Archive for January, 2012


Europe Weighs Tough Law on Online Privacy

Posted January 25th, 2012

From New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Europe is considering a sweeping new law that would force Internet companies like and Facebook to obtain explicit consent from consumers about the use of their personal data, delete that data forever at the consumer’s request and face fines for failing to comply.

See full story HERE.


Posted in Internet Governanace, Policy and Governance by  


.РФ passes 900,000 Registration Mark

Posted January 18th, 2012

From domainnews

There are now more than 900,000 active  .РФ domain names,according to statistics on the Coordination Center for TLD RU,the .RU registry website . As of today there are 902,531 .РФ domain names registered and the number is increasingly rapidly .

A year and a half ago,on May 12,2010,the Coordination Center for TLD .RU became the administrator of the new cyrilic domain name .РФ . On November 11,2010 domain names registration in domain .РФ became accessible for all comers.


For the full story go HERE.

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North America Represents 13% of over 2 Billion Internet Users Worldwide

Posted January 18th, 2012


Internet now active with 2.1 billion users

You’re one of the 2.1 billion people actively using the Internet.

Looking at the state of the online world throughout 2011, traffic site Pingdom found that the number of Internet users has jumped from a mere 360 million at the end of 2000 and now accounts for 30 percent of the planet’s population.

Sweeping across the continents, Asia holds 922 million Internet users, Europe has 476 million, and North America is in third place with 271 million. Drilling down to individual countries, China is on top with 485 million people using the Internet, more than 36 percent of its total population.

For the full story go HERE.

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Name Quiver Back at DOMAINfest Auctioning Premium Names

Posted January 11th, 2012

Name Quiver, our domain brokering arm here at Marksmen, is once again bringing premium names to the all-world auction platform of their partner, Moniker. These valuable domain names are taking pre-bids online now and will be auctioned live at DOMAINfest in Santa Monica, CA on Thursday, February 2nd from 4:30-6:00 PM , Pacific Time.

Last year Marksmen and Moniker sold SOCIAL.COM for an undisclosed Marksmen client for $2.6 Million USD. This was the highest reported domain sale of 2011 (DNJournal) and one of the top selling domain names in history.

This year Marksmen brings the following names to auction on behalf of their clients.



Get the full story on DOMAINfest and start pre-bidding online HERE.

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Federal Court Holds In Favor Of Godaddy in Alleged Cybersquatting Case

Posted January 11th, 2012

In a case brought under the Lanham Act, alleging cybersquatting, contributory cybersquatting, as well as claims of unfair competition, Plaintiff Petroliam Nasional Behad (“Petronas”) asserted that and (registered by Go Daddy) were used by one or more non-parties to violate its trademark rights by cybersquatting.

See the full story HERE, HERE & HERE.

Posted in Cybersquatting, Enforcement, Intellectual Property, trademark issues by  


Note to Jurors: Don’t Facebook Friend the Defendant

Posted January 5th, 2012

From Forbes

Social media continues to pose problems for courts across the country, as a Florida man was kicked off a civil trial jury after trying to friend a defendant on Facebook.

The juror, Jacob Jock, was in a jury pool for a personal injury lawsuit involving a traffic accident, and said he decided to look up people in the case to see if he knew them. When he came across the female defendant’s profile, Jock claims he “accidentally friend requested her,” when he didn’t think he’d get picked for the jury.

The Florida case is just the latest in a series of incidents involving jurors’ improper use of social media sites, and judges are starting to crack down, threatening jurors with contempt of court charges if they insist on giving constant updates or contacting defendants.

For the full story go HERE.


Posted in Internet Disorders, Oh No, Social Networks by  


Universities buy .xxx domains

Posted January 4th, 2012


In a preemptive strike against a potential disaster, universities across the country are buying .xxx domains that might hurt their reputation.

University of Kansas is securing and before the porn industry can buy the site and cash in on the college’s name. Those aren’t the only URLs that were purchased. Spending a total of $3,000, the university also snatched up, and, among others.

“Down the road there’s no way we can predict what some unscrupulous entrepreneur might come up with,” said Paul Vander Tuig, trademark licensing director at the Lawrence, Kan., school.

Indiana University coughed up $2,200 to buy sites like University of Missouri, Washington University, Purdue University and Ball State University have also purchased domains.

Corporations had a chance to grab web addresses months ago. Brands like Target, Nike and Pepsi have all paid to protect their brands.

For the full story go HERE.

Posted in Domain Names, gTLDS, Intellectual Property by  


.XXX domain name lawsuit

Posted January 4th, 2012

From domainnews

VIPINDIRIM has recently filed a lawsuit with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center over domain name . According to WIPO,the domain name case started on December 29,2011.

According to whois records domain name has been registered on December 6,2011 by Yasin Kaplan.

.XXX domain names became available for public sale on December 6,2011 .

Only one other .XXX domain name case has been filed until now .The case was filed with the National Arbitration Forum over domain name .

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