Articles by date

04 March 2007

BBC strikes Google-YouTube deal (BBC)

The BBC will soon offer trailers, classic clips and news on Google's YouTube video sharing website.

Read full article

02 March 2007

Web Site Owners May Get Tougher to Find (Law.com)

Law.com blames proposed Whois rule changes on ICANN that could result in "intellectual property lawyers guarding corporate trademarks on the Internet may soon have a harder time tracking down the people behind Web sites infringing on their clients' brands". Law.com notes that the proposed new policy changes would let domain holders "keep most of their contact information confidential when they register" and "they would be allowed to list a separate go-between point of contact." The article notes the two sides to the debate - one where large companies are trying to track down domain holders to "stop illicit use of trademarks in the domain names", while on the other side there are the privacy advocates who favour the possible changes. Intellectual property lawyers are noting speed is vital in tracking down holders of domain names where the trademarked name is being infringed upon.

Read full article

ICANN as the Net’s Word Police (Agoravox)

Another story referring to the NCUC news release in the last edition of the news, and quotes extensively from the news release. The article claims the "proposal would essentially make ICANN the arbiter of public policy and morality in the new gTLD space. Further, Milton Mueller is quoted as saying, "ICANN needs to stick to its narrow, technical coordination role".

Read full article

Trademark disputes a go-go (CNet)

CNet's Eric Sinrod examines the National Arbitration Forum report that said its domain name resolutions climbed by 21 percent in 2006 over 2005 - handling 1,658 trademark disputes. Sinrod says this is caused by trademark holders going after domain names that incorporate their trademarks, while registrants are often digging in their heels. The article notes a case involving Starbucks and a website called 'Mr Charbucks'. In this case, which Starbucks lost, where Starbucks "failed to meet its burden of proving trademark infringement and trademark dilution under the Federal Trademark Dilution Act". Starbucks has appealed.

Read full article

GoDaddy Responds to Deletion Over Invalid Email Address (Domain Name Wire)

Domain Name Wire previously reported about how GoDaddy deleted the domain registration for a domain due to invalid Whois information. This invalid information was limited to the e-mail address used; the phone number and mailing address was correct. Today, GoDaddy Director of Domain Services Camille Ede responded to a number of my questions concerning the actions it took.

Read full article

An Increasing Number of Bloggers end up in Prison (Internet Business Law Services)

For three years, Egyptian blogger Abdelkareem Nabil Suleiman allegedly used his blog as a platform to criticize religious and authoritarian practices in his country, as well as Egypt's highest religious institutions including the Sunni University of Al-Azhar, where he attended law school. In November, law enforcement authorities arrested the 22-year-old student. Last week, an Alexandria (Egypt) judge sentenced him to four years in prison, three for disparaging Islam and one for defaming President Hosni Mubarak in his online journal.

Read full article

An Increasing Number of Bloggers end up in Prison (Internet Business Law Services)

For three years, Egyptian blogger Abdelkareem Nabil Suleiman allegedly used his blog as a platform to criticize religious and authoritarian practices in his country, as well as Egypt's highest religious institutions including the Sunni University of Al-Azhar, where he attended law school. In November, law enforcement authorities arrested the 22-year-old student. Last week, an Alexandria (Egypt) judge sentenced him to four years in prison, three for disparaging Islam and one for defaming President Hosni Mubarak in his online journal.

Read full article

au: YouTube ban for Victorian schools (The Age)

Australian Education Union Victorian branch president Mary Bluett said a ban on video-sharing website YouTube in state schools is likely to have little effect.

Read full article

us: A Pugnacious Porn Prosecutor (The Huffington Post)

In 2005, Bush's Justice Department decided it would start taking pornography prosecutions seriously. After several far-right groups complained that the administration failed to take on porn aggressively in its first term, Alberto Gonzales announced that the DoJ would devote considerable resources to a war on smut, described at the time as "one of the top priorities" of Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Read full article

nz: Law to tackle unwanted spam passed (Stuff)

The Government's anti-spam bill was passed last night with a promise it would help stem the avalanche of unwanted e-mails clogging New Zealand in-boxes.

Read full article

za: Internet use by black people is growing (IOL Technology)

The number of black South Africans using the Internet has increased dramatically as schools and businesses connect.

Read full article

U.N. officials, Silicon Valley tech leaders discuss digital divide (Signs on San Diego)

Officials from the United Nations met Wednesday with Silicon Valley executives to discuss the "digital divide" - the growing gap between the world's wealthiest and most computer literate people and the impoverished masses without Internet access.

Read full article

Internet renegades go by the book (International Herald Tribune)

The renegade Internet entrepreneurs who started the file-sharing service Kazaa and the online phone service Skype have started a Web video venture that is doing everything by the book.

Read full article

WhyMax? A much-hyped wireless technology is about to be put to the test (The Economist)

FOR the 60,000 people attending at 3GSM, the wireless industry's annual trade show that took place in Barcelona last week, WiMax was everywhere: on huge banners, on the lips of executives and on products in display cases. Everywhere, that is, except in the real world. The vaunted new wireless technology promises to combine the speed of broadband internet access with the ubiquity of mobile phones. Even as mobile operators start to upgrade their networks to the latest enhanced third-generation (3G) equipment, WiMax boosters say their technology is superior. Now that WiMax networks are starting to pop up around the world, the industry will soon find out if they are right.

Read full article

Wireless VoIP Threatens Telco Business (Business Week)

The combination of wireless and Internet calling will force traditional mobile-phone companies to adapt as sales of dual-mode handsets rise, a report says. Traditional phone operators will be forced to change their approach as wireless VoIP technology surges over the next few years, say analysts.

Read full article

Regulation of VOIP Services in the United Kingdom (Internet Business Law Services)

The proliferation of VoIP services has impacted the UK communication market over the last five years. VoIP services deliver significant consumer benefit through reducing the cost of delivering existing telecommunications services. Since the development of VoIP services is still in its infancy, the future development of these services and technology is, at present, unclear.

Read full article

01 March 2007

Fragrant future beckons for web (BBC)

Within a decade the net will be able to deliver smells as fast as it does data, predicts a report. The forecast came in a wide-ranging survey produced by the South Korean government to find out what consumers will want from future technologies.

Read full article

28 February 2007

Proposed ICANN policy could lead to domain name censorship (ARS Technica)

ICANN is set to get involved in politics. An ICANN draft policy that will govern the creation of new top-level domains would restrict anything that "shall promote hatred, racism, discrimination of any sort, criminal activity, or any abuse of specific religions or cultures." The new rule has some critics crying "Censorship!"

Read full article

Power-Grab: ICANN to Become Internet's "Word Police" (NCUC news release) (Blogger News Network)

This news release from ICANN’s Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) results from a proposal they submitted to “protect freedom of expression and innovation in the introduction of new” gTLDs. The news release notes the NCUC is troubled by the GNSO’s draft recommendation “to create string selection criteria that would prevent the registration of a new gTLD string that contains a controversial word or idea. In the 13 February 2007 GNSO draft report, proposed Term of Reference 2(v) of the string criteria states that ‘the string should not be contrary to public policy (as set out in advice from the Governmental Advisory Committee)’.”

Read full article

In China, Google grapples with Gmail domain dispute (CNet)

Google is having trouble getting hold of gmail.cn with the company that currently holds the domain name refusing to sell it to Google and seem to be not interested in negotiating, refusing to answer phone calls and reply to emails. The Reuters article notes “the Gmail.cn case may prove more trying, given that intellectual property issues in China can become complicated by politics, the source added, especially between U.S. and Chinese firms.”

Read full article

Reserved Domain Names in the Italian Legislation (Internet Business Law Services,)

Reserved Domain Names in the Italian Legislation According to Italian Law, in article 3.4 of the Rules of Assignation of Domain Names, some domain names are reserved, and so, they are not assignable or they are assignable only to predetermined subjects. The rules refer in particular to geographical names of regions, provinces, municipalities, and their two-letter abbreviations, including the translation of such names in English or other languages different from Italian.

Read full article

TRAFFIC Conference Sold Out, Auction List Released (Domain Wire)

Next month's TRAFFIC domain name conference is sold out and Moniker has released the auction list for its live auction.

Read full article

Google locked in legal rumbles over Gmail in Europe (CNet)

Google this week lost an initial attempt to gain sole control over the Gmail trademark in Switzerland, but the search giant said the ruling would not force it to rename its e-mail service there.

Read full article

EC Sues Germany Over High-Speed Internet Law (E-Commerce News)

The European Commission said Monday it was suing Germany over a law allowing Deutsche Telekom to keep rivals off its high-speed Internet networks. A letter "of formal notice" was sent to Berlin after it ignored repeated warnings not to adopt legislation that could grant Deutsche Telekom a de facto monopoly on a new broadband network. The German parliament on Friday passed the telecommunications law, exempting Deutsche Telekom's high-speed network from regulation.

Read full article

Wireless users 'do more online' (BBC)

People who use the wireless net "show deeper engagement with cyberspace," says a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. While 54% of internet users check e-mail "on the typical day," 72% of wireless users check daily.

Read full article

Registrar Solutions