Domain Names

17 July 2007

ICANN - What are the risks to domain owners of new proposal to protect IGOs? by Michael Collins Internet Commerce Association

ICANN - What are the risks to domain owners of new proposal to protect IGOs? by Michael Collins Michael Collins of the Internet Commerce Association, has a posting on the ICA website on the recent ICANN meeting in Puerto Rico. The ICA is concerned about recent movements on who has the right to register the names of countries and names "of national or geographic significance", including names and abbreviations of International Intergovernmental Organizations. The ICA is concerned about moves by the GAC and WIPO, who they believe, have as their ultimate goal to expand the domain name dispute process far beyond the bounds of traditional trademark law while simultaneously undermining the rights of domain name registrants. The ICA says "these attacks on the legitimate rights of current and future domain name registrants have been rebuffed by ICANN in the past, in part due to objections from most constituencies other than the GAC."

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16 July 2007

ICANN - What are the risks to domain owners of new proposal to protect IGOs? by Michael Collins Internet Commerce Association

There were several issues discussed by the ICANN board, the GNSO, and by many other constituencies meeting in San Juan in late June. One old issue that returned is the question of who has the right to register the names of countries and names "of national or geographic significance", including names and abbreviations of International Intergovernmental Organizations.

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The Law Of PPC Advertising: Are you being ripped off? Practical eCommerce

Many of the legal issues existing today have little, or no, clear legal authority to guide us. This is because many of the abuses are: Not discovered; When they are discovered by the advertiser, they are settled confidentially; When litigated it can take years to get a decision that is confusing, inconsistent and contradictory.

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15 July 2007

11,111,111th .de domain name registered

The 11,111,111th .de domain name was registered on 12 July. The domain name was The owner is a printer from Westfalen.

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14 July 2007

10 Laws Every American Domainer Needs to Know Aviva Directory

The Aviva Directory has published a guide for US domainers titled "10 US Laws Every Domainer Needs to Know". With the rapid growth in domaining, and domain names appreciating by up to 94% per year according to some estimates, Aviva Directory tries "to sort through the legal and accounting mumbo-jumbo to explain ten of the most important US laws when it comes to domaining and provide some simple and straightforward tips for safely navigating them."

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13 July 2007

Final wrap on ICANN IN Puerto Rico The Register

Burke Hansen is still writing about his trip to Puerto Rico for the ICANN meeting, and says, "The ICANN event ritual we most enjoy here at El Reg is the final press conference, in which leaders Paul Twomey and Vint Cerf field questions from assorted hacks about the week's events."

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IDNs - should symbol sets be included? Information Today

Wallace Koehler, an Director/Professor in the MLIS Program at Valdosta State University asks why can't symbols be intermixed in domain names, and included when Internationalised Domain Names are included, in an article in Information Today.

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.bank proposal gets lukewarm reception down under ComputerWorld

F-Secure's proposal for a .bank TLD has not met a warm reception by Australian banks according to this story from Computer World. Although when one digs deeper, there has only been comment from one of what are referred to as the "big 4" banks down under, and none of the smaller banks. So how representative the rejection of .bank is of all Australian banks, one can't tell.

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12 July 2007

11 million .de domain names registered

Denic have announced there are now eleven million .de domain names according to some news reports. More information and confirmation as it comes to hand! But this comes a few days after Nominet announced they have six million domain registrations.

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11 July 2007

Domain Name Registration Transaction Fee Drops Again ICANN

ICANN have announced registrars and ICANN have negotiated a reduction in the transaction fees paid for each domain name registration. It is the second such reduction in two years, which means a drop from US$0.25 to US$0.20 cents.

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dotMobi to give away city domain names, but there's a catch!

DotMobi have announced they are giving away .mobi city domain names, but, there's a catch - registrants must spend €2,000 per year to promote the site and domain name. There are 650 domain names available in this promotion.

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07 July 2007

Google loses "" domain name

German courts have ruled that Google doesn't have the right to the domain name. Daniel Giersch holds the "gmail" trademark in Germany, and registered the domain name in April 2004. Heise quotes Daniel Giersch's lawyer Sebastian Eble stating, "The Hanseatic Upper Court felt that the law was so clear that it has not even allowed its ruling to be appealed to a higher court." Giersch operates physical and electronic postal services under the Gmail brand, predating Googles own Gmail.

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Nominet reaches six million domain registrations

Nominet have announced the six millionth .uk domain name has been registered. .uk is the second largest ccTLD worldwide. They've also taken advantage of this milestone to report on research carried out by YouGov demonstrating internet users were 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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06 July 2007

Speculators ready for '.asia' web address rush The Times

The Times notes the impending launch of .asia and says, "Cyber-speculators and counterfeiters are preparing to hijack" .asia domain names going on past experiences, such as with .eu. The Times article wants to raise awareness of the new TLD's launch so British businesses that have a presence in Asia are prepared.

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05 July 2007

Apple acquires domain for US$1m

There are reports that Apple has finally acquired the domain name, and reportedly for around US$1m. Michael Kovatch registered the domain name way back in 1995 with the view that internet telephony would one day take off!

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04 July 2007

Time to let a thousand domains bloom? BBC

Tight control over domain names will damage the internet, says the BBC's Bill Thompson. Thompson writes while there are criticisms over ICANN, whatever these may be, “Icann is currently the lead authority on most of the technical aspects of the internet, so trying to engage with it and make it more effective is the only real option for those concerned with the net's future. It is therefore reassuring that much of the discussion in San Juan was related to transparency and accountability, looking at how the organisation can be improved.”

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Cold-War Fight Against Domaining Continues by Frank Schilling Circle ID

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win!" quote by Gandhi pretty much summarizes the evolution of the domain name monetization and development business. I have watched this business come of age for more than half a decade... In the beginning nobody cared... then when people started talking about how great it was, 'smart people' and the "legitimate web" laughed. Then the trucks with money showed up... A significant double-digit percentage of global Internet traffic is now owned by domain holders with generic names. So the fight is on.

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Domaining & Subdomaining In The Local Space - Part 1 & 2 by Chris Silver Smith Search Engine Land

The practices of domaining and subdomaining have steadily grown into increasingly hot topics in the local search marketing space for the past few years. "Domaining" is the practice of buying domains mainly for their potential keyword value. Speculators purchase keyword domains with a view towards selling those properties at considerable markup, and/or using those domains to host relevant affiliate content links and/or contextual ads to derive profit from the traffic, clicks, and purchases resulting from the users who arrive at the sites by typing their URLs directly into browser address fields. Subdomaining is the practice of delivering sections of content on sites under third-level domain names.

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03 July 2007

Click Fraud Not Top PPC Concern Practical eCommerce

Click fraud has been a popular topic of discussion for a number of years, and it doesn't appear the issue will fade away anytime soon. The industry is full of various numbers thrown around putting the click fraud rate anywhere from .02 percent (claimed by Google) to 30 percent or more. Who should you believe about click fraud, and how much should you be worried?

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The End of the (IPv4) World is Nigher! by Geoff Huston Circle ID

Funny how some topics seem sit on a quiet back burner for years, and then all of a sudden become matters of relatively intense attention. Over the past few weeks we've seen a number of pronouncements on the imminent exhaustion of the IP version 4 address pools. Not only have some of the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) and some national registry bodies made public statements on the topic, we've now seen ICANN also make its pronouncement on this topic... Why the sudden uptake of interest in this topic? I suspect that a small part of this may be my fault!

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02 July 2007

Now you see us, now you don't: ICANN goes transparent The Register

The Wednesday ICANN-arama wrapped up with a session covering ICANN's ongoing efforts to improve its management and accountability practices: the "Accountability and transparency management operating principles" workshop.

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01 July 2007

ICANN in Puerto Rico - Day Five Wrap

Day five, the final day of ICANN's meeting in San Juan, and the news reports give coverage of ICANN's moving towards implementing new top level domains and internationalised domain names.

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The Most Expensive Domain Names - the booming domain name sales market Forbes

The bidding started at $300,000 and blasted through the seven-figure mark before settling at $1.8 million. No, this wasn't Sotheby's--nor was the object d'art a Picasso. This battle was for the URL

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ICANN faces major transition with Cerf's departure ComputerWorld

Since its founding in 1998, the controversial ICANN has weathered violent political turbulence and survived volatile technical controversies. However, in a few months, the non-profit ICANN may face one of its toughest challenges ever when its long-time board Chairman Vint Cerf steps down.

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30 June 2007

New IANA website - comments wanted

The IANA website has got a much needed revamp and they want your comments. The new site, currently in beta mode, has been more or less designed from scratch. Kim Davies writes on the ICANN Blog that all web pages were rewritten, and their place on the website rethought. They are also working towards a site that is complies with all standards, and displays properly many different browsers.

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