Domain Names

21 July 2007

ICANN: Independent Evaluator Seeks Public Input to Nominating Committee Review & Updated IDN .test Evaluation Plan

Two ICANN announcements. One is the "Interisle Consulting Group was selected by ICANN's Board of Directors to conduct an independent review of the Nominating Committee or NomCom", while the other announces ICANN has updated "the IDN .test Evaluation Plan based on comment to the previously posted version of the plan for the insertion of evaluation IDN TLDs in the root zone."

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The Most Expensive Web Addresses Forbes

Following the recent Moniker auction, Forbes looks at the biggest sales of domain names. At the Moniker auction, sold for US$3 million and for $1.8 million. In total, 218 domain names were bid for, and $10.8 million exchanged hands. Part of this is supply and demand – it’s now extraordinarily difficult to get a memorable domain name in the .com name space. Forbes says, "During the tech boom, top-selling domains were based on brand appeal. Now it's all about searchable keywords that are both generic and descriptive." And the reason – well, a big reason is with "online ad spending increasing at a rate of 30% a year, owning domain names has become a business in itself. Entrepreneurs can flip them, like Miami condominiums, or they can sit on them and collect rent."

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Highest reported .info domain sale by Sedo

Sedo have reportedly brokered the sale of the highest value .info domain name, selling selling for US$116,000.

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20 July 2007

DNS Security Problems Widespread and Poorly Understood: Study Information Week

Nearly half of IT and business professionals surveyed by Mazerov Research reported a security compromise of their Domain Name System servers, despite spending money on overlapping security products.

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19 July 2007

India TV wins domain name dispute

The Delhi High Court has issued a restraining order against the US-based India Broadcast Live from using a website using the domain name to broadcast Indian TV programmes in their original form. In its petition, India TV alleged the domain name,, used by India Broadcast Live, was similar to its trademark and that the plaintiffs had no legitimate right over the domain name.

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Making money in India - domain names and farmlands The India Daily

Investing money in domain names, along with farmland, are The India Daily's recommendations for additions to investment portfolios. With the internet economy continually growing, domain names is one area for making money.

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18 July 2007

Australia should lead way on IPv6 by Philip Argy Australian IT

Philip Argy says he has often commented on the need for Australia to identify and develop expertise in technologies or areas that offer the potential for us to create competitive advantage or innovative products and services that the rest of the world will need or want.

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Scarcity of IPv4 Addresses by Patrik Fältström Circle ID

Patrik Fältström writes, "My friend Kurtis writes in his blog some points he has been thinking of while discussing 'when we run out of IPv4 addresses'. In reality, as he points out so well, we will not run out. It will be harder to get addresses. It is also the case that unfortunately people that push for IPv6 claim IPv6 will solve all different kinds of problem. Possibly also the starvation problems in the world."

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DoC seeks manager and operator of .us Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce is seeking to procure the services of a Contractor to manage, maintain, and operate the usTLD under NTIA's supervision. The DoC is seeking to acquire centralised management and coordination of the registry, registrar, database, and information services for the usTLD. The usTLD provides a locus for registering domain names and serving the Internet community in the United States. As such, the DoC intends the usTLD be available to a wide range of registrants. The DoC is seeking proposals to achieve a number of objectives which are outlined on their "synopsis".

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DOT TK - a new approach to make a whole TLD free of illicit content DotTK

Dot TK - the Internet registry for .TK domain names, announced the launch of the latest version of WatchDot, the content filtering system used to check newly registered websites for illicit content, such as adult entertainment, messages of hate and other websites that do no comply with Dot TK's content policy.

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17 July 2007

EURid takes down .EU fake registry

Eurid have taken action against a fake EU registry calling itself 'EU ID' using the "" domain. The spam has been attempting to get companies register .eu domains. According to Domaines Info, Eurid has "revoked the domain name in question, but also a number of other domain names owned by the same registrar," said Herman Sobrie, EURid's Legal Manager.

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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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