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Domain Name News Archive - February 2001

  • ICANN Tips Scales for Trademark Owners
    With the likely introduction of seven new top-level domains (TLDs), such as .info and .pro, later this year, companies that already own a .com name are deciding whether they need to own the parallel name in the new TLDs. Part of the reason companies may decide to get a name in a new domain is to make sure nobody else gets it.
    .... full story

  • Russia Races to Register Cyrillic Domain Names
    Since Monday evening, it has been possible to register domain names in the zones, and in Cyrillic script
    .... full story


  • WIPO Sends Message To AOL In ICQ Domain-Name Dispute
    America Online [NYSE:AOL] has used a quick dispute-resolution process to wrest from so-called "cybersquatters" dozens of Internet addresses bearing AOL trademarks. However, an arbitrator hired by the UN-backed World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) says the Internet service provider won't be getting - a domain reminiscent of the company's ICQ instant-messaging software.
    .... full story


  • Verizon Loses Domain Name
    Verizon has spent a lot of time and money eliminating its old name, Bell Atlantic, on trucks and phone booths. But one "Bell Atlantic" it did not want to eliminate, disappeared Thursday.
    .... full story

  • What’s in a (Domain) Name?
    the value of registering a trademark . . .
    .... full story

  • VeriSign joins multilingual domain name party
    VeriSign has joined the growing movement for foreign-language domain names
    .... full story

  • VeriSign's Network Solutions Registrar expands availability of multilingual domain names
    Companies can now establish global identity and conduct business in more than 65 new languages including French, German, Spanish and Russian
    .... full story


  • Celine Dion wins internet domain battle
    Celine Dion has been awarded the rights to the Internet domain name
    .... full story

  • Markle Foundation backs ICANN governance study
    An international cadre of advocacy groups formed to study the governance of the powerful Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) got a boost Wednesday when the Markle Foundation announced it would donate $432,000 to the study effort.
    .... full story


  • Esperanto domain names may spur comeback
    Failed unilingo may get online fame at last
    .... full story


  • WIPO loads dice in domain dispute conference
    WIPO made sure its views on domain name disputes were made clear at an international meeting in Geneva on Monday by stacking pro-WIPO speakers against critics.
    .... full story


  • United Nations seeks domain rules
    Internet domains representing individual countries should be subject to the same rules that govern names registered with international domains such as .com, the United Nations said Wednesday.
    .... full story

  • Dial the Domain
    VeriSign has launched a beta test of a new service that allows business to register traditional telephone numbers or one- to seven-digit strings of numbers as a Web address.
    .... full story

  • ICANN Projects $5.6 Million Income
    When the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers meets in Melbourne, Australia, next month, it will take up topics such as the new top-level domain (TLD) agreements, country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) agreements, and a review of the Domain Name Supporting Organization. It will also get a status report from the at-large study committee. Finally, ICANN will tell us how it plans to spend the money it collects from registrars and registries. ICANN will present its preliminary budget to the public on March 12.
    .... full story

  • Billy Connolly wins domain-name victory
    The UN-controlled World Intellectual Property Organisation has ruled that Anthony Stewart had no right to the name
    .... full story

  • ICANN: Can't beat the domain heat Down Under
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is getting ready for its next round of meetings to be held for the first time in Australia next month.
    .... full story


  • FTC slams domain name scam
    At the behest of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a federal judge has ordered an alleged Internet address scammer to stop pressuring consumers into buying unnecessary variants of their own domain names.
    .... full story

  • Australian Domain Name Body Proposes Policy Changes
    The au Domain Administration (auDA), a non-profit company set up in April 1999 to become the first industry self-regulatory body for the .au domain name space, has released reports proposing changes to local domain name policy.
    .... full story

  • Registrars meet to discuss hijacking of domains
    PUSHING FOR UNIFORMITY in the handling of Internet domain name disputes, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on Tuesday kicked off a conference in Geneva with representatives from 66 country domain registrars.
    .... full story

  • UN body seeks wider adoption of domain name arbitration process
    The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) plans to push for uniformity in the handling of disputes over the ownership of Internet domain names at a conference that kicked off in Geneva today. Representatives from the registrars that handle 66 country-code domains are expected to be in attendance.
    .... full story

  • Global Domain Registrars Debate Cybersquatting
    Conference considers how to balance intellectual property with domain rights internationally.
    .... full story


  • Network Solutions to Sell Domain Database Information
    In what could become a nightmare for domain owners all over the Internet, it seems that Network Solutions is poised to sell the entire contents of its registration database to the highest bidder.
    .... full story


  • KFC faces domain name battle in China
    Kentucky Fried Chicken is taking a Chinese dotcom company to court over an internet domain name
    .... full story


  • Federal Court Shuts Down Domain Name Scam
    A federal court shut down a business Thursday that claimed to prevent fictional poachers from registering domain names that were nearly identical to existing ones.
    .... full story

  • Domain name 'scam' uncovered
    The US government has moved to halt what it claims is an internet domain name scam that has duped as many as 27,000 small businesses in the US.
    .... full story

  • Broad domain name decision handed down
    In one of the broadest decisions made in court concerning domain names. A Federal Judge has ordered to stop using the word "referee" in all of its domain names.
    .... full story

  • Judge approves domain name penalty on eReferee
    In addition, Right Sports, which owns the eReferee site, is prohibited from using the word "referee" in its directories or in conjunction with any other word in a domain name, meaning the company cannot run Web sites such as or
    .... full story

  • Commentary: Domain name disputes persist
    Despite recent progress in the area of domain name dispute resolution, moves to create additional registries, and the formation of new naming organizations, disputes and conflicts over domain names and trademark law are still occurring.
    .... full story

  • Domain database sale--marketers delight, privacy nightmare?
    The Internet's phone book is up for sale -- and though the listings may represent a treasure trove for marketers, the move also risks a serious privacy backlash.
    .... full story

  • ICANN defends itself
    For the second time in as many weeks, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) officials defended their management of the Internet's worldwide addressing system to a congressional panel concerned about the body's openness and commitment to democratic principals.
    .... full story

  • ICANN board member blasts organization
    A member of the board of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers brought a litany of complaints about the organization to a U.S. Senate subcommittee Wednesday, calling ICANN secretive and saying that it has done an end-run around basic principles of U.S. law.
    .... full story


  • FTC Slams Domain Name Scam
    At the behest of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a federal judge has ordered an alleged Internet address scammer to stop pressuring consumers into buying unnecessary variants of their own domain names.
    .... full story

  • Court Halts Domain Name Registration Scam
    The government said Thursday that it has shut down a scam that duped at least 27,000 website owners into needlessly registering variations of their online addresses
    .... full story

  • ICANN officials spar with one another at Senate hearing
    The outgoing CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and a dissident member of its board of directors faced off at a hearing before a U.S. Senate subcommittee yesterday, presenting sharply contrasting views of the organization that manages the Internet domain name system.
    .... full story

  • Senate Won't Let ICANN Off the Hook
    Senators raised questions about ICANN's legitimacy during a hearing Wednesday and said they plan to take an even closer look at how the nonprofit overseer of Web addresses operates.
    .... full story

  • Congress to examine ICANN constitutional breaches
    Two of ICANN's most formidable shin kickers got their chance to testify before Congress yesterday, and further hearings into the constitutional legality of the Internet quango may result from the hearing.
    .... full story

  • Tongue-Tied on The Net
    The race to grab a piece of the potentially lucrative market in Asian-language domain names threatens the future of a multilingual Web that works
    .... full story

  • ICANN Shouldn't Make Policy, Critics Say
    Cyber activists on Wednesday blasted the organization that manages the Internet for its lack of openness, while also questioning its authority.
    .... full story


  • Clear Sailing For In Domain Dispute
    Six months after ruling that the Internet domain name should be taken away from its current owners and handed to the Spanish city with the similar name, the UN's World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has taken a different stand in a dispute over an Internet address referring to the Port of Helsinki.
    .... full story

  • ICANN explains 'thinking' behind top domain decisions
    ICANN has explained its peculiar rational behind the choice of global top-level domain names, and defended accusations that the entire process was flawed, at a Congressional sub-committee.
    .... full story

  • Should Whois Be Public?
    The domain business is unique in that a customer list with personally identifiable information is required to be posted for all to see. Register a domain name, and your contact information will be accessible to the world in the form of a searchable Whois database.
    .... full story


  • `.ko' Domain to Be Secured for Unification
    A South Korean firm is seeking to secure the ``.ko'' domain jointly with North Korea in a symbolic step towards cyber unification
    .... full story


  • Domain agency blasted on Hill
    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives last week admonished the organization responsible for managing the Internet domain name system. They charged that the nonprofit group has strayed from its technical standards mission and moved to become an all-powerful and out-of-control policy-making body.
    .... full story


  • Changes Due In UK Domain Name Spats
    Nominet, the not-for-profit domain name registrar, is planning a number of changes to the way in which its domain name disputes are handled.
    .... full story

  • Domain News
    With Congressional hearings underway in Washington regarding the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and its approval of new top level domain names, a number of local businesses are getting involved.
    .... full story

  • Canada's TSTV Finds New Meaning In Domain-Name Dispute
    Canada's Toronto Star Newspaper may be wishing it had figured out that the initials "TSTV" were also shorthand for transsexual/transvestite before it named its regional cable television channel. Now the company finds itself surrounded by porn-full Web sites sporting the TSTV letters, and international "cybersquatting" judges say it probably will stay that way.
    .... full story


  • L.A. activists beat WaMu in domain-name game
    Washington Mutual has lost a domain-name spat with two groups of activists battling the thrift's plans to develop a big tract of land in suburban Los Angeles.
    .... full story

  • Chinese Domain Resolution Protocol Up and Running
    China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) said its Chinese domain name resolution protocol has been put into use after a series of trials.
    .... full story

  • Getting to Domain Argument
    A long-simmering battle over additional domain names to supplement the still-crowded dot-com suffix has spilled over into Congress.
    .... full story

  • Domain protests must be allowed
    DISGRUNTLED consumers have adapted to the Internet age: not only do they write letters in protest to their local MP and the Press but now they also set up websites.
    .... full story

  • Domain game: Mr. Cerf goes to Washington
    Critics unhappy with the way new Internet addresses are being handed out should give the process time to work, the head of the Internet's premier naming authority believes.
    .... full story

  • Domain Name Loss For Boss
    Bruce Springsteen is famous for being "Born in the U.S.A.," but in cyberspace his name belongs to a Canadian.
    .... full story

  • Internet board chairman defends new domain names
    The chairman of the board that oversees Internet addresses conceded Thursday that his group may have rejected qualified proposals when it approved seven new domain names last year.
    .... full story

  • ICANN domain name process under fire
    The process used by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to select seven new generic top-level domain (TLD) names came under fire in a House subcommittee hearing on Thursday, as members of U.S. Congress from both parties questioned whether the process was fair.
    .... full story

  • Domain board admits problems, asks for help
    The chairman of an international organization that approved seven new domain names for the Internet defended its procedures on Thursday but also asked Congress for guidance.
    .... full story

  • ICANN gets criticism from House subcommittee over domain selections
    The nonprofit organization charged with managing the Internet domain name system was told today by key members of the U.S. House of Representatives that it's morphing from its technical standards mission and moving toward becoming an all-powerful and out-of-control policy-making body.
    .... full story


  • Let There Be TLDs on Earth
    When Congress hears testimony this week about how new top-level domains were chosen, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will come out the winner.
    .... full story


  • Hanaro Telecom Enters Domain Biz
    Hanaro Telecom Inc., a high-speed Internet access provider, said it has forged an alliance with Dot DJ Corp. to start a domain business in Djibouti.
    .... full story

  • UK Firms Forget About Domain Name Registrations
    A survey just completed by NetNames, the UK's domain name registrar, has found that under 1 percent of UK firms have anyone in their organization who is registering, protecting and managing the company's domain name portfolio.
    .... full story

  • Kidman Wins Nude-Domain Dispute; Tennis Stars Ace Theirs
    Add tennis sisters Venus and Serena Williams and "Eyes Wide Shut" star Nicole Kidman to the list of celebs who have wrested Internet addresses from so-called cybersquatters
    .... full story


  • Domain Name Reveals Regis' New Partner
    For those of you breathless with anticipation about Regis Philbin's new co-host — c'mon, someone has to care — the long search appears to be over.
    .... full story

  • US Congress probes Icann
    The US Congress is to investigate the procedure used by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), last autumn, to select seven additional generic top-level domain names (gTLDs).
    .... full story

  • Outgoing ICANN leader on domain system's challenges
    Mike Roberts is about to complete a 2 1/2-year term as president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the private, non-governmental body charged with coordinating the Internet's domain name system formerly under the control of the U.S. government. Roberts will be replaced by M. Stuart Lynn, former chief information officer for the University of California system, at the ICANN board's next meeting in Melbourne, Australia, beginning in March
    .... full story


  • U.S. blazes trail in clash of trademarks, domain names
    Few areas of Internet law have generated as much attention in recent years as disputes over domain names. Since the mid-1990s, trademark holders and domain name registrants have regularly battled over who is most entitled to own a particular domain.
    .... full story

  • VeriSign to sell domain name marketing operation
    VeriSign Inc. said on Thursday it is seeking buyers for its market-leading Internet domain name marketing business and expects to finalize the transaction by the end of April.
    .... full story

  • Australian Watchdog Alerts Domain Name Holders To Scam
    An Australian consumer watchdog has alerted Internet domain name holders to some unscrupulous touts, saying increased competition is leading to a flood of domain name service offers.
    .... full story


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