QuickLinks - Domain names
Issue no. 231 - 14 April 2002
Issue no. 230 - 7 April 2002
- EU - Commission welcomes adoption of Regulation for ".eu" Internet domain names
The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the EU's Council of Telecommunications Ministers of the Regulation to implement the '.eu' Internet top-level domain, allowing European citizens, organisations and businesses to have '.eu' web-site and e-mail addresses. see .eu page.
- ICANN - Computing Group asks it to scale back mission
One of the world's oldest and largest computing organizations is calling on the body that manages the Internet's addressing system to scale back its role in creating global Internet policy. In a letter to the leaders of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), members of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) urged the entity - which manages the Domain Name System (DNS) - to narrow its focus. see also ICANN Seeks Suggestions On Restructuring (Newsbytes).
- New Path to Web for Pornography
(New Yor Times)
In the last six months, creators of pornography sites have adopted hundreds if not thousands of recently expired domain names.
Issue no. 229 - 23 March 2002
- ICANN - Board Member Sues
Karl Auerbach, a director of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, filed suit in Los Angeles to gain access to travel records, payroll figures and other day-to-day details of the organization. Staff members have sought to get Auerbach to sign a confidentiality agreement before viewing the records, a move he has resisted. see also Auerbach interview (Salon) and ICANN's director inspection policy.
- WIPO - City That Won Heidelberg.net In Court, Loses In UDRP
An arbitrator has found that Heidelberg's city council failed to show it controlled any trademark rights to the municipality's name, meaning that the city had no standing to take the domain Heidelberg.net from its U.S. holder, even though a German court issued an order last year demanding that he relinquish the address.
Issue no. 228 - 17 March 2002
Issue no. 227 - 10 March 2002
- Expired domain names point to porn
The number of domain names being allowed to expire - intentionally or accidentally - is at an all-time high. Now shady middlemen called traffic aggregators are increasingly buying these names and redirecting corresponding Web traffic to other sites, primarily porn and gambling venues. Organizations as varied as the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dutch government have seen their expired domain names snapped up by traffic aggregators and redirected to porn sites.
- ICANN - Net law expert slams domain dispute process
The process for deciding ownership of Internet domains is flawed, biased and in drastic need of reform, an expert in Internet and e-commerce law has concluded. With Fundamentally Fair.com? An Update on Bias Allegations an the ICANN UDRP, Professor Michael Geist of the University of Ottawa has extended a previous study into how ownership of domain names is decided and concluded that, if anything, the situation has got worse.
- ICANN - The big roll-back
On February 24 came the latest in a series of scathing critiques of ICANN that have emerged on a regular basis since the institution was first proposed out of the blue to a surprised public by the Internet Assigned Number Authority and the monopoly domain name registrar, Network Solutions. What is novel about the current critique is its author - the president of ICANN.
- ICANN 2.0
(David R. Johnson and Susan P. Crawford)
ICANN's legitimacy is under attack from several directions, including from its own management. There does appear to be substantial support, among many with varying viewpoints, that the ICANN experiment needs now to move into a new phase.
- RIPE an ICANN: Selbstverwaltung ist machbar
Selbstverwaltung im Netz ist kein gescheitertes Experiment, sondern etablierte und stabile Praxis: So reagierte in ungewöhnlich scharfer Form die europäische Vergabestelle für IP-Nummern, das RIPE in Amsterdam, auf die vom Präsidenten der Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) vorgeschlagene Strukturreform. Response to the ICANN reform proposal document (RIPE NCC).
- USA - Court Hands Barcelona.com To Spanish City
A U.S. court has declared that the operators of a tourism portal at Barcelona.com are cybersquatters, and that the Internet address they registered in 1996 should be awarded to the Spanish city of Barcelona.
- USA - House Panel Approves 'Dot-Kids' Legislation
A House subcommittee unanimously approved legislation that would mandate the creation of a kid-friendly Internet domain for the United States. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications approved by voice vote the "Dot-Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act of 2002," which would order the establishment of a child-oriented addressing space within America's sovereign "dot-us" Internet domain.
Issue no. 226 - 3 March 2002
Issue no. 224 - 16 February 2002
- Deutschland - Tauziehen um Telefon-Domains
Das DENIC, Registrierstelle für .de-Domains, hat sich um eine neue Aufgabe beworben: die Vergabe der Telefonnummern-Domains für den deutschen Vorwahlbereich 0049.
- ICANN Appoints Security Chief
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) - which manages the Internet's addressing system - chose Internet pioneer Stephen Crocker to chair the soon-to-be-formed ICANN Security Committee that will be charged with ensuring the security of the global Domain Name System (DNS).
- ICANN Proposes 'Grace Period' For Deleted Addresses
Internet addressing authorities proposed establishing a uniform one-month "grace period" during which domain-name holders could reregister Internet addresses that inadvertently lapse, either due to malicious hijacking or simple oversight. see also Addressing Companies Question Lapsed Name 'Grace Period' (Newsbytes)
- ICANN Warns Firms Of Domain-Registration Back Doors
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) issued an advisory reminding companies accredited to process domain registrations that they are not allowed to let unauthorized third parties get their hands on the complex systems behind the registration, transfer and deletion of addresses.
Issue no. 223 - 10 February 2002
- DE - Streit um "Superregistry"
Der Streit zwischen den Managern der Länderregistrierstellen (country code Top Level Domains, ccTLD) und der Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) spitzt sich zu. Bei der 3. Tagung des ICANN-Studienkreises in Salzburg warnte die Chefin der DENIC eG, Sabine Dolderer, vor einer "Superregistry" ICANN.
Issue no. 222 - 2 February 2002
Issue no. 221 - 26 January 2002
- Denmark - BG Bank website 'linked' to net-porn
Bank customers visiting the BG Bank website may want to double-check. By typing .com instead of .dk when clicking on to the BG homepage they will be unwittingly directed to a South Korean porn site.
- Domain name growth slowed in ’01
Growth in Internet domain names slowed considerably last year as speculators who once hoped to make a fortune off easy-to-remember addresses dropped properties they couldn’t unload.
- Nazi muss Domains an Deutschland abtreten
Die Firma RJG Engineering, bis dato Inhaberin von bundesinnenministerium.com, bundesinnenministerium.net, bundesinnenministerium.org und verfassungsschutz.org, muss die Rechte an diesen vier Domains an die Bundesrepublik Deutschland abtreten.
- Net name registrars contest ICANN fees
European domain name registries including Nominet, which runs the popular .uk address system, are refusing to pay fees to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, saying the group has not done enough to guarantee the stability of the servers that link domains.
- USA - EFF Wants VeriSign Held Responsible In Sex.com Case
A San Francisco-based civil liberties group urged a federal appeals court to rule that Internet addressing giant VeriSign can be held responsible for allowing a lucrative domain name to be illegally transferred within its network.
Issue no. 220 - 19 January 2002
- British Internet Users Get '.me' Domain
The company that operates England's ".uk" Internet domain today officially launched a second-level ".me.uk" addressing space that is intended to serve as an online neighborhood for individual Internet users in the United Kingdom.
- Net's servers under scrutiny
A row is brewing over the reliability and security of the servers that direct much of the net's traffic. Some of the organisations that oversee the net's domains are calling on the internet's ruling body to give guarantees about the safe running of these crucial servers. They are threatening to withhold cash demanded by ICANN, saying the fees it is levying amount to a tax for which they get little in return.
- USA - ICANN and Antitrust
UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 73A. In this article Michael Froomkin and Mark A. Lemley focus on a hitherto-neglected implication of ICANN's assertion that it is a private rather than a public actor: its potential liability under the U.S. antitrust laws,
- Deutschland - Internet-Hausbesetzer müssen polizeibrandenburg.de räumen
Das Potsdamer Landgericht hat im Prozess um die Domain polizeibrandenburg.de der brandenburgischen Landesregierung das Recht auf Nutzung der Domain zugesprochen (AZ: 2 O 566/01). Die umstrittene Domain wird derzeit von der so genannten Volksinitiative zur Stärkung der Grund- und Bürgerrechte gegenüber der Polizei genutzt.
Issue no. 219 - 13 January 2002
- Cybersquatters are going fast
Cybersquatting, the speculative registration of Internet domain names - which turned into a cottage industry at the height of the dot-com boom - appears to be dying as demand wanes for names.
- Domain Dispute Mechanism Works Well - Study
The global mechanism for settling disputes over Internet addresses is "functioning satisfactorily," despite lingering concerns about the extent to which arbitrators are honoring free speech rights of address holders, according to a study by Munich-based Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law.
- VeriSign adds .tv to its top-level domain holdings
VeriSign has acquired The .tv Corporation International, holder of the .tv domain name, expanding the digital trust service provider's top-level domain name offerings.
Issue no. 217 - 16 December 2001
- EU plant ICANN-Studie
Die Generaldirektion Informationsgesellschaft der EU plant für das kommende Jahr eine Studie über die Arbeit der Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Issue no. 216 - 8 December 2001
- Asia-Pacific Region Gets Domain Name Dispute Arbitrator
Internet users in the Asia-Pacific region now have a regionally located arbitrator of domain name disputes designated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit corporation that manages the Internet's addressing system. The Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) is an alliance of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission. The provider has offices in Hong Kong and Beijing.
- Dot-Info Challenges Name-Grabs
Domain manager Afilias, registrar for the dot-info top level domains, will modify its rules to ensure that disputed domains could only be awarded to legitimate trademark holders. Thousands of applicants abused a preregistration process for trademark holders this summer in order to grab generic names like "finance.info" before they were made available to the public.
- Porn Directory Isn't Only Master Of 'Link-O-Rama' Domain
Webmasters can't claim trademark-like rights to Internet domain names just because they operate popular sites, the publisher of an online pornography directory has been told by an international arbitrator.
- Web address disputes deemed unfair
One of four arbitrators that help work out domain-name squabbles plans to leave the business, saying the dispute-resolution process unfairly favors trademark holders and large corporations over individuals. Montreal-based eResolution said it could not find enough customers, thanks to a system that rewards arbitrators who favor trademark holders. Under the system created by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a complainant can select the arbitrator that will hear its case. Since most complainants are trademark holders, they seek out those who tend to favor their side, eResolution alleged.
- Deustchland - DeNIC will sicherer werden
Der deutsche Domain-Verwalter DeNIC stellte heute in Frankfurt eine Roadmap zur Sicherung der Domain-Datenbank gegen unberechtigte Änderungen vor. Damit reagierte der Registrar auf einen c't-Artikel, der eine Sicherheitslücke offengelegt hatte. Bis vor kurzem war es möglich, mit einer fingierten E-Mail die .de-Domain-Einträge zu ändern und sogar Domains auf andere Webserver umzuleiten. Als erste Reaktion auf die Veröffentlichung hatte das DeNIC einen einfachen Passwortschutz eingeführt.
Issue no. 215 - 2 December 2001
Issue no. 214 - 23 November 2001
- ICANN's Lynn: No new domains anytime soon
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved seven new top-level domains (TLD) to compete with the original TLDs. But the organization, which follows a Star Trek-like "prime directive" of ensuring the stability of the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS), has no plans to go beyond that.
- The internet root's alright, says Icann
Security experts and root server administrators have defended the security and stability of the internet's root DNS servers following this month's Icann meeting. Industry has become increasingly concerned about the amount of damage a hacker could do by targeting the Icann root servers. But Lars-Johan Liman, operations manager of a European root server in Sweden, said that the physical security of the root servers was not really an issue.
- Deutschland - Bundesgerichtshof schickt Shell-Domain zurück an DENIC
In einer mit Spannung erwarteten Entscheidung hat der 1. Zivilsenat des Bundesgerichtshofs (BGH) im Streitfall "Shell gegen Shell" dem deutschen Zweig des Ölkonzerns Shell die stärkeren Rechte an der Domain "shell.de" gegenüber Dr. Andreas Shell, dem derzeitigen Domaininhaber, zugesprochen. Ein Anspruch darauf, die fragliche Domain übertragen zu bekommen, steht der Deutschen Shell GmbH jedoch nicht zu - so die Bundesrichter. Dr. Shell muss sie nur freigeben, woraufhin die Vergabestelle DENIC sie von neuem vergeben kann.
Issue no. 213 - 11 November 2001
- Activists enrage WTO with phony Web site
Anti-globalization activists have enraged the World Trade Organization with a phony Web site that looks just like the real thing but alters the site's text and mentions profit at every opportunity.
- Domain Name Cases In China
(Jun He Law Offices)
With the increasing number of disputes over the use and registration of domain names on the Internet, the Interpretations of the Supreme People’s Court on Some Issues Concerning Specific Application of Laws in the Trial of Civil Cases Related to Disputes of Domain Names on the Computer Internet (hereinafter "the Interpretations") were promulgated on July 17 2001 and put into effect on July 24 2001.
- Dot-Biz Domains Open To All - If You Know Where To Look
After delays and some legal problems, the Internet registry for the new top-level domain (TLD) known as ".biz" opened its doors to all comers, allowing anyone to grab addresses designed to represent Net-savvy businesses. Well ... almost anyone, since some companies reselling .biz domains to the masses were having trouble connecting customers with their new addresses.
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