Domain Names

16 September 2007

GNSO Consideration of Proposed Changes to WHOIS ICANN

Public comments are invited via email until 00:00 UTC (17:00 PDT) on 30 October 2007 on the GNSO Council's WHOIS reports and recommendations.

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What do you want to know about ICANN? Online survey ICANN blog

One of ICANN's most important jobs is to provide those interested in its processes with the information they need to interact fully. It is just as important that people are aware of what issues are currently being discussed within the organisation, what the outcome of recent discussions were, and what discussions will be coming up shortly. And that this information is readily and easily accessible.

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15 September 2007

Schedule Posted for ICANN’s 30th International Public Meeting ICANN

ICANN have released the schedule for its upcoming 30th International Public Meeting slated for 29 October to 2 November in Los Angeles.

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Internet Commerce Association Announces Member Code of Conduct Affirming its Commitment to Best Practices Internet Commerce Association

The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) announced it has adopted an eight-point member code of conduct designed to foster and promote fair and ethical business practices in the domain name industry. ... The ICA’s Member Code of Conduct covers the major areas of conflict that have arisen in the emerging domain name business. These include protection of intellectual property rights, ending abusive domain name tasting, strict adherence to Internet fraud laws, transparency in the ownership of domain names and the use of lawful content. The Code also condemns a process that involves returning a domain name just before the five-day grace registration period expires and re-registering it again as soon as it becomes available in order to avoid paying registration fees (often referred to as domain “kiting”), and requires ICA members to follow established ICANN guidelines for registering and deleting domain names.

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National Arbitration Forum Resolves Univision, Webkinz and Hershey's Kisses Domain Name Disputes National Arbitration Forum

National Arbitration Forum Resolves Univision, Webkinz and Hershey's Kisses Domain Name Disputes The National Arbitration Forum has resolved disputes involving Univision.tv, Webkinzz.com, Webkniz.com, Weblinz.com and ChocolateKiss.com. The NAF news release announced that the respondent in each of the three complaints did not have rights to each of the domain names.

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14 September 2007

Tokelau cashes in on website domain The Daily Telegraph

London's Daily Telegraph has an article on Tokelau - comprised of three coral atolls that lie about 800km (500 miles) north of Western Samoa, halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii - who has licensed their ccTLD, and is using the money it earns from the project to pay for computers and internet access.

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Changes to .IE domain registrations

The IE Domain Registry (IEDR) have announced changes to the registering of personal domain names for individuals. As of 31 October, providing an individual can provide they have "a real and substantive connection to the island of Ireland", they will be able to register a domain name. The name on the document used to provide this connection (driver's licence or utility bill, for example) will have to be an exact match.

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13 September 2007

Bin Ladin domain name up for grabs

UPDATED 13/9: I finally found the domain name Saudi-binladin-group.com on eBay. To check out its status, click here. // An interesting domain name up for grabs. Saudi-binladin-group.com is for sale, with a starting price of US$150,000 according to The Age. The domain name was owned by the bin Ladin family and expired on 11 September 2001. The owner, Chris Curry, is selling the domain name along with "emails that were sent to the domain including 'Osama fan mail' as well as similar domain names also currently owned by Mr Curry."

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ICANN Posts Issues Paper for the July 2008 - June 2011 Strategic Plan ICANN

ICANN posted the Issues Paper summarizing comments received during the initial phase of consultation on the July 2008-June 2011 Strategic Plan. Members of the community are invited to review the issues and comment on ICANN's priorities for the Strategic Plan.

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12 September 2007

Paul Twomey on IPv6 and possible cyberattacks down under

Paul Twomey addressing the Influence Forum 2007 in Australia's Hunter Valley, says Australian government and CIO's must do more in moving to IPv6 and Australia must do more to prepare itself for possible cyberattacks such as those experienced recently by Estonia, and which Australia might struggle to survive according to recent articles in TechTarget.

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You Say Hulu. I Say Lulu. Let’s Take the Thing to Court. New York Times

The article in part says: In the lawsuit, Lulu's founder, Bob Young, accused the media giants of unfair competition and cyberpiracy. "Widespread consumer confusion will occur and Lulu will be irreparably harmed," Mr. Young said in the complaint. Robert Thompson, a professor of media and popular culture at Syracuse University, is not so sure consumers will be confused by the two names. He is sure that he does not like the name Hulu, saying, "The communication revolution is finally here and its name is Hulu? Seriously?

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ICANN September magazine is out ICANN

Kieren McCarthy writes the September issue of the ICANN magazine is out. This month it includes interviews with ALAC chair Jacqueline Morris, as well as CEO Paul Twomey. Recent Board meeting are covered, and the policy issues reviewed are: IDNs, Registry and Registrar contracts, and IPv6. Also, covered - what has been happening in the past month on the blog and the public participation site, give a rundown of recent public comment periods, and upcoming outreach programmes. And a small piece on the freeing up of the 14.0.0.0/8 IP address block bring a bit of Net history to life. Plus plenty more.

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More than eleven million .de domains moving DENIC

More than 11 million .de domains are getting a new home. On 11 September 2007, DENIC officially puts into operation the first of two new computer centres, from where .de domains will be administered in the future. The change-over to the new computer centre is the first essential step within the scope of a comprehensive infrastructure project, which is designed to adapt the complete network and computer centre structure of the German domain registry to the growing demands of the coming years. The domain holder will not notice anything of the change-over. All .de domains can be fully used throughout the whole procedure.

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Mehr als elf Millionen .de Domains ziehen um DENIC

Die mehr als 11 Millionen .de-Domains bekommen ein neues Zuhause. Am 11. September 2007 nimmt die DENIC eG offiziell das erste von zwei neuen Rechenzentren in Betrieb, von denen in Zukunft aus die Verwaltung der .de-Domains erfolgt. Das Umschalten auf das neue Rechenzentrum ist der erste große Teilschritt innerhalb eines umfassenden Infrastrukturprojektes, mit dem die komplette Netzwerk- und Rechenzentrumsstruktur der deutschen Domainregistrierungsstelle an die wachsenden Anforderungen der kommenden Jahre angepasst wird. Für die Domaininhaber vollzieht sich der Wechsel unbemerkt. Alle .de-Domains können uneingeschränkt genutzt werden.

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NZ Disputes Resolution Conference 19-21 Sept Scoop

Dispute resolution in .com industries is just one of many topics to be debated at Te Papa next week during the 9th International Dispute Resolution Conference. Domain Names Commissioner Debbie Monaghan will join key speakers from the UK and US to discuss mediation in cyberspace with an audience from around the Asia Pacific.

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11 September 2007

The Punt VL fallacy by Patrick Vande Walle Patrick Vande Walle blog

Patrick Vande Walle, on his blog, suggests there is a parallel that can be drawn between the current dispute on .EH and the .VL application. Patrick says, "In both cases, the process is being used for political purposes to serve a goal for autonomy or independence." Patrick feels that as he has 20 years spent in Flanders, it gives him enough of a background to comment. And he believes, "It is clear here that this is about political visibility and not about spreading a culture, like .CAT does." Patrick's advice to the ICANN community is that if .VL is approved, "to be aware of the fact they would actually be used to serve a political agenda, rather than a cultural one."

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10,000 .eu names suspended amid cybersquatter allegation Out-Law

Eurid has suspended 10,000 domain names registered by Zheng Qingyin, a Chinese woman, who it accuses of cybersquatting, according to Out-Law. EURid wants to have a court strip Qingyin of the addresses with the case expected to take around a year EURid's legal manager Herman Sobrie told Out-Law. In response, "Qingyin has filed a separate suit objecting to the blocking of the domains in the Court of First Instance in Brussels. This is a fast-track case whose result should be known in a month, Sobrie" told Out-Law.

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08 September 2007

Filipino action to remove porn site domain name

In the Philippines, a fight against online pornography has developed, started by Catanduanes Rep. Joseph Santiago, chairman of the House committee on information and communications technology, is supporting Sen. Loren Legarda in the war on computer pornography. The fight against pornography involves the National Bureau of Investigation, according to Santiago, finding ways to remove the domain name of the Philippine's top online portal with the help of Network Solutions according to a report in Balita from the Philippines.

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Nevada man charged with impersonating attorney to gain control of domains with threats of lawsuits

A Las Vegas man was charged in federal court with wire fraud for impersonating an intellectual property lawyer and threatening lawsuits against the owners of domain names. David Dominic Scali, 28, agreed to plead guilty to the wire fraud charge in a plea agreement also filed today in United States District Court in Los Angeles. Scali is charged with registering an e-mail account under an alias and then sending emails in which he claimed to be the intellectual property lawyer.

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Lulu sues Hulu in domain dispute

A dispute has between the holders of the lulu.com and hulu.com 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.

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Apple misses out on another domain - ipodvideo.com Domain Name Wire

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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