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Domain Names Give Away News International Sunday Newspaper Ambitions

The recently registered domain names sunonsunday.co.uk and thesunonsunday.co.uk have been transferred to News International reports The Guardian following speculation about who registered them after the controversial closure of Britain’s largest selling Sunday newspaper News of the World.Mired in phone hacking allegations of murdered teenager Millie Dowler by people acting on behalf of the NotW and attempting to wrest control of the 60 per cent of BSkyB it does not own, News International decided to close the newspaper to deflect some of the problems.The domain names were registered on behalf of an unnamed registrant “the day after the Guardian revealed that a private detective acting for the News of the World hacked into the murdered teenager Milly Dowler’s voicemail, but before News International announced that it was to close the paper after 168 years when advertisers and politicians turned against it.”The Guardian also reports that News has not taken control of all the relevant domains having not “so far acquired control of what could be seen as a related domain, Sunonsunday.com, which was created much earlier, in September 2007, and is owned by Marco Milani, the bassist in the group Sun on Sunday. Thesunonsunday.com is owned by an unnamed British individual, and was also registered on 5 July.”

Olympics Committee Social Media Guidelines For London 2012 Include Domain Names

There are not many organisations in the world that are as vociferous in their control of their trademarks as the International Olympic Committee. With the London Olympics scheduled for 2012, the IOC has issued social media guidelines for participants and other accredited persons.

The guidelines also refer to domain names that include “the word ‘Olympic’ or ‘Olympics’ or any similar words related thereto (or any foreign language equivalents thereof) are not allowed unless approved by the IOC beforehand.”

The IOC gives the example of[myname]olympic.com which would not be permitted while [myname].com/olympic would be allowed, but only during the period of the Olympic Games during which these Guidelines are applicable. The guidelines also note that “participants and other accredited persons may not create stand-alone Olympic-themed websites, application or any other feature to host coverage of the Olympic Games.”

On social media such as Twitter and Facebook, the control continues. The guidelines state “the IOC encourages participants and other accredited persons to post comments on social media platforms or websites and tweet during the Olympic Games, and it is entirely acceptable for a participant or any other accredited person to do a personal posting, blog or tweet. However, any such postings, blogs or tweets should be in a first-person, diarytype format and should not be in the role of a journalist – i.e. they must not report on competition or comment on the activities of other participants or accredited persons, or disclose any information which is confidential or private in relation to any other person or organisation. A tweet is regarded in this respect as a short blog and the same guidelines are in effect, again, in first-person, diary-type format.

“Postings, blogs and tweets should at all times conform to the Olympic spirit and fundamental principles of Olympism as contained in the Olympic Charter, be dignified and in good taste, and not contain vulgar or obscene words or images.”

For the guidelines in full, click here [PDF].

Update on Nominet’s .UK short domains process

Nominet logo[news release] Following the closure of the Landrush application phase for the 2,640 remaining .uk short domains on 15 June, Nominet received payment for a total of 10,663 applications. This follows the allocation of 178 domain names in the registered and unregistered rights “sunrise” phases which enabled rights holders to register domain names prior to general availability.
599 domain names have a sole applicant and will be registered in the name of the applicants on 23 June. If you have registered one of these domains you will be contacted by your registrar.

1,327 domain names have more than one applicant and will therefore go through to the auction phase of the process. The domain name will be awarded to the applicant which places the highest bid. The net profits from the short domains release process will go to the Nominet Trust.

All domain names for which there were no applicants (713 .net and 1 .me) will be made available on a first come first served basis from 27 June 2011, subject to the rules of registration.

Nominet is currently reviewing the auction schedule with its auction partner, NFPA . Parties involved will be notified of the schedule, together with instructions for participation, directly by NFPA in the week commencing 27 June. Auctions are scheduled to start on 20 July. Due to the volume of auctions being held, it is anticipated that they will be held over several weeks during July, August and September.

The five most heavily applied for domain names are: bb.co.uk (43 applicants), ip.co.uk (40 applicants), dj.co.uk (37 applicants), dr.co.uk (35 applicants) and cv.co.uk (33 applicants). The most heavily applied for single character domain is 1.co.uk (32 applicants).

You can see the status of the domain name using Nominet’s Sunrise WHOIS tool.

This Nominet news release was sourced from:

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

Nominet Searching For .UK Dispute Resolution Experts

Nominet logoNominet is searching for Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) experts for .UK domain name disputes. The DRS is an alternative dispute resolution procedure which allows parties to attempt to settle their differences via mediation. Unresolved cases have the opportunity to proceed to an independent expert for a decision based on the DRS Policy and Procedure.

Nominet currently receive around 60 new cases a month, of which approximately 25 per cent proceed to an expert decision.

Nominet is looking to appoint around five new experts to their panel for 2012. Candidates can be from backgrounds involved in the Internet industry, mediation or arbitration. Experts are appointed by rotation with a fixed remuneration of £750 (excl. VAT) for a fully reasoned decision and £200 for a summary decision. The fee is determined by the DRS policy and may change.

Full details of this opportunity are available to download as a pdf file.

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

FTC Bans Online US Electronics Retailer from Deceiving Consumers with .UK Domains

The Federal Trade Commission announced it reached a settlement putting a stop to the deceptive tactics of a Californian internet marketer that allegedly tricked British consumers into believing it was based in the United Kingdom by using websites with CO.UK domains. Under the settlement, the company also is banned from charging consumers for goods until they are in hand and ready to be shipped.The case was brought by the FTC under provisions added to the FTC Act by the U.S. SAFE WEB Act of 2006. SAFE WEB confirmed the agency’s authority to sue U.S.-based wrongdoers who harm consumers abroad, as part of a strategy to prevent the United States from becoming a haven for fraud.According to the FTC, California internet marketer Jaivin Karnani, his company, Balls of Kryptonite, and several associated companies, sold cameras, video games, and other electronic goods to thousands of British consumers. Because the defendants used websites with domain names such as bestpricedbrands.co.uk, bitesizedeals.co.uk, and crazycameras.co.uk, consumers believed they were buying from a company operating in the United Kingdom, and were therefore protected by manufacturer warranties that were valid there.The FTC’s complaint, filed in 2009, alleged that when consumers received the goods, they discovered they had been charged unexpected import duties, were left with invalid warranties, and would be charged draconian cancellation and refund fees if they attempted to return the merchandise. The defendants promised fast shipping dates, but usually did not meet those dates. Without the prior consent of consumers, as required by the FTC’s Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule (Mail Order Rule), the defendants allegedly shipped the goods much later than promised. When customers tried to cancel these delayed orders, they were met with stiff resistance, no response at all, or otherwise had difficulty obtaining refunds.The FTC also charged the defendants with deceiving consumers about their participation in the EU/US Safe Harbor Framework – a voluntary international program that provides a means for U.S. companies to transfer data from the European Union to the United States, and to assure European customers that they secure the customers’ personal information as required by EU law.The settlement order prohibits the defendants from misrepresenting: the location, quality, quantity, characteristics, and model numbers of products they sell; their compliance with or certification by government-sponsored information security programs; their policies regarding cancellation, exchange, or return; the existence of product warranties; and the total cost of the products sold.The FTC settlement order also prohibits the defendants from violating the Mail Order Rule, and it imposes a $500,000 judgement, which is suspended based on the defendants’ inability to pay. If it is determined that the financial information the defendants gave the FTC was untruthful, the full amount of the judgement will become due.More information is available from the FTC website here.

Over 2,500 .UK Short Domains Available in Late May Landrush

Nominet logoThe landrush phase for the remaining 2,640, out of a total of 49,223, short domains, those of one or two characters, will begin on 23 May Nominet, the registry for .UK domain names, has announced.

Throughout the application window, registrants can apply for the short domains they are interested in via their registrars. Each application costs £10 + VAT, which is non-refundable.

To ensure all interested parties can take part, a Landrush application window opens at midday (12.00 BST) on 23 May 2011 and will close at midday (12.00 BST) 15 June 2011. During this period, these domain names will not be available on a first come first served basis.

Any domain name for which there is only one qualifying application (see section 6 of the Sunrise Process and Registration Rules) will be allocated on 23rd June.

Domain names which receive more than one application will go to auction, and the domain name will be awarded to the applicant who places the highest bid. The auctions will take place from 20 July onwards. Details will be sent to participants in advance. Any profits from the auctions will go to Nominet Trust.

The remaining .uk short domains will be made available on a first-come, first served basis from 27 June 2011.

For more information, see the Nominet website here.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .UK domain name, including those in the landrush, check out Europe Registry here.

.CN Domain Registrations Plummet 10 Million in 14 Months To Under 4 Million

Registrations of .CN (China) domain names have plummeted to 3,379,441 active domain names as of 28 February, a decline of over ten million registrations in 14 months, according to statistics published by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) in the past week.The total number of registered domain names has declined from a peak of 13,459,133 as of 31 December 2009 when .CN was the number one country code Top Level Domain (CNNIC publishes registration statistics dated the end of each month).The decline has meant .CN, which was easily the number one ccTLD at its peak is now at best fifth and probably sixth in terms of total registrations.The dramatic reductions are the result of the end of promotions that lasted for much of 2008 and 2009 where domain names could be registered for a few cents and the introduction of restrictions on registrants.The restrictions on registrants were monitored by 600 temporary workers that were hired in February 2011 to check all .CN domain names for pornographic content and inaccurate records according to an IDG report at the time.In terms of total registrations, Germany’s ccTLD (.DE) is still the number one registry with 14,304,857 registrations after it regained the position from .CN. Following is:

  • .UK (United Kingdom) with 9,194,231 registrations
  • .NL (Netherlands) with 4,370,120 registrations
  • .EU (European Union) with 3,383,275 registrations.

Russia’s ccTLD, .RU, is steadily increasing and has 3,250,627 active registrations meaning given the trends has probably overtaken .CN.All registrations are as of 2 April.Among the gTLDs, .COM remains number one with around 92 million registrations and .NET with around 13 million as of the end of December 2010, according to VeriSign’s Domain Name Industry Brief. There are approximately nine million .ORG domain names (March 2011) and 6.5 million .INFO domains (September 2010).

Nominet Update on Using Domain Names For Criminal Activities

Nominet logoNominet has advised that the issue group on ‘Dealing with domain names used in connection with criminal activity’ has been set up. It brings together expertise and experience from within and outside the domain name industry. A list of people who will form the core of this issue group has been established, chaired by Professor Ian Walden. The group’s first meeting will take place on 4 April 2011.

As part of this process, Nominet has also published a background report on this issue which has been prepared by Micheal O’Floinn, an independent PhD researcher at Queen Mary College, University of London. The report is intended to help those interested in the issue and help shape discussion at the issue group where appropriate.

Stakeholders can submit feedback on the report up until 31 March 2011 by emailing policy@nominet.org.uk.

The process is designed to allow stakeholders to continue to give us regular input as the issue group discussion progresses. If you would like a specific update at any time, please email the policy team – policy@nominet.org.uk.

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

.UK Unregistered Rights Sunrise phase started 14 February

Nominet logoThe Unregistered Rights Sunrise phase for short .UK domains started at midday (12.00 GMT) on 14 February 2011 the registry announced. The first step of this two-stage process is for applicants to submit an application for the domain name they would like to register to Nominet via a registrar such as Europe Registry. This application stage closes at midday (12.00 GMT) on 16 March 2011.

The second stage is for applicants to use the application reference number they receive from Nominet to submit the evidence of their unregistered rights to the IP rights validation agency, CMS Cameron McKenna. This validation stage closes at midday (12.00 BST) on 31 March 2011.

Nominet advises that potential applicants should read the instructions carefully on how to apply during this phase, what qualifies as unregistered rights, and what evidence is needed need to submit to the validation agency before submitting an application.

At the end of the application period, uncontested domain names will be registered to the applicants, with an auction process used to resolve any contested applications.

For more information, including a list of available domains please see www.nominet.org.uk/go/shortdomains.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .UK domain name, including to submit an application for a short .UK domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

.uk short domains – end of Registered Rights Sunrise phase

Nominet logo[news release] The deadline for submitting IP rights validation for the Registered Rights Sunrise phase for the release of short .uk domains closed on 31 January. Our rights validation agency are now completing work on the most recent applications.
On Monday 7 February we will issue an update on Registered Rights Sunrise applications and announce details for the Unregistered Rights Sunrise phase.

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