domain name news - 13 May

domain name news - 13 May

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§>
Date: Sun, 16 May 2004 23:52:50 +1000 (EST)
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The Rush Begins Again - ".USA" Domain Names Released on to
the Internet
It isn't just the new ".USA" domain names that are being
snapped up, suddenly, domain names like ".MUSIC" and
".SEXY" are also proving extremely popular. Now, websites
such as "www . frustrated.genius", www. anti.aging, www.
laser.laser and www. mini.mi are springing up across the
world. A new dimension has been added to the Internet that
anyone can use virtually without restriction. Its not ICANN
(news - web sites) nor its alternative, instead think of a
conjunction with the current domain name system.

Rules for registering .fr domains are soon to be relaxed
Currently it is only possible to register a .fr domain name
that exactly matches a registered trademark or company
name. However from May 11, 2004 this will no longer be the
case. This means many .fr domain names which were
previously not possible to register, will now become
available on a first-come first-served basis.

Africa Finalises Strategy to Control Own Website Addresses
African countries are set to control their own website
addresses and stop paying to Europe and the US for the
right to own website names. This move is being made
possible by the impending launch of the African Network
Information Centre (AfriNIC), which has been created to
administer domain names on the continent.

Dot-eu domain name scramble timetable unveiled
There will be three stages in the registration process for
the new European dot-eu domain names, it has been
announced; member states, followed by trademark holders,
will get their pick of URLs. The domain name free-for-all
will kick off in earnest in April 2005.,39024677,39120597,00.htm

A virtual identity
What unifies the European Union? Because of the expansion
of the EU to 25 countries on May 1, that is more than an
academic question.
Still, the Internet is doing its part to put the union in
EU. On the eve of enlargement last week, the European
Commission approved the policy regulations to make it
possible for the EU to have its own top-level domain, or
address level. That means that the Internet addresses of
its residents, governments and the companies that do
business here can be identified as, rather than, or even

Top level domain term extended (reg req'd)
Trade mark owners will have extra time to comment on the
proposed introduction of new sponsored top-level domains
after the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers extended the deadline for public comments to May

".GAY" and ".LESBIAN" Domain Names Launched on the Internet
Building on their growing success of their Internet
Communities, dotWORLDS ( actively seeks
new associations with Internet Groups from all walks of
life. In this regard, they are giving away all their
"Personality" domain names completely free of charge. The
idea behind this project is to encourage even more users to
come aboard.

Internet Governance: Defend Free Flow of Information
The members of the Coordinating Committee of Press Freedom
Organizations at their meeting on 1 May 2004 in Belgrade,
issued the following statement on Internet Governance:

Cyber-Mediation: Computer-Mediated Communications Medium
Massaging the Message by Llewellyn Joseph Gibbons, Robin M.
Kennedy & Jon Michael
This Article examines the feasibility of online mediation.
It evaluates some modalities, presents cross-cultural
mediation as a theoretical construct to describe online
mediation, and recommends guidelines for the practice of
online mediation. Some commentators have observed that
ideal online mediation remains an aspiration, suggesting
that technologies such as videoconferencing are the
&quotobvious solution to the lack of face-to-face
encounters." Yet others have found that online mediation,
even at the email level, is an acceptable, if not
preferred, method of resolving some types of disputes. This
is a false dilemma. Mediation exists on a continuum from
face-to-face to pure online mediation. Most of the legal
literature evaluating the potential of online mediation can
be best characterized as the battle of the anecdotes. No
legal scholars have looked at the rich social science
literature on the effects of computer-mediated
communications. The authors hope to begin to rectify this
neglected interdisciplinary area of scholarship and to
apply these lessons to online mediation. Informed by the
computer-mediated communications (CMC) literature, online
mediators will make a substantial contribution to dispute
mediation.pdf -- Domain Names, Not Property
The legal battle has created confusion as to
whether a domain name is an intangible property, according
to a report issued today by DomainMart. Ranked as the 2nd Largest Domain Registrar in
the World announced today that the company is now the 2nd
largest domain registrar in the world. According to, an independent firm which compiles and
reports total worldwide registration of .com, .net, .org,
.info, .biz and .us domain names, now has more
than 3.9 million domains under registration, surpassing its
nearest competitor by more than 150,000 domains.

.md domain name being relaunched
MaxMD, the registry operator for the Moldovia (.md) domain,
recently announced that it will begin marketing .md domain
names to the global health care community.

Finnish domain names in compliance with the new Act can be
applied for as of 1 September 2003 at 8:00 a.m.
The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority’s (FICORA)
new service automation system will be opened for Finnish
domain name applications on Monday 1 September 2003, at
8:00 a.m. Domain names are applied and paid for on the
Internet at the address

Domains Are Not Forever
I recently heard a story about a young woman (we'll call
her Sheila) who, on visiting the Web site she had set up
for her deceased boyfriend—a victim of the 9-11
attacks—discovered that the domain had been taken over by a
porn site. Anguished and appalled, she set out to recover
the domain and return the site to its original,
inoffensive, and informational state.,1759,1585173,00.asp

Se requiere acreditación para "prestadores de servicios de
administración de dominio" para el .HT
En unos días mas se abrirá el registro de nombres de
dominios del cctld .ht, el proceso requiere de contar con
un "prestador de servicios de administración de nombres de
dominios" acreditado. El problema es que aún no hay

¿¡Nuevo$ gTLD!?
Actualmente, el ICANN viene desarrollando un nuevo proceso
de selección de dominios genéricos (sTLD - Nombres de
Dominio de Primer Nivel Patrocinados). Dentro de los sTLD´s
propuestos tenemos: .xxx, .cat, .jobs, .mobi, .tel,
.travel, entre otros.

Sources include Quicklinks ( and BNA
Internet Law News (".

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