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Domain Name News Archive - July 2000

  • Network Solutions, Inc. Joins with Thomson and Thomson to Link Traditional Trademark and Domain Name Services
    The exclusive joint marketing and distribution agreement will promote reciprocal products and services through NSIís idNames division and through Thomson and Thomsonís SAEGIS and general Web site services.
    .... full story

  • Domain registrars accused of foul play
    Domain name registrar has confirmed that greedy domain registration companies are examining their own logs to see what names customers are searching for, cybersquatting them and then trying to sell them back at a huge profit.
    .... full story
    Editor's Note: condemns this disgusting unethical practice


  • Malawian Internet Domain 'Hijacked'
    The Malawian Communications Regulatory Authority is fighting to regain the national Internet domain for the country that it claims has been hijacked by a South African businessman.
    .... full story


  • Domain arbitrators deny Sting, support Olympic committee
    Sting hopes that someone will get his message in cyberspace.
    .... full story

  • Reuters wins domain names from Iranian cybersquatter
    A U.N. arbitrator has ordered five Internet domain names held by an Iran-based company turned over to Reuters PLC, the World Intellectual Property Organization said Thursday.
    .... full story

  • Network Solutions inches toward domain auctions
    Network Solutions has taken the first step toward creating a domain name auction on its Web site.
    .... full story

  • ICANN't Believe That Domain Name
    With more than 1,000 domain squabbles decided, legal experts say that the Uniform Domain Dispute Resolution Process that's helped settle them is in need of some tweaking.
    .... full story

  • UK business under threat from cybersquatters
    A report launched today by Speednames, the leading internet domain name registrars, into the problems of cybersquatting has highlighted the fact that many companies are failing to protect their on-line brands.
    .... full story

  • Masters of Their Domain
    Tired of the same old .com address? Now you can have your very own top-level domain name. Check out some of the possibilities.
    .... full story


  • ICANN not up to the job?
    A man with insider knowledge of the workings of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has criticised the body's approach to creating new domain names for the Internet, adding to a line of unhappy punters, ranging from governments to corporates to the press.
    .... full story


  • Democrats nab Bush-Cheney domain name
    Minutes after George W. Bush announced his running mate, Democrats put up a Web site detailing Dick Cheney's conservative voting record.
    .... full story

  • Channel Islands balk at 'domain tax'
    A row over the best way to run the internet is threatening to escalate.
    .... full story

  • NSI under fire over expired domain names
    Domain name registrar Network Solutions (NSI) is catching flack from other registrars which claim that it is hoarding more than a million expired domain names.
    .... full story


  • Olympic Domain Names Seller Gives Proceeds To Athletes
    Australian businessman Ted Gibson, who was sued for registering more than 200 domain names that include official Olympic trademarks, says he will donate sale proceeds to Olympic athletes, his domain name broker said today.
    .... full story

  • Group Blasts ICANN's Policies
    The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers is coming under new criticism from a group alleging the organization's structure has much to do with its failures.
    .... full story

  • Icann dot-eu vote: one week to deadline
    Internet users have only a week left to register for elections which will decide whether Europe gets its own dot-eu domain.
    .... full story


  • Domains may double
    Top-level domain names could double with Icann's probable November addition of .shop and .bank
    .... full story

  • Fraud squad to query domain name `sales'
    Today the Fraud Squad will consider investigating a Newbridge-based company called, which, it is alleged, is illegally selling `.ie' domain names, the Irish Independent has learned.
    .... full story

  • Numeric domain name system launched
    A bunch of Cambridge businessmen have launched a numeric-based domain name system.
    .... full story


  • New domains spark controversy
    Users will now have to wait until the end of the year for a decision from Icann (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) on what new top-level domain name alternatives to .com and .net will be made available to them.
    .... full story

  • Get ready for the domain scramble
    Amazon claims With the addition of more top-level domains such as .shop and .news, expect to hear a lot of name calling.
    .... full story


  • C&W spends $100 million on 5 Net businesses
    Cable & Wireless, the United Kingdom's traditional phone company, said it paid $100 million for five Internet-related businesses in Europe.
    .... full story

  • Conduit wins back domain name
    A landmark legal decision was made yesterday when the High Court ordered cybersquatters to hand back a domain name to Conduit Europe, the company that operates the 11850 directory enquiries service.
    .... full story


  • New Domain Name Suggestions Will Cost $50K
    Applicants can start proposing new top-level domain names to the organization that governs the Internet, but they must plunk down $50,000 along with their proposal.
    .... full story

  • Nader proposes new domain names for protesters
    In an effort to thwart cyberprotesters who try to erect protest sites against them, companies often buy up domain names like or
    This tactic disturbs Green Party presidential candidate and consumer gadfly Ralph Nader who, along with activist groups Consumer Project on Technology ( and Essential Information (, have asked the Internet's authorities for permission to build 10 new "top level" domain names that would join the likes of .com and .org. The new domain names, which are intended to secure free-speech rights for the disgruntled, include .sucks, .complaints, and .isnotfair.
    .... full story

  • Dot-somethings to divide the dot-com domain
    The dominance of the dot-coms is over. By the end of this year, addresses on the World Wide Web will use new suffixes that may include .shop, .tel and .news.
    .... full story

  • Dawn of a new era for domain names
    The empire of the dot-com is vanquished. Instead, welcome to dot-shop, dot-books and dot-travel. By the end of the year, novice Internet surfers, already baffled by the proliferation of dot-com addresses, will be faced with an even more daunting array of Web suffixes.
    .... full story

  • Domain names aside, future of Net is at stake
    Whose Internet will it be, anyway?
    The question wasn't on the agenda when the board of directors of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, convened here Sunday. But ICANN, administrator of the Internet's domain-name addressing system, which is the way computers on the Net can find each other, is fundamentally in the business of deciding whose Internet it will be.
    .... full story

  • ICANN adds domains names, stores up troubles
    In another fractious ICANN meeting just concluded in Yokohama, Chairwoman Esther Dyson commented that this should lead to "diversity amongst domain names" and "a reduction of scarcity" - but is this really likely to be true? Already, ambulance chasing brokers are offering "pre-registration" services for the new top-level domains, and it looks as though there will be a continuing bonanza for intellectual property lawyers unless ICANN smartens itself up and gets a decent set of domain-naming rules in place.
    .... full story

  • ICANN election rules set
    Setting up a unique exercise in international cyber-democracy, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on Sunday put the finishing touches on rules allowing for the direct election of five members to its board of directors by tens of thousands of Internet users around the world.
    .... full story


  • New Internet domain names approved
    The private corporation overseeing changes on the Internet approved the creation today of the first new top-level domain names on the computer network since the 1980s.
    .... full story


  • More Domain Names Brewing
    The governing body for Internet domain names is meeting this week in Japan to draw up its blueprint for expanding the choice of Web site names available to the general public. However, the question remains whether simply allowing more alternatives to the ".com" suffix will solve the naming system's problems.
    .... full story

  • Domain Claim
    High-profile celebrities in South Florida don't own their own names for the purposes of a Web site, but it's OK with them
    .... full story

  • CMC Magnetics Sets Sights on Chinese Domain Name Market
    Eying the business opportunities provided by the opening of generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), CMC Magnetics Corp. concluded agreements recently with International and i-Email in a bid to claim the lion's share of the Chinese domain name market.
    .... full story

  • Multi-lingual domain names service announced in Hong Kong
    An American Internet firm is joining forces with an Australian partner to provide a multi-lingual domain name service, the company said in Hong Kong Friday.
    .... full story

  • Scientology loses domain battle
    The controversial Church of Scientology has lost a fight over an Internet domain name to a renegade sect that swears allegiance to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard but split from the church nearly two decades ago.
    .... full story

  • Icann considers .sex domain
    The authority for organising the nametags of the Internet, Icann, is meeting in Japan this week to consider adding new domains to the pool which already includes familiar extensions .com, .net and .org.
    Contenders for new domain suffixes include .sex, .xxx, .museum and .protest, but Icann is unlikely to approve more than a few new domains and has hinted that it may restrict allocations to organisations relevant to the suffix.
    .... full story

  • Bid to ban `Olympic' as a domain name
    The organisers of the Winter Olympic Games have begun a legal battle in the US against 1,800 internet sites which they claim misuse the Olympic name.
    .... full story

  • Can't pay, won't pay for Icann
    The internet's governing body, Icann, is today facing a battle over domain names and a potential strike by the organisation that controls European web addresses.
    .... full story


  • ICANN holding key meeting on creating new domain names
    Even if you've heard of ICANN, you probably don't know much about it.
    But the Internet oversight body, formally known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is holding a pivotal meeting here this week, and the outcome will help shape the Net's future.
    .... full story

  • Canada on IOC hit list
    The International Olympic Committee has battled a pizza place, a pool hall and a salad dressing over trademark infringement. Now the IOC is taking its fight into cyberspace and that means taking on one of its worst offenders, Canada.
    .... full story


  • Tacoma Web Developer Bests Giant Fuji In Domain Dispute
    After four years, Tacoma, Wash., Web developer Fuji Publishing may soon be able to use the domain it once registered for its business of creating e-commerce sites for cigar companies and wineries.
    .... full story


  • Like area codes, Net needs more domains
    Dot-movie. Dot-protest. Even dot-sex?
    .... full story

  • ICANN Opponents Blast Favorable GAO Report
    Opponents of the powerful and controversial Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers today blasted a government report that found nothing illegal in the formation or the ongoing governance efforts of the fledgling entity.
    .... full story

  • FootHealthNetwork Acquires New Domain Name: New URL Helps Double Online Traffic, the world's most comprehensive foot health site, has acquired the domain name The site has seen its online traffic double since the new domain was posted on June 16, 2000.
    .... full story

  • UK Firm Fails To Reclaim Domain Name Lost In Shuffle
    A UK company that lost a domain name during a botched transfer of the Internet moniker has failed in an attempt to win it back using an arbitration process designed to settle disputes over such addresses.
    .... full story

  • ICANN to Launch More Top-Level Domains
    A battle for registry authorization of new domain names among global domain-name administrators, including those in Taiwan, is afoot.
    .... full story


  • Orange Bowl Committee wins battle over Web domain name
    The Orange Bowl Committee has won rights to "'' from a Chicago man who had registered the Internet domain name.
    .... full story


  • Dr Domain and Great Ormand Street Hospital
    As reported in the The Telegraph yesterday (Domain Doc buys: Johnathon Lambeth), a Belgian Doctor with an interest in an obscure stress treatment named Alphabiotics, is attempting to play the domain name wheel of fortune in order to build a theme park dedicated to alternative therapies.
    .... full story

  • GAO Clears ICANN's Legal Underbrush
    A report issued today by the General Accounting Office found the Clinton administration's conduct legal and proper while it was establishing private control of the Internet's domain-name system.
    .... full story

  • Yahoo! yanks Singapore leader's domain name from auction
    Yahoo! Singapore has pulled from its site an auction for the Internet domain name of the country's senior minister Lee Kuan Yew, a report said Friday.
    .... full story


  • LSE Buys 3 Ix Domain Names For Us$12,800
    The LSE last week has purchased three domain names, including the domain name IXLONDON.COM from Entredomains, Inc. (a Nevada corporation). The law office of Herbert Smith acted on behalf of the LSE.
    .... full story

  • Research firm loses domain fight over porn site's similar name
    A Canadian construction research company has failed in a bid to wrest an Internet domain name almost identical to its own from a Toronto-based Web site it contends is pornographic.
    .... full story

  • Thailand to head international Web domain assigner: report
    Thailand has been chosen to head an international organisation that manages Internet domain names, reports said Thursday.
    .... full story

  • Auction of Singapore leader's domain name goes nowhere
    A cybersquatter auctioning off the Internet domain name of Singapore Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew is out of luck so far, a report said Thursday.
    .... full story

  • Net users give thumbs up to 'dot-eu' domain name
    The European Commission says it has received strong support from the Internet community for the creation of the "dot-eu" domain name to boost the use of e-commerce in Europe.
    .... full story


  • Nation's Capitol Becoming Dot-Com Capitol - NSI
    Washington, DC, registered more .com, .org and .net Internet names per capita in February and April of this year than did any of the 50 states, Network Solutions said today.
    .... full story

  • European domain address proceeds
    The European Commission revealed Wednesday that it will rapidly move to register its ".eu" address as a top level domain name.
    .... full story

  • Melbourne IT Wins Right to Chinese Character Domains
    Melbourne IT will offer domain names written in Chinese characters, following an agreement with i-DNS International. The company's subsidiary, Internet Names WorldWide (INWW), will be the first ICANN-accredited domain name registrar to offer the Chinese names, and plans to extend the licence to cover other character-based languages, including Japanese, Arabic, Thai and Tamil.
    .... full story


  • UK lifts tax threat on domain names
    The UK Treasury has lifted a tax threat to dotcom millionaires who made money from the sale of internet domain names.
    .... full story

  • Lastminute wins crucial domain name battle
    Site fends off court threat to its brand name in Germany
    .... full story

  • Icann steps up European membership drive
    Icann - the organisation in charge of top level internet domain names - is trying to rekindle its flagging European recruitment drive just two months before the election of new board members.
    .... full story


  • ICANN to hold cyberelections
    Coming this fall to a computer near you: The world's first international cyberelections to shape how Internet users find Web sites and communicate with one another.
    .... full story


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