Archive for August, 2009


Calling All Out Of Work Lobbyists!

Posted August 31st, 2009

ICANN has posted a job listing for a VP of government affairs. It looks like things are about to get VERY serious.

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Chinese Domain Names to Flood Internet

Posted August 27th, 2009

China expects domain names that end in Chinese characters to be mainstream in two years.

China has pushed ahead with deploying Internet domain names written in Chinese as it urges action to standardize their use globally.

More than 300 million people in China now use the Internet, which puts it on pace to have the largest number of Internet users in the world this year.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Judge Orders OnlineNic to Fork Over $33 Million To Verizon

Posted August 27th, 2009

Verizon won the default judgment against China based OnlineNic in what is being reported as the largest against a cybersquatter in the history of mankind or at least the Internet.

Get the full skinny HERE.

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DomainFest Global 2010

Posted August 26th, 2009

While, it is still several months away DomainFest Global 2010 has been announced and registration has opened. The conference, taking place January 26-28, 2010 will be held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, California.

Session topics include:

  • Turning Killer Domain Names Into Killer Websites
  • Domain Names: How Prime Internet Real Estate Builds SEO and SEM Success
  • New gTLDs: Bonanza or Bust?

Register before September 30, 2009 to take advantage of a discounted rate of $895.00.

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Jessica Biel Tops List as Most Risky Star in Cyberspace

Posted August 26th, 2009


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Jessica Biel has overtaken Brad Pitt as the most dangerous celebrity to search in cyberspace, according to Internet security company McAfee Inc.

For the third consecutive year, McAfee surveyed which A-list celebrity was the riskiest to track on the Internet after Pitt topped the list last year and Paris Hilton came in first in 2007.

Biel, 27, who shot to fame in the TV show “7th Heaven” and most recently starred in “Easy Virtue,” was deemed the most dangerous, with fans having a one-in-five chance of landing at a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, and viruses.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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7,000 Domains Won Through UDRP Have Expired

Posted August 24th, 2009

A study released today shows big costs to brand holders in getting domain names back via the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). The study claims companies spent $220 million getting domains back in UDRP proceedings, and could have saved most of that had they proactively registered the domains and maintained registrations. The study also reports that approximately 4,000 domain names that were won during a UDRP proceeding and handed back to the trademark owner have lapsed and available for registration. An additional 3,000 names were won, lapsed and then re-registered.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Ah, What Once Was a Must Have Domain…

Posted August 24th, 2009

Economic Downturn Hits EU Internet Domain Name

Four years after it was created, Europe’s top-level internet domain – .eu – has attracted over 3 million registrations, with applicants from Germany the most numerous. But the project has not managed to entirely avoid the effects of the economic crisis.

According to a quarterly summary published by EURid, the non-profit European group responsible for .eu registrations, the number of registrants grew by 48,000 or 1.6 percent to over 3 million during the first four months of this year compared to the previous quarter.

But daily statistics released on Thursday (20 August) show that the current number of registrations has slipped back below the 3 million point.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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Lego My…Lego?

Posted August 20th, 2009

In a WIPO decision that will brighten the day of trademark attorneys everywhere, Lego, the Denmark toy company famous for making tiny plastic blocks that snap together have been awarded the domain name LEGOTOYS.COM.

The decision states that “the Panel believes that LEGO is a famous trademark that enjoys a worldwide reputation and this assertion has been confirmed by previous UDRP decisions.”

It was also determined that the respondent registered and used the name in bad faith.

Click here for the full decision -

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European ISP In Hot Seat Over Typosquatting

Posted August 19th, 2009

“Virgin broadband has started serving up advertising, instead of empty pages, when the domain you were looking for turns out not to be there.”

Full story here :

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Sandra Bullock Gets Her Domain Name Back

Posted August 14th, 2009

Sandra Bullock sent her tough guy husband, Jesse James, to the door of the registrant of the domain name to kick some butt. Just kidding. Sandra won her name back the regular way. Through arbitration at NAF. See the full skinny HERE.

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