QuickLinks - Domain names
Issue no. 284 - 21 September 2003
- ICANN to continue its reign over the Net
The Bush administration has extended for three years an agreement with the organization that oversees the Internet's domain name hierarchy and address space. A key change to the agreement establishes seven deadlines for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to meet. The move is aimed at formalizing the process used to approve new top-level domain names, improving the accuracy of 'whois' contact information, and forcing ICANN to become more open and accountable to the public. see ICANN Announcement.
- SiteFinder : ICANN and IAB Ask VeriSign to Suspend
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has released an advisory concerning VeriSign's deployment of DNS wildcard (Site Finder) service. Recognizing the concerns about the wildcard service, ICANN has called upon VeriSign to voluntarily suspend the service until the various reviews now underway are completed. See also document of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), a committee of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
- SiteFinder : Quantifying Traffic
by Benjamin Edelman. Want a sense of just how much traffic VeriSign is receiving from its SiteFinder service? Alexa, with its Alexa Toolbar and associated traffic tracking services, makes it easy to find out: Alexa analysis of VeriSign traffic. Over the past three months, taken as a whole, VeriSign had traffic rank 1,559. But today its traffic rank is 19 -- meaning, at least among Alexa users (who are generally representative of web users), the verisign.com domain has suddenly joined the top 20 sites, measured by page views. VeriSign's climb is even more notable when reckoned in 'reach' - proportion of users who visit the site at least once. Measured in this way, verisign.com is now in position 9 - meaning there are only eight sites on the web that more users visit in a given day.
- Sitefinder: VeriSign redirects error pages
Criticism is quickly growing over VeriSign's surprise decision to take control of all unassigned .com and .net domain names, a move that has wreaked havoc on many e-mail utilities and antispam filters. VeriSign is now redirecting domain lookups for misspelled or nonexistent names to its own site, a process that has confused Internet e-mail utilities and drawn angry denunciations of the company's business practices from frustrated network administrators. see also ISC to Cut Off Site Finder (Wired). The Internet Software Consortium, a nonprofit that publishes BIND, the software that runs many of the Net's domain name servers, is about to release an emergency patch to block VeriSign's new Site Finder service. VeriSign sued over controversial Web service (Reuters). An Internet search company filed a $100 million antitrust lawsuit against VeriSign, accusing the Web address provider of hijacking misspelled and unassigned Web addresses with its Sitefinder service.
- WSIS - Global fight looms for Net management
A battle is brewing over the role of governments in managing the Internet, as policymakers prepare for a United Nations-backed summit on the network's future.Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said two camps are forming over the wording of a key article to be adopted at the World Summit on the Information Society in December. 'Some governments are arguing that the management of things like (Internet protocol) addressing, global domain names (and) privacy should be done by an intergovernmental organization because they feel the Internet is a public resource, and they have responsibility over public resources,'' said Mohamed Sharil, who is chairman of the government advisory committee for ICANN, the body that governs Internet domain names.
Issue no. 283 - 14 September 2003
- US - Kids.us Domain Open for Business
Registration for the kids.us domain has opened. Along with opening registration of kids.us, domain registry NeuStar began its review process for content of registered sites. Part of the process for registering a domain includes having NeuStar review the content to ensure it is suitable for minors before the site becomes active. NeuStar also plans ongoing monitoring of sites once they are live to make sure they comply with its content policy. That policy bans, among other things, content with pornography, violence, hate speech, gambling and inappropriate language as well as the use of interactive features such as instant messaging, chat and message boards or the linking to sites outside the kids.us domain.
Issue no. 282 - 7 September 2003
- FI - Finns Rush to Register Internet Domains
The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority which oversees Internet names received more than 17,000 requests for ".fi" suffixed Internet names within hours after a change in legislation. Previously, domain names have only been issued that exactly correspond to the name of a business, organization or trademark. Under the new legislation, Finnish domain names can be almost arbitrary, as long as they fulfill "requirements of decency." 42,000 names were registered under the old rules.
Issue no. 281 - 31 August 2003
- EU - Avoid .eu domain scams, firms warned
Businesses are being warned to steer clear of firms offering pre-registration for the new .eu domain names. The .eu top-level domains are set to be introduced by the end of this year and the European Commission has appointed a non-profit European Registry for Internet Domains (EURID) to establish registration and dispute resolution processes. It is expected that a phased launch will include a 'sunrise' period to allow trademark holders and public bodies to register their names ahead of the general public. But some domain name resellers are already offering pre-registration to buy a .eu domain, even though they cannot guarantee securing it or whether the customer will even qualify.
- US - Sites Reconsider X-Rated Domain
Spooked by a new law authorizing harsh penalties for deceptive online porn publishers, adult webmasters are reconsidering a proposal for a top-level domain of their own. The plan calls for adding a new dot-xxx suffix to the Internet's root directory, to be used exclusively by adult-oriented websites. Although it is not a new idea in porn circles, backers say the proposal is beginning to generate more support as the adult entertainment industry toys with the possibility of greater self-regulation.
Issue no. 278 - 10 August 2003
- Do Domain Names Matter?
by Francis Hwang. A 2-part series article arguing that the decentralization of the Internet will allow the DNS to recede to its earlier, uncontroversial role, before all the lawsuits and screaming matches at ICANN board meetings.
Issue no. 273 - 1 June 2003
- Safety Patrol Readied for Dot-Kids
Web site operators who want to run sites for children will be able to buy special "kids.us" addresses. NeuStar, which operates dot-us, plans to use a combination of technology and human supervision to patrol the kids.us space. The company has enlisted Cyveillance to perform routine scans of kids.us addresses using its "spidering" technology. Cyveillance will flag questionable material and send it to NeuStar for review. Depending on how badly the material violates the rules, NeuStar either will shut down the offending site immediately or give operators a few hours to remove the material on their own. To foot the bill for site surveillance, NeuStar will charge an annual $250 content review fee for each kids.us address. The company also has set the wholesale price of a kids.us domain at $65 a year, more than 10 times the $6 wholesale cost of a dot-com address. Operators who have their sites taken down for content violations will have to pay $400 to get back online.
Issue no. 272 - 24 May 2003
- EU - Commission selects Registry to run Dot EU Top Level Domain
The European Commission has decided to designate EURID - the European Registry for Internet Domains as the Registry for the dot EU (.eu) Top Level Domain (TLD).The .eu is intended to become the distinctive pan-European identification of websites and e-mail addresses, comparable to .org or .com. The three founder members of EURID are currently managing the country codes .be (Belgium), .it (Italy) and .se (Sweden). Two associated members are from acceding countries. EURID has committed to consult stakeholders from the European Internet Community and to ensure contacts with regional and international organisations involved in the Internet.
Issue no. 271 - 18 May 2003
- DE - Gericht verbietet Domains mit Städtenamen
Die Verwendung der Webadresse tauchschule-dortmund.de ist unzulässig. Laut Urteil des Oberlandesgerichts Hamm (OLG) liegt in der Benutzung eine wettbewerbsrechtliche Irreführung der Verbraucher. Damit gab das Gericht in zweiter Instanz der Klage der gleichfalls in Dortmund ansässigen Tauchschule Schneider statt, die vom derzeitigen Domain-Inhaber und Konkurrenten Bernd Wolsing die Unterlassung verlangt hatte.
- UK - Easyart wins domain name fight
Easyart, the online seller of artwork, has won its fight to hang onto its domain name in the face of the threat of legal action from Stelios Haji-Ioannou's Easygroup. Easygroup, the company behind the Easyjet budget airline and Easycar motor rental service, had accused Easyart of "passing off" - riding on its coat-tails with a similar domain name.
Issue no. 267 - 21 April 2003
Issue no. 265 - 29 March 2003
- ICANN - New chief open to change
The Internet address authority has been criticized as secretive, but new president Paul Twomey says the organization is set to turn over a new leaf. Paul Twomey, the recently elected president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), believes the organization's next step is to look beyond nations that are part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - an international group composed primarily of developed countries - to accommodate the interests of the global Internet community.
Issue no. 264 - 23 March 2003
- CENTR Vacancy: General Manager
CENTR is a not for profit organisation, incorporated in the UK, and with staff currently based in Oxford and Salzburg. CENTR was created and funded by country code top level domain registries (ccTLDs) in Europe and beyond. CENTR's members manage the national Internet domain name registries for names registered under their two-letter code (.fr, .uk, .de etc). CENTR provides a forum to discuss matters of policy affecting ccTLDs and acts as channel of communication to Internet governing bodies and others involved in the Internet, promoting the interests of not-for-profit ccTLDs and lobby on their behalf. We are looking to appoint a General Manager. Salary: Negotiable. Deadline for applications: 28 March 2003.
- EU - Belgian consortium heads race to run .eu domain
The European Commission is consulting its 15 national member governments over a draft decision to pick a Belgian-led consortium to run the long-awaited .eu top-level domain name registry. The front runner is the Brussels-based European Registry of Internet Domains consortium, or EURID, which has been set up by DNS Belgium vzw/asbl, Istituto di Informatica e Telematica Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and the Network Information Centre Sweden AB (NIC SE).
- ICANN - Australian chosen to be president
(Sydney Morning Herald)
Australia's Dr Paul Twomey has been appointed the new president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Dr Twomey will replace retiring president/CEO Stuart Lynn, who has served for the past two years, on March 27. For the three years ending November, 2002, he was the first chair of the ICANN governmental advisory committee, a global forum of governmental representatives that provides advice to the ICANN Board on public policy issues.
- ITU - ccTLD DNS Survey Finds Many Errors
ITU has released a survey by Nominum UK that queried all 243 ccTLD's name servers. It would be expected that there would be no mismatches between the root and a ccTLD over the ccTLD's name servers. In fact, 64% of the ccTLDs have mismatched delegation information between themselves and the root.
Issue no. 261 - 2 March 2003
- US - Crime-fighters seize Web sites
Federal police have adopted a novel crime-fighting tactic: seizing control of domain names for Web sites that allegedly violate the law. The domain names for several Web sites allegedly set up to sell illegal "drug paraphernalia" would be pointed at servers located at the Drug Enforcement Administration. In a separate announcement, the Justice Department said it had taken over the iSoNews.com domain, whose owner pleaded guilty to using his site to sell "mod" chips that let Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation owners modify their devices so that they could use them to play illegally copied games, or "warez."
Issue no. 260 - 23 February 2003
- DE - German registrar bans Web site
A domain name registrar in Germany has deleted the registration for a gruesome U.S.-based online photo gallery that featured stomach-wrenching images from autopsies and medical procedures. Computer Service Langenbach, which operates the Joker.com registrar in Dusseldorf, Germany, yanked the Ogrish.com domain name from its database in response to a request from a German prosecutor.
DE - Staatsanwaltschaft stellt Verfahren zu Domain-Sperre im DNS ein
- DE - Staatsanwaltschaft stellt Verfahren zu Domain-Sperre im DNS ein
Der niederländische Anbieter der Gewaltszenen-Site ogrish.com darf mit seiner Domain ins Ausland umziehen; die Sperre im DNS wird aufgehoben. Das bestätigte die zuständige Staatsanwältin. Joker.com-Chef Siegfried Langenbach sagte, er habe dem Umzug der Domain bereits zugestimmt. Das Strafverfahren nach Paragraph 131 StGB wird damit gegenstandslos.
DE - German registrar bans Web site
- ICANN - Flak flies over ICANN contract renewal
The US Department of Commerce has come under fire for awarding, without a proper tender process, a contract for running the most basic and crucial functions of the Internet to ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN has now looks likely to run the functions of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) for another three years.The most important functions of IANA include coordinating the root zone of the domain name system, and allocating IP address spaces. See also
Nominet attacks ICANN (Register).
- UK - Net names' rallying cry
Over two hundred delegates packed the debating chamber of the Oxford Union last week to hear internet luminaries Lawrence Lessig and Esther Dyson consider the future of the Internet and ways we can shape its future. see also Dyson ends support for ICANN 1.0 (ZDNet UK).
Issue no. 259 - 9 February 2003
- US - Feds pull suspicious .gov site
In a move that raises questions about the security of governmental domains, the Bush administration has pulled the plug on the AONN.gov Web site pending an investigation into the authenticity of the organization that controlled it.
- US - Pro-life cyber squatter ruled in contempt
A pro-life cyber-squatter didn't go to jail yesterday, but a federal judge said William Purdy is in contempt of a court order and must pay $500 a day until he stops using a raft of domain names that include well-known corporate trademarks including that of The Washington Post.
Issue no. 256 - 18 January 2003
Issue no. 255 - 6 January 2003
- ICANN - Interview : Stuart Lynn, le président de l'Icann
Stuart Lynn, le président de l'Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) quittera ses fonctions en mars 2003. Il laisse une réforme inachevée et de nombreux détracteurs pour qui cet universitaire symbolise la tentation hégémonique américaine sur l'Internet. Il s'explique sur son action, mais donne également son avis sur les grands sujets du moment
- ICANN to approve new domains
The group that oversees the Internet's traffic system plans to approve a host of new address suffixes to join the likes of .com and .org in the coming year. But most Internet users will not be able to register Web site names in the new domains, as they will be limited to organizations in specific fields such as health care. The precise number and names of the domains will be determined by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in early 2003. see Preliminary Report - Fourth Annual Meeting of the ICANN Board in Amsterdam (ICANN).
- US - Domain manager settles class-action suit
Managers of the .biz Internet domain have agreed to pay roughly $1.2 million to settle charges that their system for handing out hot names such as "www.show.biz" amounted to an illegal lottery. Most of the settlement will go to cover attorneys' fees, as NeuLevel has already sent millions of refunds to customers who paid an average of $5 for a chance to win control of desirable names such as "computer.biz" when the new domain was opened to the public. The firm had hoped that the system would discourage frivolous registrations and help it cope with an expected land rush as Internet users sought to stake out territory in the new domain.
Issue no. 254 - 15 December 2002
- US - Dot Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act of 2002
An Act to facilitate the creation of a new, second-level Internet domain within the United States country code domain that will be a haven for material that promotes positive experiences for children and families using the Internet, provides a safe online environment for children, and helps to prevent children from being exposed to harmful material on the Internet. Text as passed by both House and Senate. Became Public Law No: 107-317 on 4 Dec 2002. see also .kids page and Proposal for Guidelines and Requirements for the kids.us (NeuStar).
- US - Economics of Kid-Friendly Domain Questioned
Authors of the Dot-Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act envisioned the new "kids.us" domain as a sanctuary where children could explore the Internet without being exposed to its dangers. The law is designed to protect children - 13 years or younger - from pornography, profanity and other content that it defines as inappropriate by not allowing Web sites that end in kids.us (www.washingtonpost.kids.us, for example) to link to locations outside of the domain. The question remains, however, whether or not there is an economic case for the new domain.
Issue no. 253 - 8 December 2002
- ccTLD Governance Project
This project reviews the relationship between country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) and governments in 45 countries. Included are 1) tables which highlight the main relationships, and 2) country-specific information.
- ICANN - Keep ICANN open
(National Law Journal)
by Miriam Sapiro. Last month, the international body that regulates critical components of the Internet met for the first time in China. The Shanghai meeting offered a historic opportunity to resolve questions surrounding international governance of the Internet and to focus attention on the tight controls China still exercises over the Internet within its borders.
- US - Bush signs child Net safety law
President George W. Bush signed into law legislation to create a new kids-safe "dot-kids" domain on the Internet. "Every site designated 'dot-kids' will be a safe zone for children," Bush said.
Issue no. 252 - 30 November 2002
Issue no. 250 - 17 November 2002
- ICANN Shanghai Board meeting
Preliminary report of the Board meeting in Shanghai 31 October 2002. see also real-time captioning of the Board meeting and Communique of the XIV meeting of the GAC.
- ICANN to consider three new domains
Stuart Lynn, president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has recommended taking steps to add three new top-level domains to the Web's navigation system. His report did not recommend the specific top-level domains to be considered.
- US - Senate Approves Kid-Friendly Internet Zone
The Senate approved a bill that would set up an area within the United States' ".us" Internet domain that would allow only Web sites deemed appropriate for children 12 years old and younger. Web sites bearing an address like "www.example.kids.us" would have to certify that they do not contain sexually explicit material, hate speech, violence or other material not suitable for minors.
- WIPO - Patricia Kaas s’attaque à son détournement pornographique
(Forum des droits sur l'internet)
La chanteuse Patricia Kaas vient d’obtenir de l’OMPI la rétrocession du nom de domaine patriciakaas.com, exploité par une société du Belize. La page renvoyait vers de nombreux sites pornographiques, constituant ainsi la preuve de la mauvaise foi du déposant.
Issue no. 249 - 10 November 2002
- GAC - Größere Rolle für EU im ICANN-Regierungsbeirat
Die EU-Kommission stellt ab Ende November das Sekretariat für den Regierungsbeirat (Government Advisory Committee, GAC) der Internet-Verwaltung Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Christopher Wilkinson, lange Zeit GAC-Vizevorsitzender für die Kommission, wird neuer Chef des Sekretariats.
- ICANN - Internet turf war playing out
(Globe and Mail)
by Michael Geist. In Shanghai, Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the agency responsible for administering the Internet, conducted the most important meeting in its brief history. Following months of debate on institutional reform, the ICANN board approved the elimination of board positions reserved for the general public, shelved plans for Internet user participation through on-line elections and removed most of the mechanisms that hold ICANN accountable.
- Key Internet server moved for security
One of the 13 key servers that let people reach addresses on the Internet has been moved due to security concerns, said VeriSign, the company that runs the machine. The move comes just weeks after hackers bombarded the "root" servers with a flood of data designed to overwhelm them and shut them down, an attack that raised the spectre of an all-out Internet collapse.
- Noms de domaine en .eu : les jeux sont faits !
Depuis le 25 octobre, la Commission européenne a entre les mains toutes les propositions pour gérer les futurs noms de domaine en .eu ; alternative ciblée et politique au .com "fourre-tout", l'extension suscite des convoitises... Et pourrait révolutionner l'Europe de l'Internet.
- US - Mattel loses cybersquatting challenge
The 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New York found that the Anti-cybersquatting Protection Act (ACPA) does not allow plaintiffs to consolidate in a single venue cases affecting domain names registered with services operating in different states.
Issue no. 247 - 19 October 2002
- ICANN Board Selects New .org Registry Operator
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors voted to select the proposal submitted by the Internet Society (ISOC) for a new registry operator of the .org top-level domain, to replace VeriSign.
Issue no. 246 - 29 September 2002
- ES - Catalan nationalism hits the web
The Spanish region of Catalonia has made a declaration of independence in cyberspace. The regional government in Barcelona has changed the address of its website from .es for Spain to .net.
- ICANN's Next Steps
By David R. Johnson and Susan P. Crawford. The recent extension of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Commerce and ICANN provides both parties with an opportunity to focus on what is most important about the ICANN experiment. DOC will be requiring ICANN to report quarterly on its progress, and will presumably be watching ICANN more closely than it has in the past. The following is a proposed roadmap for consideration of the key issues and a set of suggestions for immediate next steps.
- Internet Society Close to Win of '.Org' Domain
The Internet Society, a group of 11,000 engineers and other networking experts, won another round in the months-long process to manage the Internet's fifth-largest domain when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers reaffirmed its opinion that the Virginia nonprofit was the best qualified of 11 applicants. If approved as expected by ICANN's board of directors, the Internet Society will set up a separate group known as the Public Internet Registry to take control of the .org database in January of next year.
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