[AfrICANN-discuss] Week end readings

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Sat Dec 15 10:58:55 SAST 2007

10. CEOs urged to make infosecurity a priority
Following the report from the British-North American Committee (BNAC) for
which ICANN has put out a news release, IT Week gives an outlines of the
report saying it "recommended senior decision makers establish comprehensive
information security policies, and also that they keep abreast of changes in
security technology and best practices themselves., which released a new
document outlining the steps chief executives should be taking." IT Week
also reports on another report by a ScanSafe released this week that warns
"IT security chiefs to be on their guard against more attacks on their web

11. Are domain name registrars responsible for intellectual property
Following the recent "case filed by Dell against a number of domain tasters
and their registrars attempts to hold the registrars liable for infringing
some of Dell's intellectual property," The Whir's David Snead asks if "those
who facilitated the infringement of the copyrighted work were liable as
third parties since they facilitated the infringement, and profited from it
through the fees they collected." Snead says that "[w]hile the facts in
Dell's case are pretty sensational (a chain of registrars profiting off a
nuance in ICANN rules), the case shows that transparent attempts to exploit
legal loopholes, are often only temporarily successful." Snead answers his
original question by giving two responses, the first "that the doctrine of
third party liability for intellectual property infringement is alive and
well. This means that you need to remain aware and vigilant about your
business activities. ... A second lesson relates to Domaining. While
initially a suspect busines!
 s, domaining has become a legitimate part of the Internet. Hosts and other
Internet infrastructure providers need to be aware that registering domain
names involves a different risk assessment than other business efforts.
Because domainers tend to be very creative in their business, and business
creativity often requires a higher level of legal analysis, those who
provide business services to domainers need to examine whether the processes
and procedures they have put into place effectively isolate the risk that
these new customers may pose to their business."

1. Internet Co-founder, Vint Cerf, Calls For New Environment to protect
society from abuses
Vinton G. Cerf, an American computer scientist who co-founded the internet,
today called for the creation of a new internet environment to protect the
society from abuses. In a 15-minute recorded video message to the
participants of the Third Global Knowledge Conference (GK3) here, he said:
"The internet is for everyone, but it is up to the users to decide how to
get around it. "What we need is a new internet environment in order for us
to defend against abuses."

2. How next billion will shape net
Internet law professor Michael Geist looks at what doubling the number of
users will mean to the net: Last month hundreds of people descended on Rio
de Janiero, Brazil, for the second annual Internet Governance Forum.
Sponsored by the United Nations, the IGF attracted politicians, business
leaders, technologists, and others interested in the global issues facing
the internet. While media coverage of the forum focused primarily on domain
name issues, those concerns were overshadowed by a far more important and
challenging question - what will the next billion users mean to the internet

3. Save Internet freedom--from regulation
perspective: Rep. Edward Markey is preparing to reintroduce legislation that
would prohibit Internet access providers from offering priority service to
content providers--known as the Net neutrality principle. Similar
legislation has failed in both the House and Senate in the past, but
proponents of Net neutrality haven't given up. If only they would. The
Internet has thrived in large part because it has managed to sidestep a
barrage of efforts to regulate it, including laws to ban indecent material,
levy sales tax on e-commerce, require Web sites to provide "zoning" tags,
and to criminalize spam, file sharing, and spyware.


4. Multilingual Internet Gets Go-Ahead
The International Telecommunication Union, UNESCO and ICANN will collaborate
on global efforts to forge universal standards towards building a
multilingual cyberspace. The three agencies organized a workshop on this
subject during the second Internet Governance Forum (IGF) taking place in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 12 to 15 November 2007.

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5. .eu officially opens regional office in Prague
EURid, the organisation in charge of the Internet top-level domain .eu, will
today toast the success of its recently established third regional office,
in Prague, the Czech Republic. The office officially opens today in the
presence of Mr Alexandr Vondra, the Czech Deputy Prime Minister for European
Affairs. The successful Internet top-level domain .eu now has close to 2.7
million registered domain names, and it is growing.

6. Serbia –Receives .rs Domain Extension
Serbia is able to register websites with .rs domain extension, replacing the
old .yu: Priority for registering with the new domain will be given to those
who already own .yu addresses, and will cost about RSD 2000 (about EUR 25).

7. tk: Reinventing the domain registry business
Tokelau isn't the first small country to entrust the management of its
Internet extension to an outside firm. But the unusual business model chosen
for .TK by registry Dot TK has seemingly yielded impressive results.

8. .TK – Very Impressive Results
Tokelau's domain extension is managed in Europe, even though the geographic
location of the islands are off New-Zealand. The way Dot TK has gone about
that task is said to have done wonders for the local economy. "Dot TK
operates a unique business model which makes it very distinct in the domain
name market," Dot TK Business Development Manager Matt Kelly told
Domaines.Info during an exclusive interview.

9. .travel to make policy changes
The Travel Partnership Corporation (TTPC), the company that oversees the
.travel top level domain registration process, has approved some very
important policy changes to take effect December 21, 2007 that may affect
the companies and organizations of .travel names. According to TTPC, these
changes are being made to improve and speed up the registration process for
use of .travel Internet addresses.

10. CEOs urged to make infosecurity a priority
Chief executives and directors were this week urged to make information
security one of their top priorities and do more to engage with their IT
departments, as yet another report predicted more serious threats for 2008.
The call came from business leader organisation the British-North American
Committee (BNAC), which released a new document outlining the steps chief
executives should be taking.

11. Are domain name registrars responsible for intellectual property
A recent case filed by Dell against a number of domain tasters and their
registrars attempts to hold the registrars liable for infringing some of
Dell's intellectual property. The claims that are relevant to domain name
registrars allege that at least 3 registrars created a chain of registrars
who took advantage of the ICANN 5 day redemption period to profit off Dell's
trademarks. Dell alleges that these registrars allowed domain tasters to
redeem domain names at one registrar and subsequently register it at an
affiliated registrar. This would preserve the taster's interest in the
domain name, and allow the affiliated registrars to share in any click
through revenue created by the registration of the name.

12. 'AKILL' investigation continues
Police are still examining the computer equipment seized from the Coromandel
home of the alleged botmaster known online as "AKILL". The raid — a joint
effort by New Zealand Police and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation —
was conducted late last month. AKILL, an 18-year-old from Whitianga, has not
been arrested. The forensic analysis of the computers is expected to be
finished later this week, says Waikato Police detective inspector Peter

13. MarkMonitor Web Seminar Signup: Defending Your Brands Online: Learn from
Liberty Mutual and Managing IP Magazine
The inherent openness and anonymity of the Internet are creating
unprecedented challenges for enterprises. Attacks on corporate brands –
including typo-/cyber-squatting, false associations on third-party websites,
sponsored link abuse, disparaging content, and phishing – are rampant and
put company revenue, reputation and customer trust at risk. Fortunately,
protecting your brand in cyberspace is not impossible. Hear how one leading
financial institution – Liberty Mutual – is waging the battle against a
broad range of online attacks.

14. Domain Name Issues And Related Business Risks
COMMENT: I have learned a lot about domain name maintenance and management
issues over the past week! As a follow-up to my blog post yesterday, I have
since discovered that as a result of a divestiture **two** registrars claim
control of my domain (that I created and have owned and used since 2002);
one in Australia has primary control, and the one I have always communicated
with in Washington state has secondary control...I never knew this before.

15. Sedo announces launch in the UK
Sedo's wish to increase focus on the .uk market and to provide local
dedicated client services for customers across UK and Ireland, has resulted
in the decision to launch a new office in the UK. The office will be first
located in Reading, Berks, where Sedo will build and train the UK team and
will then relocate to London mid-2008 to share office space with our sister
company, AdLink.

16. SoccerTV.com sells for $80,000 at PubCon [news release]
Moniker have announced they have sold more than US$325,000 in premium domain
names at PubCon Las Vegas 2007 on Wednesday, December 5 at the Las Vegas
Convention Center. SoccerTV.com was the night's biggest seller fetching
$80,000. Grandpa.com and FamilyServices.com were among the evening's other
top sales going for $55,000 and $45,000.00 respectively.

17. Die wertvollste Domain Österreichs
Dass ein unverwechselbarer Name im Domain-Geschäft sehr wertvoll ist zeigte
der diese Woche besiegelte Verkauf der österreichischen Domäne Job.at. Der
Verkaufserlös von 408.000,- Euro ist fast sechsmal höher als der
Verkehrswert der bisher teuersten österreichischen Domäne Mozart.at, die im
Jahr 2000 für rund 70.000 Euro den Besitzer wechselte.

18. Job.at wechselt Besitzer
Die österreichischen Domäne Job.at wurde Anfang dieser Woche verkauft, der
Erlös von 408.000 Euro ist fast sechsmal höher als der Verkehrswert der
bisher teuersten österreichischen Domäne Mozart.at, die im Jahr 2000 für
rund 70.000 Euro den Besitzer wechselte. Ex-Domain-Inhaber ist Markus
Ertler, der bereits 1994 gemeinsam mit seinem Bruder Alexander die bis dato
größte heimische Immobilienplattform im Internet, immobilien.net startete.
Job.at wurde im Februar 1997 registriert, in den Jahren darauf sicherte sich
Ertler vorausschauend für zukünftige Projekte noch über 1.000 weitere

19. Job.at wechselt um 408.000 Euro den Besitzer
408.000 Euro brachte der Verkauf der österreichischen Domäne Job.at Anfang
dieser Woche, teilte der Ex-Besitzer der begehrten Internet-Adresse, Markus
Ertler, mit. Der bisher höchste Verkaufspreis für eine Domain war 70.000
Euro - und zwar für die Domain mozart.at.

20. Dot-o-mator – neues Tool hilft bei Domain-Suche
Dass bei inzwischen etwa 150 Millionen Domain-Namen die Suche nach guten
freien Adressen immer schwieriger wird, wissen nicht nur Domain-Spezialisten
zu beklagen. Mit dem "Dot-o-mator" ist jetzt ein neues Tool angetreten, das
für Abhilfe sorgen will.

21. Neue exotische Top-Level-Domains bei 1blu
Für alle Kunden, denen der gängige Adressraum für Domain-Endungen zu eng
geworden ist, bietet jetzt der Berliner Webhoster 1blu eine Lösung: Anstelle
der Registrierung einer .de- oder .com-Domain können über das Unternehmen
jetzt auch exotischere Top-Level-Domains registriert werden.

22. Près de 8 millions de noms de domaine pour la Chine
Le nombre de noms de domaine enregistrés s'élève en décembre à 146 millions
selon Domaines Info, soit une progression de 12 % en 5 mois. 13 extensions
géographiques dépassent désormais le million de noms.

23. Une employée de Microsoft poursuivie au pénal
Une employée de Microsoft responsable d'un portefeuille de noms de domaine
poursuivie pour escroquerie, détournement de fonds, faux et usage de faux.

24. Le .TK, une extension à part
En sous-traitant la gestion de son extension à une société européenne, l'île
de Tokelau a fait parler d'elle. Notamment parce que cette extension
fonctionne d'une manière totalement inédite. Voici les chiffres officiels du

25. Free passe à la nouvelle génération d'internet
Free propose à ses abonnés de passer à l'IPv6, une nouvelle norme de
connexion censée éviter l'engorgement de l'internet. Coup de pub ou
innovation ? Détail des avantages.

26. Disponibili sei milioni di domini con l'estensione '.travel'
Tralliance, il registry del dominio '.travel' annuncia che oltre sei milioni
di nomi saranno presto disponibili per la registrazione nel dominio
esclusivo del turismo '.travel'.

27. Registro de Nombres de Dominio en America Latina - Estadisticas al 30 de
Noviembre del 2007
LatinoamerICANN presenta el reporte de estadisticas de nombres de dominio en
LAC al 30 de Noviembre del 2007. Dicha recopilación es parte del estudio
iniciado por LatinoamerICANN para medir la incidencia de políticas de
Sociedad de la Información en el desarrollo de los ccTLD's de la región, así
como analizar el impacto de las políticas de los ccTLDs en las politicas de
Sociedad de la Informacion nacionales.
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