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Domain Name News Archive - June 2000

  • Court Clarifies Domain Protections
    A federal California court this week ruled trademark and service mark protections did not apply to generic domain extensions.
    .... full story

  • Domain name auction row
    The owners of domain names who have not paid their registration fee could find their corner of the internet sold off to the highest bidder.
    .... full story

  • Bucking Domain Name Solution
    District court class action says Internet registrar gouged consumers
    .... full story

  • Consumers To Serve on Domain Name Board
    The Center for Democracy and Technology, Common Cause, and the American Library Association have launched a campaign to raise public interest in an election designed to ensure that individual Web users are not overwhelmed by government and corporate interests when it comes to governance of the Internet.
    .... full story

  • Nike Blames NSI for Site Hijacking
    The footwear company says Network Solutions failed to enforce its own security measures.
    .... full story

  • Web activists urge public to vote in Icann election
    Civil rights groups have launched a fresh attack on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), accusing the organisation of being "undemocratic".
    .... full story


  • Nonprofits Help ICANN Get Out the Vote
    With a July 31 deadline looming, only 26,000 worldwide have registered for the board election.
    .... full story

  • Network Solutions Reacts to Recent Domain Hijacks
    Networks Solutions (NSI), operator of the InterNIC domain name registration system, released a memo to its domain holders today informing them of impending changes to their procedures. As you know, numerous domains have been hijacked in recent months by intruders playing on the nature of the record update process used by NSI.
    .... full story

  • Internet address shock as domain names go on sale
    THOUSANDS of British businesses risk finding that they have lost their cherished internet domain names and then, worse, discover they have been put into a domain name auction in Virginia.
    .... full story


  • A sale by Procter & Gamble: unused Net domain names
    Procter & Gamble Co., the largest U.S. maker of household products, plans to sell almost 100 Internet domain names that it has decided not to develop as its own Web sites.
    .... full story

  • Civil Liberties Groups Drum Up ICANN Voters
    Continuing a crusade to assure that rank-and-file Internet users have a voice in global Internet governance, a pair of civil liberties groups on Wednesday will launch a registration drive aimed at signing up voters for the upcoming Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board elections.
    .... full story


  • Belgian asks $1.5 billion for domain names
    A Belgian doctor claims his collection of 100,000 domains could be worth a massive $1.5 billion - and he's ready to flog the lot
    .... full story

  • Afternic sues ICANN over domain-name status
    ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (the US-based outfit that accredits domain name registrars), is being sued by privately-held NYC-based because ICANN will not grant it domain-name registrar status.
    .... full story

  • New challenge for domain names
    Already low on cash and facing heavy criticism from international groups, the Internet's administrative body has been served with what is believed to be its first lawsuit challenging its work.
    .... full story

  • ICANN -- Or Can I?
    ICANN will regard growing opposition to its inappropriate and unwarranted billing practices
    .... full story


  • NSI Commandeers Deadbeat Domains
    Competitors and customers of Internet name registrar Network Solutions accused the company Friday of using unfair tactics to take competitive control over elapsed domain names.
    .... full story

  • New Legal Site Faces Domain Name Battle
    The new Lawyeronline site, whose launch press release was made on Monday (June 26th) led to an immediate response from the redoubtable Rosie Houghton of Lawyersonline who intimates that an injunction will be sought alleging passing off.
    .... full story


  • Deserted domains to go under the hammer
    Hundreds of thousands of domain names that have been abandoned by their owners will be sold in an auction next week, and there might be some real bargains on offer.
    .... full story

  • Network Solutions to auction domains
    Network Solutions plans to auction off thousands of online domain names to the public if the users donít pay up by Wednesday, the Washington Post reported Saturday.
    .... full story


  • Chess czar wins Web domain name
    Add world chess czar Garry Kasparov to a growing list of celebrities -- including actress Julia Roberts -- who have managed to win control of Internet domain names set up by other people but featuring their monikers.
    .... full story

  • No Pay, No Domain Name
    Network Solutions plans to keep ownership of customers' domain names and auction them off if they don't pay their bills.
    .... full story


  • Judge Orders Parody Domain Handed to Animal-rights Group
    A U.S. District Court judge was not amused by a Maryland man's use of an Internet domain name to parody a crusading animal-welfare organization, ruling last week that the address must be turned over to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
    .... full story


  • Company buys joke domain name
    Humor keeps us happy by showing us an absurd view of our world. But as business realities become more and more warped in the Internet Age, it's getting downright tough for humor to keep up.
    .... full story


  • Industry polled on domain name extensions
    The association responsible for domain name allocation has asked the industry for help in introducing new top-level naming extensions, and '.shop' may be a popular vote.
    .... full story

  • Web site operator sues Julia Roberts in domain dispute
    Julia Roberts, star of such films as "Notting Hill" and "Pretty Woman," has been sued by the owner of for her attempts to stop him from operating his Web site.
    .... full story

  • Ecclestone's Claim over F1 Web Domain Rejected
    A legal attempt by one of Bernie Ecclestone's companies, "Formula One Licensing", to claim over the web domain name was recently denied by the WIPO Arbitration and Administration Center.
    .... full story


  • Group posts plan to add domains beyond ".com," ".org"
    The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has posted an outline of its plan to add domains beyond the commonplace ".com," ".net" and ".org" suffixes.
    .... full story

  • ICANN's Plan for Name-Calling
    The organization says it will choose new suffixes for top-level domains by Nov. 1.
    .... full story

  • Net Body Opens ICANN of Worms
    The Internet's managing authority posted a proposal for expanding the number of top-level domain names in a "measured and responsible manner."
    .... full story

  • Toronto entrepreneur beats Loblaw in domain name battle
    A feisty Toronto Web entrepreneur has beaten supermarket giant Loblaw Cos. Ltd. in a battle over an Internet domain name, and an arbitrator has rapped Loblaw's knuckles for starting the fight in the first place.
    .... full story

  • Domain Expansion May Be Near
    New generic top-level domains (gTLDs) could hit the Internet as soon as the end of the year, the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers said in a report issued Wednesday.
    .... full story

  • Chase Manhattan Bank Fighting Domain Owner
    Chase Manhattan Bank has been putting the sqeeze on a small UK company called Chase House.
    .... full story

  • Virtual office to assist in domain name disputes
    LAW firm Eversheds has launched an on-line initiative to help businesses caught up in domain name and other Internet-related disputes.
    .... full story

  • ICANN Sets Schedule for new Domains
    Companies and organizations that want to take a crack at running the next .com, .org or .net, as of Wednesday can begin sending their "expressions of interest" to the powerful Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for consideration.
    .... full story


  • Healtheon sues Atlanta man over domain name
    Healtheon/WebMD sued a Web site operator for allegedly using the domain name "" to direct Internet traffic toward sites selling prescription drugs and sex toys.
    .... full story


  • Even Big Domain Names Aren't Hard to Hijack
    Both and had their Net addresses heisted -- raising questions about the company guarding them
    .... full story

  • GTS to Host NetSol's European Domain Name Servers
    Broadband provider Global TeleSystems, Inc. (GTS) announced Tuesday an agreement to host two of Network Solutions' global top-level domain name registry servers in Europe.
    .... full story

  • Name in "dot-cc" domain sells for $1 million
    A company has paid $1 million for the Internet domain name "" in a sale demonstrating that even in an age of investor doubt about new Web ventures, the right moniker still can fetch a hefty price.
    .... full story


  • U.N.: U.S. involved in majority of cybersquatting cases
    The United States accounts for more than half the cases filed under a new global system to curb "cybersquatting" that is attracting complainants in ever-increasing numbers, the United Nations said Friday
    .... full story


  • Senator Seeks .Sex
    Senator Joseph Lieberman wants to segregate Internet smut.
    The Connecticut Democrat said Thursday that the U.S. government should consider alternative ways of shielding children from sexually explicit material, such as creating a new top-level domain such as ".sex" or ".xxx."
    .... full story

  • Domain Name Disputes
    Domain name disputes are being settled more rapidly and in higher numbers through the UN's World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which has had 600 cases filed since it was created in December 1999.
    .... full story

  • ICANN Nominating Process Comes Under Closer Scrutiny
    In a bid to better assure that "ordinary" Internet users have a voice within the powerful organization charged with managing the Internet's vital addressing system, a pair of civil liberties groups on Monday suggested several changes to the body's proposed board election process.
    .... full story

  • Germany leads Europe at Icann elections
    German enthusiasm for the net could see it lead Europe on the board of directors of the net management body Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).
    .... full story

  • The Web's Name-Space Race
    Yahoo, Google, Kozmo, Yodlee: That's not just baby talk, that's the sound of the Web's entrepreneurial, neologistic frenzy. Coming up with a quirky, instantly memorable name to break through the noise of the competition--and which can double as a catchy Web address--is just as important as coming up with a good business plan.
    .... full story


  • NSI's Webjacking Epidemic
    Alan Meckler runs a $500 million public Net media company whose value rests in good part on its eponymous Web address --
    .... full story

  • H.K. Issues Consultation Paper on Net Domain Name Management
    The Hong Kong government published on June 5 a consultation paper on the proposed arrangements for the administration and assignment of Internet domain names and Internet protocol (IP) addresses in Hong Kong.
    .... full story

  • VeriSign, Network Solutions Top ISDEX
    Like an engaged couple being showered with gifts and attention on the eve of their wedding, security software vendor VeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN) and Internet domain registrar Network Solutions (NASDAQ:NSOL) have been the top-performing stocks over the past month in's Internet Stock Index.
    .... full story


  • Registrar Examines Domain-hijacking Defenses
    Network Solutions Inc. [NASDAQ:NSOL], the mothership registry for millions of Internet domain names, is taking a closer look at the security behind methods used to manage domain-related records following a rush of address hijackings in the past week.
    .... full story

  • Nations Protest Against ICANN
    Trouble is again brewing for the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), as The Council of European National Top-Level Registries (CENTR), voted at a meeting in Trondheim, Norway last week to ignore nearly $1 million in bills issued by the Internet's private management authority.
    .... full story

  • E-realty names on block
    Auction of domains set for next week on eBay
    .... full story


  • Julia Roberts retrieves her domain name
    The highest paid actress in Hollywood, Julia Roberts, has won back her domain name from a cybersquatter following the result of a complaint brought before the Arbitration and Mediation Centre of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
    .... full story

  • Says Its Domain Name Was 'Hijacked'
    Online trade magazine Corp. said Monday its Internet domain name was "hijacked" when someone illegally transferred ownership on several of its domain addresses, Chief Executive Alan Meckler told Reuters.
    .... full story

  • victim of Net name hijack, a provider of Internet news and information resources, today said that its domain name was hijacked, making it the latest victim in a string of Net attacks.
    .... full story

  • TUCOWs pawn in domain theft, the online magazine, had its domain name nicked last week. And, Canada's answer to Andover.Net, played an unwitting but key role in the hijack.
    .... full story

  • ASIC to look into net float
    The Australian Securities Investment Commission is expected to investigate the float of Australia's principal internet domain name registrar, Melbourne IT, following complaints of insider trading.
    .... full story

  • C-R-A-P.Com takes the B-I-S-C-U-I-T
    A British e-commerce outfit reckons it's on to a winner by offering for sale some 300 punctuated Web addresses.
    .... full story

  • Kiwis Lift Lid on #*!@&! Domains
    A ban on seven words deemed too offensive to register as part of a domain name in this country has just been lifted.
    .... full story


  • City of Los Angeles Takes on Cybersquatter
    In yet another high-profile controversy over intellectual property abuse on the Web, the City of Los Angeles is threatening legal action against a Web site that sells apparel emblazoned with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) emblem.
    .... full story


  • ICANN world whip-round comes a cropper
    Internet body ICANN is having trouble persuading nations to cough up for this year's budget.
    .... full story

  •, Inc. Acquires Domain Name, Trademarks And Content
    Move Positions Firm for Global Expansion of Vertical Fashion Portal Concept
    .... full story


  • Julia now the mistress of her own domain
    Movie star Julia Roberts, who as the up-by-the-bra-straps title character in Hollywood blockbuster Erin Brockovich beats an evil power company in court, has now won a legal fight of her own in cyberspace.
    .... full story

  • Small Businesses Dominate Domain Name Registrations
    Small businesses dominated domain name registrations in the first quarter, Network Solutions Inc. (stock: NSOL) said Thursday. Businesses accounted for 84 percent of Herndon, Va.-based NSI's registrations of .com, .net, and .org from January through March, and 70 percent of those companies employed one to four people.
    .... full story

  • Domain names hijacked in brazen new Net scam
    Toronto company crippled as all traces of legal ownership erased
    .... full story

  • ICANN's Role Explained
    Interim head Dyson describes, defends oft-maligned technical overseer of the Internet.
    .... full story

  • ICANN's Health Remains Strong
    The head of the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers Thursday took issue with a report questioning the organization's financial stability.
    .... full story


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