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Daily Wrap: EU Says ITU Should Not Have More Power, Kiwi Fight Over TLDs, .SA, .EE, .IE Awards And Aeroflot.xxx Dispute

There may be a case for governments having more say in the way the internet is run, EU digital commissioner Neelie Kroes told ZDNet last week, but — even if this were to happen — it would not necessitate giving the ITU more power.

“Of course there are voices saying it would be better with the UN [but] I’m not in favour of the line that, if you have a problem, you can only solve it in a new structure,” Kroes said, adding that it was first worth examining the calls for more government input.

“I still think that the remarks that are made [about giving governments a greater voice] can be included in a solution within the structure of today,” she said. “I’m not aware that that can’t be done, so I’m not willing to [favour] a new structure.”

The creation of the kiwi.nz second level domain will only cause confusion, the applicant for the .KIWI gTLD has said.

Tim Johnson, chief executive of Dot Kiwi Ltd told the New Zealand Herald approving kiwi.nz was not in the best interests of internet users “or in fact the internet in New Zealand”.

“Why would potential registrants want .kiwi.nz when they could have .KIWI?”

SaudiNIC has started a process of updating Whois details for .SA domain names, sending out requests to registrants to check and if necessary update their registrant details.

ICANN’s board of directors is set to approve مليسيا., the Arabic name for Malaysia, at a meeting next week, Domain Incite reported.

The Estonian Internet Foundation announced the public procurement for an audit of the code of the information systems (Domain Registry Software Security Audit) it uses, the organisation announced last week. The bid submission deadline is 10 September 2012.

Over to Ireland and the Irish Internet Association has announced the shortlist for this year’s Dot ie Net Visionary Awards and online voting is now open.

Aeroflot, the Russian airline, has won a dispute lodged with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center over the aeroflot.xxx domain name, however the original registrant does not agree with the ruling and is threatening to appeal.

Estonian Internet Foundation Accepted As Full Member of CENTR

Estonian registry logoAt the General Assembly in Salzburg the CENTR (Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries) accepted the Estonian Internet Foundation, the registry for .EE, as a full member.

“As of today, the Internet has been the largest cooperation project of mankind. Full membership status in the CENTR provides Estonia with an opportunity to participate in the development of the Internet on the international level,” said Marek-Andres Kauts, Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Internet Foundation.

Participants in the General Assembly of the CENTR included leaders of organisations engaged in the national Internet and domain business as well as representatives of the European Commission and the ICANN. Items on the agenda concerned removal from the register of domains violating law and issues relating to Internet security, including DNSSEC.

CENTR provides a platform for national domain organisations of European countries to discuss issues relating to Internet policy and formulate common positions for the European Commission as well as to exchange the best practices in the field of service development and security.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .EE domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Sunrise Period for .EE Internationalised Domains Commences

A sunrise period commenced for .EE domain names containing letters with diacritical marks, or internationalised domain names commenced on 16 May the Estonian Internet Foundation announced.

The sunrise period enables reservation of .EE domain names containing letters with diacritical marks based on a prior right (trademarks, names of physical and legal persons) before commencement of registration of such domain names on a first-come, first-served basis. This pre-registration has been organised in cooperation with the Association of the Estonian Patent Attorneys.

“The international experience has proved the need for such a sunrise period. There was no sunrise period before introduction of .EU domain names containing letters with diacritical marks in the European Union member-states and this omission attracted speculative purchasers of valuable domain names,” said Marek-Andres Kauts, Chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian Internet Foundation.

“The purpose of the sunrise period for the particular .EE domains is to offer companies and physical persons an opportunity to protect those .EE domain names containing letters with diacritical marks that resemble their trademarks, business or product names, by reserving the domain names pursuant to a prior right.”

The sunrise period is a voluntary event. During the reservation period registrants can submit applications for reservation of the relevant domain names of the following varieties:

  • a business name (including a self-employed person’s business name) entered in the Estonian Commercial Register or a name entered in the register of non-profit associations and foundations
  • a trademark registered in Estonia
  • the surname of the physical person as of the application submission date
  • the first name(s) and surname of the physical person as of the application submission date.

The reservation period is divided into two stages. From 16 May to 5 June, the first stage, the Estonian Internet Foundation will receive reservation applications. From 6 to 12 June, the second stage, the Association of the Estonian Patent Attorneys will review the reservation application and decide whether to accept or reject the application. The applicants will then be able to register their requested domain until 31 December the domain names entered in the list of reserved domains names as a result of their passing the verification procedure.

The actual registration of .EE domain names containing letters with diacritical marks will opened to all interested persons on a first-come, first-served basis from 13 June 2011.

For further information see lubatud.internet.ee

Registration of domain names containing letters with diacritical marks is voluntary. Domain names containing letters with diacritical marks are registered for the same fee as conventional domain names. The fee is set for end consumers by the registrar.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .EE domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

New Registration Policies For .EE Get Off To Flying Start

40,000 .EE domain names have been registered following a six-month transition to new registration policies Eesti internet, the Estonian registry announced on 4 January.

The six-month transition period expired on 5 January, where anyone with a domain name registered prior to 5 July 2010 could register their domain name under the new policies.

“One of the goals of the domain reform is to overhaul the register as it contains an enormous amount of ghost domains: accumulated over a period of 18 years but no longer used. Tomorrow evening, when the six-month re-registration period expires, we will know exactly how many .EE domains are really still being used and what is the percentage of the ghost domains in the old register,” said Marek-Andres Kauts, Chairman of the Management Board of the Estonian Internet Foundation.

“A total of 40,000 domains are already included in the overhauled register as of today, including 30,000 old domains that have been re-registered. About 500 domains were being re-registered every day, with this number reaching 900 in the recent weeks,” Kauts noted.

“There are speculations as to how many people have switched over to eu. domains but our calculations indicate that this number is insignificant, less than 900 names,” Kauts added.

The domains that are no longer used include many valuable domains, with considerable interest expressed in their registration and usage anew. On the 5th of January, 2011, the deletion proceeding will begin for the domains that have not been re-registered and they will eventually become available.

As a result of the deletion proceeding, the email addresses and web pages associated with the domain will stop working. At the end of the deletion process the domain will be erased from the register and anyone wishing to register it will be able to do so.

“The deletion proceeding is customer-friendly and during the first 30 days of expiry the domains will be marked as being deleted in the public domain register, but they will remain usable. In February the domains will become inactive and their websites and e-mail addresses will cease to function. In early April the domains that have not been re-registered will become available to the general public for new registration on a first-come, first-served basis,” Kauts explained.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .EE domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Estonian ccTLD Reports Jump in Domain Registrations

The Estonian ccTLD manager, Eesti Internet, has reported a massive jump in .EE domain name registrations in the first two days their new registration system has come into being.

1329 new domain names were registered, which is about as many as were registered in the previous two months combined the registry reported. As expected, the registrants included many domains registered by individuals, as well as registrations of second and additional domains by companies.

“The goal of the new domain system is to make the Estonian .EE domain more available,” explained Marek-Andres Kauts, chairman of the management board of the Estonian Internet Foundation.

“Judging from the large number of registrations, it looks like the desired result has been achieved. I am especially glad to see that natural persons are displaying such great interest in registering .EE domains. The .EE domain is the symbol of Estonia on the Internet, and using it entails a duty of care for us just like the use of other national symbols such as the flag and coat of arms.”

The transition has also meant changes in the registration process. Service for domain name registrants has been delegated from the Estonian Internet Foundation to accredited registrars who have a respective agreement in place with the organisation. “On the basis of feedback from registrants, I can confirm that the new model has been well received and that the process of registering domains via the Registrars is convenient,” said Kauts. The largest number of domains was registered via Zone, Linxtelecom and Elion.

The first obstacle was also encountered in communication lines between the Estonian Internet Foundation and registrars. Due to the particular nature of the two-level model, EIF temporarily suspended the transfer of applications to the Central Registry from all registrars so that some would not be placed in an unfavourable position compared to others. The interrupted connection between the registrars and the Central Registry did not affect the receiving of domain applications from end users (registrants). All connections have since been restored and all applications have made their way from the registrars to the Central Registry.

The new domain system, which came into effect yesterday, provides new possibilities:

  • individuals are now able to register .EE domain names. For instance, they can use an e-mail address in the form firstname@lastname.EE;
  • foreign nationals can now register .EE domain names. For instance, they can set up an Estonian-language e-service environment;
  • one person can register more than one .EE domain name. For instance, if a company has several trademarks and wants to represent them all on the Internet under the .EE domain, they now can;
  • registration of domain names will start taking place at two levels, meaning that the Estonian Internet Foundation has delegated the provision of service to registrants to registrars. The list of registrars is posted on the Estonian Internet Foundation website; and
  • a regulatory fee has been established for domain names. The amount of the fee for registrants will be determined by registrars on the open market based on competition.

The transition to the new domain rules also applies to all .EE domains registered according to the old rules. These will be subject to a six-month transition period during which the domain registrants must choose a registrar and renew their domain registration with the registrar.

In parallel to the transition to the liberalised domain system, an independent body will be established within the Estonian Internet Foundation in order to resolve disputes related to domain names – the Domain Disputes Committee. The objective of the committee is to provide an expedited procedure as an alternative to judicial procedure so as to resolve any cases of misuse of domains where registration of a domain violates the rights of third parties, such as in the case of trademark infringement.