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Domain Name News Archive - October 1999

  • Countersuit In Domain Case
    Compulsory counterclaims amounting to 100 million pesos (US$2.49 million) are being sought by the Philippine League for Democratic Telecommunications, Inc. (PLDTI), in answer to the 1.35 million peso ($33,580) lawsuit of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) for "unlawful use of tradename and unfair competition."
    .... full story


  • Network Solutions Earnings Up 143%
    Network Solutions Inc. of Herndon reported third-quarter net income of $7.3 million (21 cents a share), up 143 percent from $3 million (9 cents) in the same quarter of 1998.
    .... full story


  • U.S. Advocacy Office Wants ICANN to Open Up
    Citing concerns that the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers is ruling with too much autonomy, the U.S. Office of Advocacy filed a request this week with the group asking it to create a formal accountability statement.
    The government's small business watchdog said it feels ICANN is responsible for taking advantage of its power by putting themselves in a position to evade accountability through the lack of a set of internal rules and regulations
    .... full story

  • NSI Reports Sharp 3rd Quarter Domain Registrations Spike
    Domain registrar Network Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: NSOL) reported today that registrations shot up sharply in the third quarter, with international registrations helping to fuel a growth that is expected to continue well into the next century.
    .... full story


  • House OK's bill to protect Internet domain names
    The House voted yesterday to crack down on ''cybersquatting,'' the preempting of Internet domain names with the aim of selling those names to firms or people with trademark associations to them.
    .... full story

  • U.S. Finally Represented on ICANN Board
    After the latest elections, MCIWorldcom (WCOM) vice president and Internet pioneer Vint Cert will be joining the board. Cerf was selected by ICANN's Protocol Supporting Organization.
    .... full story


  • Domain Names Of The Deceased -- What To Do?
    The death of champion golfer Payne Stewart on Monday illustrates a thorny cyberissue -- domain names of people.
    .... full story

  • Lockheed Suit Over Domain Names Crashes
    The nation's leading domain name registrar is off the hook for trademark infringements by cybersquatters and others who use its services, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
    .... full story

  • Court bars domain suit
    Ruling: Network Solutions not liable for names that conflict with trademarks
    .... full story


  • Consumers may get more say on ICANN board
    Consumer advocate Ralph Nader has joined a number of activists who have criticized the agency for holding closed meetings and for being biased in favor of large corporations. Now, new membership rules are being drafted that could give individuals and nonprofits more power in the selection of ICANN's board--and help dispel some of that criticism.
    .... full story

  • Who's king of this domain?
    Dell Computer Corp. files suit against over registration of domain names
    .... full story


  • Crooner Brian Evans Relinquishes Domain Names To Sinatra Family
    Just as domain-squatting (the newly formed scam of buying up an email domain of a famous person's name in the hopes of extorting money from said famous person whenever they decide they want their own Web site in that name), is making headlines and working its way through congress, one Web-savvy artist has done his good deed for the year for Frank Sinatra's estate.
    .... full story

  • Company Launches Domain Name Auctions In Two Languages
    Operating on the assumption that all good domain names will soon be taken,, Inc. has opened a buying, selling and trading hub on the Internet to profit from individuals and companies who are willing to pay for a specific URL.
    .... full story


  • Morgan Stanley battles father, son over domain name rights
    Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Mud Sweat's Downhill World appear to have little in common. The first is one of the nation's largest brokerage firms, while the other is a Hillsborough teenager's Web site devoted to mountain biking.
    But these two unlikely combatants are locked in a bitter fight over what they each consider a prime piece of Internet real estate:
    .... full story

  • U.S. Shut Out In Internet Domain Agency Elections
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) held their inaugural elections this week, voting in three of the first 18 members of a board that will assume responsibility on important Internet policies such as domain name registration and trademark disputes.
    In the first round of elections, the United States' two candidates for the three seats -- a former Congressman from Washington state and a departing executive of controversial domain name registration company Network Solutions Inc. -- were edged out by candidates from Mexico, Spain and Canada.
    .... full story


  • ICANN Names First Vice President
    The interim board for the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers has appointed Louis Touton as the its first vice president, general counsel and secretary.
    .... full story


  • ICANN Names General Counsel
    The nonprofit group charged by the U.S. government with overseeing the technical administration of the Internet has appointed its first general counsel, who immediately promised to waive his first year's salary in the spirit of public service.
    .... full story


  • Domain name disputes likely to be arbitrated
    Under the proposal, which is preliminarily approved by ICANN, everyone who registers a domain name must sign an agreement that they're willing to submit to a "mandatory administrative proceeding" in the event that their right to a domain name is challenged. Details of what the proceedings would entail have yet to be finalized.
    .... full story

  • Domain Names Row Translates into Legal Action
    An extraordinary battle over domain names in different languages has broken out between two US web sites. The owners of have started legal proceedings against Spanish-language site They say that the Spanish translation of their domain name is an infringement of copyright, because the two phrases mean the same thing.
    .... full story


  • ICANN Voting Suspended
    Due to a voting irregularity, the election of the third and final Domain Name Supporting Organization (DNSO) representative to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board of directors has been postponed. But although the final vote has been delayed, early returns indicate that it is increasingly unlikely that a US Representative will be among the first three board members chosen, a source close to the election process told Newsbytes.
    .... full story


  • Volkswagen Sues for Domain Name
    The company known for creating the "love bug" is currently involved in a heated domain name dispute and this week took its case into court, countersuing the owner of to gain control of the domain after he sued to keep it.
    .... full story

  • Two ICANN seats filled
    The Internet Council for Assigned Names and Numbers has elected the first two of nine new board members to be decided over the next few weeks.
    .... full story


  • Palestine Awarded Top Level Domain
    After two years of negotiation with the Internet Registration Authority (IRA) and the International Standards Organisation (ISO), Palestine is to get it's own top level domain. The UN General Assembly adopted a special resolution to award Palestine with the suffix .PS.
    .... full story


  • Don Henley & The Eagles Sue Over Domain Names
    A bad trend has been flooding the Internet. People swoop down on famous peopleís names and buy them as domain names, sometimes knowing that when the celebrity ends up wanting to create a site for himself and realizes his or her own name is already taken, that person will be forced to pay the owner of the domain a fee to get the name back. It happened recently with Orrin Hatch, and itís happened again with Don Henley and the Eagles.
    .... full story


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