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Nominet Proposes Major Change in Handling Domain Name Disputes

Nominet, the registry for .uk domain names, has proposed a plan to streamline the .uk domain name dispute resolution process. It suggests that unopposed domain disputes be automatically resolved thus saving complainer the time and expense of mounting a full case where there is no opposition. From the report: "The move is designed to help brand and trade mark holders to cope with the rocketing problems of cybersquatters and domainers who register thousands of domains at a time and generally do not oppose attempts by legitimate rights holders to take the domain names back." more

The .TK Domain Generates 10% of Tiny Pacific Nation's Wealth

Tokelau, a non-self-governing colonial territory of New Zealand that comprises three tropical coral atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, has come up with a novel way of making money via its country code top-level domain name .TK. Tokelau may only have 1,500 inhabitants and be a two-day boat trip from its nearest neighbor but selling its .TK domain is reaping benefits. A Dutch entrepreneur who bought the address now offers a free domain name service in return for targeted ads. The deal has allowed Tokelau to add 10% to its GDP as well as gain personal computers and net access for residents. more

ICA Codes of Conduct Addresses Areas of Conflict in the Domain Name Industry

The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) today announced it has adopted an eight-point member code of conduct designed to foster and promote fair and ethical business practices in the domain name industry. "We are very pleased to introduce the ICA's Member Code of Conduct," said ICA Executive Director Michael Collins. "We believe that following these best practices will go a long way toward addressing and resolving many of the important issues facing the domain name industry as it continues to grow and mature. more

10,000 .EU Domains Suspended, Registrant Accused of Cybersquatting

A Chinese woman, Zheng Qingyin, who registered 10,000 .eu domain names, is facing a lawsuit from Eurid, the Belgian-based domain registry that manages the .eu top-level domain. Qingyin, whose 10,000 domain names are currently suspended, has retaliated by bringing her own legal complaint according to Eurid's legal adviser. more

Domain Names Registered Globally Now Over 138 Million

VeriSign has published its second quarter 2007 Domain Name Industry Brief where it reports that the number of new domain name registrations have hit an all time high in the second quarter of 2007 with 14.5 million new registrations, exceeding the previous high mark hit in the fourth quarter of 2006. From the report: "At the midpoint of 2007, the total base of domain name registrations worldwide was 138 million across all of the Top Level Domain Names (TLDs). This represents a 31 percent increase over the same quarter last year and an eight percent increase over the first quarter 2007..." more

The .EU Domain Popular with Cross-Border Merger Groups

A recent report says that the .eu top-level domain, launched a year ago, has proven particularly popular with groups that have been created as a result of cross-border mergers. Example groups given include Dexia, the Franco-Belgian group, as well as companies registered outside their home country for regulatory reasons. Cyprus, a popular destination for company registrations, has boasted the seventh-highest number of .eu domain names. more

New Law Will Prevent Domain Registration of Another Living Person

A domain name bill by New York State Senator, Betty Little, will be taking effect in 120 days aimed at preventing any individual from registering a domain name - with the intent to profit - that resembles another living person or business. From the press release: "The law provides for a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for each day the violation occurs. In addition, the New York State Attorney General is enabled to apply to the Supreme Court for an injunction, including forfeiture or cancellation of the domain name..." more

DNS Attack: 10-Year-Old Security Problem Is Back Haunting Corporate IT

At the Black Hat conference, security researcher Dan Kaminsky showed how problems in the way browser software works with the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS) could be exploited to give attackers access to any resources behind the corporate firewall. The key problem is the way web browsers determine how to trust other computers, says Kaminsky. This decision is based on the Internet domain name of the computer, and that DNS information can be misused... more

Go Daddy, Afilias Announce Joint Venture, Plan to Revitalize .US Domain

In a press release issued today an announcement has been made about the Alliance Registry, a joint venture between Afilias and Go Daddy, which is stated to combine the best in secure technology and marketing capabilities to revitalize the .US top-level domain name. more

ICANN Wants to Update Its Domain Name Registrar Accreditation Process

ICANN is seeking public input as it intends to revise its domain name registrar accreditation process. Changes include further protection of domain owner privacy. Dr. Paul Twomey, ICANN’s CEO and President says: "The need for this review is clear. The current RAA [Registrar Accreditation Agreement] is more than six years old. We've seen the number of accredited registrars grow to more than 900. And we've seen the incredible difficulties that can be unleashed with the collapse of a Registrar" -- referring to the RegisterFly debaclemore

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

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