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Domain Name News Archive - March 2001

  • Lawmakers want review of ICANN-VeriSign deal
    Three congressmen asked the Bush Administration Friday to review a recent deal that would extend VeriSign's control of the lucrative .com Internet domain name suffix.
    .... full story

  • Vint Cerf explains why ICANN is messing with the Net
    Originator of TCP/IP, hero of the Internet and the bearded, Vint Cerf took time out from his bureaucratic job as chairman of ICANN to talk to Business 2.0.
    .... full story

  • Opinion: ICANN's deal with web registrar angers users
    An enormous row has broken out on the internet that is threatening to divide the digital world.
    .... full story

  • VeriSign domains under fire
    VeriSign came under increased fire over its controversial plans to keep its long-term stake in the lucrative business of selling and registering ".com" internet addresses.
    .... full story

  • First Asian-language domain dispute settled
    In the first dispute over Internet domain names in an Asian alphabet, a United Nations panel has ruled in favor of Japanese pharmaceutical company Sankyo.
    .... full story


  • New domains won't help squatters: ICANN
    An official with the Net's top naming authority has told a U.S. Congressional subcommittee that new domains such as dot-biz wouldn't lead to a jump in cybersquatting.
    .... full story


  • ICANN warns against new domain preregistrations
    With seven new Internet top-level domains due to officially become available later this year, some domain name registrars are getting an early start and offering preregistrations to companies. But that practice has risks for users, according to the organization that oversees the domain name system.
    .... full story

  • Senator Questions ICANN's Legality
    A U.S. senator has asked the U.S. Department of Commerce to stop giving more authority to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the nonprofit overseer of Web addresses.
    .... full story

  • All you need to know about domain names
    Being creative about online marketing is very necessary in order to expand on efforts to reach regional or global audiences cost effectively.
    .... full story

  • Canadian Domain Authority Seeks Input On Board Elections
    The organization now managing Canada's Internet domain space is asking Canadians for help in drafting a slate of candidates its own nominating committee will put forward during its first public election of board members.
    .... full story


  • Patent flap slows multilingual domain name plan
    Intellectual property claims have blindsided the Internet Engineering Task Force and could derail the group's efforts to develop a common scheme for supporting foreign-language domain names across the Internet.
    .... full story


  • Celebrities, big business contest domain names
    If your company is called Volkswagen or your name is Madonna, do you know what your rights are on the Internet?
    Many major celebrities, big corporations and mere mortals have had a rude awakening in discovering that their names are not theirs alone on the Web.
    .... full story

  • Thai-language domain names up for grabs
    The Asia-Pacific managing director of the world's largest domain-name registrar talks to K I Woo about his company's strategies.
    .... full story


  • Congressmen Urge ICANN to Protect Trademarks
    Members of Congress criticized the nonprofit overseer of Web addresses for failing to adopt baseline standards to prevent cybersquatting in new top-level domains during a hearing Thursday.
    .... full story


  • Firms pledge to minimize cybersquatting
    An official with the Internet's top naming authority told a congressional subcommittee Thursday that the introduction of new domains such as .biz and .pro will not lead to an increase in cybersquatting.
    .... full story

  • Predicts Huge Take-Up Of Broadcast Domain Names As .tv Gets Plugged In are one of the first companies in the UK to take the domain name registration market by storm with the launch of the most widely recognised two-letter acronym across the globe. From today .tv , becomes an email and web address that will allow millions to create a truly global identity that is specific to the most popular medium on the planet
    .... full story

  • More Characters Added To Multilingual Domain System
    VeriSign Inc. [NASDAQ:VRSN], owners of Internet domain registry Network Solutions, says it is increasing again the number of non-English characters supported by its fledgling system for processing multilingual Net addresses.
    .... full story

  • ICANN Defends Intellectual Property Approach
    The powerful Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was on Capitol Hill again today, this time defending its stance on intellectual property protection and its decision to allow Internet addressing companies to set their own guidelines for safeguarding copyright and trademark holders.
    .... full story

  • ICANN: We've got cybersquatting squashed
    Louis Touton, vice president and general counsel for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), told the House Judiciary Committee's intellectual-property subcommittee that companies in charge of the seven new domains will take steps to ensure that new Internet addresses such as would only be awarded to legitimate copyright holders.
    .... full story


  • Playing the Domain Game: Power to the People
    If you believe that the Internet is a public resource, then one must also conclude that there should be a meaningful public role in domain name management.
    .... full story

  • Internet domain name registration policy being amended
    PKNIC, the registering authority for Pakistan's .pk domain name is in the process of revising its registration policy, which would make getting a domain name a lot easier for everyone.
    .... full story

  • VeriSign to allow Web site names in Arabic, Hebrew and Thai
    VeriSign Inc (VRSN). said on Wednesday that it will begin registering Internet domain names in a number of new languages including Arabic, Hebrew, and Thai early next month, as the company continues its push to add multilingual Web site and e-mail addresses.
    .... full story


  • ICANN slips into town to chart the online future
    There were no baton-wielding police or S11-style anti-globalisation protesters outside Melbourne's Exhibition and Convention Centre last week, despite the venue hosting a self-governed corporation dedicated to making the processes of global communication and business possible.
    .... full story


  • Warner Bros. backs off Harry Potter fight
    A teenage leader in the crusade to keep Warner Bros. from steamrolling over Harry Potter fan sites will get to keep her domain name.
    .... full story

  • Can Win Domain Name Game?
    One day after it broke the dot-com mold and actually declared a profit in the fourth quarter of 2000, saw its stock rating downgraded by Legg Mason, the investment bank that co-managed's IPO.
    .... full story

  • Domain Industry Nears Treacherous Waters
    The domain name industry is about to meet a shipwreck coast of its own. It doesn't take a genius to see that a treacherous shakeout is on its way.
    .... full story

  • Masters Of Their Own Voice Domains
    Just as businesses are trying to decide if they should be protecting their corporate monikers in an ever-increasing universe of "dot-something" Internet domains, AboutVoice is asking them to sign up for their own voice-powered addresses.
    .... full story

  • Motown Sues Over Rights To Jackson 5 Domain Name
    Motown Records has filed suit over the domain name, contending that its use by others constitutes infringement of the label's federally registered trademark of the group's name, Billboard Bulletin reports
    .... full story


  • Confusion Is Domain Problem
    The chaos that Vint Cerf recently warned about from alternative top-level domain (TLD) providers is already happening.
    .... full story

  • Registrar finds a profitable domain
    Internet domain registrar Melbourne IT has eked out $1.4 million net profit for the 2000 calendar year.
    .... full story


  • Domain-name chaos feared on Web
    A civil war is brewing in cyberspace as a California startup tries to overthrow the monopoly system that governs the creation of Web names.
    .... full story

  • Domain name expansion hits delays
    ICANN (the Internet Corpoartion for Assigned Names and Numbers) has confirmed it is still in negotiations with organisations for four of the seven new generic top-level domain names (GTLDs), despite having set a deadline of December 31 2000 for the discussions to be completed.
    .... full story

  • Habitat Domain Name Case
    On the continuing theme of domain name disputes trade mark owners are not just looking in the UK to obtain the domain names, but at all the various country level domain names.
    .... full story

  • The ICANN meeting in a nutshell
    Well, this ICANN meeting in Melbourne will mostly be remembered for the attempt by ICANN's board to rewrite the entire DNS structure at very short notice and with zero consultation from other interested and affected parties.
    .... full story

  • An Open Letter to ICANN
    On the matter of considering attempting to enforce that .org domains shall only be used by government sanctioned non-profit organizations:
    .... full story


  • ICANN: New Domains Click Closer To Readiness
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) - the powerful organization responsible for Internet addressing - has moved a step closer to making recently approved domains available to Internet users.
    .... full story

  • ICANN: We're ready - new domain operators
    The companies waiting to operate recently approved Internet domains jointly announced their readiness to sign agreements with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Melbourne on Monday.
    .... full story

  • Domain name bonanza just a flash in the pan
    Prospectors who joined last week's goldrush to grab newly-released domains like dot-shop, dot-hola and dot-xxx are unlikely to make a killing from their investment as the new sites cannot be accessed by the vast majority of corporate users
    .... full story

  • Internet board promises decision on new domain names
    The managers for Internet domain names ended meetings Tuesday by requesting more public input and promising to decide in three weeks on the future of .com, .net and .org.
    .... full story

  • ICANN to finalize new top-level domains
    New top-level domains came a step closer to reality Tuesday when the agency that oversees Internet addresses authorized the completion of negotiations for the unsponsored top-level domains .name, .pro, .biz and .info.
    .... full story

  • Selects VeriSign's to List Its Portfolio Of Valuable Domain Names
    VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN), today announced that will list 26 premium health-related domain names for sale at is a service of VeriSign and the leading domain name secondary market.
    .... full story


  • Call For Privacy To Be Automatic In Domain Name Process
    One of the largest registrars of Internet domain names, Tucows Inc., is leading a call for domain name holders to be protected against the sale of their information by unscrupulous registrars.
    .... full story

  • Alternative domain-name system is a bad idea
    It was almost enough to make a digital homesteader think the land-rush days of the Web had never ended: Twenty brand-new top-level Internet domains -- a vast frontier of alternatives to .com, from .kids to .xxx -- all going for $25 a year.
    .... full story

  • ICANN: We're Ready - New Domain Operators
    The companies waiting to operate recently approved Internet domains jointly announced their readiness to sign agreements with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Melbourne on Monday.
    .... full story

  • Registrars attack domain name plans
    Internet registrars have sent a draft letter to ICANN saying that its planned overhaul of the domain name system will have no tangible benefit for the Internet community
    .... full story

  • Start-up makes domain waves
    Critics of the glacial pace of domain name creation are worried that the approach taken last week by start-up Inc. will only make the situation worse.
    .... full story

  • ICANN: Ticking VeriSign Deal Explodes In Melbourne
    Criticism of a deal that could give VeriSign Inc. [NASDAQ:VRSN] almost permanent control over the valuable ".com" domain name registry came to a head at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting in Melbourne on Monday.
    .... full story

  • ICANN Readies for 'Land' Rush
    It's likely to be late summer at least before many of the Internet's newest general top-level domains go live and up for grabs.
    .... full story

  • ICANN to focus on Internet community needs
    ICANN will defend its controversial plans for the .com, .net and .org domain names in the face of increasing concern from industry
    .... full story


  • BT becomes ninth UK ICANN-accredited registrar
    British Telecom - the Great Satan of Broadband - has just received the royal seal of approval from ICANN as a registrar. Now it can join the party, fill ICANN and Network Solutions' coffers and register .coms, .nets and .orgs
    .... full story

  • Domain Name for Children's Clothing Company Not Protected by Trademark Anti-Dilution Act
    A man who rushed to register dozens of Internet domain names after being ordered by a would-be competitor to stop using a single domain name has been given a second chance by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
    .... full story

  • Itís checkmate in the chess site domain name dispute
    GLASGOW businessman, Irving Remocker, is not a devoted chess fan, but in the late summer of 1999, he spotted the opportunity to acquire and develop a website dedicated to the worldwide appreciation of chess,
    .... full story

  • Critics worry about impact of domain plans
    A start-up domain name registry operating outside the control of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) this week launched 20 new Internet domains as alternatives to .com, .net and other officially sanctioned ones. But some users and critics said Inc. could do more harm than good by striking out on its own.
    .... full story

  • New Domains Could Spur Internet Gridlock, Critics Say
    Proponents argue's renegade system is better than waiting for ICANN.
    .... full story


  • Domain-Name Registrar Eyes Dulles Complex
    VeriSign Inc. plans to add 400 to 500 new workers this year to its Washington area offices, most of which could be consolidated into a new complex in the Dulles corridor.
    .... full story

  • Domain Name Management Criticized
    The election held last year to select additional board members for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers was a mess, and the organization that oversees the Internet's domain name system needs work.
    .... full story

  • domain name battle heads back to court
    One of the most lucrative domain names on the Internet will take center stage in San Jose, Calif., this week as a bizarre battle over returns to court.
    .... full story

  • Open Elections Coming For Canada's Domain-Name Authority
    Many holders of Canada's ".ca" Internet addresses will soon be able to send their own representatives to the newly minted organization in charge of Canada's domain space.
    .... full story

  • Network Solutions' lead in domain names challenged
    In a sign that its dominance of the domain name registration market may be on the wane, Network Solutions Inc. was beaten by two upstart registrars in one measure of the race to sign up consumers to new domain names, according to a report posted this week by the Web's premier naming authority.
    .... full story


  • ICANN Should Learn from Mistakes
    This week, ICANN's reconsideration committee has begun posting responses to the nearly dozen requests for a second look that amount to "the process was fair, so there's no basis for reconsideration." Already, the committee has responded specifically to the requests from Group One Registry, seeking to run .one, and from Abacus America, seeking to run .biz, .cool, .inc, .fam, and .xxx.
    .... full story

  • Network Solutions To Establish Indian Subsidiary, Offer Indian Domain Names
    Internet domain name registrar Network Solutions Inc (NSI), which was recently acquired by VeriSign , has launched Internet domain name registration in nine Indian languages, enabling people to register the .com, .net and .org names in their local tongues.
    .... full story

  • For Them, It's Domain Event
    The Anaheim Grizzlies might never materialize, but that hasn't stopped an Anaheim ticket brokerage from reserving the Internet domain name,, and a Mississippi college student from reserving the name
    .... full story

  • Branded Web Domain Can Help Your Firm's Name Register With Clients
    Many small businesses and professionals now have their own Internet identity. Instead of the owner of Acme Lumber Co. getting mail at, he can be Having a domain makes your business look more professional. It's also nice to have your own Web site where customers can find information about your business.
    .... full story

  • Domain name showdown to kick off down under
    Sparks could fly at Icann's Melbourne conference this weekend as the domain name governing body comes face-to-face with Californian upstart for the first time.
    .... full story

  • Domain names: Getting the right one
    Last year the Internet Corporation for Associated Names and Numbers (ICANN) allowed companies to propose new Top Level Domain names (TLDs). All that was needed was a completed application form and a non-refundable deposit of $50,000 and then you sat back and waited for ICANN to make their decision.
    .... full story

  • Access to Internet domain databases to be simplified
    EXPERTS HAVE RECOMMENDED that access to the Internet's Whois service that allows users to look up ownership information on Internet domain names in the .com, org, and .net TLDs (top-level domains) be made simpler.
    .... full story


  • Vint Cerf Calls New.Net Domain Scheme A 'Cute Trick'
    A new online service offering consumers Web addresses in simulated top-level domains like .shop, .game and .xxx, is playing off of a growing consumer desire for new Internet "neighborhoods" and a general lack of understanding about how the Internet works, noted networking engineer Vinton Cerf said today.
    Left unclear in initial media accounts, however, is that what offers aren't new top-level domains at all, but cleverly designed third-level domains dressed up to look like cousins of .com, .org and .net.
    .... full story

  • Joins Domain Scheme, ExciteAtHome and Kids Domains Inc. signed on to help gain acceptance of a domain-name system that circumvents the Internet's established guidelines.
    .... full story

  • Domains Spelled in Russian Letters Available in Saint Petersburg Beginning March 5
    It will become possible to register domains spelled in Russian letters in Saint Petersburg beginning March 5.
    .... full story

  • XXX Domains May Be Hard Sell announced Monday that it was offering 20 new top-level domains (TLDs) including dot-xxx, which could be intriguing for adult sites. But Domain Name Systems has been selling dot-xxx domains for several months.
    .... full story

  • New Zealanders To Vote Online To Decide New Domain
    While the addition of new global Internet domain name endings was decided by officials of a non-profit organization, all New Zealand Internet users will have the opportunity to vote for or against a new second-level domain name ending in the .nz domain name space.
    .... full story

  • Congress Has Its Eye On Domain Name Selection
    As the 107th Congress continues to get settled following the election and change in administrations, Internet domain name selection has emerged as the first hot issue on Capitol Hill.
    .... full story


  • ICANN can't guarantee new domain delivery
    CAAN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has warned that the introduction of seven new top-level domain names could be delayed by the poor economic climate.
    .... full story

  • Defies Domain System, a spinoff of Idealab, is challenging the authority of the Internet's primary ruling body by preparing to sell 20 unsanctioned TLDs that it plans to administer on its own.
    .... full story

  • Domain Name Registration Gets 64 More Languages
    Three months after VeriSign Global Registry Services (GRS) began registering Web site addresses in four languages other than English as part of a test process, the company has added 64 new site registration languages to bring the Internet to a larger number of non-English speakers around the globe.
    .... full story


  • Anti-abortion group 'steals' web domains
    THE militant anti-abortion group, Precious Life Scotland, has set up rogue websites which "steal" the domain names of family planning organisations.
    .... full story


  • Fury at ICANN/ VeriSign over .org domains
    Furious .org domain name holders have swamped a public forum set up by ICANN yesterday, angry at proposals that will force them to hand back their domains unless they register as non-profit organisations. The proposals come in a suggested new deal with ICANN from domain monopolist VeriSign.
    .... full story

  • Businessman defeats insurance company over domain name row
    A Scottish businessman has won his legal battle to prove he did not steal an insurance company's internet name.
    .... full story

  • ICANN: New domains are behind schedule
    The new Web addresses that were to be open for registration by Internet users worldwide by July of this year, could be delayed by several months or more, due to protracted contract negotiations with the new list operators and the high-tech downturn on Wall Street, officials at the Internet's premier naming authority said on Friday.
    .... full story


  • VeriSign Extends Agreement to Keep Dot-com Registry
    VeriSign Inc., which registers Web sites, said it extended an agreement that will let it continue to receive and file Internet domain names ending in .com until at least 2007.
    .... full story

  • Verisign outlines proposed terms for ICANN domain pact
    Verisign says would operate .com registry until 2007 under pact
    .... full story

  • Verisign and ICANN amend domain agreement
    VERISIGN AND ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) have reportedly amended the agreements reached two years regarding control of .com, .net, and .org Internet domains
    .... 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


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