ICANN Thursday announced the successful installation of an ICANN Managed Root Server (IMRS) instance in the Republic of Palau (Palau).
[news release] The .pw Registry is pleased to announce its adoption of ICANNâs latest rights protection mechanism, the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS). By doing so, the .pw Registry becomes the first TLD to adopt the newest rights protection mechanism from ICANN. Sandeep Ramchandani, Business Head â .pw Registry said, âProactive abuse mitigation is one of our primary tenets. URS offers brand owners a highly effective, quick and inexpensive mechanism to eliminate names that violate their trademarks. We are glad to be leading from the front by becoming the first extension globally to adopt it.â
The URS seeks to provide trademark holders with faster protection against infringement than the existing Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). While the UDRP, a more expensive and long process, awards ownership of a domain to the winner of a dispute, the URS ensures faster protection by immediately suspending the infringing domain and then proceeding to a trial. The URS also discourages infringement and wrongful cases by charging trial fees from the unsuccessful applicant.
Kristine Dorrain, Director of Internet and IP Services, National Arbitration Forum (NAF) commented, âThe National Arbitration Forum is pleased that .pw Registry has selected the URS as one of its dispute resolution options. Currently, .pw Registry is the first and only voluntary adopter of URS, in advance of the new gTLD program. The adoption of URS, in addition to UDRP, demonstrates .pw Registryâs commitment to protecting the .pw domain name space from cybersquatting activity.â
Mr. Ramchandani added, âThe URS is a compulsory feature for all new gTLDs and our advance implementation will give NAF, brand owners, registries, registrars and ICANN an opportunity to test its effectiveness in a live environment. One of our goals in the adoption of URS is also to help the community by ensuring a more refined and predictable experience when the URS roll-out takes place across more than a thousand new gTLDs. To that end, we will be sharing our implementation lessons and best practices with the community in addition to opening a communication channel to relay policy related feedback to ICANN and NAF.â
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About .pw â the Professional Web:
.pw â the Professional Web, is a TLD that has been opened globally to create a dedicated namespace for professionals and businesses to set up an online presence, with a first choice domain name at an affordable price point. The .PW is offered by 100+ accredited Registrars across the globe. For more information, please visit registry.pw
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The relaunched .pw ccTLD has got off to a solid start as a âgenericâ TLD with 50,000 registrations in the three weeks since the beginning of its General Availability phase.
.PW, the country code for Palau, was relaunched as âthe Professional Webâ and was available for general registrations from 25 March, 2013 with a strong distribution channel of over 120 ICANN registrars. The registry saw more than 4,000 .pw domain registrations within 30 minutes of its launch, making it the most successful TLD launch post .XXX.
âOur goal was 100,000 names for the first year. Considering that no competing extension had come anywhere close to achieving 100,000 names in the first year, it was a goal that most considered ambitious. The feeling of achieving 50% of the goal within the first three weeks is surreal. The team put together and executed a brilliant marketing plan. We are eagerly looking forward to leveraging this experience for our new gTLDsâ, said Bhavin Turakhia, CEO, .PW Registry & Radix Registry.
.PW also bagged some respectable premium name deals with two single character names going for $8,000 each. The company now intends to release all its reserved premium names through BIN sales at BuyDomains and themed auctions at NameJet.
Itâs been a while since weâve had a Daily Wrap, but here we go. Directi is to relaunch .PW, the ccTLD for Palau next week at the ICANN meeting in Toronto with a sunrise period due to start in December, Domain Incite reports. The relaunch will see .PW branded as âprofessional webâ.
Palau is ranked 197th in the world in area out of 251 countries and principalities with 459 square kilometres – twice the size of Washington DC, and 218th in population out of 238 – 21,032 people, according to the CIA World Factbook.
And last week it was revealed two more gTLD applications have bitten the dust with .CIALIS and .CHATR being formally withdrawn. ELi Lilly & Co dropped its bid for .CIALIS and Rogers Communications withdrew its .CHATR application,â according to Domain Incite.
Public interest groups involved in ICANN will gather on 12 October in the leadup to the ICANN meeting in Toronto, Canada in an event called âICANN & Internet Governance: Security & Freedom in a Connected Worldâ sponsored by the Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC), the voice of civil society in ICANN, according to a post by Milton Mueller on the Internet Governance blog. âThe policy conference will focus on key ICANN policy issues like the need to promote both cyber-security and human rights in the development of global internet policies.â
âThe conference subtitle recognizes our shared twin goals of security and freedom, and questions to what extent must we sacrifice one for the other,â said meeting organizer Robin Gross whose organisation IP Justice is an NCUC member.
âCyberspace is at a watershed moment. Global civil society, now increasingly recognised as an important stakeholder in cyberspace governance, needs to step up to the challenge,â Ron Deibert, one of the event speakers, said in a release reported on Intellectual Property Watch. âWhat is required is nothing less than a serious and comprehensive security strategy for cyberspace that addresses the very real threats that plague governments and corporations, addresses national and other security concerns in a forthright manner, while protecting and preserving open networks of information and communication.â
Other speakers include new ICANN CEO Fadi ChehadÃ©, Fiona Alexader from the US Department of Commerce and Wendy Seltzer, founder of the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse.
Panel topics include: Civil Liberties, Security and Law Enforcement; Controversial Top-Level Domain Names, Freedom of Expression and Intellectual Property Rights; The Changing Geo-Political Landscape of Internet Governance: Implications for ICANN; and Bringing Human Rights into ICANNâs Policy Development Process.
Meanwhile on gTLD Strategy, a blog post from Fairwinds Partners, there is a story on public confusion when new gTLDs come into being. The story notes a British electronics story Currys that has on its stories âCurrys.digital.â The only applicant for .DIGITAL was Donuts. If successful, âit will be possible for the shop in the picture to go out and register the domain name Currys.Digital â but just because something is possible doesnât necessarily mean it will happen.â
The article asks readers to âconsider a scenario where Currys does not register its eponymous .DIGITAL domain name, but Boots, the well-known, UK-based pharmacy and drug store chain, applied for the .BOOTS gTLD. Imagine youâre a consumer and an average Internet user, walking down this street in London, and you see the sign that displays âCurrys.Digital.â Then, a short block later, you see a sign in the window of Boots that reads, âVisit us online at our new site: Pharmacy.Boots.â Further up the road, there is another retailer whose name is SportsDirect.com.â