Archive for December, 2010


Happy New Year!

Posted December 31st, 2010

Happy New Year to all our readers and domain news makers!

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Domainfest Global 2011!

Posted December 29th, 2010

The annual Domainfest Global conference is one month away beginning January 31 and ending February 3, 2011 in Santa Monica, California.

With a keynote from Bob Parsons  ( and fireside chat with Ben Mezrich (author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal” the book that became the phenomenal film “The Social Network”) Domainfest Global continues it’s tradition of being the most engaging and interesting of the domain conferences.

The agenda includes sessions on monetization, Internet vital signs, and opportunities in ccTLDs, gTLDs and IDNs. There will also be several live auctions and opportunities for pitching and networking.

The discounted registration rate of $1195.00 will remain static until January 1, 2011 when the price will increase by $100.00. Hotel discounts are also going quick so register and book accommodations early.

For more information on the conference, click HERE.

Travel Tip: While California has a reputation for year-round sun it can get quite cold at the beach in February especially at night. Pack with the intention to layer and don’t leave home without a medium weight jacket or coat.

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ICE Domain Name Seizures, A Mixed Bag

Posted December 28th, 2010

It has been a busy year for the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Along side their usual duties, the organization has been seizing domain names as retribution for on-line piracy as well as copyright and trademark infringement on behalf of trademark holders and corporations. The ICE seized eighty two domains in November alone.

The most recent wave of domains seized by the ICE are,,, and The seized domains were re-directed to an ICE warning image. The ICE is being both rewarded and scrutinized for it’s seizure record. In some cases they have received awards from the trademark holders they’ve helped to protect and in others questioned for their qualifications and understanding of what exactly they are doing.

While the battle for on-line trademark and copyright protection is still one that doesn’t have a defined set of rules, the importance of understanding the full nature of what one might be up against as well as that of any assisting organizations is certainly valuable in forming effective methods of trademark protection.

Click HERE to read more about the ICE and domain name seizures.

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Date Set For Meeting To Resolve Remaining New gTLD Issues

Posted December 27th, 2010

According to Sephane Van Gelder, “The ICANN Board and the GAC have apparently set a date for their joint meeting early next year. GAC representatives have been told to plan for a 2-day meeting to be held in Geneva on February 28 and March 1.”

To read more, click HERE.

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Reverse Domain Hijacking Just In Time For The Holidays

Posted December 24th, 2010

“A three person National Arbitration Forum panel has called out 3DCafe, Inc. for attempted reverse domain name hijacking in a case over”

To read the full Domain Name Wire article, click HERE.

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Governments outline 12 points of gTLD contention with ICANN

Posted December 23rd, 2010

Click HERE to read the full article by Kieren McCarthy.

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Venezuela Passes Law That Limits Internet Freedoms

Posted December 21st, 2010

“The Venezuelan parliament has passed a law that bans any Internet content that “promotes social unrest, challenges authority or condones crime.” President Hugo Chavez’s ruling party pushed the law through in less than a week.”

Click HERE to read the full article.

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Net Neutrality FCC Style

Posted December 21st, 2010

As a community, we joke that the Internet business is a bit like the Wild West. Okay, it’s not really a joke and the Internet has been the modern equivalent of the Wild West for at least the last 15 years. Today’s FCC ruling on Net Neutrality is an interesting simultaneous nod and challenge to a proud tradition of the ways we have been settling the Internet frontier.

Regardless of what side of the Net Neutrality issue you are on, we are all effected when the winds of change begin to blow. From this ruling to IDNs to Rod Beckstrom’s call for a multi-stakeholder “Internet Nation State” to the introduction of New gTLDs change is happening fast and as a community we must be malleable to and prepared for it.

Reports on the FCC ruling vary and can make for quite a vague read. When Fox News blog and the Huffington Post agree with each other, it’s a tough news day. Below is a compilation of links to reports on the FCC ruling that capture the political spread of the situation.

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Extension of Public Comment Period on New gTLD Proposed Final Applicant Guidebook and Economic Study Phase II Report

Posted December 20th, 2010

“Taking into account public comment and decisions made during ICANN’s Cartagena meeting, the public comment period for the Proposed Final Applicant Guidebook and supporting documentation have been extended to 15 January 2011 (1200 UTC).”

Click HERE to comment.

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Internet Nation State?

Posted December 17th, 2010

In a December 14, 2010 address to the UN, ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom emphasizes the importance of a New Internet Nation State. He calls for greater transparency, trust and collaboration. Beckstrom states “Today, we again confront a great transformation. The Internet’s pace of change accelerates daily. Its power is awesome. It cannot be ignored; it should be channeled for maximum benefit”.

Although not a new idea, Beckstrom insists the the multi-stakeholder model is not only not a hindrance but the solution to how an Internet nation state might be formed. He cites the great success of the introduction of IDN’s as an example of what can be achieved as a cooperative body.

Beckstrom closes the address with a call to “follow the youth”.  He explains “They are already collaborating - online, every day, every month, every year. As we design the New Internet Nation State, we should listen, and follow”.

To read the full communication, click HERE.

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