domain news - 12 February

domain news - 12 February

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2004 22:28:14 +1100 (EST)
Protection of Celebrities Names and Trade Marks under the
ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
The object of this article is to look at the main
characteristics of the domain name disputes under the UDRP
that involved celebrities and see what kind of problems may
be faced by famous persons who wish to get back their
names. For the sake of clarity our discussion will be
limited to the cases resolved by the WIPO Arbitration
Center. We will also not analyse any national remedies that
may be available to celebrities like the Anticybersquatting
Consumer Protection Act of the United States.

us: Lawmakers Push Penalties for False Web Records
U.S. lawmakers touted a bipartisan bill on Wednesday that
would increase jail time and fines for identity thieves,
cybersquatters and other online fraudsters who register Web
sites under false identities.,aid,114632,00.asp,1283,62198,00.html

us: .sex Considered Dangerous
Periodically there are proposals to mandate the use of a
special top level name or an IP address bit to flag "adult"
or "unsafe" material or the like.  This document explains
why this is an ill considered idea from the legal,
philosophical, and particularly, the technical points of

us: Failure to Renew Domain Disrupts E-Mail at Post
E-mail communication to and from The Washington Post was
disrupted yesterday after its Internet address
was shut down because the company failed to renew its $35
annual registration.

ICANN reply to the NRO on proposed ASO MoU

Microsoft had no right to take domain name
Mike Rowe only wanted to create his own Web site. But this
past November, the Microsoft Corporation sent an e-mail to
the Canadian high school student and ordered him to close
his site,, which the company considers to
violate Microsoft trademark rights. In an attempt to convey
the company's "generosity," Microsoft offered the young man
$10 to sign the domain name over to them, which would be
enough to cover the initial setup fee for the domain name.

uk: Roxio wins from the Crown
Roxio, the company behind the newly-legitimised Napster
music service, has won a battle for The UK's
domain name registry ruled that a registration of the name
by the Treasury Solicitor was "abusive" and ordered that it
be transferred to Roxio.

Updated Inter-Registrar Transfers Policy Information
The new transfer policy is intended to provide a procedure
for the smooth transition of a domain name from one
registrar to another when such a change is requested by the
domain name holder. The Transfer Task Force Group has
developed 29 policy recommendations for guiding such
transfers. A Transfer Assistance Group (TAG) was formed
with assistance from the Registry Constituency, the
Registrar Constituency, the ALAC, and the Transfer Task

ICANN Meetings in Rome - 2-6 March 2004
The first round of ICANN meetings in 2004 will be held 2-6
March in Rome, Italy. The meetings are free to attend, and
open to any interested person. ICANN encourages broad
participation in its bottom-up consensus-development
process. You can take part in these meetings by attending
in person, by taking part in the webcast and remote
participation opportunities, and/or by joining one of the
various ICANN-related mailing lists.

ICANN - Whois Task Force 2 Survey Questionnaire for
The GNSO's WHOIS Task Force #2 is chartered with reviewing
the current ICANN whois policy regarding the collection,
disclosure and transmittal of data.

ICANN - Whois Task Force 2 Survey Questionnaire for all
GNSO Constituencies
The GNSO's WHOIS Task Force #2 is chartered with reviewing
the current ICANN whois policy regarding the collection,
disclosure and transmittal of data.

ICANN - Whois Task 1 Questionnaire
Because Whois data accessibility used in your business or
activities could be affected by our recommendations, we
encourage you to take a few moments to answer the questions
below. Your input will be greatly appreciated. Your
submissions will not be shared beyond the members of this
task force.

ICANN - Whois Task 3 Questionnaire
Questionnaire to determine appropriate practices to verify
the accuracy of domain name registrant data known as
"WHOIS" data.

ICANN Summary of Constituency Statements on Future new
Services or Actions by gTLD Registries

Privacy Alert: Watch Out For FOISA
This morning, at 10 am in 2141 Rayburn, the Subcommittee on
Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property is holding
a hearing on "Internet Domain Name Fraud -- New Criminal
and Civil Enforcement Tools." At that hearing, the
Subcommittee will be considering a new Whois bill creating
new penalties for people who provide false data when
registering a domain name. We need to raise our collective
eyebrows at this bill (which was suddenly dropped the
evening before this hearing). The title of the bill is the
"Fraudulent Online Identity Sanctions Act" (FOISA).

Report on TLD Preference by Country
Which domain extensions do people prefer? How do these
preferences vary by country? This article reports the
results of a poll of domain extension preference by country
of residence conducted from May through October, 2003 by
Domain Name Journal and the DomainState forum.
Approximately 133 people from 34 different countries
participated. This poll has limitations that we will
discuss, but it does measure the extension preferences of
domain registrants and developers in a manner that has not
been done elsewhere and it produces some interesting

Centr Letter to European Commissioner Liikanen

Nombres de dominios IDN
El emplazamiento web oficial para la ciudad de Munich es A partir del 1 de Marzo será posible registrar

BulkRegister Adds Six Country Domains
Domain name registrar BulkRegister (
announced on Monday that it has launched six new Country
Code Top Level Domains (ccTLD) and lowered the price for
five others.


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