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Domain Name News Archive - August 1999

  • ISP tries to block VW from hijacking domain
    An Internet service provider under pressure from Volkswagen to stop using the Web address "" has filed suit in a Virginia federal court in a bid to block an attempt to reassign the domain name.
    .... full story


  • Avery Dennison loses domain name battle
    Avery Dennison this week lost its battle to gain the domain names and after a US federal appeals court overturned an earlier ruling which had found in favour of the office supplies company.
    .... full story

  • ICANN Passes Dispute Resolution
    Accredited Internet registrars will have to abide by a single, uniform dispute resolution procedure in addressing cybersquatting issues, under a resolution passed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors today.
    .... full story


  • Domain name dispute policy approved
    The nonprofit organization that oversees the Net's core technical functions adopted a policy today to settle squabbles over ownership of Internet domain names.
    .... full story

  • Prying open the Net's naming system
    The body managing the Internet's vital naming system, which has been lambasted about its closed-door activities since its inception last year, is engaged in the grueling process of opening up its powerful circle to the broader Net community.
    .... full story

  • Domain Disputes Continue
    The uncertainty of whether individual domain name owners will be included as an equal voice in running the Internet will not be clarified until November in Los Angeles, according to the non-profit corporation that the US government authorized to control the root structure of the online world.
    .... full story


  • US appeal court breaks trademark/domain name link
    The US Court of Appeals has reversed a District Court decision to give domain-name protection to a well-established registered trademark.
    .... full story

  • Controversy Follows ICANN to Chile
    Five thousand miles away from a Congress that's been probing its actions, the Internet's new governance organization, meeting here Wednesday, failed to escape the swirl of controversy and criticism that has marked the privatization of the Internet's addressing system at every stage.
    .... full story

  • NSI shuffles internal operations
    Network Solutions announced today that it reorganized and separated two key parts of its business: its customer service registry, which assigns Web addresses, and its technical registrar, which keeps and maintains its 5 million-plus databases of Web addresses assigned since 1993.
    .... full story

  • Vying for control of country-specific domains
    In what would mark a dramatic shift in Internet governance, representatives from approximately 30 nations are pushing a plan that would give them more authority over the use of country code domain names, such as ".us" and ".uk."
    .... full story

  • Rival domain plans to clash at global conference
    Competing proposals to settle disputes over domain names will top the agenda at a meeting here this week, where the nonprofit body anointed by the White House to manage the Internet's technical underpinnings is forging new rules.
    .... full story


  • Laying Down the Law on Domain Names
    In the realm of intellectual-property law, domain names are still living in the Wild West. There is not yet a body of domain-name legal rulings to rely on if you feel you've been wronged, only the legal precedent from existing trademark law or relevant court cases. And the legal precedents are being set as we speak.
    .... full story

  • ICANN seeking $2 million in loans
    Net-address firm received $650,000 in loans in recent days but says it needs $1 million more to remain operating.
    .... full story


  • ICANN vs. NSI
    Over the last couple of weeks, a war has erupted over the very future of Cyberspace.
    Not only have diverse organizations like Ralph Nader's CPT and Americans for Tax Reform gotten involved, but Congress has held two hearings, and launched an investigation into possible collusion at the Justice Department, and illegal fundraising by the Clinton administration.
    .... full story

  • MCI, Cisco come to ICANN's rescue
    The nonprofit company tapped to manage many of the Internet's underpinnings today said it has received financial support to keep it afloat while it waits for a permanent source of funding.
    .... full story

  • ICANN close to financial ruin
    The private, non-profit group tapped by the Commerce Department to create competition in the domain name registration business is broke and in danger of not being able to function beyond the end of August, MSNBC has learned.
    .... full story

  • Hijacking of Hate Site a Warning to Domain Holders
    The recent hack of a notorious anti-gay website should spur Web site owners to take action to prevent similar domain name hijackings, Internet experts warned Friday.
    .... full story


  • Campaign set to combat ICANN corporate favouritism
    Non-corporate Web sites are launching a last-ditch attempt to be represented on ICANN, the future governing body of the Internet.
    .... full story

  • sues
    High-flying online retailer Inc. filed a lawsuit in U.S. court yesterday that charges the operators of a copycat Greek Web site with trading on its brand name and reputation to lure away customers.
    .... full story

  • Banks Battle Over Domain Name
    A domain name lawsuit involving national bank holding company U.S. Bancorp and a small bank in Philadelphia this week led a federal court to issue an injunction temporarily shutting down Philadelphia's's newly launched Web site.
    .... full story


  • NSI finds Orientation, goes global
    Network Solutions today said it has agreed to a pact that will broadly expand its Web address and Dot Com Directory services overseas.
    .... full story

  • Tibetans Given Domain Names
    A broker of Internet domain names says it has given two domains to the Tibetan Government In Exile after holding them for more than three years.
    .... full story


  • NSI to team with
    Network Solutions Inc. is expected to announce a deal Wednesday with to expand NSI Web address and dot com directory services into Asia, Africa, Central/Eastern Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, the Middle East and Oceania.
    .... full story


  • Drug Domain Purchased for $823,456
    A co-founder of LinkExchange came away with the domain which fetched $823,456 at an online auction.
    .... full story


  • Domain name registrar Network Solutions CFO reacts to competition
    Company Interview Excerpt
    .... full story


  • ICANN, NSI at Odds Again Over Names Council Makeup
    The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers' board of directors this week cast a unanimous vote limiting the number of seats allocated to Network Solutions on the Domain Name Supporting Organization's Names Council.
    .... full story

  • ICANN curtails NSI's influence over Net policy
    The infighting over the introduction of a competitive system for registering Internet addresses escalated Thursday, with Net address provider Network Solutions Inc. (NSI) crying foul over a decision that reduces its influence on policy matters related to the new domain name system.
    .... full story

  • Ruling protects domain names
    A Federal Court order against a group of Queensland "cybersquatters" sets a legal precedent for Australian businesses at risk of having trademarks hijacked online, says the CEO of Melbourne IT, Professor Peter Gerrand.
    .... full story


  • Academics Propose Takeover of .edu Domain
    A consortium of academic and technology professionals is proposing to take over the administration of the top-level .edu domain, setting up a potential battle between educators and Network Solutions Inc.
    .... full story


  • Domain Fight Causes Brown Out
    The Internet campaign trail leading to San Francisco's next mayor has been complicated by a resourceful cybersquatter.
    .... full story


  • Domain Name Deadline Delayed for Third Time
    After already being pushed back twice before, the Aug. 6 deadline came and went for Network Solutions, Inc. to end testing and open domain name registration competition
    .... full story


  • Domain registration test phase extended
    Network Solutions and the Commerce Department have agreed to extend the testing of a competitive system for registering the most popular form of domain names by another five weeks, and to allow another 52 accredited registrars to join in the trial.
    .... full story

  • Senate to Cybersquatters: Hands Off Domain Names
    In a move to crack down on cybersquatters, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation that would allow trademark holders to obtain civil damages from individuals who register domain name identifiers that are identical or similar to their mark.
    .... full story


  • Million-dollar domain name?
    Auction for ‘’ highlights cybersquatting issue as Senate moves to stop the practice
    .... full story

  • ICANN Probe Aims at White House
    Turning up on the heat on ICANN, the chairman of the House Commerce Committee is trying to determine whether the White House illegally helped to raise money for the fledgling domain name organization.
    .... full story

  • Bliley investigates ICANN fundraising
    House Commerce Committee Chairman Tom Bliley, R-Va., is investigating whether the White House illegally helped the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers raise private money to cover its operating expenses.
    .... full story

  • ICANN controversy extends to White House
    With the testing period for a new Internet domain registration set to expire Friday, the White House has been drawn into the ongoing battle of words between U.S. lawmakers and those charged with overseeing the process of privatizing the registration process.
    .... full story


  • UK business battles for its domain name
    A domain name wrangle between a small business and a Web design company has exposed the danger of not having a watertight contract when using third parties for Web development.
    .... full story

  • Going Postal over .us Domain
    A House panel on Thursday postponed debate on a proposal to protect technology companies by keeping the venerable US Postal Service away from the Internet.
    .... full story

  • Senators chastise ICANN, NSI in Net domain name dispute
    Two U.S. senators Thursday joined in the rancorous chorus over the new Internet governance regime, chastising Network Solutions Inc. (NSI) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in a letter to both contending that they have "unnecessarily complicated" the transition to privatized Internet domain registration.
    .... full story

  • Domain system's test phase could be extended
    As the period for testing a new registration system for Internet addresses was set to expire, officials from the Commerce Department and the dominant registrar gave few details about their attempts to negotiate set of contentious issues holding up full-scale competition.
    .... full story

  • Bliley Accuses ICANN of Collusion With DOJ
    The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers went on the defensive this week after House Committee Chairman Tom Bliley launched another attack
    .... full story


  • ICANN hits back at collusion charges
    The nonprofit assuming control of many of the Internet's core functions today responded to allegations that it colluded with the Justice Department, saying they were "puzzling" and appeared to be "based on a misunderstanding."
    .... full story


  • Senate ponders protecting trademarks from "cybersquatters"
    The U.S. Senate will vote later this week on legislation intended to crack down on people who register trademarked words as domain names and then resell them at a profit to their rightful owner.
    .... full story

  • NSI threatens to sue Blackhole List operator
    Network Solutions is threatening to sue an influential antispam group if it provides a filter that could be used by hundreds of networks worldwide to block the dominant registrar's email.
    .... full story


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