domain news - 4 November

domain news - 4 November

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2003 23:11:24 +1100 (EST)
.nz - Domain name scheme resurfaces
Australian Chesley Rafferty and his company, trading here
as Domain Names NZ, are once again trying to get New
Zealand domain name holders to part with $237.

International group lobbies for domain buyers' privacy
Individuals and small-business owners should be able to buy
domain names without being required to divulge their
mailing address, phone number and e-mail address, an
international coalition planned to say in a letter Tuesday
evening U.S. time.,2000048590,20280264,00.htm

ICANN to tackle 'wildcards'.
The internet's technical policy body, ICANN, begins its
latest meeting in Tunisia with yet another headache - this
time, VeriSign's domain name "wildcards".,7204,7681064%5e16123%5e%5enbv%5e,00.html

Cerf: ICANN finally working on 'substantive issues'
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN), meeting in Carthage, Tunisia this week, will be
getting down to brass tacks on how the Internet works for
the first time, according to ICANN Chairman Vint Cerf.

ICANN heads for 'substantive' meeting
The Internet administrator has set a controversial agenda
for its meeting in Tunisia this week, covering VeriSign's
redirection service, IPv6, and intellectual property

Internet group mulls a meaty meeting
The group that oversees Internet domain names and addresses
said Monday that its meeting this week in Tunisia will
focus on IPv6, VeriSign's "wild card" redirection service,
and intellectual property rights in domain names.

ICANN eröffnet Büro in Brüssel (Heise)
Die Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN) wird künftig auch in Europa eine Niederlassung
haben. Im Januar soll ein Büro in Brüssel eröffnet werden.
Das sagte Paul Verhoef, einer von zwei designierten
Vizepräsidenten für die private Netzverwaltung. Als
Vizedirektor für den Bereich Business hat die ICANN Kurt J.
Pritz nominiert, der neue Justitiar ist John O. Jeffrey.
Erstmals zieht mit Verhoef auch ein Europäer ins
ICANN-Management ein. Der Niederländer Verhoef, derzeit
noch Leiter für die Bereiche internationale Politik und
Regulierung der Generaldirektion Informationsgesellschaft,
wird gleichzeitig auch das neue Büro in Brüssel leiten.

ICANN Appoints New Vice President Of Supporting
Organization and Committee Support; ICANN to Open Office in
Brussels, Belgium
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN) announces that Paul Verhoef will be joining the
ICANN staff on a full-time basis as the Vice President of
Supporting Organizations and Committee Support. Paul
Verhoef joins ICANN from his position as the head of
international policy aspects for the Information Society
Directorate General for the European Commission (EC). In
that role that he has been working toward developing and
coordinating information society policy and working closely
with the 15 current and 10 new member states of the
European Union, including work with ICANN, the World Summit
Information Society (WSIS), the G8 Dot Force, the Global
Business Dialogue on e-commerce, the ITU Development
Advisory Group, and the UN ICT Task Force.

ICANN Meetings in Carthage
Background Paper: Proposed Revisions to .info Registry
Agreement to Implement Redemption Grace Period
Background Paper: RegistryPro Request to Offer Second Level
ICANN Carthage Meeting Topic: gTLD Registrar Domain-Name
Deletion Policy

Lobbing for Whois Privacy
Today a letter was submitted to the President of ICANN,
Paul Twomey, at the ICANN Carthage meeting, "asking him to
ensure that strong privacy safeguards, based on
internationally accepted standards, are established for the
WHOIS database." Latest reports indicated that the draft
letter had been signed by about 50 nonprofit groups and
represented 21 countries on six continents. "Signers of the
letter included the American Library Association, the U.S.
Association for Computing Machinery, the Australian Council
for Civil Liberties, Electronic Frontier Finland, Privacy
Ukraine, and the United Kingdom's Foundation for
Information Policy Research."

GNSO Council Meeting in Carthage Real-Time Captioning
The following is the output of the real-time captioning
taken during the GNSO Council meeting held 29 October 2003
in Carthage, Tunisia. Although the captioning output is
largely accurate, in some cases it is incomplete or
inaccurate due to inaudible passages or transcription
errors. It is posted as an aid to understanding the
proceedings at the session, but should not be treated as an
authoritative record.

The Impact of Site Finder on Web Services
This quotation is from a presentation by VeriSign to ICANN,
stating that their recent and temporarily suspended changes
to the root DNS servers have had no reported effect on
automated HTTP tools; and, further, we shouldn't be
automating HTTP access anyway.

Registration And Use Of Domain Name Infringing Another's
Trademark Ruled "Advertising Injury" Covered By Insurance
The registration and use of an Internet domain name that
allegedly infringes another's trademark is an "advertising
injury" within the meaning of an insurance policy, and thus
requires the accused company's insurer to provide coverage,
according to a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Fourth Circuit. In the same ruling, the Fourth
Circuit also held that the domain name, because it led
customers to advertisements at the related website,
constituted use of the trademark "in the course of
advertising." State Auto Property and Cas. Ins. Co. v.
Travelers Indemn. Co. of Am.

.Pro Asking for Second-Level Domains (Again)
In a Message from RegistryPro Advisory Board to Tina Dam on
24 October 2003, it is noted that .Pro is, again, asking
ICANN to allow for the registration of 2nd level domains. I
am, again, of mixed opinion on this. On the one hand, a
registry should be able to do what it wants, within reason.
This clearly falls into that category. On the other hand,
.Pro has been denied once already on the grounds that
registering 2nd level domains is not the proposal upon
which they were approved in the "testbed" procedure of
November 2000.

.nz - Judge blocks domain name
A High Court judgement leaves the way open for overseas
companies to prevent New Zealanders from trading on the
internet, a local manufacturer claims.

Bank of Blue Valley sues North American for Web site
The Bank of Blue Valley has filed a trademark infringement
suit against North American Savings Bank over its new
online mortgage Web site. The complaint, filed Tuesday in
federal court in Kansas City, Kan., claims that a former
Blue Valley vice president, Richard Aguilar, registered the
name in June while still working for
the Overland Park-based bank.

Alternative dispute resolution for .no
On October 1st 2003 regulations for the .no domain are
modified to include a new dispute resolution body. In
addition to processing complaints against Norid's
procedures, the dispute resolution body can among other
things process complaints where the use of a domain name
violates the rights of a third party. In the past, cases
like this have been referred to the Norwegian legal system.
This new arrangement applies to domains registered after
October 1st 2003.

CIRA Terminates Certification of Virtual Connections
Network Inc.
In accordance with the CIRA Registrar Agreement, CIRA has
terminated the certification of Virtual Connections Network
Inc. As a result, Virtual Connections Network Inc. is no
longer a CIRA Certified Registrar.


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