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Domain Name News Archive - July 2001

  • Domain names used as trademark need to be registered, says IPO
    LOCAL companies wanting to use their Internet domain names as a trademark or service mark still need to register at the local Intellectual Property office (IPO)
    .... full story

  • Invading their data domains
    The solicitation flood when a domain name is registered sparks complaints about disclosure of contact information.
    .... full story


  • Domain land rush Registries for .info and .biz accepting applications
    Online consumers with a pioneer spirit will soon have the opportunity to homestead new Internet territory outside the traditional dot-com realm
    .... full story


  • NeuLevel, ICANN Say .Biz Lawsuit Has No Merit
    The operators of the newly minted ".biz." Internet registry today refuted allegations that the application process for .biz Internet addresses constitutes an illegal lottery under California law.
    .... full story

  • U.S. closes bidding on ".us" domain bids
    The U.S. government closed the bidding on proposals to manage its ".us" Internet domain Friday despite pleas from lawmakers, computer users and public-interest groups that the process should be given more time.
    .... full story

  • Domain name 'fire sale' could break WIPO rules
    A sale of desirable domain names, including and, could break new rules about to be imposed by the World Intellectual Property Organisation
    .... full story


  • Mortgage domains for sale and are up for grabs
    .... full story

  • California companies file suit against .biz domain process
    LIKENING THE CURRENT TLD (top level domain) registration process for the emerging IP suffix ".biz" to an illegal lottery, a number of California companies recently filed suit against domain registrar Neulevel.
    .... full story

  • Step up for .info domains
    Trademark owners have 30 days to reserve a new .info domain bearing their valuable brand name.
    .... full story


  • New ".biz" Internet domain faces legal challenge
    Companies involved in the roll-out of the ".biz" Internet domain have been hit with a lawsuit alleging that their efforts to introduce a rival to the popular ".com" domain constitute an illegal lottery.
    .... full story

  • Should Surfing Kids Get Their Own Domain?
    ICANN dismisses .kids concept as unenforceable, but legislators urge adoption.
    .... full story

  • Step up for .info domains
    Trademark owners have 30 days to reserve a new .info domain bearing their valuable brand name.
    .... full story

  • Yours for $25,000 in "fire sale"
    As founder and head of the Internet incubating company WebMagic, McLemore registered Internet domain names for just about every conceivable product, business and special interest group:, and, to name just a few.
    .... full story


  • ICANN Brought '.Kids' Legislation On Itself - Lawmakers
    A pair of lawmakers today said they would not have introduced legislation mandating the creation of a ".kids" Internet domain if Internet addressing authorities had been more responsive to the needs of the online public.
    .... full story

  • Track Data goes old skool and sells domain name
    Well, here's a bit of Net nostalgia for you. Financial services company Track Data has actually sold its domain name to another company for - get this - $1 million.
    We can't remember the last time someone actually paid for a URL rather than go to WIPO and use its flawed rules to pull it off people. And $1 million too. Brings a tear to our eye.
    .... full story

  • Lawmakers want safe domain for kids
    Two U.S. congressmen want the Internet's top standards-setting body to create a "safe space" for children on the Internet before expanding the existing addressing system any further beyond the ranks of .com, .org and .net.
    .... full story

  • TDC buys internet domain name for $1million usd
    TDC AS -- formerly Tele Danmark AS -- has bought the internet domain name from US online broker Track Data Securities for 1 mln usd, newswire RB-Boersen said citing Louise Ry, TDC's communications director.
    .... full story


  • Domain Name "Slamming" Row Breaks Out
    VeriSign Inc is claiming that certain unnamed domain name registrars are "slamming" its customers, and it wants industry regulator the Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers to sort it out, according to a letter published last week.
    .... full story

  • ICANN directors irate over .name email "monopoly"
    The pending contract between ICANN and the company that will control the new .name domain, has even some ICANN directors up in arms
    .... full story

  • Government Looks To Expand Use of ".us" Domain
    Chalk it up to smug chauvinism, or perhaps just the cachet of all things .com, but the United States has never made much use of that most patriotic of all Internet addresses: the ".us" domain name.
    .... full story

  • Will a code of conduct prevent domain name rip-offs?
    WITH the arrival of the internet and the spread of its influence across all areas of private and public life, a number of organisations have sprung up which seek to provide accreditation to companies which do business on the net.
    .... full story


  • Tackling domain name disputes
    THE administrator for '.sg' Internet addresses is proposing a framework to resolve domain name disputes here, which could be cheaper and faster than going to court.
    .... full story


  • VeriSign accuses competitors of 'slamming,' turns to ICANN
    Internet addressing giant VeriSign Inc. is accusing some of its largest competitors of improperly poaching customers who own Web addresses through VeriSign.
    .... full story


  • Kodak gets domain names
    Photo giant Eastman Kodak has prevailed in a domain name dispute against a California resident who took up eight domain names, including, and, according to The National Arbitration Forum
    .... full story

  • German Net Official Throws Weight Behind ICANN
    A top official of DENIC, the organization that administers Germany's top level domain ".de," says she strongly supports the current centralized global system under which the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) administers the Internet.
    .... full story

  • Registrars Refute 'Domain Slamming' Charges
    Fighting what they say is an increasing level of desperation to keep its customers close to the fold, registrars and Internet service providers (ISPs) responded Friday to VeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN) charges of "domain slamming."
    .... full story


  • Trading Value of Korean Domain Names Remains Mystery
    If you want to know how much damage a corporate image can sustain from being out of touch with Korea's rapidly growing IT dynamics, just ask DaimlerChrysler. Logging on to will bring you to a used car dealer in the U.S., and short of buying a car from that distance you may at least end up reading about Volkswagens.
    .... full story


  • Canada Warns Of Domain Registration Scam
    The Canadian Competition Bureau issued a warning today that a company called Internet Registry of Canada has sent invoices to consumers requesting payment to register or re-register .ca domain names.
    .... full story

  • Officious domain demands not really official
    A Toronto company selling Web domain name registrations has changed its marketing practices after critics claimed its mailings appeared to come from a government department.
    .... full story

  • Businesses flippant about domain names: expert
    MANY businesses are flippant about the value of their internet domain names, an expert said today. The managing director of leading internet domain names registrar Network Solutions Inc (Asia), Arthur Chang, warned companies their internet brands can be as valuable as their "offline" brand.
    .... full story


  • The Domain Name Rush is On - But Where's the Gold?
    With new suffixes coming online, domain name registration and sales services are seeing levels of activity not experienced since the early days of the dot-com boom.
    .... full story


  • Icann lays down law
    Icann (internet corporation for assigned names and numbers) reasserted its authority over the management and creation of new domain names in its new policy paper on Friday.
    .... full story


  • Congressional hearings focus on domain database
    The launch of seven new top-level domains is again highlighting concerns about the thoroughness and privacy of publicly searchable databases.
    .... full story

  • ICANN Board Member Calls Governance Paper 'Wishy-Washy'
    The first official statement from the group charged with deciding how and whether ordinary citizens should be allowed to participate in the Internet governance process met today with a chilly response from one member of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN) influential board of directors.
    .... full story

  • Australian Domain Name Space Set For Competition
    The au Domain Administration (auDA), a non-profit that is Australia's first industry self-regulatory body for the .au domain name space, has approved a model for the introduction of competition into the domain.
    .... full story

  • Slams ICANN "Renegades" Inc CEO David Hernand yesterday lashed back at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in the latest stage of their increasingly ugly dispute. Hernand, in an interview with ComputerWire, branded the ICANN staff "renegades" that are "trying to put out of business."
    .... full story

  • Domain Name Service, Inc - ADNS - Adds "America" as a New Top Level Domain
    AGN Domain Name Service, Inc. has created a new top-level domain called .AMERICA and is now allowing customers to obtain domains with this suffix.
    .... full story

  • At-Large Study Committee Releases First Discussion Paper on ICANN; Discussion Paper Leading the Way for Focused Public Input on How to Help ICANN Fulfill its Mission
    With the release of its first "Discussion Paper," the At-Large Membership Study Committee (ALSC) indicated the need for better ways of involving the world's individual Internet users in ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).
    .... full story


  • ICANN Strikes Back, Refuses to be Strong-Armed by
    A row has broken out between the Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers and Inc, the company that is defying it by launching unauthorized top-level domain name services.
    .... full story

  • Domain Name Database Latest Privacy Battleground
    A database holding the contact information of Web site owners is set to become the latest Internet battleground as privacy advocates and copyright and trademark owners butt heads on Capitol Hill.
    .... full story

    Conservative MEPs have supported the European Commission proposal to introduce a ".eu" domain name, using a simple and workable procedure that will add minimum costs to business.
    .... full story


  • Tuvalu Celebrates Dot-TV Domain With National Stamps
    The tiny Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has issued a set of stamps to celebrate a lucrative .tv domain name deal.
    .... full story

  • Why ICANN's domain dispute rules are flawed: Part I
    The Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is an exceptionally important Internet process and stands to become all the more important in years to come. It is being adopted by new top-level domains; ICANN and WIPO are pushing it into the wider international arena and country-code TLDs; and the European Union plans to adopt it for the new .eu domain.
    .... full story

  • Why ICANN's domain dispute rules are flawed: Part II
    This is the second part of our in-depth rundown on why the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy - the rules used by ICANN and WIPO to decide who should own a particular domain - are flawed and why a fast and effective overhaul is essential before it is taken as the de facto policy on domain disputes.
    .... full story


  • Canada Wins 31 Domain Names In WIPO Decision
    The Canadian government has won 31 of 32 domain names it claimed were being held in bad faith by a Vancouver, British Columbia-based cybersquatter.
    .... full story


  • Internet industry warns EU not to make '.eu' domain name rules too burdonsome
    The European internet community is warning the EU not to make the proposed ".eu" top level domain name regulation too burdonsome for operators, said lawyer Nick Lockett.
    .... full story

  • Proposed domain rules under the gun
    The draft text of the Free Trade Area of the Americas agreement released this week proposes requiring operators of country-code top level domain names in signatory countries to adopt a controversial system for settling trademark disputes over Internet domain names
    .... full story

  • IETF stays course on international domain names
    Patents be damned! That's the consensus of network engineers developing an industry standard for supporting foreign-language domain names in the Internet.
    .... full story


  • ICANN Needs More Time to Privatize DNS
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers this week released its third annual report to the Department of Commerce, and for the third time said it needs more time to fulfill its contract to help privatize management of the internet's domain name system.
    .... full story

  • Missed out? Reserve a new domain name, says IIA
    Companies that missed out on a .com, .org or .net top level domain name have a second chance, with the release of new top level domain names by an international regulatory body.
    .... full story

  • Competing Domain-Name Registries Creating Tower of Cyber-Babel
    Identical names outside ICANN's jurisdiction have been claimed at different registries. When these sites go live, prepare for some bitter fighting.
    Who owns the rights to the Internet domain name Depends on whom you ask. According to, the Pasadena, Calif.-based domain registry, the domain belongs to one Tariq Ghafoor of Tempe, Ariz. He registered the name for one year in March of 2001. But according to Namespace, a New York-based domain registry, the domain has been registered to Morgan Flom, a self-described "URL merchant" based in Choctaw, Okla., since June of 2000.
    Welcome to the chaos of "generic" top-level domains. As more companies enter the business of registering domain names that are outside of the few top levels authorized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), such as .com and .org, there is increasing confusion and bitterness about which names belong to whom.
    .... full story

  • Connecting dots--replanning for new domains
    You've got to feel for Gene Bolmarcich. As trademark counsel at Caterpillar, in Peoria, Ill., Bolmarcich already spends huge chunks of his time as a watchdog, protecting the company's online brand—and its 600 registered .com, .net and .org URLs—from cybersquatters. Now, with two official new top-level domains—.biz and .info—set to go live this fall and dozens more popping up like weeds all over the Web, Bolmarcich may soon be overwhelmed.
    .... full story

  • Domain money hot to dot
    THE rush to snap up the generic domain names .biz and .info has begun, with more than two million people pre-registering for web suffixes in just two weeks.
    .... full story

  • Melbourne IT in new domain plan
    Domain name registry Melbourne IT yesterday reiterated bullish earnings forecasts for the first half, suggesting the impending launch of two new global domain names would help increase its market share
    .... full story


  • ICANN Completes .Name Contract
    Internet addressing authorities on Wednesday announced that they had cleared one of the last major hurdles standing in the way of ".name" becoming a globally accessible Internet domain.
    .... full story

  • Korea To Set Up Domain Name Dispute Mediator
    Disputes over the rights to Korean domain names will be mediated by a panel of attorneys starting in October.
    .... full story


  • Multilingual domain name usage lags
    Internationalized domain names have attracted great interest among non-English speaking users of the Internet and are a top priority for the 'Net's policymakers. But technical difficulties and a lack of industry standards are hampering corporate use of these names.
    .... full story

  • European Domain May Be Scuppered by US .kids Bill
    Legislation introduced last week by two US congressmen, aimed at introducing a .kids domain to the internet, could have the effect of delaying the European Union getting its own .eu domain.
    .... full story

  • .KIDS Domains Inc. Comments on Introduction of Bill in Congress
    .KIDS Domains Inc.(KDI) and its Chairman Page Howe commented on legislation introduced Friday into the United States House of Representatives by Congressmen John Shimkus from Illinois and Congressman Edward J Markey from Massachusetts.
    .... full story

  • Domain names at dawn
    A woman in Berkshire is being accused of cyber squatting after registering the domain name
    .... full story

  • China closes in on domain-name feuds
    Seven months into their role in domain name disputes, arbitrators in China are looking forward to playing a more important part in quelling such rows.
    .... full story


  • New .eu domain edges closer to reality
    The .eu top-level domain is getting closer to becoming a reality with a report finalised in the European Council and the first official report on this matter expected soon from the European Parliament. If all goes according to plan, the new domain will go live early next year.
    .... full story

  • Bill would require ICANN to create '.kids' domain
    A pair of lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would force Internet addressing authorities to create a ".kids" domain that would be designed to serve as a safe online haven for children.
    .... full story

  • Pop-ups in Whois - Domain Firm Opens Floodgates
    A domain name broker has come up with an innovative way of marketing its clients' domains and its own services - by injecting popup advertisements into Whois databases. While the practice does not seem to violate any strict rules or technical standards, some are questioning the ethics of such a hack, and pondering its potential for seedier uses.
    .... full story


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