[DNS] domain name news - 1 March

[DNS] domain name news - 1 March

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2007 18:02:16 -0800 (PST)
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Web Site Owners May Get Tougher to Find

Proposed ICANN policy could lead to domain name censorship 

ICANN as the Net?s Word Police

Domain Aftermarket Overdue for an "Asset Repricing"

Trademark disputes a go-go

Motorola loses domain name case after failure to provide evidence

Web Site Owners May Get Tougher to Find
Intellectual property lawyers guarding corporate trademarks on the Internet may soon have a harder time tracking down the people behind Web sites infringing on their clients' brands.

Proposed ICANN policy could lead to domain name censorship 
ICANN is set to get involved in politics. An ICANN draft policy that will govern the creation of new TLDs would restrict anything that "shall promote hatred, racism, discrimination of any sort, criminal activity, or any abuse of specific religions or cultures." The new rule has some critics crying "Censorship!"

ICANN as the Net?s Word Police
ICANN may be trying to become the Net?s ?word police,? believes the Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC). ICANN?s policy council, the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), wants string selection criteria that would prevent the registration of a new gTLD string containing a controversial word or idea, says Blogger News Network.

Domain Aftermarket Overdue for an "Asset Repricing"
For the last couple years the domain aftermarket has been hot again, we're seeing valuations not seen since bubble1.0, which saw valuations like 7 million dollars for business.com and 4 million for drugs.com. The TechWreck was induced by the NASDAQ crash of 2000 and the fun was over for awhile. What differentiates this bubble in the domain aftermarket from Bubble 1.0 is domain parking and monetization... The interesting thing is since then, the multiples on domain names have outstripped the multiples on developed websites. To me, this is the equivalent of the "inverted yield curve" that portends economic recessions.

Trademark disputes a go-go
In a report issued last week, the National Arbitration Forum said that its domain name resolutions climbed by a whopping 21 percent in 2006 from the prior year. Indeed, the NAF handled 1,658 Internet trademark disputes in 2006, the largest filing year in the history of the NAF domain name dispute program.

nz: Banks seek domain change to combat online fraud
The New Zealand Bankers' Association, an industry group made up of all 16 registered banks, has applied to the Office of the Domain Name Commissioner for the creation of the second-level domain name .bank.nz.

Motorola loses domain name case after failure to provide evidence
Motorola has lost a battle to gain control of the domain name motorazr.com because it failed to prove when it started using the term Moto Razr. The domain name will be kept by its US owner R3 Media.

GoDaddy Responds to Deletion Over Invalid Email Address 
Domain Name Wire reported (see below) about how GoDaddy deleted the domain registration for a domain due to invalid Whois information. This invalid information was limited to the e-mail address used; the phone number and mailing address was correct. Today, GoDaddy Director of Domain Services Camille Ede responded to a number of my questions concerning the actions it took.

GoDaddy Deletes Domain Name for Inaccurate Email Address 
Owner of FamilyAlbum.com finds his domain was re-registered by another GoDaddy customer.

Report: Chinese Gmail rebuffs Google offer to buy domain name
Beijing ISM Internet Technology Development Co., the Chinese company behind the Gmail.cn e-mail service, declined to comment on a report that Google has renewed its attempts to acquire the Gmail.cn domain name. An executive who answered the phone at ISM's Beijing headquarters Wednesday said the company was aware of the report, but was unclear about its origins and whether Google had made an offer to buy the Gmail.cn domain name. "When we understand the situation more clearly, we will make an announcement," said the executive, who did not give his name.

us: Senator Wants Review of Fake IRS Web Sites
Earlier this week Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, called for a federal review of "fake" IRS Web sites that may mislead consumers into thinking they are on a government-affiliated Web site.

uk: Domain pain for film website
The UK Film Council-backed social networking and community website, myfilms, has run into a hitch after it emerged it doesn't own the .com version of its web address - despite using the name in publicity material.

Domain Sales Cooled Off a Bit This Week But SnapNames and Sedo Kept the Fire Burning
The top reported transaction hit just $30,000 last week for CostaRicaHotel.com at SnapNames.com.

An Increasing Number of Bloggers end up in Prison  
For three years, Egyptian blogger Abdelkareem Nabil Suleiman allegedly used his blog as a platform to criticize religious and authoritarian practices in his country, as well as Egypt?s highest religious institutions including the Sunni University of Al-Azhar, where he attended law school. In November, law enforcement authorities arrested the 22-year-old student. Last week, an Alexandria (Egypt) judge sentenced him to four years in prison, three for disparaging Islam and one for defaming President Hosni Mubarak in his online journal.

au: YouTube ban for Victorian schools
Australian Education Union Victorian branch president Mary Bluett said a ban on video-sharing website YouTube in state schools is likely to have little effect.

au: Why not ban the Internet at schools? 
The State Government of Victoria Australia has taken what I would consider to be a most stupid and ill-informed step by banning video sharing site YouTube from schools. The reason given - to prevent cyber bullying - is equally stupid and ill-informed. 

us: COPPA Protects Children But Challenges Lie Ahead (news release)
In a report to Congress, the Federal Trade Commission says the Children?s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and the Commission?s COPPA Rule, have been effective in protecting the privacy and security of young children online without unduly burdening Web site operators. The report does not recommend any changes to COPPA or to the Commission?s Rule, but does note that, because widespread age verification technology is not available, age falsification remains a risk on general audience Web sites not intended for children?s use. The report also identifies social networking sites and mobile Internet access as new and emerging issues in children?s online privacy.

us: Justices Decline Case on 200-Year Sentence for Man Who Possessed Child Pornography 
An Arizona man who received a 200-year prison sentence for possessing 20 pornographic images of children failed Monday to persuade the Supreme Court to consider whether the sentence was unconstitutionally excessive.

My PC is being held to ransom
Is it legal to lock people out of their own computers? Michael Pollitt examines an online billing system that uses what could be considered strongarm tactics.

us: Search Engines Can Decline Ads (sub req'd)
Internet search engines can refuse to run advertisements by choice, a federal judge ruled recently in handing Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. a major legal victory.

U.S. presidential hopefuls flock to YouTube (Reuters)
Top White House candidates unveiled their own YouTube video channels on Thursday, pushing the 18-month-old Web video-sharing site even farther into the U.S. political mainstream.

us: CDT Reiterates Call for Balanced Internet Neutrality Policy
In comments filed today with the Federal Trade Commission, CDT highlighted ways in which the FTC could play a constructive role in a broader policy framework for Internet neutrality that benefits consumers as well as innovators. CDT filed the comments in connection to the commission's Broadband Connectivity Competition Policy Workshop, which concluded earlier this month. The comments address the importance of preserving an Internet without gatekeepers, and offer several specific recommendations to the FTC going forward.

nz: Law to tackle unwanted spam passed 
The Government's anti-spam bill was passed last night with a promise it would help stem the avalanche of unwanted e-mails clogging New Zealand in-boxes.

InternetNZ welcomes long awaited anti-spam law (news release)

Fragrant future beckons for web 
Within a decade the net will be able to deliver smells as fast as it does data, predicts a report. The forecast came in a wide-ranging survey produced by the South Korean government to find out what consumers will want from future technologies.
Fragrant web provides a sniff of the future
A smelly internet and a robot that makes tea are among this week's ideas from the Far East

Internet use by black people is growing
The number of black South Africans using the Internet has increased dramatically as schools and businesses connect.

Active Home Internet Users by Country, January 2007 
The active home Internet user population dropped in 10 countries by 2.4 million users in January.

U.N. officials, Silicon Valley tech leaders discuss digital divide 
Officials from the United Nations met Wednesday with Silicon Valley executives to discuss the ?digital divide? ? the growing gap between the world's wealthiest and most computer literate people and the impoverished masses without Internet access.

Record labels target students 
The music industry is adopting new tactics in its battle with students who download and share music illegally

Microsoft puts up roadblocks on Vista for Mac owners
After years of delays and billions in development and marketing efforts, it would seem that Microsoft would want anyone who possibly can to buy its new Windows Vista operating system.

Internet renegades go by the book
The renegade Internet entrepreneurs who started the file-sharing service Kazaa and the online phone service Skype have started a Web video venture that is doing everything by the book.

EU warns Microsoft of possible further fines (Reuters)
The European Commission warned Microsoft on Thursday it faced further fines in its antitrust case for seeking unreasonable prices from software makers for interoperability information.

WhyMax? A much-hyped wireless technology is about to be put to the test
FOR the 60,000 people attending at 3GSM, the wireless industry's annual trade show that took place in Barcelona last week, WiMax was everywhere: on huge banners, on the lips of executives and on products in display cases. Everywhere, that is, except in the real world. The vaunted new wireless technology promises to combine the speed of broadband internet access with the ubiquity of mobile phones. Even as mobile operators start to upgrade their networks to the latest enhanced third-generation (3G) equipment, WiMax boosters say their technology is superior. Now that WiMax networks are starting to pop up around the world, the industry will soon find out if they are right.

Wireless VoIP Threatens Telco Business
The combination of wireless and Internet calling will force traditional mobile-phone companies to adapt as sales of dual-mode handsets rise, a report says. Traditional phone operators will be forced to change their approach as wireless VoIP technology surges over the next few years, say analysts.

Regulation of VOIP Services in the United Kingdom 
The proliferation of VoIP services has impacted the UK communication market over the last five years. VoIP services deliver significant consumer benefit through reducing the cost of delivering existing telecommunications services. Since the development of VoIP services is still in its infancy, the future development of these services and technology is, at present, unclear.


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