Domain Names

03 April 2007

Nearly 7-year effort to establish Internet red light district hits dead end, again The Age

A widely published AP story that discusses the almost seven years that "Stuart Lawley has tried to build a red-light district on the Internet". The article claims "Lawley said a lawsuit against ICANN was likely". There is mention of various board members views including Peter Dengate Thrush saying he was critical about the lengthy delays and request for revisions from ICM and Steve Goldstein arguing against ICANN becoming a regulator.

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No XXX URL for you! Neoseeker

This article claims the "reason behind this no XXX domain name registration stems from the question of what constitutes pornography. Different places have different definitions of what pornography is. In most of Asia, it's anything involving nudity, regardless of the context or taste. In some US States, it can vary. I'm not certain as to the rest of the world, I'll probably have to get a government grant and start some global research. ICANN was also fearful that by applying this new extension, that they would become the exclusive regulatory body for all TLD (.com, .biz, .net) sites ending in .xxx. That's not their function."

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Three Strikes for '.XXX' Domain Christian Post

Christian groups applaud ICANN's decision on .xxx, with the Alliance Defense Fund saying "When it comes to deciding between protecting the profits of pornographers and protecting children, our children come first" and "The proposed '.xxx' domain offered nothing but false hope to those wanting to keep Internet pornography from children. Pornographers would simply expand to '.xxx' and maintain their current .com sites, perhaps doubling the number of porn sites and doubling their menace to society." The story says Christians are more in favour of government monitoring and creating restrictions.

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ICANN rejects .xxx The Register

The Register notes the board meeting was unusual as it was usually held behind closed doors with debate raging "largely around the phony issue of whether a .xxx domain would put ICANN in the content regulation business, when rejecting the domain is itself a content regulation decision." Dissenters to the decision highlighted in part that "what ICANN really needs is a truly content-neutral TLD approval process, one with clear standards that apply equally for all TLD applicants."

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ICANN kills .xxx, USG ordered to turn over related documents by Brenden Kuerbis Internet Governance Project

Brenden Kuerbis on the Internet Governance Project Blog notes the IGP provided an analysis of documents obtained through FOI by ICM that showed "how US supervision of ICANN was influenced by domestic political pressure. They left no room for doubt that the US altered its policy toward ICANN in response to this pressure, and that it actively worked in tandem with ICANN to conceal the nature and significance of US governmental influence over ICANN from the media." Further, "It will not be a surprise if these new documents reveal more behind the scenes pressure by the USG."

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Why I Voted for .XXX by Susan Crawford Circle ID

The ICANN Board voted today 9-5, with Paul Twomey abstaining, to reject a proposal to open .xxx. This is my statement in connection with that vote. I found the resolution adopted by the Board (rejecting xxx) both weak and unprincipled.

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ICANN Concludes Busy 28th Public Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal ICANN

More than 830 people from 81 countries gathered in Lisbon, Portugal for ICANN's 28th Public Meeting. "We've just finished one of ICANN's busiest and issue-intensive meetings and it helped ICANN make substantial progress on numerous fronts," said Dr Vint Cerf, Chairman of ICANN. Considerations included: formalization of relationships with ccTLD managers .ly, .ci & .ru; formation of a new working group to develop the recommendations in the Final Task Force Report on Whois Services presented to the GSNO; discussion on Registrar Accreditation Agreements and how to improve them; creation of three new Regional At Large Organizations for Africa, Europe, and Asia-Australia-Pacific; rejection of the .XXX; presentations by Sweden and Bulgaria on the enhanced Domain Name System security enhancements in their respective TLDs; updates on moving to IPv6; release of the One World Trust independent review of ICANN's accountability and transparency which stated that overall ICANN is a very transparent organization and the release of the next steps in the development of a set of Management Operating Principles for accountability and transparency.

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The United Kingdom and the .co.uk Country Code Top Level Domain Domain Name Journal

Sedo has long considered the United Kingdom a key market and has been active in the UK for almost five years. Last year, Sedo even hosted the UK's first ever domain event, which was a fantastic opportunity to learn key insights into the market, exchange ideas and suggestions from key players, and to communicate what our UK users can gain from Sedo's overall experience operating in the secondary market. The UK is not just one of most important industrial nations for the "Old Economy," it has a vibrant economy and a well-educated population that is extremely internet savvy, making it one of the strongest internet markets world-wide. Despite all this, some of the best bargains in the aftermarket are to be found in the UK, especially among .CO.UK domains. We would like to take this opportunity to explain why this is, and discuss a little bit about the UK domain name market in general.

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Domains Explained, Part 1: Registrants, Registries, Registrars and Resellers by Joey deVilla Tucows

In Monday's article -- Questions to Ask Before You Pick Your Domain Name Registrar -- Elliot covered a lot of ground in his list of things you should know about when picking a domain name registrar. In this series of articles, I'll expand on what he wrote and explain some of the finer points of domain names that you might not be aware of. The last question in Elliot's list was Are you a registrar or a reseller? If these terms, along with registry and registrant are unfamiliar to you, read on -- I'm going to explain what each one means.

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31 March 2007

ICANN Rejects Creation of '.xxx' Domain Sydney Morning Herald

ICANN defeated a proposal Friday to give adult websites their own ".xxx" domain. Many in the adult-entertainment industry and religious groups alike had criticized the plan, which the Canadian government also warned this week could leave ICANN in the tricky business of content regulation. The 9-5 decision by ICANN's board came nearly seven years after the proposal was first floated by ICM Registry LLC. It was the third time ICANN has rejected such a bid. Paul Twomey, ICANN's chief executive, who had described the proposal this week as "clearly controversial, clearly polarizing" abstained from the vote but did not say why.

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Proposal for porn domain rejected BBC

Plans to create an internet domain specifically for pornographic websites have been rejected.

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ICANN Lisbon: ICANN ready to shut up and move on The Register

ICANN, the de facto determinant of much that occurs on the internet, will wrap up its triennial meeting tomorrow with an unusual open board meeting on the controversial .xxx gTLD. The week has been a mixed bag - the unveiling of a new, more user-friendly ICANN website has been one of the nicest surprises, although the news that ICANN was itself subject to a lawsuit arising out of the seemingly never-ending RegisterFly disaster deflated what was an optimistic beginning to a long week. Ongoing arguments by the representatives of intellectual property owners (i.e., intellectual property attorneys) provided a nonstop subtext to just about every meeting attended by yours truly. The article addresses the main topics for meetings attended - IDNs (superficially uncontroversial but subtly troubling to all involved); and the Whois database (proposed changes to the registry are problematic inasmuch as there is little middle ground between the opposing parties - Europeans and Americans).

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ICANN Lisbon: ICANN urged to cut phishing trawl with banking domain The Register

Security watchers are calling on ICANN to adopt a new TLD to be used exclusively by registered banks and financial organisations. The proposed TLD - proposals include .safe, .sure or .bank - would aim to give consumers increased piece of mind that they are dealing with a legitimate financial institution while potentially making it easier to identify rogue sites. The idea has been in existence for some time, but the massive rise in phishing attacks over recent months has renewed interest.

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Independent Review of ICANN's Accountability and Transparency ICANN

As one of a number of initiatives aimed at further improvements in accountability and transparency, ICANN engaged One World Trust to undertake an independent review of standards of accountability and transparency within ICANN. The terms of reference for the report were designed to allow a wide ranging review.

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Thousands of Voices Get Direct Say At ICANN ICANN

Internet users from three of ICANN's five global regions will now have direct input to the organization thanks to the creation of three Regional At-Large Organisations. Memorandums of Understanding creating RALOs for Africa and Europe were signed today by ICANN and member groups of the RALOs in a special ceremony at ICANN's 28th Public Meeting in Lisbon. The third RALO -- Asia-Australia-Pacific -- was announced and will be formally signed at the 30th Public Meeting to be held later this year.

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ICANN Lisbon: ICANN to decide if pornographic Web sites to have own '.xxx' domain Sydney Morning Herald

Pornographic web sites could have a virtual red-light district if ICANN agrees Friday (30/3) to a proposal that would create a ".xxx" Internet address aimed at making clear what content is adults only. ICANN has already rejected similar proposals twice since 2000. ICANN plans to vote on whether to approve the domain name for voluntary use by porn sites after a week of meetings and public forums in Lisbon, Portugal, focusing on if it could help keep objectionable material away from underaged eyes or promulgate censorship of free expression. The Canadian government has raised objections relating to a '.xxx' domain name may inadvertently leave ICANN in the business of content regulation, "which would be inconsistent with its technical mandate."

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30 March 2007

ICANN committee says plan to give porn sites '.xxx' domain still faces questions Sydney Morning Herald

The chairman of a key ICANN committee said Thursday that questions remain about how to implement a new ".xxx" domain name for pornographic and adult websites, a signal that its creation could be delayed again. Janis Karklins, chairman of ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee, said ICANN's board had not yet answered questions about whether the application meets the standards needed to be established.

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Scammers target domain name owners The Register

The Register writes of a new spam-based scam where fraudsters are targeting domain owners. The scam is supposedly sophisticated and typically begins with an email message to domain owners offering to purchase a domain. Prospective victims are directed to a forum ostensibly set-up to discuss domain appraisal services. Potential victims are asked to purchase domain appraisal software for $99, and even if paid for, the scammers renege on promises.

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ICANN sued by irate RegisterFly customer, as class action rumble begins The Register

Dummit Law Firm has announced they have filed a class action lawsuit against internet registrars Registerfly and Enom as well as ICANN. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of a RegisterFly customer who had a website that provided the main source of her income. The lawsuit was originally sealed, supposedly for fears of retribution from RegisterFly to the plaintiff, "but since then other concerns have become more pressing, and the case was opened to the public." The Register notes ICANN was served process two weeks ago, and questions why there has been no mention of this on its blog.

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The New .xxx Domain: Just a .bad/idea National Catholic Register

This article on the .xxx proposal in the National Catholic Register is strongly against the creation of the .xxx TLD. It begins "Family advocates and purveyors of pornography are definitely strange bedfellows." The article gives both the religious and "family" advocates view noting "both camps are largely against it, albeit for radically different reasons." Religious groups oppose the creation of .xxx because they see pornographers not being asked to relinquish their ".com" sites and the voluntary "relocating to a '.xxx' site could actually increase, even double, the number of ways to reach pornography on the Internet -- and only half of it, if that much, will supposedly be easier to block. It's a lateral move that achieves nothing substantial or good." Towards the end of the article it claims "for one thing, the new '.xxx' domain is not a done deal -- the consent of the U.S. Commerce Department is likely necessary, giving laypeople a chance to make their voices heard".

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auDA conducts online policy survey auDA

auDA has commissioned an online survey of .au registrants and Internet users as part of a major review of .au domain name policies.

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Median Domain Selling Price: $600-$750 Domain Name Wire

Information from Sedo, along with an Afternic sales analysis, reveals that the typical domain name purchase is under $1,000.

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.nz Domain Name Fee Reduction Announced InternetNZ

InternetNZ (The Internet Society of New Zealand) has announced it is reducing by 14% the wholesale domain name fee charged to authorised .nz registrars by .nz Registry Services (NZRS). The reduction takes the fee to NZ$1.50 per domain name per month, down from NZ$1.75, exclusive of GST. The new wholesale fee applies from 1 July 2007.

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29 March 2007

ICANN Lisbon day 2 - Intellectual property debate heats up, as ICANN looks to the future The Register

The Register focuses "on the registrar and intellectual property angles, which have revolved around the issuance of new TLDs, and the privacy debate surrounding the Whois database." The Register notes "[t]he current process (for new TLDs) seems to be far more inclusive than the divisive process" that was happening at the time of the .travel and .aero approvals. The writer notes the .asia process has gone very well, and looks at a couple of the issues facing .asia as it works its way to its launch.

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Questions to Ask Before You Pick Your Domain Name Registrar Tucows

Elliot Noss, President & CEO of Tucows has written a guide titled "Questions to Ask Before You Pick Your Domain Name Registrar" following the problems with RegisterFly. Noss notes "[t]he interests of the businesses and individuals who buy domain names have been lost in this debate. There are a whole raft of existing rules and policies, defined by ICANN, that govern how the domain name registration system should work. The problem is that ... registrants ... are not familiar with the rules and do not know how to help themselves." Noss notes the bad news is to fix the regulation of registrars and how rules are enforced will take some work, especially from ICANN. However in the meantime, Noss notes registrants "need to stop focusing on price and start focusing on customer service, the services offered and increase their awareness of the rights that the existing rules give them." The guide is just that, a guide, and is not exhaustive, and covers "10 questions everyone should ask a registrar before buying a domain name from them. We don't expect registrants to necessarily dig in to all of them, but it is a place to start." Noss goes into detail on each point, but the points are What is your primary business model?; Do you make transfers as easy as the rules allow?; Do you allow for easy locking/unlocking?; Do you make it easy to opt-out of auto-renewals?; Do you tie domains to your services?; Do you offer Whois privacy? What are your privacy policies in general?; What are your policies on compliance issues like litigation, ownership disputes and WDRP?; How easy is it to contact you?; What happens when my domain expires? and Are you a registrar or reseller?

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