Archive for August, 2011

 

Masks Worn by Anonymous Protestors Are The Intellectual Property of Time Warner

Posted August 31st, 2011


This week in irony, Nytimes.com reports: “Anonymous, the hacker group, has jostled with the Iranian government and the Church of Scientology and has briefly shut down the Web sites of Visa, MasterCard and other global corporations.

When members appear in public to protest censorship and what they view as corruption, they don a plastic mask of Guy Fawkes, the 17th-century Englishman who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

Stark white, with blushed pink cheeks, a wide grin and a thin black mustache and goatee, the mask resonates with the hackers because it was worn by a rogue anarchist challenging an authoritarian government in “V for Vendetta,” the movie produced in 2006 by Warner Brothers.

What few people seem to know, though, is that Time Warner, one of the largest media companies in the world and parent of Warner Brothers, owns the rights to the image and is paid a licensing fee with the sale of each mask.”

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What Are The Odds-TiVo Looses Trademark Case to TiVo

Posted August 31st, 2011


As reported by DomainNameWire.com : “DVR company TiVo certainly has a trademark to the term “TiVo”, but it may have found its match: a band member who goes by the nickname “Tivo”.

Rocker Majan Fernandez Primitivo goes by the stage name “Tivo” for his acts, taking the last four letters of his last name. He registered Tivo.es to promote himself.

That didn’t sit well with the DVR maker, who filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization to get the domain name.”

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“Impact of Hurricane Irene On The Internet”

Posted August 31st, 2011


CircleId.com reports: “Effects of hurricane Irene were clearly visible in the Internet’s global routing table, as tens of thousands of networks were cut off from the rest of the world, according to analysis by Renesys.”

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Verisign Reports 215 Million Domain Names Across All TLDs

Posted August 31st, 2011


Frank Michlick of DomainNameNews.com reports: “Verisign has released their latest issue of their quarterly Domain Industry Brief (PDF) today.

The second quarter of 2011 closed with a base of more than 215 million domain name registrations across all Top Level Domains (TLDs), an increase of 5.2 million domain names, or 2.5 percent over the first quarter. registrations have grown by more than 16.9 million, or 8.6 percent, since the second quarter of 2010.The base of Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) was 84.6 million domain names, a 3.6 percent increase quarter over quarter, and an 8.4 percent increase year over year in the base.”

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Be On Altert: Shameless Phishers May Use Hurricane to Perpetrate Scams

Posted August 29th, 2011


As reported by PcWorld.com: “As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the eastern seaboard, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is warning government agencies and private companies to be on the lookout for storm-related phishing attacks and other malicious cyberactivity.

In an alert issued Thursday , the agency said that cybercriminals go into overdrive during highly publicized physical events such as hurricanes and earthquakes.”

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Interview With Tina Dam On Applying For IDNs

Posted August 29th, 2011


As reported by TheHinduBusinessline.com: “Talking Internet with Tina Dam, founder of MyTLD, is a pleasant experience. She doesn’t believe in jargon, she believes in simplification of the web. She is a strong votary of domain names in native languages. Heading the IDN (Internationalised Domain Names) programme at Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), she batted for Indian languages. She believes that lessons learnt in India in this regard may well help the world in democratising the web. In Hyderabad recently to attend the CDAC meeting on IDNs, she speaks on some pertinent aspects.”

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“The Design of the Domain Name System, Part III – Name Structure and Delegation”

Posted August 26th, 2011


John Levine publishes the third installment of The Design of the Domain System at CircleID.com: “In the previous installments, we looked at the overall design of the DNS and the way DNS name matching works.

The DNS gains considerable administrative flexibility from its delegation structure. Each zone cut, the place in the DNS name tree where one set of DNS servers hands off to another, offers the option to delegate the administration of a part of the DNS at the delegation point. But for the delegation to work well, the delegation structure has to match the name structure.”

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What You Need To Know About DNSSEC – An Interview With Dr. Richard Lamb

Posted August 26th, 2011


Cybercrime is on the rise and Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) has been one of the hottest security topics this year.  Created as a response to a flaw in the DNS, the intention of DNSSEC is to prevent users from experiencing redirection to fraudulent web sites and similar forms of cybercrime. There is a debate within the community as to whether DNSSEC is truly necessary. Some feel it is not comprehensive in its current form, while others believe it is an important brand protection tool.

Like many Internet security issues, DNSSEC is sometimes misunderstood by those outside the technical community so we sat down with Dr. Richard Lam, DNSSEC Program Manager for ICANN, to get his perspective on what you really need to know about DNSSEC.

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“WIPO Expresses Trademark Concerns On New gTLDs And UDRP Changes… Again”

Posted August 24th, 2011


As published to the GoldsteinReport.com: “Sounding like a broken record, WIPO has published an update on their activities as an international resource for time- and cost-efficient alternatives to court litigation of intellectual property disputes, acting both as a provider of legal and organisational expertise and as an administrator of cases. In the report WIPO expresses concerns to the introduction of new gTLDs and a revision to dispute resolution under the UDRP with trademark issues at the heart of their concerns.”

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The Design of the Domain Name System, Parts 1 & 2

Posted August 24th, 2011


John Levine explains the design of the Domain Name System on CircleID.com: “Over the past 30 years the Domain Name System has become an integral part of the operation of the Internet. Due to its ubiquity and good performance, many new applications over the years have used the DNS to publish information. But as the DNS and its applications have grown farther from its original use in publishing information about Internet hosts, questions have arisen about what applications are appropriate for publication in the DNS, and how one should design an application to work well with the DNS.”

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Click HERE to read part 2

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