Archive for September, 2011

 

“Al Gore gives way to Mikhail Gorbachev for control of .eco domain”

Posted September 30th, 2011


As reported by Guardian.co.uk: “A bid by an Al Gore-backed consortium to control a major new “green” web domain has been dropped, paving the way for a rival pitch by an organisation supported by Mikhail Gorbachev.

The global power struggle, with echoes of the cold war, is over control of the new .eco internet domain which could be up and running by 2013. This is one of hundreds of new top level domains (TLDs) set to be created soon, meaning that .guardian, .nyc and .bank could soon join the existing 22 suffixes including the more familiar .com and .net (which are separate of the country-specific domain endings such as .uk), following a decision by the internet regulator Icann in June 2011.”

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“Texas Department of Transportation wins domain name dispute over DontMessWithTexas.com”

Posted September 30th, 2011


According to DomainNameWire.com: “The Texas Department of Transportation has a message for domain name owners: Don’t Mess with Texas.

The organization just won a National Arbitration Forum case over the domain name DontMessWithTexas.com. The owner of the domain name didn’t respond to the dispute. Barring any late legal action by the owner, the domain will be transferred to the state within 10 days.”

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NORC at the University of Chicago Selected to Conduct a gTLD Whois Registrant Identification Study

Posted September 29th, 2011


As posted to the ICANN blog by Liz Gasster: “I am delighted to report that ICANN has engaged NORC at the University of Chicago to conduct a gTLD Whois Registrant Identification study, seeking a foundational understanding of the types of entities and kinds of potentially commercial activities observed among gTLD domain names.

NORC intends to use Whois Registrant contact data to classify the kinds of entities that register a representative sample of gTLD domain names, including natural persons, legal persons and Privacy or Proxy service providers. NORC will then analyze Internet content associated with each sampled domain to classify the entities that appear to be using those domains, along with any observable potentially commercial activities. Draft study results are expected to be published in mid-2012.”

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“Delegates Debate Challenges Of Worldwide Internet Governance At UN-Backed Forum”

Posted September 29th, 2011


As reported by UN.org via David Goldstein: “The Internet’s role as a catalyst for change in light of the turmoil sweeping North Africa and the Middle East, the exposure by WikiLeaks of confidential United States diplomatic cables and recent cyber-attacks are high on the agenda of a United Nations-backed meeting that began today.

Over 2,000 delegates from more than 100 countries, representing governments, the private sector, civil society, the Internet community, international organizations and the media, have converged on Nairobi, to examine cross-border challenges at the sixth meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), set up to support Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in carrying out the mandate of the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis.”

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“ICANN Raises Awareness of New gTLDs in European Capitals”

Posted September 27th, 2011


As posted to ICANN.org: “ICANN hosted a series of public information sessions in three European capitals during the week of 19 September, part of its commitment to engage with the Internet community on the coming expansion of new generic Top Level Domains.

Events in London, Paris, and Berlin provided an opportunity for interested parties to ask questions and openly discuss all aspects of the program. A series of high-level media interviews complemented the events in all three cities.”

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“Trademarks Are Most Sought After Form of Intellectual Property”

Posted September 27th, 2011


As published to InfoInc.com: “Trademark protection is the most requested form of intellectual property globally, with more than 3 million applications filed annually since 2005, according to a report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).”

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Lady Gaga Loses Fight For Ladygaga.org

Posted September 25th, 2011


As reported by DomainNameNews.com: “Lady Gaga has recently lost the fight over the domain name LadyGaga.org after and arbitrator with the National Arbitration Forum awarded the domain name to the respondent . Lady Gaga submitted a complaint to the National Arbitration Forum,asserting legal rights over the disputed domain name.

The respondent in this case is listed as “oranges arecool XD.”

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“ICANN and Ethics”

Posted September 22nd, 2011


As posted to CircleId.com by Phillip Corwin: “On September 2nd ICANN opened a one-month public comment period asking whether its Conflict of Interest Policy and related Bylaws should be altered. In light of recent heightened scrutiny of ICANN’s policies regarding permissible employment options for departing Directors and key employees this announcement might have been welcome news. Instead, it’s a narrow, cart-before-the-horse initiative that seems tone-deaf to predictable stakeholder, political and public relations fallout.

The purpose of these proposed revisions is to permit ICANN’s currently uncompensated Directors to vote on whether they should be paid pursuant to the recommendations of an “Independent Valuation Expert”. Only the Chairman of ICANN’s Board presently receives compensation, $75,000 per year. Many ICANN stakeholders believe that its Directors deserve some meaningful compensation for the very considerable work that accompanies their service. Indeed, ICANN’s Accountability and Transparency Review Team (ATRT), in its Recommendation 5, proposed that the Board implement a compensation scheme for Directors. But doing so in the near-term on a stand-alone basis seems quite ill-advised.”

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“Speedo Fights Bisexual Blogger Over Domains in Australia”

Posted September 22nd, 2011


As reported on DomainNews.com by David Goldstein: “An Australian man has found himself unsurprisingly at odds with global swimwear giant Speedo after he registered domain names relating to the Speedo brand and creating sites that are described as “salacious swimwear websites” by The Age newspaper.

The case has made the Federal Court in Australia where lawyers acting for the Netherlands and British registered SPEEDO Holdings BV and SPEEDO International Ltd described how they “had taken to serve legal demands on ‘aussiespeedoguy’ Dave Evans, who describes himself as a ‘bisexual blogger’ according to the news report.”

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Pre-Dakar ICANN Policy Update Webinar Invitation

Posted September 21st, 2011


As posted to ICANN.org: “Whether you plan to participate in the upcoming ICANN meeting in Dakar remotely or in person, you’re invited to a quick reminder of the background and current status of each major policy issue currently under discussion in ICANN.

The ICANN Policy Staff will provide a briefing on Thursday 13 October at 12.00 UTC and Thursday 13 October at 19.00 UTC, summarizing policy issues across the different ICANN Supporting Organizations, namely the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO), Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) and Address Supporting Organization (ASO).”

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