[AfrICANN-discuss] Artilces around ICANN in San Juan, Domains Names, cTLDs

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Fri Jun 29 00:30:47 SAST 2007

All, this is a collection of articles that talk about the above
subjects and more....in different languages!!! Feel free
to tell me if this too much and if you feel comfortable having this
much information at once...


1. Typosquatting and the .eu Top Level Domain by Kristof Neefs
Part I of the paper outlines the origins of typosquatting and it identifies
the benefits of registering a domain similar to a well-known trademark or
name to typosquatters. It also briefly evaluates potential detrimental
effects of typosquatting for consumers and legitimate businesses. Part II
then adresses how the launch of the .eu top-level domain anticipated
cybersquatting by allowing the holders of a prior right to a name to
register the matching .eu domain during phased registration. I assess
whether the phased registration also permitted preventive registering of
domains likely to be subject of typosquatting. Part III goes on to describe
the alternative dispute resolution mechanism in EC Regulation 874/2004. In
conclusion, I argue that typosquatting is sufficiently remedied by the EU
regulations on the .eu domain, and I suggest a diligent and pro-active
domain registering approach to holders of valuable trademark portfolios.

2. ICANN goes native, as new TLDs proliferate
Tuesday brought more on the expansion of the TLD landscape - namely a
discussion of what are referred to somewhat jokingly as geoTLDs. These are
really two distinct kinds of TLDs - one for information about cities or
purely geographic regions, and another for linguistic and cultural

3. ICANN Puerto Rico - of Tortuous Tutorials by Adam Strong
Adam Strong wasn't at the ICANN meetings but after reading the transcript of
the "tutorial" on domain tasting, he was pretty disappointed by what's going
on. It's pretty clear at least one presenter got things off track.
Representing the Business Constituency (BC), Maryiln Cade focused on what
she called "the harmful aspect, the dark side, . . . a scheme that is
involving the abusive registration and exploitation of the rights of

4. ICANN Mulls Registrar Changes (IDG)
ICANN is seeking ideas and opinions on ways to modify the agreement terms it
enters into with Internet registrars to protect individuals and
organizations that do business with them.

5. RegisterFly: the name not to be spoken
The afternoon brought meatier fare - something a correspondent can sink his
teeth into, so to speak. The RegisterFly debacle has forced ICANN into a
bout of soul-searching, and the potential reform of the Registrar
Accreditation Agreement provoked wide-ranging debate about ICANN's purpose
and the rights of registrants to their domains. It also raised the specter
of how to respond to the failure of an actual registry, rather than a
registrar. Susan Crawford, ICANN board member and moderator of the
discussion, broached the question of whether an entire TLD could be allowed
to fail, or rather should be maintained somehow in perpetuity.

6. After Registerfly meltdown, ICANN mulls registrar contract changes
ICANN is revamping its registrar agreement in order to better protect its
customers from registrar disasters that could indefinitely hold up their

7. New Domains in Works at ICANN Meet (AP)
ICANN has scheduled workshops this week to discuss procedures for additional
domain suffixes in English; it would be the third major round and the first
beyond a pilot since the domain name system was created in the 1980s. For
straightforward strings in which no objection is raised, approval would come
within three months.

8. Domains in Cyrillic symbols may appear in one year
ICANN announced in a Tuesday opened its 29th International Public Meeting in
San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 25, 2007. New Internet addresses, including
those entirely in foreign languages, are under review by the corporation,
RBC reported.

9. ICANN to Tackle new Top Level Domains (IDG)
ICANN opened a week-long meeting on Monday where it will address critical
issues like new gTLDs, IDNs and the organization's efforts to become more
accountable and transparent. The meeting, the second of three of its kind
ICANN has planned for this year, will also include discussions about a major
expansion of available Internet Protocol addresses, as well as about the
process for accrediting registrars. Taking advantage of the meeting's venue
in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the agenda also includes the first General
Assembly of the Latin American and Caribbean Regional At Large Organization,
formed in March.

10. Internet agency to discuss domain name expansion (AP)
New Internet addresses, including those entirely in foreign languages, are
under review by a key oversight agency, although meetings this week in
Puerto Rico are likely to conclude with more questions.

11. ICANN goes to the Caribbean
The ICANN Puerto Rico meeting kicked off this morning with the usual
platitudes and words of gratitude for the host nation and sponsors, but it
did give us an overview of what to expect from ICANN in the next few months.

12. ICANN promises to tighten up domain name administration
ICANN has promised to tighten up its procedures and processes to better
protect registrants and domain names.

13. Did you know there are 150 ways to spell iPhone?
And that's just based on the number of Websites now set up with names like
iphoen.com and i0hone.com (I know, I shouldn't publicize 'em) as a way to
make money from the hype surrounding the launch of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone.
The practice is called typosquatting, and its become a huge, albeit legally
risky, cash cow due to the popularity of pay-per-click advertising. Sloppy
typists land on a page, click on an ad (possibly even for the Apple store or
for Cingular, the exclusive carrier of the iPhone), and cha-ching, the
domain holder makes a cut.

14. More Than Just Squatting (on Domain Names)
One of the less reputable sectors of the Internet economy that has been
growing rapidly is domain name parking. Entrepreneurs register names that
are either misspellings of common domains, like amazo.com or generic titles
like www.chicagodoctors.com. They fill these sites with ads from Google or
Yahoo, getting paid for every click. This game has morphed into what is know
as Google arbitrage, filling the page also with just enough content that it
will actually be found by search engines, and in turn attract users who
simply see ads and click again to get somewhere useful.

15. InternetNZ's Farrar steps down from Council
Outgoing InternetNZ vice president David Farrar says he plans to leave the
organisation's Council, after almost nine years onboard. Farrar joined the
INZ Council in 1998, and has served the last four years as vice-president.

16. mx: All the new IP addresses will be allocated on IPv6
According to forecasts of some investigators, in the next three years the
central pool of Internet Protocol addresses of the present version 4, IPv4
will be depleted, so from January 1st, of 2011, NIC Mexico will not be able
to allocate anymore IPv4 addresses and will only assign IP addresses in
version 6 of the Internet Protocol (IPv6).
http://www.nic.mx/es/Noticias_2?NEWS=217 (Spanish)

17. IEDR opens up market for personalised .ie domains
The IE Domain Registry (IEDR) has confirmed that it is hoping to introduce
personalised .ie domain names this summer. This will allow people to
register domains like www.johnmurphy.ie or www.marysmith.ie.

18. za: Call for New Domain Name Authority Directors
Nominations for directors to serve on the board of the ".za" Domain Name
Authority has been opened by the Communications Minister Dr Ivy
Matsepe-Casaburri, Tuesday.

19. za: Have a little faith, .za administrator told
The Inkatha Freedom Party on Friday called on the administrator of the .za
Internet domain name, Mike Lawrie, to "show some faith" in the South African
government and its ability to administer the address in the best interests
of all South Africans.

20. Direct Navigation: Maximizing Traffic to Drive ROI (cost - US$750)
Direct navigation is the largest untapped market for paid search advertisers
and agencies. With Google having increasingly become a gateway to the
Internet and a navigation tool, Internet users have become accustomed to
typing domain names into the address bar, creating a new source of traffic
for marketers.

21. ANRT opens consultation on .ma domain name administrator (sub req'd)

22. Bush on cyber war: 'a subject I can learn a lot about'
When the presidents of the USA and Estonia met on Monday, cyber warfare was
still very much on the Estonian agenda. Estonia has recently cooled its jets
somewhat on the issue of the serious DDoS attacks it suffered in recent
months. Initially, the Estonian Government suggested that the Russian
Government had mounted a purposeful digital assault, leading to a wave of
wide-eyed "cyber-war!" headlines in the Western media.

23. How MySpace is hurting your network
Increasingly popular social-networking sites such as MySpace, YouTube and
Facebook are accounting for such huge volumes of DNS queries and bandwidth
consumption that carriers, universities and corporations are scrambling to
keep pace.

24. What Is Cybersquatting and What Can Be Done About It? ACPA or UDRP?
Have you ever had a third party register a domain name that is either
exactly the same or very similar to your trademark? If so, it may be a
Cybersquatting issue. Cybersquatting is registering, trafficking in, or
using a domain name with a bad-faith intent to profit from the goodwill of a
trademark belonging to someone else. To address this issue, Congress enacted
what is known as the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act ("ACPA").
The ACPA amended the Lanham Act by providing trademark owners with a civil
remedy against cybersquatting.

25. Domain name industry booming with multimillion-dollar sales, but is it
If hefty domain name prices are any indication, the dot-com resurgence may
be headed for another bust. Just take a look at last week's live auction
sale by domain name broker Moniker. On Friday at the Traffic conference in
New York, Moniker beat its record for the largest sale of a single domain
name at live auction. That sale went to Creditcheck.com, which took in a
cool $3 million. When the day was done, Pompano Beach, Florida-based Moniker
had raked in $10.9 million for brokering 115 names.

26. Domain Names Market Remains Hot...A Bubble Waiting To Burst?
In April, Pablo Palatnik wrote a blog post, "Domain Names Have Become True
Commodities". Pablo writes "[i]t's now June and the market for Domain names
is still rising in prices. It's much like the housing market two years ago,
not quite as hot and profitable yet, but there are a lot of people making
serious money from domain names."

27. Communicate.com Stock Nearly Doubles in June
Individual domain name prices aren't the only signs that the domain name
market is white hot. Shares of domain name company Communicate.com (CMNN.ob)
have soared from $1.14 at open on June 1 to close at $2.10 last Friday, June
22. (Shares fell 8 cents on Monday).

28. Moniker.com Brokers Two Multi-Million Dollar Domain Name Sales at
More than 300 individuals packed the ballroom at the Hyatt Grand Central in
NYC to bid on some of the world's most premium domain names at the
culmination of T.R.A.F.F.I.C NYC. The auction was hosted by Moniker.com.
During intense live bidding, CreditCheck.com and its associated Web site
FreeCreditCheck.com sold for U.S. $3 million combined while Seniors.com sold
for $1.8 million.

29. Rick Latona Lights Up the Top 20 With Three Charted Domains Including
Iran.com at US$400,000
Rick Latona of DigiPawn.com went on a spending spree this week and more than
half a million dollars later he was the proud new owner of Iran.com
($400,000), TrackAndField.com ($57,000), Territory.com ($30,000) and
Gutter.com ($12,500).

30. Apple iPhone Promoting .com TLD?
One of the key features of the soon-to-launch iPhone is its advanced web
browser capabilities. "The iPhone is the first smart phone we've tested with
a real, computer-grade Web browser, a version of Apple's Safari," say the
Wall Street Journal. To make the user's browsing experience even more
efficient, the phone even comes with a TLD button labeled ".com". Rather
interesting given that today there are over two hundred TLDs in existence
including .mobi.

31. What's in a domain name? Commentary: Web start-ups scraping bottom of
brand barrel
Internet start-ups seem to be having as much trouble acquiring names as they
do venture financing. Nowadays, these start-ups are built on the cheap,
employing shoestring budgets by leasing inexpensive computer servers and
using low-cost software. The last thing they want to spend big money on is a
name. A Web identity is imperative, but these firms don't have tens of
thousands of dollars to hire a naming specialist, to say nothing of the cost
of acquiring a cybersquatted domain.

32. ICANN opens consultation on operating principles (sub req'd)

33. Kammergericht: Keine Staatsnamen für private Internet-Domains
Namen von Staaten dürfen nach einem Urteil des Berliner Kammergerichts nicht
für private Internet-Domains missbraucht werden. Für Staatsnamen, ob in der
Landessprache oder in einer Übersetzung, bestehe immer ein ausschließliches
Nutzungsrecht des jeweiligen Staates, urteilte das Gericht in einem am
heutigen Mittwoch bekannt gewordenen Beschluss.

34. Internet-Verwaltung: Warten auf Godot ... und neue Domains
Die Einführung neuer Top Level Domains steht wieder einmal ganz oben auf der
Agenda der Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Die
private Netzverwaltung versammelt sich diese Woche zu ihrem turnusmäßigen
Treffen in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

35. Die Welt der ICANN
Die ICANN hat rechtzeitig zum Start ihres Kongresses in San Juan einfache
interaktive Karten ins Netz gestellt, auf denen unter anderem eingezeichnet
ist, woher die Mitglieder der Organisation kommen, wo die verschiedenen
Root-Zone-Server des Whois-Systems stehen und ich welchem Land es wie viele
Registrare für Domains gibt.

36. ICANN startet Marathon-Session zu Transparenz
Die ICANN hat sich diese Woche in Klausur begeben. Sie will hauptsächlich
neue TLDs und ihre Rolle besprechen, aber die öffentlichkeitswirksamsten
Ergebnisse werden wohl aus der Sessions-Serie kommen, die sich mit
Nabelschau beschäftigt: Der ICANN wurde in der Vergangenheit öfters
Intransparenz vorgeworfen. Das soll jetzt zunächst offen diskutiert und nach
Möglichkeit abgestellt werden, meldete AP.

37. .ASIA : le calendrier définitif dévoilé
Le registre du .ASIA a présenté hier lors de la réunion de l'ICANN à San
Juan, le calendrier définitif d'ouverture de son extension.

38. L'Icann veut garantir la qualité de services aux internautes
Lors de sa 29e conférence internationale, l'Icann, le régulateur d'Internet,
a décidé de sonder l'opinion sur les procédures de certifications attribuées
aux registrars (organismes locaux chargés de gérer et de commercialiser les
noms de domaines - DNS).

39. De nouveaux noms de domaine Internet pourraient voir le jour
De nouvelles adresses Internet, y compris des adresses écrites exclusivement
dans une langue autre que l'anglais, pourraient bientôt voir le jour.

40. 400 millions pour un nom !
Business.com serait-il le nom de tous les records ? Acheté au prix de USD
7,5 millions en 1999, le nom serait bientôt proposé aux enchères.
Estimations du montant de la vente : de USD 300 à 400 millions.

41. Réunion ICANN: WHOIS et nouvelles extensions
La deuxième réunion ICANN 2007 est en cours aux Caraïbes. Premiers sujets
abordés : le fonctionnement du WHOIS et le lancement de nouvelles extensions

42. Le .DK agit contre le typosquatting
Le registre de l'extension Danoise activera sa nouvelle charte le 1er
juillet prochain. Il prévoit de supprimer toute tentative de typosquatting
en .DK.

43. Le domaine Internet poursuit son ascension
De nouvelles adresses Internet, y compris des adresses écrites exclusivement
dans une langue autre que l'anglais, pourraient bientôt voir le jour.
L'ICANN, l'agence qui a juridiction sur la question, discutera de cette
possibilité cette semaine à Puerto Rico, en plus de différentes propositions
visant à accroître le nombre de noms de domaine disponibles.

44. Proponen crear el dominio de Internet '.lat' para latinos
Unos 800 expertos en dominios de Internet de 90 países participan en un
congreso de la ICANN en el que exploran la posibilidad de crear el dominio
".lat" para latinos.

45. De visita en la Isla padre de internet
La creación de nuevos dominios, la integración de los alfabetos
internacionales a las direcciones de las páginas cibernéticas, y una colosal
expansión en la cantidad de páginas que podrán ser creadas son las próximas
innovaciones y retos que encara la internet.

46. Stories in Russian mentioning ICANN
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