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CADNA Launches National Campaign Against Typosquatting

The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA), a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C., is confronting 'cybersquatting', or as defined in the report today, the fraudulent abuse of domain name registration that threatens the future viability of Internet commerce. From today's release: "To effectively combat cybersquatting, CADNA will work at the federal and international levels to make these fraudulent practices difficult to establish and unprofitable to maintain. Among the coalition's goals are to pursue congressional legislation that would increase the statutory damages set forth by the existing Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act..." more»

Experts Believe Domain Industry to Reach $4 Billion by 2010

Domain names are snagging substantial amounts of money. These are boom times in an estimated $2 billion industry that involves the buying and selling of domain names and pay-per-click advertising revenue for the owners of the names. At the end of first quarter 2007, at least 128 million domain names had been registered worldwide, a 31 percent increase over the previous year, according to VeriSign, a company that tracks the industry. more»

Tight Control Over Domain Names Will Damage The Internet

BBC is running a commentary by Bill Thompson today arguing that the Internet's core architecture should be kept open both technically and in terms of freedom of expression -- such as the introduction of new top-level domains. Giving every interest group, lobbying organisation and corrupt government a veto is what ICANN needs to avoid, says Bill Thompson. From the story: "ICANN is currently making some decisions that will have a massive impact on the net over the next few years, and we need to make sure that it takes into account the wider feelings of the whole community instead of responding solely to pressure from established interest groups..." more»

Latest Regional Domain '.ASIA' to Launch in October

Regional top-level domain, ".asia" will be open to governments and trademark owners starting in October 2008. DotAsia Organization, the registry managing this new domain extension, is an organization made up of groups that run domain names for China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and other countries. The ".asia" initiative is intended to unify businesses and other users in the Asia-Pacific region. more»

4,000 iPhone Domains Registered, Expected to Double Before Year's End

The Associated Press is reporting today that although the 'iPhone.com' domain name was grabbed long before January 9th, when Apple announced its new gadget, speculators have been registering thousands of iPhone-related domain names such as 'iPhoneJewelry.com' and 'TheAppleMaciPhone.com'. Although the registrations dropped to 25 per day for a while, they have picked up rapidly and more than 350 iPhone related domain names were registered in a day last week. more»

ICANN Seeking Advice on Dealing with Domain Registrars and Protecting Domain Owners

At its 29th International Public Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, ICANN hosted a workshop discussing improvements needed for its domain name Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) and steps to ensure domain name registrars provide good service to their customers. The effort stems from the recent debacle involving registrar RegisterFly, which ICANN had to strip of its accreditation due to poor quality of service, which prompted massive and loud complaints from many of its tens of thousands of customers. more»

ICANN's 29th International Meeting Opens in San Juan

"The future of the Internet will be front and center as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) opens its 29th International Public Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Monday, 25 June 2007," says the ICANN press release issued today. Discussion will include issues such as new top-level domains and internationalized domain names. more»

Petition Launched on YouChoose.net Against Domain Name Parking

Co-Founder of YouChoose, Mike Dever says in a report released today that a petition has been launched on YouChoose.net at the end of last week against domain name parking". YouChoose is a social network for setting up and supporting 'Pledge Campaigns' and 'Petitions'. Dever says that the campaign against domain name parking and cybersquatting has "immediately attracted hundreds of signatures from concerned website owners. We realize that the issue of domain name parking is very complex..." more»

Domain Name Registrations Reach 128 Million, 31 Percent Increase from Previous Year

VeriSign today released the VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief for the first quarter of 2007. The brief, which highlights key industry data for worldwide domain name activity, reports that the total number of domain name registrations reached 128 million, representing a 31 percent increase over the same quarter in the previous year, and a 6 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2006. From the report: "Registrants around the world registered 10.7 million new domain names in the first quarter of 2007. Coming off an extremely strong new registration rate..." more»

GoDaddy to Take Over Management of RegisterFly's Domains

Leading domain registration company GoDaddy announced today that it has agreed to take over and manage more than 850,000 domain names belonging to customers of a troubled rival, RegisterFly. The deal, reached with the support of ICANN, will allow the owners of the domain names at the troubled company to once again renew their names, or transfer them elsewhere if they do not want to stay with GoDaddy. Those names had been in limbo following financial and operational troubles at RegisterFly. more»

Analysts Suggest Domain Names as Direct Navigation Ventures Could Represent Next IPO Wave

The New York Times has reported on NameMedia, a privately held owner and developer of domain names. "They're paying nothing to acquire a customer," says one investment firm analyst. "I think the next wave of I.P.O.'s will be around this area." From the report: "The direct navigation market attracted more than $800 million in ads last year, which publishers largely shared with Google and Yahoo. That figure could reach $1.1 billion in 2007, said Jordan Rohan, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets..." more»

Dot Asia: First TLD Awarded to a Transnational Entity Without Formal Government Structure

In a story at SFGate, Jeff Yang has written a report on the upcoming role out of the recently approved top-level domain name .asia. The ceremony of .asia's approval by ICANN last year in Brazil was largely ignored. But Jeff points out that as the "fall launch of this new domain approaches, it raises some interesting, perhaps even historic, implications". more»

Business 2.0 Does Front Page Story on the Most Powerful Unknown Domainer

Business 2.0 Magazine is running a front page story on Kevin Ham, considered as one of the most powerful "domainer", and how he has managed to build a $300 million empire using everything from domain tasting to typo-squatting the entire nation of Cameroon. From the article, "Ham's people installed a line of software, called a 'wildcard,' that reroutes traffic addressed to any .cm domain name that isn't registered. In the case of Cameroon, a country of 18 million..." more»

ICANN Secures Preliminary Injunction to Terminate Registerfly's Accreditation

Under a preliminary injunction issued yesterday by US Federal Court Judge, Manuel J. Real, ICANN now has the right to terminate RegisterFly’s accreditation as soon as possible. The provision to ICANN of current and accurate data for all of RegisterFly’s domain names has also been ordered by the Court as RegisterFly failed to meet the conditions of a temporary restraining order (TRO) which the Court issued on April 16, 2007. more»

Another Top-Level Domain Price Rise: This Time It's .biz

Another week, another price increase in Internet addresses. This time, it's ".biz" whose fees are going up. In recent weeks, operators of ".com," ".net," ".org" and ".info" have announced increases beginning in mid-October in the wholesale prices for domain names -- what the operators collect from the companies that sell names on their behalf. ...Many of the announced hikes became possible when the ICANN agreed to new contract terms in December, permitting an annual hike of up to 10 percent a year upon six months' notice. more»