Archive for June, 2011

 

New Measures Proposed to Enhance Post-Expiration and Renewal Related Policies and Practices

Posted June 14th, 2011


According to ICANN.com: “The GNSO Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR) Working Group has submitted its Final Report [PDF, 998 KB] to the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council today, 14 June 2011. The PEDNR WG was tasked to address questions in relation to what extent registrants should be able to renew their domain names after they expire.”

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Some Considerations for New TLD Operators from a Registrar Perspective

Posted June 13th, 2011


As posted to CircleID.com by Michele Neylon of Blacknight Internet Solutions: “The “hot topic” at the upcoming ICANN meeting in Singapore will, of course, be whether or not the new Top-Level Domains (TLDs) will actually launch or not. Sure, they’ll launch at some point, but ICANN has been pushing to make the big announcement at Singapore.

There has been a lot written over the last couple of years about new TLDs over the last couple of years. We are now coming into what might be called the “end game”.

However if the predictions on the number of new domain extensions are to be believed there are some issues that potential registry operators and ICANN need to be aware of. Unfortunately to date these issues seem to have been taking a “back seat”. I’ve tried to raise them in various fora, but I’m not overly convinced that prospective registries realise how much of an issue some of these things could be if they’re not dealt with sanely.”

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UDRP Cases To Watch

Posted June 13th, 2011


According to DomainNameWire.com: “Here are a half dozen UDRP cases filed this month to keep an eye on for various reasons.

ChrisFarley.com – I’m guessing it is the estate of the late comedian that filed this case.

Twiter.com – Twitter files a UDRP against the owner of Twiter.com, a site that clearly tries to trick users who are looking for Twitter.com.”

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“Global Internet Traffic Expected to Quadruple by 2015 “

Posted June 11th, 2011


As reported by Mashable.com: “Global Internet traffic is expected to quadruple between 2010 and 2015, according to data provided toMashable by Cisco.

By that time, nearly 3 billion people will be using the Internet — more than 40% of the world’s projected population. On average, there will be more than two Internet connections for each person on Earth, driven by the proliferation of web-enabled mobile devices.

Internet traffic is projected to approach 1 zettabyte per year in 2015 — that’s equivalent of all the digital data in existence in 2010. Regionally speaking, traffic is expected to more than double in the Middle East and Africa, where there will be an average of 0.9 devices per person for a projected population of 1.39 billion. Latin America is close behind, with a 48% increase in traffic and an estimated 2.1 devices per person among a population of 620 million.”

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Exit Through The Gift Shop Star Loses Copyright Case

Posted June 11th, 2011


As published by the Hollywoodreporter.com: “The Oscar-nominated documentary Exit from the Gift Shop detailed the incredible rise of Thierry Guetta from an amateur documentarian to an art world sensation known as “Mr. Brainwash.” But now Guetta, whose work has set off a number of debates about the nature of originality in art, is in serious legal jeopardy thanks to a California federal judge who has determined that Guetta’s work on one of his showcase pieces — a manipulated image of the iconic rap group, Run DMC — was outside the bounds of copyright law.

We first broke news about this lawsuit back in January. At the time,Exit from the Gift Shop had just been nominated for an Academy Award, but questions continued to swirl over whether the documentary was some form of hoax by its director, Banksy, a legendary street artist and notorious prankster. This suit seemed to at least settle any question that Guetta’s work was indeed his own.

Unfortunately for Guetta, that also meant that he had to contend with Glen E. Friedman, a high-profile artist in his own right, who is most notable for his photography of rebellious musicians, including Run DMC.

Last year, Friedman sued Guetta for using his Run DMC photograph — which has been called the mostfamous photo of Run DMC that exists — without permission.”

(Note: The film title is Exit Through the Gift Shop, not as this article states Exit from the Gift Shop)

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Clothing Designer Wins Lawsuit Against Online Counterfeiters

Posted June 11th, 2011


Another score for trademark holders has been racked up in the anti-counterfeiting arena.

As reported by Techcrunch.com: “Women’s clothing designer Tory Burch has been awarded $164 million in damages from online counterfeiters that have been selling copies of her shoes, bags and clothing on the web. According to Women’s Wear Daily, this is the largest amount of money awarded to a fashion designer for damages from online counterfeiters. For background, in 2008, eBay was forced to pay Louis Vuitton $61 million over the sale of counterfeit bags and accessories on the auction marketplace.

Tory Burch filed lawsuit in December 2010, alleging trademark counterfeiting and cybersquatting by a group of counterfeiters (believed to be based in China) that had set up hundreds of websites selling fake Tory Burch goods.”

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ICANN Declares Accountability and Transparency an Ongoing Focus

Posted June 11th, 2011


As posted by CEO Rod Beckstrom to the ICANN blog: “How is ICANN progressing on the recommendations that the Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT) published on the last day of 2010? Let me list the many ways that the Board, the staff, and our volunteer community are addressing the challenge to meet or surpass ICANN’s obligations.

As we prepare to gather in Singapore for ICANN’s 41st meeting, the Board and staff are laying the groundwork for Board action there on the ATRT Report. At its January and March meetings, the Board affirmed the usefulness of the ATRT report in advancing ICANN’s accountability and transparency. It also called for follow-up work from the staff and community and asked Board Committees and the Board-GAC Joint Working Group (JWG) to address specific ATRT recommendations. They also instructed the Board Finance Committee to consider proposed FY 12 ATRT implementation funding.

As these efforts progress, the staff is making significant progress on implementing the ATRT “Board Governance, Performance and Composition” recommendations that are operational and within the staff’s purview. For example, we now regularly post for the public a wealth of Board meeting information: agendas, briefing materials, expanded minutes, rationale statements for Board resolutions, and the resolutions themselves. We also post a significant amount of Board meeting information in six U.N. languages, including resolutions, rationale, minutes and other key material relevant to Board resolutions.”

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If You Are in Favor of the New gTLD Program, This Petition is for You

Posted June 9th, 2011


A petition for those in favor of ICANN’s projected  approval of  the new gTLD program on June 20 during the ICANN 41 meeting in Singapore has begun making the Internet rounds. Popping up on Twitter and Facebook, community members in favor of the launch of the New gTLD program are encouraged to sign.

The accompanying letter explains: “ICANN is on the cusp of an historic decision to fulfill its founding mandate to introduce choice and competition into the Internet naming system, and thereby make the Internet naming system truly accessible to all existing Internet users, and for those to come.

We forcefully urge the approval of the New gTLD Program and the beginning of the communications period at the June 20th 2011 meeting of the ICANN Board in Singapore.  We believe that the Board can make no other principled choice.”

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“Netherlands First European Nation to Adopt Net Neutrality”

Posted June 9th, 2011


As reported by TheRegister.co.uk: “The Dutch Parliament yesterday agreed to make the Netherlands the first nation in Europe to officially put net neutrality principles into law. The law will force ISPs and telecom operators to ensure access to all types of content, services or applications available on the network.

The new telecom law has won a near unanimous vote, despite fierce opposition from telecom operators, who had been planning to charge for over-the-top services, such as Skype or WhatsApp Messenger, which bypass traditional cellular communications. Vodafone Netherlands is currently still blocking the use of Skype on its 3G mobile network.”

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Citigroup Inc, Latest To Admit to Large-Scale Cyber Attack

Posted June 9th, 2011


As reported by Reuters.com: “Major U.S. banks came under growing pressure from banking regulators to improve the security of customer account information after Citigroup Inc became the latest high-profile victim of a large-scale cyber attack.

While Citigroup insisted the breach had been limited, experts called it the largest direct attack on a major U.S. financial institution, and forecast it could drive momentum for a systemic overhaul of the banking industry’s data security measures.”

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