[DNS] domain name news - December 7

[DNS] domain name news - December 7

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 13:18:52 -0800 (PST)
Don't forget to check out http://auda.org.au/domain-news/ for today's
edition of the complete domain news, including an RSS feed - already
online!



Headlines from the December 11 edition of the news include:

Web founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of short-termism | The Team That
Put the Net in Orbit | NZ Internet Domain Name Disputes - Roundtable
Discussion by Philip Greene | What's up with 'whois'? | Land Grab?
ccTLDs and multilingual names by Milton Mueller | SWITCH is reducing
the price for SWITCHbasic domain names from CHF 22 to CHF 17 on 1
February 2008 [news release] | IDNs in .nz - Consultation | Brits lag
behind European rivals in online brand protection | nz: Bot-boy caught
in his own net | NZ banks told to 'do their bit' to fight phishing
attacks | DNSSEC: Once More, With Feeling! by Geoff Huston | DNS attack
could signal Phishing 2.0 [IDG] | au: ANZ takes aim at cyber squatters
over use of websites | Microsoft Vista's IPv6 Raises New Security
Concerns | Seussical-Sounding Web Site Names | dotMobi auction points
to directions in online mobile entertainment | Mobile to account for
30% of music retail value by 2011, leading to increased demand for
.mobi domains





And see my website - http://technewsreview.com.au/ - for daily updates in between postings.





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Tell me the future: MediaGuardian asked the godfather of the net to tell us where the technology will take us. He emailed his address book
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/dec/03/mondaymediasection.internet

We built the road, now let's see where the journey takes us by Vint Cerf
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/dec/03/mondaymediasection.googlethemedia

Concern over domain name scams by Philip Argy
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,22864040-5013038,00.html

Shorter URLs help phishers hook more victims
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6221092.html

More on Dell?s Anti-Tasting Suit by John Levine
http://www.circleid.com/posts/71138_dell_anti_domain_tasting_suit/

WIPO allows 'freedom of speech' cybersquatting
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/0,1000000097,39291329,00.htm

Business should fund domain name police, says expert
http://www.out-law.com/page-8738

Bodog Poker Founder Not in Contempt of Court in Bitter Domain Litigation Case
http://www.pokerpages.com/poker-news/news/bodog-poker-founder-not-in-contempt-of-court-in-bitter-domain-litigation-case--30159.htm

Dun & Bradstreet Buys AllBusiness.com [AP]
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/apwire/0ba674f637443b30b0d91f9bdb06b003.htm

Music.mobi Sells for Record US$616,000
http://domainnamewire.com/2007/12/05/musicmobi-sells-for-record-616000/



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Tell me the future: MediaGuardian asked the godfather of the net to tell us where the technology will take us. He emailed his address book
When MediaGuardian asked Vint Cerf, chief evangelist at Google, to guest edit MediaGuardian, they expected him to bring some luminaries of the web who don't often get to hear from. His choices transform an often-asked question ("what's the future?"), into an insight into the thinking of innovators and pioneers. It's no coincidence that three of them are founders of some of the biggest web names.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/dec/03/mondaymediasection.internet

We built the road, now let's see where the journey takes us by Vint Cerf
When asked to explain my role in the creation of the internet, I generally use the example of a city. I helped to build the roads - the infrastructure that gets things from point A to point B - and I've helped to maintain and improve the roads over the years. I've even helped to set the rules governing which vehicles can use the roads. But I didn't build the vehicles, and I didn't create the buildings that can be visited using the roads. That task has fallen to millions of people around the world. We hear from many of the most influential and most innovative of these builders in this week's MediaGuardian.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/dec/03/mondaymediasection.googlethemedia

Social effects of the web still unclear
Mankind is still coming to terms with the social effects of the internet, according to Vint Cerf, one of its founding fathers. "It takes decades if not generations to fully understand the impact of such inventions," he said in a comment piece as guest editor of Media Guardian. "We are barely two decades into the commercial availability of the internet, but it has already changed the world."
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2204908/social-effects-web-unclear
http://www.pcw.co.uk/vnunet/news/2204908/social-effects-web-unclear
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/NewsStory.aspx?story=66280

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ICANN Nominating Committee Call for Expressions of Interest in Assessment Team
ICANN seeks an organization capable of interviewing and assessing candidates for ICANN leadership positions. ICANN's Nominating Committee will take steps to identify and recruit a stream of candidates. The search for candidates will be conducted on a worldwide basis depending on ICANN?s specific needs.
http://icann.org/announcements/announcement-04dec07.htm

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kr: Domain Names in Korea
The registration of domain names in Korea is conducted by the Korea Network Information Center (?KRNIC?) which website is accessible at: http://www.nic.or.kr/www/english/, and which follows specific domain name registration rules, enacted by the Board of the KRNIC and in force since January 10, 2000 (the ?Rules?). Otherwise, disputes regarding domain names can be handled by an ad hoc committee, the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Committee. The KRNIC, which was created on June 21, 1999 as a non-profit foundation, is tasked with the following activities:
http://www.ibls.com/internet_law_news_portal_view.aspx?s=articles&id=10CDB13E-98A4-4847-B150-D6A59BD447A6

Dot TK Domain Registry Reopened With Domain Name Landrush [news release]
Dot TK ended its successful Sunrise Period at 9.59amon December 3. During the last five weeks, corporations were able to register Dot TK domain names that correspond with their registered trademarks ? protecting these from misuse and preventing cyber-squatting. The end of a Sunrise Period is often referred to as a ?Landrush,? as it allows any individual or organisation to register any domain without evidence of trademark ownership.
http://www.domainpulse.com/2007/12/06/dot-tk-domain-registry-reopened-with-domain-name-landrush/

New rules aim to broaden .TRAVEL's appeal
... On December 21, 2007, .TRAVEL registry Tralliance is implementing new registration policies. The changes are designed to make it easier for a larger number of people to register a .TRAVEL domain. Whereas current rules require a registrant to have as its "primary area of activity" the travel industry, the new rules only ask that the applicant be a "significant participant" in that industry.
http://www.domainesinfo.fr/english/143/new-rules-aim-to-broaden-travel-s-appeal.php

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Concern over domain name scams by Philip Argy
The issue of domain name registrations looks set to attract greater attention next year as an already compromised system expands with the introduction of international languages and characters. With more than 900 domain name registrars around the world, plus a growing number of affiliated resellers, it has become increasingly difficult to enforce intellectual property rights, due to improper conduct by domainers and even some registrars themselves.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,22864040-5013038,00.html

Shorter URLs help phishers hook more victims
Cybercriminals are shrinking host names of malicious sites to lend them an air of legitimacy, according to security researchers. Phishers are using shorter URLs for malicious sites in a bid to lend an air of legitimacy to threatening links. Internet Security Services, IBM's online-security division, claims to have noticed a significant drop in the number of characters used by fraudsters in their phishing URLs.
http://www.news.com/2100-7349_3-6221092.html
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6221092.html

International cyber spying rated as number one threat for 2008
A study was released yesterday warning of a rise in international cyberspying, labelling it the single biggest threat to the enterprise in 2008. The annual McAfee Virtual Criminology Report examines emerging global cyber security trends, with imput from NATO, the FBI, SOCA and experts from leading industry groups and universities.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;1672342281;fp;2;fpid;1

More on Dell?s Anti-Tasting Suit by John Levine
Dell filed a suit in Florida in early October against a nest of domain tasters in Miami, widely reported in the press last week. The suit was just unsealed, after giving the court time to approve a restraining order and serve it on the defendants. The primary defendant is a Miami resident named Juan Vasquez, doing business as several registrars called BelgiumDomains, CapitolDomains, and DomainDoorman, as well as a whole bunch of tiny companies of unknown authenticity in the Bahamas, various small Caribbean islands, Panama, Argentina, and even Indian Ocean tax haven Mauritius.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/71138_dell_anti_domain_tasting_suit/

Microsoft Issues Domain-Related Security Alert
Microsoft on Monday issued a warning concerning a vulnerability in how Windows resolves hostnames, and is offering steps for systems administrators to work around the problem until a fix is issued.
http://www.internetnews.com/ent-news/article.php/3714381

Microsoft: Windows flaw could steer IE to hackers [IDG]
Microsoft said Monday that a flaw in the way its Windows operating system looks up other computers on the Internet has resurfaced and could expose some customers to online attacks. The flaw primarily affects corporate users outside of the United States. It could theoretically be exploited by attackers to silently redirect a victim to a malicious Web site.
http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/12/04/Microsoft-Windows-flaw-could-steer-IE-to-hackers_1.html

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WIPO allows 'freedom of speech' cybersquatting
Registering a domain name similar to that of another organisation and then using the URL to protest against its namesake's products or services is acceptable, according to the WIPO. Erik Wilbers, acting director of the Arbitration and Mediation Center at WIPO, says that companies will increasingly lose domain disputes against individuals or groups that use them as a platform for critical speech against a business.
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/0,1000000097,39291329,00.htm
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/business/soa/Cybersquatting-OK-for-freedom-of-speech-sites/0,139023166,339284355,00.htm

Business should fund domain name police, says expert
A technology law expert has called on the business world to set up a policing outfit to tackle cybersquatters. The call came as Dell raised the stakes in the fight against domain hoarders, demanding compensation of $1 million per name in a lawsuit.
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John Mackenzie, an intellectual property and technology law expert at Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind OUT-LAW.COM, said that businesses should band together to tackle the multi-million dollar cybersquatting industry pro-actively.
http://www.out-law.com/page-8738

What A Difference A Space Can Make In Cyber-Space!: The Ninth Circuit?s Trademark Decision In Perfumebay.Com v ebay by John E. McKie and Amanda M. Roach
The Ninth Circuit in Perfumebay.com Inc. v. EBay Inc, Case No. 05-56794 (9th Cir. Nov. 5th, 2007) was asked to decide which versions of the mark "Perfumebay" infringed upon the trademark "eBay", both being web-based shopping sites selling perfume. The Court affirmed the District Court?s ruling that the version "perfumebay" as a conjoined term is confusingly similar to "eBay," but rejected eBay?s contention of infringement against non-conjoined versions of the Defendant?s name in which the two terms are merely separated by a space ? like "Perfume Bay." In this case the Ninth Circuit upheld the District Court?s refusal to enjoin non-conjoined terms, on the basis that they were not likely to confuse or to dilute.
http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=54828

ARGENTINA: Overview of E-commerce
Domain names are also a troublesome issue. Although the courts have ruled more than once that the owner of a trademarked brand has rights over the same domain name, the process of recovering the name when another person or firm has registered it may take months, at the very least. The body that registers domain names is the Network Information Centre Argentina (NIC Argentina) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Culture. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis online at http://www.nic.ar. In mid-2006 the Council of the Common Market (Consejo del Mercado Com?n) decided on the creation of a Mercosur domain; a commission is now defining the technical and registration issues. Argentina was one of the two Latin American countries that had free registration, but the government announced at the end of 2006 that it will charge a fee for Argentina Internet domains (com.ar, org.ar, edu.ar, mil.ar and net.ar) in order to avoid
 domain seizure.
http://www.ibls.com/internet_law_news_portal_view.aspx?s=sa&id=1084

Bodog Poker Founder Not in Contempt of Court in Bitter Domain Litigation Case
In the $49 million default judgment issued against Bodog, under which its BodogPoker and other domain names were placed under the control of 1st Technologies, the bitter ongoing case took a turn in Bodog's favor when a federal magistrate in Las Vegas ruled that because neither Bodog nor founder Calvin Ayre are residents of Nevada they are not subject to Nevada law, so Ayre is not required to appear before the court and thus cannot be found guilty of contempt of court.
http://www.pokerpages.com/poker-news/news/bodog-poker-founder-not-in-contempt-of-court-in-bitter-domain-litigation-case--30159.htm

Judge Declares Bodog Entertainment Group, S.A. Not Subject to Examination Under Nevada Law by BODOG.COM
In the potentially law redefining case of 1st Technology, LLC vs. Bodog Entertainment Group, S.A., on Nov. 28, a federal magistrate judge in Las Vegas ruled in favor of a motion initiated by the defense team stating that Bodog Entertainment Group, S.A. is not a resident of Nevada, and therefore is not subject to examination under Nevada law.
http://www.covers.com/articles/articles.aspx?theArt=156582&t=0

us: Nevada Magistrate Denies Contempt Motion Against Bodog
In a potentially precedent setting ruling, a federal magistrate in Las Vegas has ruled that Bodog Entertainment Group S.A. is not subject to examination under Nevada law as the company is not a resident of Nevada. The ruling is part of an ongoing dispute between 1st Technology LLC and Bodog Entertainment Group.
http://gamingintelligencegroup.com/gig/content/view/670/2/

What?s in a name, asks Bodog founder Calvin Ayre
The strange and underreported case of 1st Technology v. Bodog continued its legal sojourn this week with another response by 1st Technology to the gambling giant's continued claims of ownership to its one-time domains, such as Bodog.com. The case, in which 1st Technology has managed to wrest at least temporary control over internet domains previously owned and operated by Bodog, has drawn little attention from outside the gambling industry, even though the litigation involves thorny and unsettled issues of trademark law.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/12/03/bodog_domain_lawsuit/

in: Getting rid of cybersquatters
Are you a transnational corporation aspiring to serve the Indian market? Do you carry an established business, trying to utilize the potential of Indian consumers to the fullest? Are you trying to solicit business or popularize your goods or services over the Internet using the ?.in? domain? If your answer to any of the above is ?yes?, then there is a fair chance that an unknown party has already obtained a registration of your domain name with the ?.in? extension and is waiting for you to buy it for an exorbitant amount of money.
http://www.livemint.com/2007/12/02233724/Management----Getting-rid-of.html

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What was the world?s first .COM?
Today a website domain name is something you can pick up for just a few dollars and make your own for years to come. But have you ever wondered what the first domain names to be registered were?
http://www.geek.com/what-was-the-worlds-first-com/

Provider ENUM Registry RFP Announced [news release]
The Country Code 1 ENUM LLC has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the industry to build a Provider ENUM (sometimes referred to as "Carrier" or "Infrastructure" ENUM) Registry. The Registry will be used by the members of the LLC, as well as other interested service providers with assigned U.S. numbering resources, to facilitate interconnection between IP-based telecommunication networks.
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/071205/20071205005796.html

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Domainer's Magazine Online Version Now Available for Free
Domainer's Magazine will mark their one year anniversary by offering the online version of their magazine free of charge for the year beginning with the January/February 2008 issue and also offering the ability to view any of this past year's issues as well.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20071204/bs_prweb/prweb573927_1

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Dun & Bradstreet Buys AllBusiness.com [AP]
Dun & Bradstreet Corp., a business information company, said Tuesday it has bought AllBusiness.com for $55 million and subsequently raised its 2008 revenue outlook to account for the acquisition.
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/apwire/0ba674f637443b30b0d91f9bdb06b003.htm
http://biz.yahoo.com/paidcontent/071204/1_317564_id.html

Music.mobi Sells for Record US$616,000
Record Sedo auction sells over $1.5M in .mobi domain names.
http://domainnamewire.com/2007/12/05/musicmobi-sells-for-record-616000/

Sedo announces .MOBI Auction Will Be Extended [news release]
Sedo are aware the there are some problems with the .MOBI Auction at this time. Due the down time we were not able to extend the auction before the set closing time. Some bidders may have received emails saying that they have won the auction, however because the system was down the highest bid at the time the system failed are not binding according to our terms and conditions.
http://www.sedo.com/links/showhtml.php3?Id=1601&tracked=1&partnerid=21172

No minimum commission for .uk domains [news release]
No minimum commission for sales of parked domains From 06. December 2007 Sedo will do away with the minimum sales commission of ?35 for domains in Sedo?s first price category* - provided that they are taking part in Sedo?s domain parking programme. In the future, sales of parked domains will be subject to a flat 10% commission, improving the transparency and affordability of the domain sales process.
http://www.sedo.com/links/showhtml.php3?Id=1608&tracked=1&partnerid=21172

.MOBI Auction.MO Closing Within 24 hours!
The 3rd premium .MOBI auction event is coming to a close, tomorrow (December 5) at 12 pm EST The 3rd Premium .MOBI Auction will be closing tomorrow, Wednesday, December 5th at 12pm EST. This auction features the best of entertainment related and generic .MOBI domains.
http://www.sedo.com/links/showhtml.php3?Id=1599&tracked=1&partnerid=21172

Submissions Close December 11 for SnapNames Live Auction at DFG ?08! [news release]
SnapNames, an Oversee.net company, is now accepting submissions of premium domain names for auction in January 2008. Independent submissions will be accepted through December 11 and screened to identify the top entries for sale.
http://www.domainnews.com/aftermarket/2007120513/submissions-close-december-11-for-snapnames-live-auction-at-dfg-08/
http://www.domainpulse.com/2007/12/05/submissions-close-december-11-for-snapnames-live-auction-at-dfg-08/
https://www.snapnames.com/newsroom_nov1407.jsp



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