Archive for March, 2012


New gTLD Registration Closed

Posted March 30th, 2012

From ICANN News

29 March TAS Registration Deadline

The window has closed for anyone planning to apply for a new gTLD to register and submit a TLD application request. As of 25 March there were 839 registered users in the TLD Application System. This number will be updated.

Why can’t registrations be submitted after 29 March, when applications are being accepted until 12 April? Registration in TAS is the step in the process that occurs before you apply for a TLD. As stated in the Applicant Guidebook and subsequent announcements, the 29 March deadline was put in place to ensure applicants have sufficient time before the deadline of 23:59 UTC on 12 April 2012 to submit an application, which includes the following steps (as of 29 March steps 1-2 had to be completed for all qualified applicants):


  1. Applicant completes TAS user account information (user profile and applicant profile)
  2. Applicant completes a TLD application request
  3. ICANN conducts the Legal Compliance check (see Applicant Guidebook section 1.2.1 – Eligibility)
  4. Applicant submits USD 5000 registration fee
  5. ICANN confirms receipt of the USD 5000 registration fee
  6. Applicant completes and submits the full application and remaining evaluation fee amount of USD 180000
  7. ICANN confirms receipt of the USD 180000 registration fee

Once ICANN completes Step 3 we strongly encourage applicants to promptly complete Step 4 for all open application requests. Since no one can predict how long it may take for ICANN to receive wire transfers from your bank, you might experience delays in obtaining access to the areas within TAS necessary to complete your TLD application(s). Bank delays and the up to 5 business days it might take ICANN to reconcile your fee will impact how much time remains for you to complete and submit your final application, submit your final USD 180000 evaluation fee, and for ICANN to confirm receipt of that fee. Both the completed application and final fee must be received by ICANN no later than 23:59 UTC on 12 April 2012.


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Microsoft gives cops the tools to detect child porn

Posted March 20th, 2012


Microsoft is giving law enforcement PhotoDNA, a digital tool that sifts through massive amounts of online images to help identify instances of child pornography and rescue victims.

The software giant announced this morning that it, along with NetClean, a Swedish maker of technology to combat the spread of child porn, will give away the image-matching software to help law enforcement agencies detect new images of child abuse online. That then helps those agencies focus their efforts on tracking down abusers.

“By arming law enforcement with this powerful technology, our goal is to help expedite investigations, limit officer exposure to the corrosive effects of viewing child rape images, and strengthen law enforcement’s ability to quickly identify and rescue victims and get child abusers off the street,” Bill Harmon, associate general counsel in Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit wrote in a blog post.

See the full skinny HERE.

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Application Status and New Timeline For ICANN’s Top Level Domain Roll-Out

Posted March 13th, 2012

From Michael Graham and our friends at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

Since January 12, 2012, ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has been accepting applications to establish new top level domain name registries (the word to the right of the dot). As of the 10th of March, 254 applicants have registered their intent to apply for new generic top level domains (“NgTLDs”) with ICANN through the TLD Application System (TAS). No count of the number of completed applications will be available until after the process closes on April 12, 2012, and up to 50 new gTLD’s may be applied for by each registered applicant. So, the actual number of new gTLDs for which application will be made is still unknown.

Based on these numbers, and the fact that few companies have announced plans to register .BRAND gTLDs, it appears that most companies have decided not to participate in this first round of applications. Many have expressly stated that the cost and complexity of the application process, the need to form long-term service provider relationships, and the uncertain benefits from registration have led them to delay registration.

However, all trademark owners doing business or engaging in marketing or communications over the internet should be aware of some important dates in the process:

*   March 29, 2012 – The final day on which applicants can register using the TAS to apply for a new gTLD.

*   April 12, 2012 – The final day on which completed applications can be filed with ICANN. After this date, ICANN will begin the application review process.

*   May 1, 2012 – REVEAL DAY – ICANN will publish a list of all the TLD strings for which applications have been filed. This date will also trigger two processes:
*   Application Comment Process – Between May 1 and June 30, any interested party may submit comments regarding any of the proposed gTLD’s for consideration by the application evaluation panels.
*   Objection Period – Beginning May 1, and for approximately 7 months, formal objections to any of the new gTLD applications based on string confusion, legal objections, community concerns, or limited public interest bases may be filed.
*   June 12, 2012 – Initial evaluation of gTLD applications will commence, focusing on possible string confusion, similarity with reserved strings, geographic name ineligibility, or potential instability the gTLD or applicant’s use could cause to the domain name system, as well as applicants’ demonstration of acceptable technical, operational and financial capabilities to run a registry.

*   October 2012 – ICANN expects to announce the organization(s) operating the Trademark Clearinghouse and publish their procedures, rules and regulations.

*   November 12, 2012 – Initial evaluation period ends and results posted.

*   November 29, 2012 – Last day for applicants or evaluators to request extended evaluation to consider additional information regarding application, string, and applicant.

*   January 2013 – ICANN expects (1) the first NgTLDs to begin operation, and (2) trademark owners to begin recording trademarks with the Trademark Clearinghouse.

During the application process, all trademark owners, whether or not seeking a gTLD, should re-evaluate and update their policies and plans for utilizing and protecting their trademarks, trade names, service marks, proprietary information and content on the internet. The ICANN program for new gTLD’s sets in motion a number of opportunities and challenges for all brand owners, and companies should prepare now by developing policies and mechanisms for monitoring and enforcement action in readiness for May 1, when the comment and objection period begins. The potential cost of not preparing for the “New Internet” could be far greater than the cost of an application – because brand equity may be at stake.


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Police patrolman’s beat: Break up Facebook fights

Posted March 13th, 2012


According to a U.K. police inspector, one patrol car is assigned to be driven from house to house to deal with people’s complaints about things written on Facebook.

Here is a job that many modern, ambitious police officers would surely adore: driving around to people’s houses all day in order to listen to their complaints about Facebook. No, these folks aren’t up in arms about losing their privacy legs. They are upset at what others have posted about them. Who cannot thank the Daily Mail for noting that one British police inspector revealed this rather modern form of policing? On his Inspector Gadget blog, the unnamed policeman wrote that the “Facebook car” is what is officially known as the “Diary Car” or the “Pending Car.” He described its operation like this: “Neighborhood Constables have to drive from address to address all day, listening to endless tales of harassment on Facebook, threats by text and insults in the queue by the cigarette counter at the local Asda [supermarket].” Some might find it refreshing that the Brits, known for their stiff-lipped valor under pressure, choose to call the police when they are maligned by the loose-lipped on Facebook. Others might despair at the depths to which society is currently taking its trowel. You might wonder who would be posting nasty things about these hurt, sad souls. Well, the inspector offers: “Almost all of this conflict is between vaguely related family groups, usually started over the genetic origin of whichever baby happens to be screaming in the buggy at the time.” The family, like privacy, seems to have become an outdated–or at least remolded–concept.

See the full skinny HERE.

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Barry Diller to broadcasters suing TV service Aereo: Bring it on!

Posted March 11th, 2012


by Paul Sloan

Barry Diller knew full well that the TV broadcasters would go to battle to stop Aereo, a streaming service that’s scheduled to go live in New York City on Thursday. And he couldn’t care less.

Speaking at SXSW, Diller explained why he loves the service, and then said, “”Another reason I love it. It’s going to be a great fight.”


The service, as explained in detail HERE by my colleague Greg Sandoval, was slammed with two complaints early this month, one from NBC, ABC and CBS (parent company of CNET) and the other from Fox, Univision and PBS. The broadcasters say “no amount of technological gimmickry” changes copyright law or the fact that Aereo needs permission to distribute their shows. They want the court to block the service from launching.

See the full skinny HERE.

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ICANN and Registrar Negotiation Team Post Summary of RAA Negotiations

Posted March 7th, 2012

From ICANN News

In advance of the Costa Rica meeting, ICANN and the Registrar Negotiation Team have prepared a summary of the negotiations on the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). After the Board directed ICANN and the Registrars to proceed into negotiations regarding recommendations by law enforcement and recommendations from the GNSO, negotiations proceeded at a brisk pace, with 13 negotiation sessions held to date. There are many topics where ICANN and the Registrar Negotiation Team are close to agreement on language, and even more topics where there is agreement in principle. Because of the comprehensive nature of the amendments, it is expected that all negotiated language will be posted as a unified document after further negotiation.

The summary chart released today provides information on nearly all of the items that have been raised in the negotiations, and the current status of agreement on those issues.

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Two UK men charged with stealing Michael Jackson tunes from Sony

Posted March 6th, 2012

From The Seattle TImes

Two men have been charged in Britain with hacking into Sony Music’s computers and stealing music, the company and British police said Monday. A person familiar with the situation said the hackers had obtained unreleased Michael Jackson tracks.

Sony Music Entertainment spokeswoman Liz Young said the company noticed a breach of its systems in May, “and immediately took steps to secure the site and notify authorities. As a result, the two suspects were arrested.”

She said no customer data were compromised in the attack on the company’s internal music-sharing system.

Sony would not confirm how much music was stolen or what artists were involved. But a person familiar with the situation, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said Monday that the suspects were Jackson fans and had taken his music, including unreleased material.

The year after the King of Pop’s 2009 death, Sony signed a 7-year deal with his estate, worth up to $250 million, to sell his unreleased recordings.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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DENIC closing in on another milestone : 15 million .DE domain names

Posted March 5th, 2012

From DomainNews

DENIC,the company responsible of the administration of .DE extension ,is approaching 15 million domain name registrations under .DE . This number makes .DE one of the largest ccTLDs when one looks at the number of domain names registered per person. DENIC registered the 14 millionth .de domain name on 26 November 2010 .

Every six inhabitants of the German Republic has registered a .de domain name and the number is constantly growing .

The annual average growth rate of the recent years has been about 1 million domain names,which is an impressive number .Moreover,at the end of October/beginning of November 2010,domain growth gained particular momentum through the introduction of the special character eszett, ß .

There are 14,899,865 .DE domain names registered up to date,according to the most recent figures on Denic’s website.

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Space Station Control Codes on Stolen NASA Laptop

Posted March 1st, 2012


A laptop stolen from NASA last year contained command codes used to control the International Space Station, an internal investigation has found.

The laptop, which was not encrypted, was among dozens of mobile devices lost or stolen in recent years that contained sensitive information, the space agency’s inspector general told Congress today in testimony highlighting NASA’s security challenges.

“The March 2011 theft of an unencrypted NASA notebook computer resulted in the loss of the algorithms used to command and control the International Space Station,” NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin said in written testimony (PDF). Another laptop contained sensitive information on the NASA’s Constellation and Orion programs, as well as Social Security numbers, he said.

For the full skinny go HERE.

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