Domain Names

24 May 2007

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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CitizenHawk TypoAlert: Over 10,000 Cybersquatting Domains on Ten Top US Retail Bank Sites (news release) CitizenHawk

CitizenHawk reported that there are over 10,000 cybersquatting domains infringing on the trademarks of ten of the top US retail bank web sites. These statistics include typo domains as well as other potential trademark-infringing domains.

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23 May 2007

Asian Pop: Dot Community San Francisco Chronicle

The impending launch of .asia is covered by the San Francisco Chronicle. The article begins by asking "Is .asia the harbinger of -- or a bridge to -- a new era of social, cultural and commercial cross-pollination on the world's fastest-growing and most populous continent?" The article notes .asia is the first TLD "to be awarded to a transnational entity without some kind of a formal government structure." While a large part of Europe, which uses .eu, has a common currency and government, none of this applies to Asia.

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The Impending Internet Address Shortage Information Week

Sometime in the next 6 years, the Internet will run out of space says Information Week. The impending crisis that many discuss can be easily averted through the migration to IPv6, and sooner rather than later.

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22 May 2007

Good News from ICANN – opinion by Larry Seltzer eWeek

A deal to resolve the Registerfly crisis, attention to important technical problems and an appearance in the United States are on tap for ICANN writes Larry Seltzer in eWeek. Seltzer notes there's been a lot of action on the ICANN site and blog in the last couple of days. First, the Registerfly deal. Seltzer says he's confused, because if it is possible to make all domains available to registrants, "then RegisterFly really has been stalling, perhaps for negotiating reasons, which is truly appalling." Seltzer also writes "in the finest ICANN bureaucratese, they have announced that research and a report will be issued on the subject of domain tasting" and that ICANN "has also requested proposals for Registrar Data Escrow Services" following RegisterFly's collapse.

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Swiss Supreme Court examines domain name jurisdiction issues DomainNews.com

The Swiss Supreme Court, confirming a lower court's decision, that Swiss courts have jurisdiction to rule on a trademark infringement case against an individual living in the UK who had registered domain names using the Swiss insurance company's trademarks "SWISS LIFE" and "LA SUISSE". The registrant claimed as he was living in the UK the Swiss courts had no right to rule since he was living in the UK.

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19 May 2007

Cybersquatters exploit Madeleine campaign The Times

Following the disappearance of the British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal, there has been unprecedented media interest in such case. And with such interest, typosquatters have been active as is usual when any event – good or bad – hits the headlines. The Times notes that last Friday there were more than 20 websites created since Madeleine’s disappearance promoting businesses including chat rooms, estate agents and dating sites. The Times quotes Emily Taylor from Nominet saying if a website had been registered with a view to taking advantage of another site’s popularity, then the internet service provider hosting it could take it down for breach of an “acceptable use policy”. A technology lawyer with Pinsent Masons is said “Each of these bogus websites will generate a small amount of revenue. It is selfish and mean-spirited but there is nothing illegal about it and it would be very diffiult to stop.”

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auDA Panel releases Issues Paper for public comment auDA

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; whether policy rules for domain names should be changed; whether registrants should be allowed to sell their .au domain names. The Panel has released an Issues Paper, May 2007 which sets out the current situation and invites comment on suggestions and options for change.

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Location of Third ICANN Meeting for 2007 ICANN

ICANN has advised the public meeting scheduled to be held from 29 October through 2 November 2007 will take place in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Survey: Biggest Threats to Domain Name Industry Domain Name Wire

The domain name industry is worried about changes in the pay-per-click market and new registry contracts that allow for wholesale domain name price increases, according to the 2007 Domain Name Wire survey. 36% of respondents rated "changes in the pay-per-click market" as the top concern when asked "What do you think is the biggest issue facing the domain name market in 2007?"

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Is Eastern Europe's cyberwar the shape of things to come? The Guardian

It reads like a John le Carre script. An eastern European country being attacked on an unprecedented scale with Nato sending in its top terrorism experts. Except the attack was a cyber-assault - disabling the websites of government ministries, political parties, newspapers and banks. The crisis was triggered by a Distributed Denial of Service. This is where hackers hijack masses of computers using malware (basically, evil software) and, at a specific point in time, launch a concerted burst of traffic to overwhelm computer servers and bring them to a halt.

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18 May 2007

Positions on Icann, the Internet addressing agency, are open International Herald Tribune

Has the novelty of the Internet worn off? Vinton Cerf suspects that after 30-some years, it may well have. The International Herald Tribune reports that "[f]or this reason and others, Cerf recorded a video", available on YouTube, "in which he tries to drum up enthusiasm for applying for one of the nine open positions at Icann." The article quotes Cerf as saying there are few higher callings than helping to keep the Internet running smoothly and securely as a board member. However it's time consuming and hard work.

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Domain name Porn.com sells for US$9.5M PC World

The sale of porn.com for US$9.5 million gets wide coverage. This is the second highest sale of a domain name, coming after the US$12m for sex.com. It's also reported to be the highest for a cash sale for a domain name as the sale of sex.com included equity. Monte Cahn, co-founder and CEO of Moniker.com, said "[t]he sale of Porn.com further reinforces the growing trend of businesses that place a high strategic value on generic domains related to their industry."

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Dutchman stops using domain names containing 'google' Info World

Following Google UK threatening internet entrepreneur Marcel van der Werf with legal action for the eleven domain names he'd registered using 'google' or 'froogle' in their addresses, he's now announced he'll stop using them. Van der Werf said "[a]ll Google links are now offline and taken off registration to prevent further escalation of the juridical conflict."

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17 May 2007

Which domain name just sold for $9.5M? ComputerWorld

It's said that everything has a price -- and the price paid recently for the Porn.com Web domain is $9.5 million, cash.

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16 May 2007

Olympic Games domain name infringement case - the winner is... Paris Juriscom.net

The High Court of First Instance of Paris ('Tribunal de Grande Instance') recently ruled against a Parisian who had registered a number of domain names relating to Paris' failed Olympics 2012 bid. The domain names included "paris2016.com", "paris2016.fr", "paris2020.com", "paris2020.fr". Also registered were the trade marks the trade marks "Paris 2016", "Paris 2020", "Paris 2024" and "Paris 2028". Action was taken against the registrant in late 2005.

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12 May 2007

New gTLDs could come in mid-2008 The Age

The possibility of new gTLDs being made available in mid-2008 received extremely wide coverage via an Associated Press story. AP quoted Paul Twomey from the ICANN announcement saying "This is all about choice. We want the diversity of the world's people, geography and business to be able to be represented in the domain name system." AP notes that some critics have complained ICANN has been slow to approve new names and procedures have sometimes been arbitrary. While businesses and trademark owners worry that more gTLDs will lead to more cybersquatting. The move is regarded as a "welcome step" by Burke Hansen writing in The Register who concludes his article saying he's "argued in the past that ICANN should publish clear and consistent rules for gTLD registration, and allow anyone who fulfills the requirements to sink or swim on their own."

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Vint Cerf: Do you care about the Internet? ICANN Blog

Earlier this week, we released an interview with Vint Cerf in which he discussed ICANN, what it did, the fact he was stepping down as chairman this year, how the Internet has changed in the past ten years and who he hoped would join ICANN to continue the work of the organisation. When that interview was over, Vint also recorded a short message in which he explained why people should get involved in ICANN's processes. "Do you care about the Internet?" he asks -- because if so, you need to take a look at ICANN. "Your opinion won't be heard if you don't participate." We have posted the message on YouTube and Google Video and have linked to it above. You can also download it.

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Dutch domain owner faces legal action from Google Info World

Google England plans to take legal action against a Dutch man who uses the word "google" in the domain names he has registered. Marcel Van der Werf has registered a number of domains that include the word "google," such as Googledatingsite.nl, Googleonlineshop.com, Googlecommunity.nl, and Googlestore.nl. Google contends that Van der Werf is infringing on its trademark.

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Partnership to Grow Internet in Pacific Island Nations ICANN

Building partnerships to better share information about the Internet with the island nations of the Pacific is the goal of a MoU signed by ICANN and the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA).

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11 May 2007

Small claims court for .co.za domains Tectonic

The .za Domain Name Authority announced the introduction of a new formal process, the Alternative Dispute Resolution regulations, for disputes regarding .co.za domain names. The aim is to resolve domain name disputes more quickly and cheaper. Previously claims may have ended up in the high court. Previously those who faced complaints from large and/or wealthy complainants were often forced to cede control of the relevant names. There is also a link to the ZADNA website with more details.

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Profiteers snap up shooting domain names The Age

Two very similar Associated Press stories on the registering of domain names following the Virginia Tech shooting massacre are widely published. Domain names with some relevance to the tragedy were registered, and many then offered for sale or to display advertising by those hoping to make a quick buck. The general counsel for Go Daddy says anytime there's a tragedy people register relevant domain names. Sedo's chief operating officer says Sedo shut down auctions of domain names related to the tragedy, saying "We do feel that they fly in the face of our offensive domain policy. It is quite tasteless."

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10 May 2007

au: Crikey, it's official The Age

"Crikey", the word made famous worldwide by Steve Irwin, is a not uncommon exclamation used in Australia. But as the Australian Fairfax press reveals, WIPO considers it also now has an official secondary meaning: referring to the Crikey online news and gossip e-zine. WIPO has ruled that the Crikey owners should control the crikey.com internet domain, after a virtual real estate battle spanning more than five years. They already have crikey.com.au, but were frustrated by many people typing in, or referring to, crikey.com.

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Small claims court for .co.za domains Tectonic

The .za Domain Name Authority (.za DNA) announced the introduction of new formal process, the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) regulations, for disputes regarding .co.za domain names on the Web.

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