Category Archives: Domain Name Registrants

Network Solutions sued Company guilty of defrauding millions

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LOS ANGELES — Network Solutions has forced millions of people to buy Internet domain names from them instead of cheaper competitors through a scheme that’s netted the firm millions of dollars, a federal class action lawsuit filed today by Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP states.

ICANN, whose policies facilitate the scheme, is also named in the suit, filed in U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

“Imagine if you asked a car dealer if they had a black convertible and were then forced to buy the car from them. Would you get a good deal? Each time someone asks Network Solutions about a domain name, the firm creates a monopoly for itself, forcing consumers to pay the price they demand,” said Brian Kabateck, lead counsel in the class action and Kabateck Brown Kellner’s Managing Partner.

Whenever someone searches for the availability of a domain name through Network Solutions’ website, the company immediately registers the name for itself, preventing other companies from selling it and forcing consumers to pay Network Solutions’ expensive fees.

If a consumer were to go to another, cheaper site to register the name, they would find the name is “unavailable.” Consumers are never informed that inquiring as to a name’s availability through Network Solutions results in the company holding a monopoly on selling that name.

This allows Network Solutions to continue charging substantially higher prices for domain name registration. Network Solutions charged $34.99 to register the name sought by this suit’s lead plaintiff. A competitor would have charged $9.99.

Network Solutions’ scheme is made possible by ICANN. ICANN allows companies that sell domain names to avoid paying registration fees for names cancelled within five days. Thus, Network Solutions can defraud customers at no cost to itself.

ICANN is aware that Network Solutions is abusing this policy and yet continues to facilitate its actions.

ICANN is the international organization, headquartered in Marina Del Rey, CA, that regulates domain names and other Internet protocols.

Kabateck Brown Kellner is one of the nation’s foremost consumer law firms. Its clients have won more than $750 million against Google, Yahoo!, Farmer’s Insurance, Eli Lilly and others. As a plaintiff’s-only firm, Kabateck Brown Kellner is always on the consumers’ side.

Article at http://www.ksbitv.com/technology/15946332.html

Quarter of a million .asia domain names wanted

dotasia.jpgDotAsia, the organisation responsible for the new .asia top level Internet domain says it has received 266,000 applications for registration of .asia domain names in the first 24 hours of its ‘landrush’ phase.
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Launch of .Asia is being undertaken in three main phases: sunrise, landrush and general availability. The sunrise phase was for organisations that have legitimate claims to .asia domains as Government bodies or based on existing brand names and trademarks to register their claims. During the landrush period anyone can apply for any .asia domain not allocated during the sunrise period, and if two or more applications are received for the same name, it will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

DotAsia says it received 266,663 applications in the first 24 hours of landrush, and about 28,000 names received more than one request for registration. Including applications received during sunrise and other earlier phases, it has received close to 300.000 applications. .asia is due to go live in mid March.

DotAsia has also instituted a Pioneers program in which applicants are invited to submit a brief proposal for the domain of their choice with the best proposal winning the right to operate that domain.

DotAsia has talked up the expected value of such domains saying: “Imagine the value and potential for names like www.music.asia, trade.asia, mobile.asia, football.asia”, and many more! The value of domain names have risen to staggering new heights in recent years. Vodka.com fetched $US3 million, diamond.com took in $US7.5 million and poker.com…Business.com, acquired in 1999 for $US7.5 million is now estimated to be worth $US300-$US400 million.

“The appreciation in value is not constricted to .com domains anymore. Poker.de was sold for close to $US1 million earlier this year, while Flowers.mobi auctioned for $US200,000. With the world’s fastest growing and largest online and offline market, .Asia domains are poised to command even higher values.”

If so they have got a long way to go to reach these dizzy heights. The highest price paid for a .asia domain name to date was $US20,5001 for ace.asia, and only 10 have fetched more than $US4000. Al ist of upcoming auctions can be found here.

The DotAsia Organisation (http://www.dotasia.org) is a membership-based not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Hong Kong. It was created in March of 2004 for the purpose of submitting a proposal to ICANN to operate a new TLD registry for the .asia top-level domain. It has appointed over 100 registries around the world that can accept applications for .asia names.

ICANN and DotAsia signed the .asia registry agreement on 6 December 2006 at the ICANN annual meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil following the ICANN board approving the designation of the .asia sponsored top-level domain on 18 October 2006. DotAsia is the first gTLD registry with a headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region.

Full Article at http://www.itwire.com/content/view/16850/53/

Investors poised to cash in on Cuba domain names

The day has finally come for PostCastroCuba.com.

Miami criminal defense attorney Oscar Estevez thought it was a catchy phrase when he bought the name three years ago, and he wanted to develop it into a site for discussions on Cuban business and politics when the regime changed.

But now he wants to sell it — for at least $3,000 — because he doesn’t have the time to develop the site. Plus, he said he isn’t as politically passionate as other Cuban-Americans.

”I’m Cuban, but I’m not into the whole thing as local Cubans are in Miami,” Estevez said. “I think there still is the option to make money. I don’t think I’m the right person for that, though.”

For years, Internet entrepreneurs have snatched up domain names related to Cuba, waiting for the day they can turn the website into a business — or sell it to someone who will.

Monte Cahn, founder and president of domain name registrar Moniker, said he has numerous clients that registered Cuba-related names in the ’90s with speculation that someday there would be a regime change.

Sites with names like CubanCigars.com or CubanGolfResorts.com have the greatest potential for profit if America is allowed to conduct business with Cuba, Cahn said.

”They will be one of the fastest little countries, I assume, to get back on the Internet and start to communicate,” Cahn said.

It’s the travel-related names that will be the most popular to develop, but not far behind will be the development of the service-related names, like CubanBank.com, Cahn added.

Rob Sequin, publisher of HavanaJournal.com, owns about 2,200 Cuba-related domain names, and has developed 37 of them. The developed ones include Cuba.tv, CubaLegalServices.com and CubaMed.com.

”I’ve gotten a lot of phone calls and a lot of e-mails in the past couple of days with people asking me about my domains,” said Sequin, who is based in Massachusetts. “I’ve always planned for this day, but I never planned for the day after.”

He said he has no plans to build out or unload a bunch of his sites right now, but he’s starting to draft a gameplan of what he’ll do.

“For me, it’s not about selling them, it’s about developing them.”

AsiaRegistry.com Ready for the .ASIA Landrush

    DotASIAMELBOURNE, Feb. 19 / Instra Corporation’s
AsiaRegistry.com, Asia Pacific’s leading Domain Name registrar, is ready
for the launch of the .ASIA Landrush scheduled on 20th February 2008, the
world’s first domain name extension for the Asia Pacific Region.

    Leona Chen, spokesperson for the DotASIA Organization anticipates a
Huge Landrush. Leona comments, “We are ready for something big. All of our
people and systems are in place, and we look forward to the commencement of
the .ASIA Landrush.”

    With already 30,780 .ASIA domains submitted during the Sunrise Period,
the Landrush is anticipated to be massive, with domain registrars globally
submitting hundreds of thousands of .ASIA domain names. Duplicate Domain
names submitted during the Landrush stage will go into a live domain name
auction.

    Chloe Li, Director of Operations for Instra Corporation, commented,
“Today is a special day for us. We have worked hard for this moment, and we
believe .ASIA will become a world leading domain name. We are pleased to
see that the Asia Pacific region finally gets its own unique online
identity.”

    The scope of the .ASIA TLD has been defined by ICANN, and includes over
70 countries, with coverage from the Middle East, to the Far East and
Oceania regions. Applications will only be considered from organizations
officially registered in one or more of these countries. AsiaRegistry will
provide a Local Address for clients outside of the Asia region, such as for
applicants that are located in America, Europe, or Africa.

    Phillip Parker from Instra Corporation’s AsiaRegistry said, “It’s an
important time for corporations around the world, especially with trademark
and brand infringement occurring on mammoth proportions. It is imperative
that these corporate brands protect their name in the .ASIA Name space.”

    Following the successful European .EU domain launch in 2006, .ASIA is
the next geographic region Top Level Domain to be introduced.

    .ASIA domain names can be registered online at:
    http://www.asiaregistry.com
    Additional details about the .ASIA domain name can be found online at:
    http://www.dotasia.org
    About Instra

    Instra Corporation is a worldwide player in the Domain Name and ENUM
industry, with its head office in Melbourne, and sub-branches across
America, Europe, and Asia. Instra Corporation is a pioneer of developing
convergence technologies for local presence services.

    Convergence. It is more than just a domain.

    For more information about Instra Corporation and Asia Registry, please
visit:

    http://www.asiaregistry.com

    For more information, please contact:

     Chloe Li
     Tel:   +61-397831800
     Email: media@instra.com

Domain Name Law and Regulation Seminar & Book Launch

International Domain Name Law - ICANN and the UDRP by David Lindsay cover imageThere will be a seminar on domain name law and regulation, and launch of the book “International Domain Name Law: ICANN and the UDRP”, in Melbourne on Wednesday 20 February for our Australian readers. Continue reading Domain Name Law and Regulation Seminar & Book Launch

How Rampant is Cyber & Typo Squatting? Just Ask WIPO After Reviewing Wipo.com!

Enrico Schaefer imageby Enrico Schaefer
How prevalent is cybersquatting and typosquatting asks Enrico Schaefer in this article in Circle ID? He suggests taking a look at www.wipo.com, and then comparing it with the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s web site at wipo.org. Enrico goes on to say, “Ironically, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center handles a majority of the UDRP domain dispute arbitrations internationally. The very organization which is invested with the authority by ICANN to resolve cybersquatting and typosquatting disputes internationally under the UDRP is, by all appearances, being squatted.” Continue reading How Rampant is Cyber & Typo Squatting? Just Ask WIPO After Reviewing Wipo.com!

DotAsia Sunrise Period to January 31 & appoints Dispute Resolution Provider for .Asia Sunrise Challenge Process

DotAsia logoDotAsia has extended the Sunrise period for .ASIA domain names January 31 2008. This Sunrise period is for Sunrise 2b (General Marks), Sunrise 2c (Extended Protection) and Sunrise 3 (Registered Entity Names). The original closing date was January 15. This provides tardy brand owners with the last chance to protect their brand names in .Asia before the Landrush begins on February 20, 2008. Continue reading DotAsia Sunrise Period to January 31 & appoints Dispute Resolution Provider for .Asia Sunrise Challenge Process

NetNames manages P&O Ferries domain name portfolio

P&O Ferries logoP&O Ferries has appointed domain name management firm NetNames to advise the ferry operator on domain name strategy and to protect its brand online reports Net Imperative.
P&O domain name portfolio has been growing, and with online bookings a key aspect of their business, I imagine that having a company such as NetNames manage their portfolio, they consider security a big reason for ensuring all domain names are managed in a consistent manner. And to ensure there are no cybersquatters taking advantage of the P&O Ferries name. Continue reading NetNames manages P&O Ferries domain name portfolio

MCMC-MYNIC Seminar & Exhibition–Southern Corridor Roadshow 2007

MYNIC logoThe Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and MYNIC Berhad, the .my domain name registrar will be presenting MCMC-MYNIC Seminar & Exhibition – Southern Corridor Roadshow 2007 on 6th September 2007 (Thursday) at Persada Johor International Convention Centre in Johor Bahru with the theme “Get Online: Empower Yourself on the Internet”. Continue reading MCMC-MYNIC Seminar & Exhibition–Southern Corridor Roadshow 2007