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Domain Name News Archive - February 2004

  • VeriSign calls ICANN bluff in world’s biggest game of poker
    We’d been wondering what VeriSign was up to. Leaning back, but carefully observing. Making the odd snide comment, but all the while shifting its cards in its hand and plotting its next move in the world’s biggest game of poker.
    The prize? Control of the Internet
    .... full story


  • Domain misrepresentation case ruled
    A 30-month sentence was handed down this week to Philadelphia resident John Zuccarini after he was found guilty of violating the Truth in Domain Names Act
    .... full story

  • Antispam Registries Aren't Official
    FTC warns that private do-not-spam sites are ineffective at best and scams at worst
    .... full story

  • ICANN 'disappointed' in VeriSign
    The nonprofit organization with the task of overseeing the core function of the Internet said on Friday that it was "disappointed" by a lawsuit filed by VeriSign, which operates the master database for .com and .net
    .... full story

  • Net governance at issue in VeriSign's suit against ICANN
    On its face, the latest showdown between the company that runs much of the Internet's core and the organization that oversees key aspects of the global network is a basic contractual dispute.
    But whatever a federal court in Los Angeles decides could have broad implications over whether financial or public interest ultimately drives decisions on how Internet users worldwide visit Web sites and send e-mail, legal experts say.
    .... full story


  • VeriSign Sues ICANN on Service Delays
    VeriSign Inc. (NasdaqNM:VRSN - news). sued a domain-name oversight body on Thursday, saying it had overstepped its authority when it prevented VeriSign from introducing new Web-address services
    .... full story


  • Decision Nears on Contentious Domain Name Service
    As ICANN's board of directors get closer to approving a VeriSign-backed service proposed for back-ordering domain names, registrars raise competitive and consumer-protection objections.
    .... full story

  • VeriSign Likely To Earn ICANN Approval for Wait-Listing Domains
    VeriSign, which administers the .com and .net top-level domains, is no stranger to resistance to its services. Last September, the company caused uproar with its SiteFinder service, also known as wildcard functionality, which delivered a VeriSign site instead of the traditional error message for a mistyped or nonexistent Internet address
    .... full story


  • Firms Ignore Kids-Only Internet Domain
    When Congress cordoned off an Internet playground for children, supporters hoped it would give young surfers the benefits of the World Wide Web without its many dangers. But more than a year after President Bush signed the "dot-kids" legislation into law, the online haven looks more like a ghost town than the theme park envisioned by its backers.
    .... full story


  • Strato, Network Solutions Dispute Resold Domains
    Internet titans Strato and Network Solutions are battling over the fate of more than 200,000 .com, .net and .org domains registered by Strato through a reseller agreement with Network Solutions, which manages those top-level domains
    .... full story


  • Registrar Coalition Threatens to Sue ICANN If WLS Approved
    The un-named registrars claim that Verisign's proposed "Waiting List Service" (WLS) "if launched would constitute an unlawful and fraudulent protection racket in violation of state and federal consumer protection and unfair competition laws."
    .... full story


  • VeriSign Releases Domain Name Industry Brief Series Highlighting Market Trends in Domain Registrations
    2003 Sets Records for New Registrations, Renewal Volumes, and Overall Growth
    .... full story


  • FTC Warns of No-Spam Registry
    The Federal Trade Commission is warning people not to fall for a Web site claiming to offer an e-mail version of the federal do-not-call registry. The "Do Not Email Registry" invites folks to submit their e-mail addresses to stop getting junk e-mail. Trouble is, the site has no affiliation with the government, despite what its Web address ( might suggest
    .... full story


  • Website promising "do not e-mail registry" is spam scam: US agency
    A website promoting a purported registry to stop unsolicited e-mail, or spam, is in fact a sham that probably harvests e-mail address for more spam, US regulators said
    .... full story

  • Hostway to Acquire .pro Registry
    .pro Registry Expected to Launch in Second Quarter of 2004
    .... full story


  • Don't Be a Domain-Name Dummy
    Late last year, one exceptionally lucky guy in Florida managed to sell his domain name for $1.3 million (he bought in 1997 for $15,000). Now folks are thinking the dot-com gold rush is back on, and they're ready to pounce on stupid domains like or ibetI' I say hold off on the domain squatting. You are not going to get rich
    .... full story


  • Verisign Reborn - Domain redirection system to return in spring?
    Verisign is considering relaunching their controversial Sitefinder initiative as early as this April, says company executives
    .... full story

  • German web host slams ex-partner NSI in domain dispute
    German web host Strato is battling with its former partner, US-based domain name registrar Network Solutions (NSI), over 240,000 web site addresses
    .... full story

  • Porn site domain name up for sale
    The owner said he won't sell it unless he knows who's buying
    .... full story


  • Checking on .eu names: want the job?
    The EURid, the consortium appointed by the EU to manage the .eu domain, tries to keep smiling. Still, Fay Howard, project manager of the registry, could not restrain herself at last week's Digitial Pulse conference in Zurich, when a representative of the German Government said there certainly would be no Internet without Governments
    .... full story


  • Alert issued over domain registry outfit
    Experts are warning Irish companies not be taken in by a UK firm that is hawking domain names over the phone at a premium price
    .... full story


  • Bill Cracks Down on Domain Records
    Congress wants domain registrars to fight false records, keep accurate data
    .... full story

  • Domain Lapse Causes E-mail Headaches for Post Employees
    A spokeswoman for the newspaper says the company accidentally let the domain name "" expire Thursday. E-mail service was disrupted for hours
    .... full story


  • New Legislation on Domain Name Fraud
    Fraudulent Online Identity Sanctions Act (Introduced in House), February 3, 2004
    .... full story


  • Business miss out on domain names
    Choosing the most generic domain name available is the only way to guarantee customers can find your company's Web site, says a new survey
    .... full story

  • EU to start rival domain name
    British businesses will soon be given the opportunity to ditch the domain name in favour of an EU address
    .... full story


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