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Neiman Marcus Suing Companies for Domain Tasting

Neiman Marcus Group Inc. is suing a pair of domain name companies, accusing them of improperly registering more than 40 Internet addresses that resemble the department store chain's trademarks. The lawsuit accuses the companies of domain name tasting. more»

Possible Final Vote on XXX Next Week

Online pornographers and religious groups are in a rare alliance as a key Internet oversight agency nears a decision on creating a virtual red-light district through a ".xxx" Internet address.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which has already rejected similar proposals twice since 2000, planned to vote as early as next week on whether to approve the domain name for voluntary use by porn sites. more»

ICANN Discussing Domain Registrar Crackdown

The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers is planning to review how it accredits and disciplines domain name registrars, after the fiasco at Registerfly.com that has put tens of thousands of web sites at risk.

In a strongly worded statement released yesterday, ICANN president Paul Twomey called for decisive action to reform its standard Registrar Accreditation Agreement, to help protect domain customers. more»

Whois Privacy for Domain Owners Moves Forward

Help may be on the way as the Whois task force last week endorsed a proposal that would give more privacy options to small businesses, individuals with personal websites and other domain name owners.

"At the end of the day, they are not going to have personal contact information on public display," said Ross Rader, a task force member and director of retail services for registration company Tucows Inc. "That's the big change for domain name owners." more»

Cybersquatting Cases Rose 25 Percent Last Year, Says WIPO

The U.N. copyright agency (World Intellectual Property Organization) that arbitrates more than half the world's "cybersquatting" cases saw a 25 percent increase in complaints last year. WIPO received 1,823 complaints in 2006 alleging abusive registrations of trademarks as Internet domain names. more»

International Domain Names Tested Successfully

Internationalized domain names have moved a step closer to reality, after ICANN announced it had successfully completed testing.

ICANN commissioned a laboratory test of IDNs in October 2006. The test was designed to establish whether the use of encoded internationalized characters would "have any impact on the operations of the root name servers providing delegations, or the iterative mode resolvers." more»

ICANN Releases DNS Attack Factsheet Concerning Recent Attacks

ICANN has released a factsheet concerning the recent attack on the root server system on 6 February 2007. The factsheet is intended to provide an explanation of the attack for a non-technical audience and hopes to enlarge public understanding surrounding this and related issues.

Aside from covering the attack itself and the engineers' response to it, the factsheet also briefly reviews the root server system, the domain name system, Anycast technology, and what can be done in order to deal with such attacks in future. The fact sheet can be downloaded here [PDF]. more»

China Slashes .CN Domain Price to 13 Cents

CHINA'S top Internet address registration agency has slashed the price of domain names ending with .cn to one yuan (13 US cents) a year in order to win users from the ".com" service, whose server is overseas.

The China Internet Network Information Center, or CNNIC, said the promotion is for the sake of national information security and to increase Internet use in the world's second-largest Web market. more»

Domain Name Resale Market Hits $111 Million in 2006

Domain name research and appraisal services firm Zetetic reports that the domain name aftermarket broke the $100 million mark in 2006, reaching US$111,376,000 across 17,974 domain name sales.

"Everyone knew this was a record year for the industry, and these numbers confirm that across the board," Zetetic Senior Analyst Keith Pieper said. "It continues to be a sellers market. more»

N.Y. Lawmakers Outlawing Sales of Domain Names to Terrorists

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, a Brooklyn Democrat, and Sen. Carl Marcellino, a Long Island Republican, have introduced matching bills that they argue will make it more difficult for known terrorist organizations to obtain domain space to spread their messages. more»

Domain Name Registrations Increased by 30% in 2006

According to the Domain Name Industry Brief, released today by VeriSign for the fourth quarter of 2006, total domain name registrations reached 120 million, representing a 32 percent increase over the previous year, and an eight percent increase over the third quarter of 2006.

The domain name industry continued to experience strong growth in the fourth quarter of 2006, with more than 11.6 million new registered domain names. This figure represents a three percent increase year over year and a 23 percent increase from the third quarter. more»

ICANN to Sue RegisterFly, Locks At-Risk Down Domains

ICANN plans to sue scandal-hit domain name registrar Registerfly.com tomorrow, saying the company is putting its customers' estimated 2 million domain names at risk.

And in an unprecedented move, ICANN has persuaded the four major generic top-level domain registries to lock down all RegisterFly's customers' domains for a month, so they cannot expire and then be hijacked by speculators or domain traffic monetization firms. more»

ICANN Likely to Adopt New Whois Privacy Policy

Intellectual property lawyers guarding corporate trademarks on the Internet may soon have a harder time tracking down the people behind websites infringing on their clients' brands.

After several years of debate, this year ICANN is likely to decide on adopting a new policy that would let website owners keep most of their contact information confidential when they register for domain names. Instead, they would be allowed to list a separate go-between point of contact. more»

Chinese Registrar Refuses Sale of Gmail.cn to Google

Google Inc., fighting to consolidate its trademark globally, is facing an obstacle in the world's second largest Web market. China's www.Gmail.cn, which is refusing to sell its Internet address to the U.S. giant. According legal sources, Google was trying to buy the Internet domain name www.gmail.cn, which is run by Beijing-based ISM Technologies. more»

ICANN Threatens Registerfly to Clean Up

ICANN has given scandal-hit domain name registrar Registerfly.com 15 days to sort its problems out or risk losing its license to sell domains.

The organization, which oversees the domain name system's policies and practices, sent a letter with the ultimatum to New Jersey-based Registerfly yesterday, and published it on its own web site. more»