Archive for November, 2010


US Supreme Court Says NO to Tiffany

Posted November 29th, 2010

From New York Times

Supreme Court Rejects Tiffany Trademark Appeal vs eBay

The Supreme Court said on Monday that it rejected an appeal by Tiffany & Co arguing that eBay Inc should be held liable for trademark infringement for selling counterfeit goods on its website.

For the full story go HERE.

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Your Guide to the PAG: ICANN’s Proposed (Final) New gTLD Applicant Guidebook

Posted November 29th, 2010

In his letter to prospective new gTLD applicants, Rod Beckstrom states, “No one could have envisioned all that the Internet has become.” Beckstrom is right. 15 years ago, very few of us involved heavily in the Internet now could have predicted how fully it is integrated into our lives. Most of us probably would not have imagined that we would be able to carry devices in our pockets that would provide instant, unlimited Internet access anywhere we go. We certainly could not have predicted the way it has effected the lives and personalities of a generation of people who have grown up never knowing a time when they didn’t have an e-mail address. We probably would not have considered the idea that a time would come when .com would not be the only legitimate mainstream extension option.

It has been over two years since the announcement of the new gTLD program during the ICANN Paris meeting. Since then we have seen several draft versions of the applicant guidebook, the launch date pushed back several times and many upstart ventures become discouraged and sometimes permanently shutter their operations. For those of us who have hung in, it has been a gamble that appears to finally be paying off. Those of us who have invested our time and professional interests in new gTLDs are participating in a vision of what the Internet can become. Industry wide, we all seem to be feeling the same thing. It is time for a change. It is time for the domain space to evolve. Many things we wouldn’t have imagined users adapting to 15 years ago have become basic functions of interacting with the technology. And the expansion of the gTLD system will soon fall into that category.

The PAG is quite something to trudge through and while it has been forth as a final version of new gTLD applications, it still appears incomplete pending upcoming decisions, reviews and the delivery of final reports. As the holidays are upon us and spare time is likely being spent creatively packing luggage in preparation to travel to the Cartagena meeting we have compiled a quick guide to major changes in the guidebook. Consider it our holiday gift to you.

The following sections have been pulled directly from The PAG and appear in the original language in which ICANN has written them. To read the complete Proposed Final New gTLD Applicant Guide Book, please click HERE.


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Technology Laps Policy In Cyber Warfare.

Posted November 28th, 2010

Via Reuters – “Cyber warfare techniques might be leaping forward and nations ramping up spending on digital defences and new electronic weapons, but the policy frameworks and philosophy for their use lag well behind.”

To continue reading, click HERE.

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The UDRP

Posted November 23rd, 2010

Frank Shilling, is no stranger to UDRP proceedings. If one owns more domain names than there are stars in the sky, more than a few of them are likely to be fodder for litigation. It is probably fair to say that it’s unremarkable for anyone owning more than a few thousand domain names to do the UDRP dance a time or two.

What is remarkable is when a domainer gets into the ring with a big company and wins. In Frank Shilling vs. The New York Times Company, The Doctrine of Laches saved the day. In the case for the domain in question,, the panel describes the invocation of Laches as “an equitable doctrine that may provide a defense when an adverse party has unreasonably delayed in asserting his rights to the detriment of the accused.”

This certainly opens interesting possibilities for future UDRP proceedings.

For more information, click HERE.

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Perspectives, Members Of The Domain Community Weigh In On What They Expect From ICANN 39

Posted November 19th, 2010

As the dates of ICANN 39 loom large, the announcements of the last few weeks are digesting in the collective minds and corners of the domain industry. Preparations for travel, presentations and good old getting down to business are underway and as an industry we have our work cut out for us. We have a Draft Applicant Guide Book to read, analyze and comment on as well as a host of issues on which to come up to speed. There isn’t much time left over to consider what is going on outside of our specific niches.

Whether you are new to ICANN or returning it is beneficial not just to become familiar with the material applicable to your interests but also to become aware of the concerns and positions of the other attendees. You will undoubtedly meet and converse with attendees outside your area of expertise and in the spirit of American scouting organizations we recommend always being prepared.

To help ensure that no one gets caught with their conversational pants down, we posed three questions to various members of the domain community to get their perspective on the most important issues of the meeting. Representatives were selected from the IP, Business, Registry, Registrar and Consulting communities to help broaden the understanding of group needs industry wide.

Below Ken Taylor, Dan Schindler, Michele Neylon, David Goldstein and Phil Adcock share their ideas of what they would like to see come of ICANN 39.


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IDN Discussion Update For Cartagena Meeting

Posted November 17th, 2010

“ICANN is pleased to release a draft of updated IDN Guidelines for discussion and to inform an IDN session at the upcoming meeting in Cartagena.”

Click HERE to read more.

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ICANN Addresses Internet Security and Stability Concerns

Posted November 15th, 2010

To read ICANN’s statements regarding concerns over Internet security, click HERE.

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ICANN Accepting Comments For The Proposed Final New gTLD Applicant Guide Book

Posted November 14th, 2010

The Draft Applicant Guide Book for New gTLDs has been through several incarnations, occasionally ruffling those who have patiently waited for the final version. After an almost three year wait, the proposed final version of the Draft Applicant Guide Book is now available for comment HERE.

If you are interested in applying for a new gTLD, we urge you to read this version in this early stage and to participate in ICANN’s comment round. As an organization, ICANN prides itself on taking these comments into account when finalizing their decisions and your voice will be heard. If you are new to the New gTLD program take a moment to familiarize yourself with the events leading up to the present HERE.

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Vertical Integration is Now! ICANN Puts An End to Registry / Registrar Separation

Posted November 11th, 2010

ICANN has effectively put an end to the strict rules that have kept a firm divide between the interests of Registries and Registrars.

The approval of Vertical Integration by the ICANN board drops the checkered flag on a veritable explosion of business as Registrars are now able to apply for and operate new TLDs. Previously only the turf of a limited number of Registries, Vertical Integration will allow Registrars to operate the back end and retail domain components. This is huge news for the domain industry and will greatly enhance the success of the New gLTD program.

For more information, click HERE.

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What Does WIPO Have To Do With E-Books For The Blind?

Posted November 9th, 2010

Click HERE to find out.

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