poses Greatest Threat to Brands", reveals an excess of 300,000 incidents of abuse for 25 of the top brands. The report found cybersquatting is the most frequent form of abuse with more than 275,000 instances recorded. Media companies, online only and traditional, were the industry sector most at risk. Next threat was domain kiting. The study found "more than 980 kited sites targeting financial brands, more than double that of any other segment." Third were phishing attacks against financial institutions which were found to outnumber auction attacks. Phishing attacks against financial services companies, including large banks as well as credit unions, represent 41 percent of all phishing attacks in Q1 2007, compared to 29.4 percent in Q1 2006. There is widespread media coverage of the report.

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30 April 2007

ICANN Publishes Fourth Annual Update on the InterNIC Whois Data Problem Report System and Announces Whois Data Accuracy and Availability Audits ICANN

ICANN recently launched a new program to address Whois related compliance issues. The program includes an annual Whois data accuracy audit, ongoing monitoring of registrars' Whois servers for functionality, and the annual publication of a statistical summary of information gathered from the Whois Data Problem Report System (WDPRS). This new program is designed to better pursue Whois compliance by gTLD registrars and improve Whois accuracy.

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28 April 2007

ICANN releases toolkit for handling new TLDs InfoWorld

ICANN has released a toolkit for Web site designers and application developers to fix problems caused by recently added Internet addresses. Some Web sites and applications are rejecting addresses ending in newer Top-Level Domains such as ".mobi" or ".info," causing inconvenience for users. ICANN's toolkit includes a piece of code that fixes the problem by allowing applications to check the validity of an e-mail address or Web site against the "root-zone," a master list where Web sites with certain TLDs can be looked up. That look-up translates the URL of a Web site from words into a numerical address that allows the page to be called up by a browser.

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RegisterFly swatted by federal court The Register

ICANN revealed US District Court Judge Manuel Real has issued a preliminary injunction in its favor allowing for the immediate termination of its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with dysfunctional registrar RegisterFly.

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27 April 2007

Denic report on the state of .de ("Modern Communication is spelled with .de") Denic

Denic have released a report on the state of domain names for .de up to the end of 2006. The report is very comprehensive. On the distribution of domain names, this varies widely throughout Germany. Munich city has the highest density of domain names, closely followed by Nürnberg, Bonn, Munich State and Düsseldorf. In centres of industry there are higher registrations than in rural areas, and registrations are higher in the western than in the eastern part of Germany. Comparing Bundesland (states), more domains are registered in Hamburg per capita, followed by Berlin, Hessen and Bayern. On a city-by-city comparison, the most domain names are registered in Berlin, followed by Hamburg and Munich. Approximately 80% of domains are registered to individuals and 580,000 (around 6%) registered outside of Germany as of end 2006.

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