Domain Names

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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Phishing URLs skyrocket: Cybercrooks try to overwhelm browser blacklists by multiplying malicious addresses Computer World

The Anti-Phishing Working Group says the number of phishing domains nearly tripled from March to April “as cybercriminals returned to a late-2006 tactic designed to do an end run around browser-based antiphishing filters. In one month, the number of unique sites soared 166%, from 20,871 in March to 55,643 in April” reports Computer World. The article notes "Phishers using the tactic don't register any more domains than usual but simply craft unique URLs by randomizing the subdomain to create new addresses."

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31 May 2007

VeriSign replaces CEO Sclavos InfoWorld

VeriSign has replaced CEO Stratton Sclavos with a member of its board of directors, William Roper Jr. Roper is a former executive vice president and chief financial officer at Science Applications International, and will take over as VeriSign's president and CEO.

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GoDaddy Agrees to Run Domains in Limbo The Age

There is wide coverage of GoDaddy.com agreeing to take over and manage more than 850,000 domain names belonging to customers of RegisterFly according to announcements from ICANN and GoDaddy.com.

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29 May 2007

RegisterFly held in contempt of court as injunction is made permanent The Register

The Register asks if "the RegisterFly mess be wrapping up at last?" Noting a posting on the ICANN Blog they say this "appears to be the case".

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28 May 2007

Sex.com and a web of intrigue The Sunday Times

Two men's battle over a domain name shows how far the net has come says The Sunday Times: It is not the pornography that has landed Cohen in court, but the theft of something with no physical existence. That something was a website, more precisely a domain name that a geeky 31-year-old called Gary Kremen registered back in 1994 simply because he could: sex.com. It turned out to be worth a fortune. Except that it was Cohen who made the fortune, and for more than 10 years Kremen has been fighting to get it back. The case has cost millions of dollars, involved a trashed mansion, a phantom gunfight between bounty hunters, forgery and disappearing bank accounts and forever altered the development of the internet. Kremen vs Cohen finally established that property in cyberspace can be at least as valuable as in the real world.

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26 May 2007

RegisterFly domain transfer imminent, ICANN reports The Register

ICANN has finally found a registrar with a track record to take over renegade registrar RegisterFly's domains reports The Register. But, it doesn't say who the registrar is.

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25 May 2007

Debate over Confidentiality of Web Site Registration Information Continues Law.com

Privacy advocates will have to wait a little longer before they can rest assured that most Web site registration information will be kept confidential according to this article in Law.com. Milton Mueller says "We have the votes to basically just push this thing through, but people are being very delicate about not wanting it to look like we're saying, 'Ha ha, we outvoted you.' They want to build consensus." The article notes "For privacy advocates the proposed operational point of contact system was a compromise, because they would prefer even more privacy. They argue that keeping registrant information confidential is no different than an individual exercising the option to get an unlisted phone number."

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ICANN’s At-Large Process: Exit, Without Voice by Wendy Seltzer Circle ID

Thomas Roessler and Patrick Vande Walle are supposedly frustrated "at interference and infighting in the formation of the European Regional At-Large Organization". Roessler "suggests it's 'Time to Reconsider' the structure of ICANN's At-Large, as he feels compelled to promise himself not to get involved with ICANN again." While Vande Walle is "concerned that a push for 'diversity' became a stereotyped exclusion of experienced participants." Seltzer claims ICANN needs people such as Roessler and Vande Walle as they've "good ideas about how to respond to the public interest in domain name management. But, controlled by commercial interests who'd rather raise prices on their domain-name monopolies or shield trademarks against potential dilution, ICANN doesn't have the inclination to listen to the individuals who make up the public."

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Satisfaction with ICANN Wanes Domain Name Wire

ICANN is losing popularity claims Domain Name Wire as a result of their latest survey. Approval declined to 24% of survey respondents who approve of ICANN, down from 33% last year. However "50% of respondents say ICANN's performance is acceptable, while 26% say it is poor." What the survey doesn't say is that 74% of respondents say ICANN is doing an acceptable or good job. In explaining the survey results, Domain Name Wire says unpopular new contracts with registries and "ICANN's inaction during the RegisterFly domain registrar implosion" contribute to the decline in ICANN's approval.

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24 May 2007

au: Latest reports on Jobs.com.au domain name sale

The Now Hiring blog reports the sale of the domain name jobs.com.au for around A$500,000. This, if true, will be interesting to follow. In the .au namespace it is not possible to simply buy, sell or transfer domain names. There exceptions such as with the sale of a business one is able to transfer the domain name.

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Academic Group Releases Plan to Share Power Over Internet Root Zone Keys (news release) Syracuse University

A group of scholars centered at Syracuse University has published a plan to decentralize authority over the DNS as it transitions to a new, more secure technology known as DNSSEC.

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The man who owns the Internet CNN

Kevin Ham is the most powerful dotcom mogul you've never heard of, reports Business 2.0 Magazine. Here's how the master of domains built a $300 million empire: Kevin Ham leans forward, sits up tall, closes his eyes, and begins to type -- into the air. He's seated along the rear wall of a packed ballroom in Las Vegas's Venetian Hotel. Up front, an auctioneer is running through a list of domain names, building excitement the same way he might if vintage cars were on the block.

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