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Domain Name News Archive - September 2002

  • ICANN and ccTLDs in technical dispute
    The Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (Centr) has issued fresh comments on ICANN's Zone Access Policy
    .... full story


  • Washington Post battles domain claim
    The Washington Post Co. threatened an anti-abortion activist with legal action on Friday for registering a similar domain name and snatching e-mail messages intended for reporters
    .... full story


  • renewal strategy responsible for loss? Inc may have shot itself in the foot to an extent when it introduced a controversial customer retention system in January 2001. The company reported yesterday that it will make a loss for the first time in over a year, and its SafeRenew system seems at least partly to blame
    .... full story

  • auDA case against domain name re-seller goes to mediation
    The case between Australian domain administrator auDA and domain name re-seller Internet Registry over a mailout to domain name registrants which auDA said was misleading, has been referred to mediation
    .... full story


  • Register To Close Domain Reseller Afternic
    Two years after it acquired domain re-seller Afternic for $48 million, domain name registrar (Quote, Company Info, News) said it would close the unit
    .... full story

  • Icann gets a yellow card
    In power for another year, but under close scrutiny
    .... full story


  • Legal wrangle over domain name privacy
    A legal row has broken out between internet service provider Demon and the UK domain registrar Nominet over its controversial plans to publish the contact details of website owners
    .... full story

  • ICANN says ISOC for .org
    The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers yesterday said it still thinks the Internet Society and Afilias Ltd is the best choice to run the .org top-level internet domain, when VeriSign Inc's contract expires December 31
    .... full story


  • US tightens ICANN leash
    Saying its progress over the four years since its inception has been "disappointing", the US Department of Commerce nevertheless has renewed the powers of the Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers, which coordinates the internet's addressing systems
    .... full story

  • VeriSign tidies records after ICANN rebuke
    VeriSign said that it has corrected database inaccuracies flagged by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) earlier this month, after the regulatory body threatened to strip domain name registrar of its ability to sell .com domain names unless it cleaned up its act
    .... full story


  • Domain fraudsters in .eu con
    Domain name registrar Internetters is warning people not be fooled into pre-registering for .eu domain names
    .... full story


  • ICANN extended--with more controls
    As expected, the U.S. Commerce Department has extended for one more year its contract with the organization that governs the Internet's infrastructure
    .... full story


  • US .gov info restricted over attacker fears
    VeriSign Inc has stopped providing access to information about the .gov internet domain, which is restricted to US government bodies, over concerns the data could be used in planning internet attacks
    .... full story

  • Netherlands Domain Authority to de-restrict .nl
    Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland (SIDN), the Netherlands Foundation for Internet Domain Name Registration, has reported that the formerly restricted .nl country code top level domain name will be opened to applicants from all over the world
    .... full story

  • ICANN put on notice
    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday said it would allow a controversial Internet body to continue to oversee the on-line traffic system, but set a one-year deadline for the group to shape up its act
    .... full story


  • Domain Name Goldrush Part 7 - WLS Gets ICANN Approval
    As predicted in Part 6 of the Domain Name Goldrush Series, the WLS has been given the go-ahead! After a long delay, ICANN recently approved the introduction of VeriSign's "Wait Listing Service" (WLS).
    .... full story

  • ACCC acts against domain name reseller
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted Federal Court proceedings against domain name reseller Internet Registrations Australia
    .... full story

  • The strangest domain-name squabble ever
    Girl Scouts, domestic violence awareness, charges of racism and censorship -- this Web site fight is a train wreck
    .... full story


  • Domain-name anger flares again
    A domain-name reseller trading on the implosion of a competitor to use scare tactics is causing confusion and grief for Australia's webmasters and domain-name holders
    .... full story


  • UAEnic extends 'ae' domain name registration period
    Companies wishing to register trade names under ‘ae’ domain have been given a two week extension, following the UAE Network Information Center’s (UAEnic) decision to extend the registration deadline to October 1st 2002
    .... full story

  • Stelios faces challenger in easy domain name crusade
    The ongoing crusade against any domains that feature the word "easy" by Easy Group and its head Stelios Haji-Ioannou may finally have come unstuck with art print site
    .... full story


  • Massive domain dispute quietly launched
    The National Arbitration Forum (NAF), one of the four organisations contracted to provide domain name dispute resolution services under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) have quietly posted up an intimation of a pending dispute which is set to be one of the largest ever in UDRP history
    .... full story

  • U.S. Will Renew ICANN's Authority
    The U.S. government will renew a California nonprofit's authority to manage the Internet's global addressing system, a top Commerce Department official said today
    .... full story

  • Dot-Org Selection Process Criticized
    The process to determine which group will manage one of the Internet's largest domains is turning into a three-way dispute between a Virginia nonprofit that likely will win the prize, a handful competing groups and the Internet addressing authorities charged with making a final decision
    .... full story

  • v. Domain Registry of Canada Inc is suing a competitor for allegedly using deceptive tactics to lure away its domain name registration customers. But defendant Domain Registry of Canada Inc seems to think is using very similar tactics itself
    .... full story

  • Senate Toys With Kid-Safe Domain
    Critics contend that law would limit free speech and be ineffective in protecting kids online
    .... full story

  • ICANN delays naming .org successor
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) won't announce the new official operator of the .org domain until at least next week, further delaying the process of picking a successor to domain name registrar VeriSign. VeriSign is slated to relinquish the domain as part of a deal that allows it to keep operating the lucrative .com addresses
    .... full story


  • Senate toys with domain
    On Thursday began formal consideration of a bill to create, a second-level Internet domain that would be designed to give parents some peace of mind about their kids' use of the Web by serving up only material deemed appropriate for children
    .... full story

  • Dot-Kid Tussle in Congress
    The manager of the United States' Internet domain asked Congress Thursday not to interfere with its efforts to set up a kid-friendly zone free of violence, pornography and other adult material
    .... full story

  • It's All About the Domain Name
    One of the promises of Internet-based e-commerce is that small businesses can set up Web site shops on equal footing with large, multinational corporations
    .... full story


  • Hanna Barbara wins Scooby Doo domain name appeal
    In a twist in the tail that Scooby himself would have been proud of, a panel of Nominet experts reversed the decision of the original expert, ordering transfer of from the operator of a Scooby Doo fan site to Hanna Barbara
    .... full story


  • China Hijacks Google's Domain Name
    Chinese government is not allowing some Web surfers to access the popular search site
    .... full story

  • Buy the Ultimate Domain Name
    Buying a domain name is not as simple as it sounds. If you buy the right name, Web users will be able to find your site with ease. If you buy the wrong one, they'll be confused, and you'll lose (sometimes, quite a lot of) traffic, which can of course stunt your site's growth and/or revenue potential
    .... full story

  • Falwell parody site preaches free speech
    Rev. Jerry Falwell's attempt to seize control of should be rejected, lawyers for the parody Web site told a court in Virginia
    .... full story


  • What's OK for Dot-Kids Domain?
    Sex, violence and the "seven dirty words" prohibited by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission would be banned from a children's Internet domain, according to preliminary guidelines released on Monday by the domain manager
    .... full story

  • Dot Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act
    Committee Chairman Ernest "Fritz" Hollings (D-S.C.) and Ranking Republican John McCain (R-Ariz.) have scheduled a subcommittee hearing for Thursday on two bills that create a separate child-friendly Internet sub-domain inside the dot-us domain
    .... full story


  • ICANN Delays .org Operator Selection
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) delayed its decision in the selection of a new operator for the .org domain registry
    .... full story

  • David & Goliath domain battle: reluctant David wins
    In a slightly bizarre WIPO decision over the domain, a battle of hardly-Biblical proportions has been resolved with the little guy winning - even though he wasn't up for a fight...
    .... full story

  • Forgot to renew your domain? Never mind, it did it itself
    This morning (and indeed yesterday morning) The Register received a nice email from our doppelgangers at, telling us our registration of is about to expire (on October 16th, something of a loose definition of 'about') and that it'd be renewed via the automatic renewal program on September 27th. The what?
    .... full story


  • Domain names bounce back
    After a long decline, with VeriSign losing more than 4 million names since the beginning of this year alone, the number of domain names is on the rise once more
    .... full story


  • EU seeks bidders for European domain
    The European Commission is looking for an organization to run .eu, the top-level internet domain name the Commission hopes to create for companies and individuals in European Union member states
    .... full story

  • I'll see your domain name in (US) Court!
    Two little-noticed and otherwise unremarkable decisions from the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, decided on 23 August 2002, now affirm a principle that is perhaps worrying for those 20 million or so .com domain name registrants who live outside the USA. The cases deal with the question of the geographical location of a domain name and which court can exercise jurisdiction over it
    .... full story


  • Judgment against thief stands
    A federal appeals panel has refused to drop at $65 million judgment against the man who hijacked domain name
    .... full story

  • VeriSign may lose dibs on domain sales
    The Internet's governing body has threatened to pull VeriSign's contract to sell Web addresses unless the domain name company maintains more accurate records of its customers
    .... full story

  • .MAORI.NZ domain names to launch
    InternetNZ will launch the new second level domain, "", on September 5
    .... full story


  • Spurned bidders slam ICANN .org redelegation
    Ten organizations that were overlooked in an evaluation to decide the next manager of the $15m-a-year .org internet domain on Friday criticized the selection process, calling it inconsistent, opaque and unfair, Kevin Murphy writes. One bidder even hinted at a legal challenge the process, which was orchestrated by the Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers
    .... full story


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