[DNS] domain name news - 11 January

[DNS] domain name news - 11 January

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 15:56:22 -0800 (PST)
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Why Nominet disconnected 1,000 sites with no court oversight

IPv4 Not Dead Yet: 625 Days of IPv4 Addresses Remain

Nonstandard standards action at ICANN by Brenden Kuerbis
This week's post on DNSSEC requirements for new gTLDs piqued my curiosity - what exactly are the differences between the registry agreements ICANN has executed to date and the proposed registry agreement in the DAGv3 with respect to technical standards requirements? A quick review of the documents reveals a stark difference.

CSPAN: The Communicators: Organizing Domain Names
Rod Beckstom, President of ICANN, discusses the registration and organizing of domain names on the Internet. Program from Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
New .CZ registration rules
New version of .cz Registration Rules is in effect as of 1 January 2010

DENIC Goes Ahead in the Signed DNSSEC Zone
The DNSSEC testbed for Germany has met another milestone of its roadmap: Exactly as planned, DENIC made available the signed version of the .de zone in the DNSSEC test environment on 5 January 2010. What does this mean precisely?

Montenegro's .me domain name gain
When it comes to top level domain names, some countries are luckier than others. Take the Pacific Ocean island of Tuvalu, for instance, which offers the attractive .tv for the broadcast media. Or Tonga, whose .to domain has spawned sites such as go.to and how.to. Perhaps most fortunate of all in the name game is Montenegro.

Stichting ISP Belang withdraws NMa complaint
SIDN has been informed that the stichting ISP Belang (an organisation that speaks for some of the ISPs in the Netherlands) has withdrawn the complaint that it made to the Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) about the graduated discount scheme introduced by SIDN last year. SIDN had previously been told that the complaint would not be upheld

no: The tug of war over the Internet goes on
At the beginning of 2010 the tug over the Internet continues at full force on more fields. On the one side there is a democratization going on as the Internet gets accessible for more people and will increase the commercial possibilities. On the other side we can see the outline of a diversity which will mean challenges for all Internet users.

EnCirca offers bulk purchase program for .pro domain names
Effective January 6, 2010, EnCirca.com, registrar of the .pro top level domain, is offering a bulk purchase program designed to promote widespread use of the .pro domain name. EnCirca is soliciting expressions of interest from parties willing to commit to a minimum purchase of 5,000 .pro domain names. Selected parties will receive a discounted price lower than that available for dot-com domain names. The .pro bulk purchase program is ideal for professional trade associations, domain resellers and professional domain investors.

Why Nominet disconnected 1,000 sites with no court oversight
The body responsible for the .uk internet addresses disconnected over 1,200 websites without any oversight from a court. The much-publicised action last month was based only on police assertions about criminal activity on the sites.

DNSSEC requirement for new gTLDs raises concern outside US by Brenden Kuerbis
As noted by previously by IGP, it is not entirely clear where requirements for DNSSEC in the Draft Applicant Guidebook emerged from within the ongoing consultation.

Apple Seizes 16 Domain Names From A Guy In One Fell Swoop
When you own domain names associated with the trademarks of a large company, more often than not, they?re going to file a complaint with the ICANN UDRP. And more often than not, they?re going to win control of the name. Such was the case yesterday with 16 names related to Apple that one man happened to own.

Apple wins 16 web domains via ICANN complaint
Apple has won the rights to 16 domain names through a complaint to ICANN reports say.

Apple takes control of iPhone and iPod domain names
When somebody owns domains names which is related to a large company, most of the cases, these big companies file a complaint with the ICANN UDRP. Most of the times, they win the control of name associated to big company/business.

Federal prosecutors unseal charges in "massive" cybercrime conspiracy
Today federal prosecutors in Dallas announced an update in a case that made headlines last April when FBI agents shut down servers of several companies in order to investigate what is now being described as a "massive" cybercrime conspiracy. ... The eight-count indictment also charges 15 of the defendants (*) with fraud and related activity in connection with electronic mail and aiding and abetting. Michael Blaine Faulkner is also charged with one count of obstruction - threatening a witness or informant; one count of obstruction - hiding assets; one count of obstruction - destruction of evidence; and one count of false registration of a domain name.

False Registration of Domains Leads to Severe Criminal Punishment in the U.S.
A story in Dallas that made headlines regarding a massive cyber-criminal ring that defrauded telecommunications companies of millions of dollars, has also shed some light on a little cited provision in US law that involves domain names.

 - IPv4/IPv6
IPv4 Not Dead Yet: 625 Days of IPv4 Addresses Remain
The new year has barely started, but it's already become apparent that at least one dire prediction about 2010 isn't going to come to pass.

IPv4 Safe for Now, but Address Shortage Looms
Is IPv4 running out of gas -- er, address space?. EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet reports on the latest developments and the IPv6 alternative. IPv4 address space will not be exhausted in 2010 as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) had once forecast. But that doesn't mean that network managers or even consumer electronics vendors should sit on the sidelines.

IPv4 Isn't Dead ... Yet
The new year has barely started, but it's already become apparent that at least one dire prediction about 2010 isn't going to come to pass.

ITU on root signing and ccTLDs by Brenden Kuerbis
The ITU, in its comments submitted to the UN Secretary-General for a report to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on "Enhanced cooperation on public policy issues pertaining to the Internet," states that concerning management of critical Internet resources, specifically domain name system security extensions (DNSSEC) root signing authority:

Netcraft January 2010 Web Server Survey
In the January 2010 survey we received responses from 206,741,990 sites. The biggest change this month is that 30M hostnames at qq.com expired from the survey. Last year all qq.com blogs were made public, leading to a large number of hostnames being added to the survey in February 2009.

.Com GeoDomain and 8 ccTLDs Dominate This Week's Domain Sales Chart
... With a double dose of data to draw from, Sedo wound up dominating our new Top 20 Sales Chart, sweeping the first six spots and taking 16 of 20 positions overall. A nice geodomain, Kiev.com, set the pace at $88,000. ccTLDs claimed the next four positions and a total of eight spots on the Big Board.

YouTube, MySpace remove children strangling videos
Dozens of videos of children deliberately choking each other to the point of collapse have been deleted by two of the country's most popular websites in an attempt to stem a craze which doctors warn could lead to brain damage and death.

Google becoming "giant monopoly" - German minister
Internet search engine Google Inc is becoming a "giant monopoly" like Microsoft and could face legal action if it does not become more transparent, Germany's justice minister said.

Cerf urges standards for cloud computing
Vint Cerf, a co-designer of the Internet's TCP/IP protocols and considered a father of the Internet itself, emphasized the need for data portability standards for cloud computing during an appearance on Thursday evening.

World Wide Mush
In his new book, "You Are Not A Gadget," online pioneer Jaron Lanier explains how the Internet has gone off course; a chorus of voices makes everything flat?and scary

The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s
My 2-year-old daughter surprised me recently with two words: ?Daddy?s book.? She was holding my Kindle electronic reader. Here is a child only beginning to talk, revealing that the seeds of the next generation gap have already been planted. She has identified the Kindle as a substitute for words printed on physical pages. I own the device and am still not completely sold on the idea.

Times Online blocks news aggregator
News International is blocking the news aggregator NewsNow.co.uk from linking to Times Online content.

How online life distorts privacy rights for all
People who post intimate details about their lives on the internet undermine everybody else's right to privacy, claims an academic. Dr Kieron O'Hara has called for people to be more aware of the impact on society of what they publish online. "If you look at privacy in law, one important concept is a reasonable expectation of privacy," he said.

Facebook and Twitter users 'undermine their right to privacy'
People who use social-networking websites like Facebook and Twitter could be eroding their own right to privacy, a philosopher has warned.

Networking site Foursquare leads the way in asking: where are you?
Facebook and Twitter are all about who you know, but social networking in the future could be more a question of where you are.

Intel unveils new microprocessors
Intel Corp released a flurry of new computer chips on Thursday as it seeks to maintain its dominance over rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc and prepare for an expected rise in demand.

Child porn and artistic merit link scrutinised by NSW govt
The New South Wales Government has released recommendations to scrap the defence of 'artistic merit' in relation to child pornography.

'Artistic merit' fades as child porn defence
Child protection group Bravehearts has welcomed recommendations by a NSW government panel to scrap the defence of "artistic merit" in the use of child pornography images.

State plans change to child porn laws
Artistic merit will no longer be a defence for the use of images of children deemed to be pornographic under the recommendations of a working party set up by the NSW Attorney-General.

'Art no defence for child porn'
An overhaul of New South Wales child pornography laws will mean painters and photographers will no longer be able to rely on a defence of artistic merit.

'Artistic' child pornography debate [AAP]
The 'artistic merit' defence of child pornography should be scrapped, a working party set up by the NSW government has recommended.

au: EFA's new filter campaign lead to target offline community
Netizens will be urged to make their opposition to the Federal Government?s controversial Internet content filtering scheme heard in the offline community, under a new campaign planned by an Internet lobby group.

National filter protest: 6 March
A national day of protests against the Federal Government's internet filtering project, organised by the group Block the Filter, will now take place on 6 March 2010 instead of late January.

Internet filter - national day of protest on March 6th
There is a growing groundswell of protest against Conroy?s internet filter. This is planned to culminate in a national day of protest on March 6th.

Hollywood and the internet: The film business tries to learn from others? mistakes
Hollywood came late to the internet. Protected for years from digital piracy by huge file sizes, it was not forced to develop an online retail model, as the music business was. Nor, having watched newspapers struggle on the internet, did it much want to try. This week it finally stepped forward, touting two systems for selling films and television shows online. The initiatives are well thought-out, reflecting the lessons learned from watching others? mistakes. But they may also be too late.

Britain's downloads up as album sales drop
Album sales continued to fall last year, despite being boosted by a growth in digital downloads, figures show. Statistics released by trade body the BPI showed overall album sales dropped by 3.5% in 2009 to 128.9 million, the fifth year in a row they have fallen.

au: AFACT v iiNet: Judge tipped to examine France, Britain copyright law
The judge overseeing a civil trial between the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) and ISP, iiNet, will likely consider rulings by foreign courts, including many favouring anti-piracy campaigners, in making a decision in the landmark case.

EU pushes for single online music licensing
A pan-European or 'multi-territory' licensing system for online music and films is gaining momentum as the Spanish EU Presidency intends to tackle digital copyright and online piracy in 2010.

Ilegal downloading never 'morally justifiable' - NZFACT
Anyone prepared to delve even an inch beyond the pat little rationalisation contained in Robert Smith?s opinion piece on the justification for illegal downloading will know that it?s far from the truth.

Is Google's Nexus One phone any good?
The screen is fantastic, it links superbly with your online Google account - but does it have what it takes to win over iPhone obsessives?

Nokia tries to reinvent itself: Can the world?s largest handset-maker regain the initiative?
Ask Finns about their national character and chances are the word sisu will come up. It is an amalgam of steadfastness and diligence, but also courage, recklessness and fierce tenacity. ?It takes sisu to stand at the door when the bear is on the other side,? a folk saying goes.

The rise of the camera-phone
Everywhere you go these days, there are people with camera-phones ? many of us record, document, and upload the minutae of our lives. But, ultimately, should we be doing it just because we can?

Nokia urges mobile developers to focus on poor nations [AFP]
Nokia chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo praised the mobile phone on Friday as a history-changing tool and challenged developers to create programs for poor countries.

The World?s Top 10 Spammers: A monitoring group says these are the world's worst e-mail abusers.
Gangs of hackers make money not only by stealing from electronic accounts but also by spamming. The Spamhaus Project, an 11-year-old British and Swiss-based nonprofit that works with global law-enforcement agencies, regularly updates the list of the most persistent spammers.

Real estate agents back in the spam spotlight
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is again targeting the real estate industry on the issue of spam with a formal warning issued to Danielou Pty Ltd, trading as Elders Real Estate Wollongong.

ACMA targets real estate spammers
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is targeting the real estate industry for excessive spamming after finding widespread non-compliance in the sector.

Media watchdog slams spamming realos [AAP]
A real estate agency has been condemned by the media watchdog for sending spam without offering people the choice to opt out.

Real estate agency breaches the Spam Act [news release]
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has issued a formal warning to Danielou Pty Ltd, trading as Elders Real Estate Wollongong, following an investigation that found the real estate agency breached the Spam Act 2003 by sending commercial electronic messages without an unsubscribe facility.

au: Real estate sector warned about spam
A real estate agency has been condemned by the media watchdog for sending spam without offering people the choice to opt out.

Watchdog issues spam warning to real estate agent
The communications watchdog has issued a "formal warning" to Elders Real Estate Wollongong following an investigation that found the agency breached the Spam Act.

Google making millions from advertising counterfeit goods
Google is making millions of pounds from fraudsters who pay to advertise counterfeit jewellery, clothing and electrical items on the search engine.

Belarus government tightens grip on Internet
Reporters Without Borders is worried about the government?s plans to tighten control of the Internet in a country where free expression is already restricted. President Alexander Lukashenko acknowledged on 30 December that his government is putting the final touches to a bill to this effect. The draft decree was leaked to the media on December 14, 2009. The discussions around it remain secret.

UK online betting faces regulation overhaul
The government's disastrous tax regime for online gambling is expected to be radically overhauled after moves today by the sports minister, Gerry Sutcliffe, to tighten regulation of offshore operators.

France considers taxing Google and other Internet portals
The French government is mulling a so-called Google tax that it said would help level the playing field between Internet portals that offer free content and the music, film and publishing industries that lost revenue partly because of it.

France to explore "Google tax" to pay creative work
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday that he wanted the authorities to explore whether online advertising revenues of major search engines could be taxed in France as well as their home countries.

French panel: Tax Google to fund the arts [AP]
How to help prop up the ailing music industry? Tax Google, suggests a new report commissioned by the French government.

Sarkozy's 'New Year's wish': Investigate Google
It's doubtful that they would admit it, but U.S. studio chiefs and music moguls must dream that their country will one day elect a president like Nicolas Sarkozy.

Second leg of Australia's 4G digital auction ramped up
Media and telecommunications companies will be forced to make more efficient use of the limited spectrum available to service the rapid growth in data-hungry devices such as smart phones as the federal government prepares for the launch of the second leg of its digital spectrum auction.


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