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Daily Wrap: ICANN CEO Update, .TICKETS Unique Thwarting of Cybersquatters, Instagram Launches Legal Proceedings, Afilias Has Damages Slashed Against Architelos And Auto gTLDs Gets $1m In EAP

ICANN participants logoStephen Crocker, ICANN’s Chair, has provided an update on the process to choose a successor to Fadi Chehadé. In short, Crocker says he “cannot say much more now” but that he ‘looks forward to giving a fuller update just as soon as he can.’ Chehadé is set to have his last day with ICANN on 12 March.

The .tickets gTLD has an interesting means of protecting against cybersquatting. It’s one that Domain Incite asks if it could be “the ultimate anti-cybersquatting system.”

The registry, Accent Media, “has launched an anti-cybersquatting measure that lets the world know who is trying to register what domain name a whole month before the domain is allowed to go live.”

“The service, at domains.watch, is currently only being used by .tickets, but it seems to be geared up to accept other TLDs too.” There are two processes for registrations – “fast track” and “standard”. The former “is for organisations with trademarks matching their names. It take five days for the trademark to be verified and the domain to go live.”

“Instagram has launched legal proceedings in the US in a bid to have a 2011 domain name purchase agreement upheld and block a ‘sham’ lawsuit in China” reports IPPro. Facebook paid $100,000 for the domain in 2011, which was previously owned by a Chinese registrant. The registrant, Murong Zhou, has “along with other family members, has made a business out of squatting on domain names containing famous trademarks, including Instagram’s, according to the district court complaint.”

Afilias was recently awarded a whopping $10 million in a court case against Architelos in a “trades secrets case” reports Domain Incite. A jury decided Architelos “had misappropriated trade secrets from Afilias in order to build its patented NameSentry domain security service, may even be thrown a lifeline enabling it to continue business.”

“A little over a week ago, the judge ordered that the $10 million judgment originally imposed by the jury should be reduced to $2 million.” Even this reduced would be too much for Architelos that has suffered a loss of business since the decision. “But the judge seems to be considering an injunction that would enable Architelos to continue to exist.”

The .cars, .car and .auto gTLDs have got off to a flying start, financially at least, taking in over a clear $1 million during the Early Access Period according to Domain Incite. General Availability started on 20 January and followed the Sunrise and lucrative Early Access Period, the latter closed on 12 January.

One of the most prominent registrations was Apple’s registration of “a trio of domains related to cars” according to USA Today. The trio were apple.car, apple.auto and apple.cars.

Australian Internet Governance Forum To Help Shape Local Internet

An Internet Governance Forum is coming to the Australian capital of Canberra in October with the goal of bringing government, industry and community members together in an open, apolitical forum, to discuss Internet-related policy issues, exchange ideas and best practices, and help shape the future of the internet in Australia.Hot topics for the inaugural auIGF down under include security, the IGF landscape, openness, privacy and access and digital inclusion. The latter is an issue in Australia due to the difficulty in getting remote and regional communities online and engaged, as well as people of lower socio-economic backgrounds along with people with disabilities.There will also be a number of interactive, community-led workshops, investigating specific internet policy issues in greater depth.”The Internet was built with a spirit of openness, collaboration and accessibility”, said Chris Disspain, CEO of .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) in a statement. “In establishing the auIGF, we aim to embrace these principles and provide a mechanism to ensure Australians have a prominent and well-informed voice in Internet discussions.”Speakers lined up come from both Australia and New Zealand and include representatives from Facebook, Google and the Australian Privacy Commissioner.The auIGF is coordinated by a number of prominent industry stakeholders, including auDA, the Internet Industry Association (IIA), the Australian Communication Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), the Australian chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-AU) and the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC). It also has the support of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) and corporate partners including Google, Facebook, AusRegistry and Maddocks.”The collaborative nature, timing and agenda of this forum is strongly supported by the IIA”, said Peter Lee CEO of IIA. “Given the significant focus on issues such as security, privacy and convergence in a digital world, it’s important to facilitate open discussion of those issues with all stakeholders.””Access to the Internet is essential for participation in today’s society across a range of areas including employment, community, education and access to services”, noted ACCAN CEO, Teresa Corbin. “The auIGF will be an excellent opportunity to share experiences and strategies aimed to promote digital inclusion, to ensure that everyone reaps the benefits of a connected society.””Given the importance of the Internet to the Australian economy, forums such as the auIGF are vital in facilitating policy discussions that promote the continued expansion and innovation of the Internet”, added Adrian Kinderis, CEO of AusRegistry. “The open, participatory, multi-stakeholder model has made the Internet a successful driver of social and economic growth and this is set to continue in Australia under the guidance of the auIGF.”The outcomes of the auIGF will help influence domestic policy and decision-making and will be fed into international policy processes including the UN’s World Conference on International Telecommunications and the 2012 IGF in Baku, Azerbaijan.”The IGF format has proven to be influential in global decision-making – both as a reference point and a repository of essential information that should be considered in policy-making processes” said Paul Wilson, Director-General of APNIC. “I invite all stakeholders to show their support for this model, both through the auIGF and other national and regional initiatives that will feed into the global dialogue.”For more information or to register ($50 per person) for the auIGF, check out the website at igf.org.au.

Daily Wrap: Facebook Files Cybersquatting Complaint And 3 Google TLD Applications Set To Fail

Facebook has filed a cybersquatting complaint against a reality company in the San Diego area over 30 domain names that include “facebook” including facebookbroker.com and facebookclothes.com reports Domain Name Wire.

The report notes that many of the domains were registered in 2007.

Three of Google’s applications for generic Top Level Domains are doomed to fail, reports Domain Incite and The Register.

“The applications for .and, .are and .est are affected by the rule that prohibits the delegation of three-letter country codes appearing on the ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 list,” says the Domain Incite report.

Domain Incite also reports on the Governmental Advisory Committee slamming “ICANN’s decisions to reject at least three non-Latin ccTLDs because they might pose security risks.”

The report says the GAC has “also asked ICANN to ‘urgently reconsider’ the rulings, which were made to mitigate the risk of phishing attacks and other types of domain name abuse.”

And in another Domain Incite report, ICANN staff “acknowledged that digital archery was perceived as ‘silly’, it told the board of directors that it was ‘straightforward’ and ‘unambiguous and easy to execute’.”

Last week Domain Incite also reported “HSBC, Microsoft, Yahoo and jewelry maker Richemont have told ICANN they plan to form a new GNSO stakeholder group just for single-registrant gTLD registries.”

Google To Apply For .Google, .YouTube And More TLDs, While Facebook And Pepsi Say No

Google will be applying for several TLDs for a number of their trademarks a company spokesperson told Ad Age, while Facebook and Pepsi both said they will not be applying.”We plan to apply for Google’s trademarked TLDs, as well as a handful of new ones,” a company spokeswoman said in an emailed statement to Ad Age. “We want to help make this a smooth experience for web users — one that promotes innovation and competition on the internet.”More details were not provided, but as the report notes, expect applications for .Google and .YouTube, among others.The report also notes, and which has previously been reported, that Deloitte will also be applying for a TLD, along with Canon. But few other companies contacted by Ad Age would comment on their plans, with even those that are applying most likely not wanting to tip off their competitors.Brand names that told Ad Age they will not be applying include Facebook and Pepsi.The costs of acquiring and operating a TLD were reasons given for not applying for a TLD by Shiv Singh, global head of digital at Pepsi. Singh also told Ad Age he believed consumers’ browsing habits will take years to alter.”Consumers are always going to think about first going to MountainDew.com or Pepsi.com before they think about Drink.Pepsi,” Mr. Singh said. “And that’s not going to change anytime soon, and maybe not for a few years.”To read the Ad Age report in full, see: