Domain Names

19 January 2007

Breach of .eu domain rules may trigger instant cancellation Out-Law

Breaches of .eu domain rules including "using the domain name in bad faith or for an unlawful purpose or in a way that violates any third party rights, laws or regulations, including discrimination on the basis of race, language, sex, religion or political viewpoint" will all be grounds for cancelling the .eu domain names.

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17 January 2007

UN Will Not Control The Internet WebProNews

This story in WebProNews notes a bloggers who says "Perhaps what Toure's agency - and ICANN - should consider is taking another look at the registrant side of the web. If ICANN is the final word in IP address assignments then why are there so many fly-by-night registrants who are not sanctioned by ICANN? Godaddy and other legitimate ICANN sanctioned registrants have voiced that complaint - both in Europe and here in the U.S., but it seems to fall on deaf ears."

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15 January 2007

ae: etisalat to hand over .ae domain Zawya

etisalat will hand over control of the .ae domain name to the government in the second quarter of this year, according to the nation's telecom regulator.

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13 January 2007

China’s Internet body says no domain names lost after all IT Wire

Beijing News' report on 10,000 lost domain names according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) is now said by China Daily, a Chinese news web site, to be wrong, with the CNNIC denying that it made those comments. So, what's going on?!

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Korea Increases IPv6 Address Number to 10 Million by 2010 ET News

The Korean Ministry of Information and Communication is set to increase the number of IPv6 addresses, the next generation Internet Protocol, to 10 million by 2010. To that end, it plans to encourage IMv6 registration by improving the related system, developing business models and disseminating information.

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Beckham move sparks domain-name rush This is Money

David Beckham's big money move to the United States prompted a frenzy of 'cyber squatting', NetNames said.

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10 January 2007

Review of the structure and operation of the .au Internet domain DCITA

In 2006 the Australian Department for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts released a discussion paper as part of a review into the structure and operation of the .au Internet domain. Public comment was sought on a range of issues including the administrative structure of the .au Internet domain, naming structures, policy development, competitiveness and cost effectiveness, international participation and emerging technical issues. Nineteen submissions were received, four of which were confidential, from a range of industry, consumer and government organisations as well as members of the public. The publicly available submissions are now available online.

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09 January 2007

Proposal for porn domain revived BBC

The BBC among many other outlets runs a story on ICANN reconsidering the .xxx proposal from ICM. The BBC gives a brief history of the issue and says "the proposal has won approval following promises by the domain's backer to actively police any site that signs up to use the .xxx suffix. The BBC story concludes "If final approval is won it is not yet clear when the domain will start operating."

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Comeback for internet porn domain Computer Business Review

Computer Business Review gives an outline of the .xxx story and notes the differences between the current proposal and the previous one. The story notes ICANN says the new proposal gives "specificity with respect to ICM's policy making and community related obligations" and "contains significant new provisions to ensure that ICANN has concrete and practical mechanisms to enforce the contract". The story outlines the differences between the previous and current proposals. CBR also notes there is little support among groups where you would expect some support for the proposal - pornographers and anti-pornography activists.

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.XXX is Back on the Radar Screen by Patrick Vande Walle Circle ID

Patrick Vande Walle asks in his story on Circle ID whether the new proposal asks for two contradictory requirements - to "provide a fully compliant WHOIS service" and to "protect user privacy". He concludes that these requirements will need to be met.

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UK domain name dispute rules could change Out-Law.com

Out-Law.com has run a story on possible changes to domain name dispute resolution rules for .uk. Nominet has claimed the rulebook is out of date and have made suggestions for changes, including a financial deterrent against cybersquatters. The consultation that is currently underway closes in mid-February. Nominet have made several suggestions to changes including introducing a system where the losing party pays for a decision involving cybersquatting.

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The Closing Window: A Historical Analysis of Domain Tasting Circle ID

Frank Schilling wrote this history and analysis of domain tasting for the ICANN Business Constituency membership. It's by no means perfect but he decribes it as he thought he'd share it with those who would like a bit more color on the subject.

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IE Domain Registry announces pricess for 2007 IEDR news release

The IE Domain Registry in December announced another significant price reduction; a 13% price reduction for new dot.ie domain registrations and renewals of domains with effect from 1st January 2007.

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07 January 2007

Plan Would Create '.xxx' Web Porn Domain Chicago Tribune

ICANN has revived a proposal it earlier rejected to create an online red-light district, after adding stronger provisions to prohibit child pornography and require labeling of Web sites with sexually explicit materials.

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ICANN Publishes Revised Proposed Agreement on .XXX ICANN

A revised proposed agreement with ICM providing for designation of a .XXX sTLD registry is published for public comment. The public comment period will be open until 5 February 2007.

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RSSAC and SSAC Seek Community Feedback on Firewall Support for IPv6 DNS Records and DNS Extensions (EDNS0) ICANN

The joint committees are soliciting feedback from the Internet community on whether commercial firewalls that organizations use to protect name server resolvers will allow priming responses containing IPv6 (AAAA) resource records and priming responses greater than 512 bytes (the desired results) or block such responses.

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ICANN Announces Plans for Conclusion of sTLD Application Process ICANN

As ICANN looks toward completion of the process for consideration of the proposed sTLD strings submitted during the application period in 2003-4, this notice reports on the status of each application, as well as the anticipated steps to full closure of this round of applications. Briefly, of the ten original applications: four sTLDs are delegated in the root zone, two agreements are signed and will be delegated, two applications have been withdrawn and two applications remain open: .post and .xxx. Next steps for each of the open applications are identified.

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Taiwan quakes cost Chinese 10,000 domain names The Register

The 26 December earthquakes off Taiwan - which cut undersea telecoms cables and severely disrupted internet connections across Asia - also cost the Chinese 10,000 domain names.

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27 December 2006

MGM seeks control of Wargames.com site name International Herald Tribune

The owner of the Web domain Wargames.com has been accused by MGM of "unauthorized use and registration" of that name and three other names related to MGM's "Rocky" movie franchise.

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ICANN Update on the 2007 Nom Com Meeting in São Paulo, Brazil ICANN

The 2007 ICANN Nominating Committee (NomCom) has been convened and met for the first time on 8-9 December, immediately following the ICANN Annual Meeting in São Paulo, Brazil.

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25 December 2006

Top Domain Name News Stories of 2006 Circle ID

Record-breaking domain sales, acquisitions, and growing industry credibility all highlight a critical year for the domain name industry.

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23 December 2006

The Closing Window: A Historical Analysis of Domain Tasting Circle ID

Frank Schilling writes this history and analysis of domain tasting for the ICANN Business Constituency membership. It's by no means perfect but he thought he'd share it with those who would like a bit more color on the subject.

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20 December 2006

ICANN to undergo transparency review InfoWorld

A U.K. governance organization will review ICANN as it tries to increase transparency after criticism of its close U.S. government ties. The report from One World Trust will be made public when it's completed next year, said Paul Levins, ICANN's executive officer and vice president of corporate affairs.

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Cost of Wii domain name likely to stay a mystery Arizona Daily Star

Titans of their respective global industries clashed this summer in a secret battle over three letters: wii. Weyerhaeuser Co. of Federal Way, Wash. owned them. Nintendo Co. Ltd. of Kyoto, Japan, wanted them. How much did Nintendo pay? That, apparently, will remain a mystery.

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16 December 2006

Kiters put the wind up web address system The Times

The Times has a story on domain kiting, referring to it as a "new type of cyber-squatting which allows opportunists to occupy web addresses without paying for them". The story uses a speech from Paul Twomey in Sao Paulo as its reference, saying 5 million domain names are registered by domain kiters each year. The Times quotes Paul Twomey as saying "that of the five million names that were put forward each year, only 1 per cent were registered in earnest." Jonathan Robinson, chief operating officer of NetNames says the processing costs come out of the registry's profits or passed on to the industry. There is also a brief mention of IDNs in the last paragraph.

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