Re: [DNS] VeriSign / Sitefinder.

Re: [DNS] VeriSign / Sitefinder.

From: Jason Pay <jasonpay§>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 12:01:55 +1000
How was it that VeriSign was allowed to make a unilateral change the DNS 
system? Were they required to get authorisation from ICANN to make the 

The way I see it, is that VeriSign was contracted to manage the DNS system 
as it was.

Just because they are charged with the maintenance of the DNS system, what 
made them think that they had the right to fundamentally change it?

Did they contractually have the right to change the system?

If a proposal was made to add wild card redirects - I would consider that 
as a separate service to the provision of DNS.

If it is seen that there is a need for the wildcard redirects, IMO a new 
service, should it not be tendered for and the organisations managing the 
DNS be excluded?

As a commercial entity VeriSign has obviously seen an opportunity and 
unilaterally exploited it. IMO they should be paying for the PRIVILEGE of 
being the sole  destination for domain names?

anyhow, - sorry for rehashing if all this has been said before


Jason Pay

David Goldstein <goldstein_david&#167;>
21/10/2003 10:27 PM
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Hi all

There are a number of online journal articles in the news
today, and I'll continue to periodically monitor these
sights for further academic articles.


The cultural divide and the Internet's future
After a couple of weeks on the hot seat, VeriSign CEO
Stratton Sclavos is turning up the fire on his company's
severest critics.

VeriSign Sells Domain Registrar
VeriSign said Thursday it is selling its Network Solutions
domain registrar unit to a private investment company for
about $100 million in cash and debt, so that it can
concentrate on developing its network infrastructure

VeriSign to revive redirect service
VeriSign will give a 30- to 60-day notice before resuming a
controversial and temporarily suspended feature that
redirected many .com and .net domains, company
representatives said Wednesday.

Reaction to VeriSign-NSI Break Up
On October 16, 2003, VeriSign announced the sale of its
Network Solutions (NSI) business unit three years after its
purchase from SAIC. This is a report on the historical
snapshot of Network Solutions and a collection of
commentaries made in response to this event...Network
Solutions, Inc. was founded by Emmit J. McHenry as a joint
venture with the National Science Foundation and AT&T.

Africa abuzz about IP address proposal
The African Internet community is abuzz following a
proposal to allow organisations in sub-Saharan countries
better access to their own portable Internet address and
that the region be handled as a special case.

.uk - Nominet nobbles domain name resellers
Nominet has successfully closed down two domain name
resellers, and barred the companies' directors from running
such services in the future, following a High Court action.

.us - Bank wins 'sucks' domain case, but protest sites OK
US bank Wachovia Corporation is now the proud owner of the
domain name and two similar names,
following an arbitrator's ruling. But the ruling adds that
'sucks' domains can be protected if they relate to protest

World Wide Alliance of Top Level Domain-names ccTLD ICANN
Meetings in Carthage
Links will be added prior to and during Carthage meeting.

.uk - Firms warned of internet fraud
Businesses in Northern Ireland are being warned about a
scam in which they are asked to pay to register the domain
name of their firm.

.us - Cyber-squatting suit seeks to block travel site
The state's tourism agency is suing a Traverse City
businessman who snapped up the Internet Web site name

The Odd Couple - Public Policy meets the Internet
After the dot com bubble popped in the late nineties many
commentators wrote off the Internet as a dead duck. The
seeming myriad of "" e-businesses
gave it a bad name. The Internet wasn't considered a
serious player in the global economy and therefore its
legal setup, matters of policy and governance were
consigned to the back-burner by mainstream business as
something of little interest or concern.

In Memory of Jon Postel
Jonathan B. Postel, one of the Founding Fathers of the
Internet passed away on October 16, 1998. Jon had a great
deal of influence over how the Internet works and how it
was designed. The following is a letter written by Vinton
G. Cerf on October 17, 1998 in honor of Jon's death. The
letter was called "I Remember IANA". "If Jon were here, I
am sure he would urge us not to mourn his passing but to
celebrate his life and his contributions. He would remind
us that there is still much work to be done and that we now
have the responsibility and the opportunity to do our part.
I doubt that anyone could possibly duplicate his record,
but it stands as a measure of one man's astonishing
contribution to a community he knew and loved."

Is Industry Underestimating the Ending Dot?
According to RFC1034, "" and "" should be
the same domain names. However, it doesn't appear that
programmers always understand that trailing dots can be
added to domain names.

UK's DNS Open to Prying Eyes
Network Penetration conducted a survey at the start of 2003
to check the status of the UK's DNS infrastructure. The
second scan of the year has just been completed and the
results are much more positive. There are however still
some serious holes in major areas...Here is a look at what
was tested, the results, some sample zone transfers and

Internet Governance in Australia: Modelling Self-Regulatory
Structures in the Domain Name System
This article describes the development of Internet
governance in Australia. It describes the history of
administration of the .au country code, the formation of a
private sector not-for-profit regulatory structure and
comments on particular aspects of the establishment of new
models for managing the technical resources of the global
Domain Name System(DNS). The legislative and regulatory
basis for the management of the .au DNS is now fairly
stable with a small, solid administrative body running the
policy functions and egulatory arm of the .au domain. The
implementation of changes to the .au and in particular, the
introduction of new second level domains (2TLDs) will
happen over the next few years. The paper sheds some light
on expected regulatory developments and provides some
commentary on the success of the regulatory model Australia
has chosen.

The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy as an
Alternative to Litigation
The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is
an international dispute resolution procedure that
presently allows trademark holders to seek arbitration over
the control of a domain name, and if successful, to gain
control over the domain name. It was approved by ICANN in
October 1999, with the first case decided in December 1999.
Within a few years, the UDRP has dramatically changed the
dispute resolution scene for domain names. With litigation
being the previous primary solution, the UDRP clearly
demonstrates the power of alternative dispute resolution
with over 4000 proceedings resolved over more than 7000
domain names. This many cases would surely have placed a
tremendous burden on the legal system, especially with the
Internet growing exponentially. As the UDRP handles more
disputes, it must be ensured that the policy achieves its
objectives, in particular to become just and unbiased.

Squatters in Cyberspace: Netreprenuers or Piratesdotcom?
From its arcane beginnings as a tool for Government, the
military and academia and with the increasing popularity of
the internet not only as a communication tool but as a tool
for electronic business and commerce, problems and issues
pertaining to allocation and protection of domain names
have arisen. Cybersquatting and cyberpiracy are recent
additions to the legal lexicon as a new category of
wrongful conduct in cyberspace or the information
superhighway.* * This paper investigates cybersquatting by
presenting the legislation on the matter and some of the
cases decided on the issue.

Network Solutions and the Alleged Privitization of the
Domain Name System
The proliferation of the Internet has led to an explosion
in the number of registered domain names - those trendy
'.com' web addresses that have all but transformed modern
business.  However, it is interesting to note that
internet-accessible computers actually read a series of
Internet Protocol "IP" numbers rather than domain names.
Because these numbers are random and difficult to remember,
the US Government developed a system which links each IP
number to a specific domain name. This system is commonly
referred to as the domain name system.

Protecting Your "" Athletic Organizations
and the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
This paper discusses how athletic organizations have been
able to use the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution
Policy ("UDRP") to protect intellectual property rights on
the Internet without engaging in lengthy court proceedings.

Remedies Against Unlawful Domain Names: A Comparison of
Recent Developments under US and German Law (2000)
The exponential growth of the Internet has created a new
type of legally objectionable conduct known as
"cybersquatting". It occurs when one party, the
cybersquatter, registers as its own domain name the
distinctive trademark of another. In the United States the
recently enacted, Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection
Act ("ACPA") prohibits the bad faith and abusive
registration of distinctive marks as Internet domain names
with the intent to profit from the goodwill associated with
such mark. However, cybersquatting is only one
manifestation of the domain conflict.   The traditional
provisions of the Lanham Act covering trademark
infringement and unfair competition provide remedies to
trademark holders against the use of certain types of
domain names.  Furthermore, The Federal Trademark Dilution
Act of 1995 provides remedies when "famous" marks are
adversely affected by domain names. While the ICANN policy
provides for an alternate dispute resolution policy in case
of domain name conflicts, the parties are not limited to
those procedures and may seek relief in the courts.
Consequently, a body of US case law is emerging, addressing
domain name conflicts, from which certain general rules of
US trademark law can now be identified to provide guidance
in this new and explosive field of commerce.

Berkman Fellow Ben Edelman testifies on Whois 
The House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on
Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property is hearing
testimony on Whois. Edelman presents his statistical
analysis of bulk registrations including those of the
prolific cybersquatter John Zuccarini who was arrested this
month in Florida under that state's new Amber Alert
legislation that includes a "Truth in Domain Names" making
it a crime to use a misleading domain name "with the intent
to deceive a minor into viewing material that is harmful to
minors... Zuccarini alleged registered domain names that
were slight misspellings of famous names (a practice known
as "typosquatting") to lure users to porn sites.

World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. V. Michael
Bosman:  ICANN'S Dispute Resolution Policy At Work (2000)
This Note will discuss the facts of WWF, the Administrative
Panel's utilization of the UDNDRP, and how the Panel
resolved the conflicting interests at issue in this case.
Attention will also be paid to the cases relied upon by the
Panel as precedent in rendering the decision. The Note will
then review the development of the law in this area. Though
the adoption of the UDNDRP will obviously be of
considerable import, its significance will become more
apparent after surveying relevant domain name dispute case
law. These cases will show how trademark protection, which
at first only protected against infringement, has grown to
include protection from dilution, and now with the adoption
of the Policy, prevents the abusive registration of domain
names. The Note will then analyze WWF in light of the
developments of the law, using WWF as an opportunity to
look at the Policy itself, examining the level of
protection afforded to trademark holders. Finally, this
Note will conclude with a discussion of UDNDRP's future as
affected by WWF, as well as any difficulties that may be on
the horizon for UDNDRP, particularly in regards to its
implementation internationally.

Convergence as a technology concept has been around for
decades. Many have predicted the convergence of electronics
and entertainment, of PC's and TV's, and more recently of
WiFi and cellular. All of these areas are in fact
undergoing various degrees of convergence but there is
another area that many are not as familiar with. It is
called ENUM...The idea can be extremely useful when you
consider that most telephones are limited to twelve keys on
a keypad. Every try to enter your alphanumeric login ID and
password to a web site on a cell phone or Personal Digital
Assistant? It is next to impossible! The biggest impact of
ENUM will probably be for Voice Over IP (VoIP). In fact, it
could be the tipping point. ENUM is a really big deal.

The Domain Name Game:  Applying Trademark Law to an
Internet Tug of War by Deanna L. Kendall (1999)

Trademark Law on the Internet - Mousetrapped

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