Domain Names

08 September 2007

Lulu sues Hulu in domain dispute

A dispute has between the holders of the and websites. Lulu Enterprises has filed a lawsuit against Hulu, a division of N-F Newsite, itself a joint venture between News Corp and NBC. The lawsuit alleges trademark infringement, unfair and deceptive trade practices and federal cyberpiracy. Lulu claims that Hulu, which is set to officially launch in October, has intentionally tried to create confusion in the marketplace with its similar name and domain name.

Read full article

Apple misses out on another domain - Domain Name Wire

Apple has missed out on another domain name, failing to register according to a report in DomainNameWire. The report notes the domain is registered by a Canadian in 2005.

Read full article

ICANN Completes Renewal of Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel ICANN

ICANN is pleased to announce that 23 members of the Registry Services Technical Evaluation Panel (RSTEP) have agreed to serve for an additional year. On 30 August 2006, ICANN announced the original members of the RSTEP, the panel of technical experts created to provide guidance to ICANN on security and stability issues during the review of registry services proposals under the Registry Services Evaluation Policy.

Read full article

ICANN Solicits Candidates to Develop Request for Proposals for New gTLDs ICANN

ICANN is posting this statement of work as part of its anticipated program for delegation of new generic top-level domains. ICANN is seeking to engage a provider to develop in detail important portions of the new gTLD evaluation process. That is, the selected provider will develop the new gTLD request for proposals (RFP) process and document. This will become the process that applicants for new gTLDs will follow and that will describe the evaluation process of those applications.

Read full article

ICANN Posts Communication from Universal Postal Union Regarding Sponsorship of the .POST TLD ICANN

The communication (linked from ICANN posting) from the UPU describes aspects of its intended sponsorship of the .POST sponsored top-level domain. ICANN and the UPU have entered into negotiations intended to result in the delegation of the .POST registry. This outreach by the UPU is intended to inform the community about proposed aspects of the UPU’s business model and requested contractual agreement.

Read full article

07 September 2007

Kenya wants ICANN Africa 2008 DomainesInfo

The Kenyan government is bidding to host next year’s November ICANN meeting, to be held in Africa, reports DomainesInfo. The announcement was made during KENIC’s AGM on 31 August.

Read full article sells for US$360,000 Domain Name Journal

Sedo sold for US$360,000 last week, by far the largest sale according to Ron Jackson's Domain Name Journal. This sale easily outdid the next largest sale, (sold by Afternic/BuyDomains), which sold for $80,000, closely followed by ( and (Moniker/ T.R.A.F.F.I.C.), selling for $77K and $71K respectively.

Read full article

.ASIA Sunrise Policies - Registry Policies Document

DotAsia logoDotAsia have released a document that sets out the Sunrise policies and process for the launch of the .ASIA Registry. The aim of the policies and process are to ensure an orderly and equitable allocation of domains to qualified parties before the Registry is opened for general registrations.

Read full article

auDA Panel releases draft recommendations for public consultation

auDA's 2007 Names Policy Panel is currently reviewing the policy framework for .au domain names, including: whether .au should be opened up to direct registrations (eg. and whether the policy rules for domain names should be changed; whether registrants should be allowed to sell their .au domain names.

Read full article

Invisible arms race: The internet balance of power The Independent

Claims that China has been hacking into the West's military computers have led to concern that future global conflicts may be fought in cyberspace. ... One internet commentator points out how the US controls the domain name system, and could do a lot of damage to China by simply removing the "cn" domain.

Read full article

06 September 2007

Australian Businesses Expected to Welcome Crackdown on 'Domain Tasting': Intellectual Property Expert Hunt & Hunt

Hunt & Hunt says the investigation by ICANN into the practice of ‘domain tasting’ will be welcomed by Australian businesses. Domain tasting is the controversial process by which users register domain names to test their effectiveness in collecting additional traffic and then cancel registration before fees become due. The call for the investigation follows the discovery that less than one per cent of .org domain names end up being registered.

Read full article

World's Biggest Domain Name and Internet Traffic Conference Announces T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 2007

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. announced T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 2007, October 9-13, 2007 in Hollywood, Florida. Presented by the World Association of Domain Name Developers, the conferences, held at three different locations annually, bring together domain owners, search engine companies, leading registrars, pay-per-click aggregators, sponsors, Wall Street investors, the financial and advertising communities as well as analysts and experts on targeted Internet traffic for stimulating discussions of strategies, best practices, trends and networking.

Read full article

05 September 2007

.eh dispute - Morocco or Frente Polisario? ICANN to decide

A debate over whether Western Sahara is part of Morocco or is independent in its own right is somewhat contentious geographically, but in the world of ccTLDs it's also significant according to an article in DomainesInfo. The country code for .eh has been left unassigned, one of the very few in this situation. Quoting Wikipedia, DomainesInfo notes, "This 'territory of northwestern Africa, bordered by Morocco to the north, Algeria in the northeast, Mauritania to the east and south, and the Atlantic Ocean on the west is one of the most sparsely populated territories in the world, mainly consisting of desert flatlands."

Read full article

04 September 2007

Inside Views: Acting To Protect Freedom of Expression At ICANN by Dan Krimm

Dan Krimm writes on what he describes as “The continuing saga at ICANN about policy for approving new gTLDs is entering what may be its final stages this summer.” Dan gives an analysis of recommendations six and 20 gives reasons why KTCN opposes them.

Read full article

Malicious Web: Not just porn sites - The New Zealand Honeynet Project ComputerWorld

The New Zealand Honeynet Project, which produced Capture-HPC, also produced an excellent white paper about using Capture-HPC to identify malicious Web servers. On the group's Web site, you'll find that paper, the captured data, and the tools for anyone to inspect and replicate.

Read full article

03 September 2007

auDA reviews community geographic domain names policy auDA

Community geographic domain names are domain names registered within the eight Australian state and territory 2LDs:,,,,,,,

Read full article

Sedo-Analyse: 1 Million .ch-Domains sind registriert – und erzielen 30 Prozent höhere Verkaufserlöse als .de-Domains Sedo

In der Schweiz gibt es derzeit allen Grund zur Freude: Die Schallmauer von einer Million registrierten Internet-Adressen mit der ländereigenen Endung .ch wurde nun durchbrochen. Betrachtet man die Domainverkäufe der vergangenen vier Jahre, erzielten ch.-Domains gut 30 Prozent höhere Verkaufserlöse als die deutschen .de-Domains - allerdings bei deutlich weniger gehandelten Domains.

Read full article

Public Comments Require Changes in ICANN new gTLD Policy by Milton Mueller Internet Governance blog

The ICANN comment period on its new gTLD policy is over. The comments reflect overwhelming opposition to the Council's attempt to impose a standard of "morality and public order" on new TLD strings. The vast majority of comments -- about 60 of the 75 or so comments -- criticized the policy of censoring TLD strings and asked ICANN to stick to technical and operational criteria.

Read full article

'China Barbie' takes on Mattel in domain name dispute Asia Times

Mattel, which makes Barbie dolls, was forced this month to recall millions of toys that were made in China because of lead paint and loose magnets. So what's Mattel's next step in recovering from possible lost revenues? To attack porn star "China Barbie" of, of course.

Read full article

Heavy metal domain dispute over

The first heavy metal domain dispute TechNewsReview is aware of. There are reports "the surviving members of Pantera are involved in a legal battle with their former webmaster over" was once the band's official web site, but since February 2003 the official web site has been located at According to the legal portal, which maintains a database of Federal District Court filings and dockets, webmaster L. Alfenas filed a lawsuit in the Michigan Western District Court on August 2, 2007 against the Pantera Partnership (consisting of Vincent Paul Abbott, Philip Hansen Anselmo, Rex Robert Brown, and the estate of Darell Lance ["Dimebag Darrell"] Abbott) over the domain, which has apparently been registered to Alfenas since 1998. The Pantera Partnership, meanwhile, filed a suit of their own in the Michigan Eastern District Court against Alfenas (who resides in Michigan) the very next day, August 3, 2007."

Read full article

02 September 2007

ICANN: Updated Proposed .MUSEUM sTLD Registry Agreement Posted for Public Comment ICANN

An updated version of the proposed .MUSEUM sponsorship agreement is posted today for public comment. The amendment from the previous draft agreement is a result of significant collaboration between the registry sponsor and community members. The updated agreement is posted today with the intention of submitting it to the ICANN Board for approval after the 30-day comment period.

Read full article

01 September 2007

Dot-com names get dottier Los Angeles Times

Start-up companies are trying to be clever with their choice of name, attempting to stand out from the myriad of new online firms. So, as the Los Angeles Times reports in a recent article, they are choosing names from Abazab to Xoopit. Apart from attempting to stand out, they also need domain names. Earlier examples of online companies using this method would have to include the companies they are often trying to compete against - Google, Yahoo and EBay.

Read full article

China sale spurs domain name boom CBC

An aggressive price promotion in China of website domain names with the ".cn" top-level domain helped spur a fivefold increase in the number of websites using the suffix, according to VeriSign's 2007 Domain Name Industry Brief. The price promotion led to a 402 per cent growth in domain names registered with ".cn" from the previous year.

Read full article

31 August 2007

Latest VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief Underscores Growth of Internet Internationally

The number of domain names registered globally now totals more than 138 million, according to the second quarter 2007 Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign. The largest TLDs in terms of total base of registrations are .com, .de, .net, .uk, .cn and .org. A factor in the expansion of domain name registrations in the second quarter was strong growth in ccTLD registrations, such as .cn, .ru and .kr. ccTLDs grew to about 51.5 million by the end of the second quarter, approximately 13 percent more than the first quarter of 2007, and 36 percent more than the same quarter of last year. Other gTLDs saw growth as well, including .com and .net, which grew to 73 million domain name registrations."

Read full article

Top domain sales last week - the biggest, LI.COM for $500,000

In his weekly wrap of the previous week's domain name sales, Ron Jackson reports LI.COM was the biggest seller last week, selling for US$500,000. Other six-figure sales were ($125,000) and ($100,000). Ron also notes Sedo was responsible for "27 of the 50 highest sales including the top two and seven of the first ten." In the ccTLD sales, sold for £38,000 while sold for €47,234 and for $50,000. An interesting sale was for €21,000, the 20th biggest sale for the week.

Read full article

Registrar Solutions