Information Week reported yesterday that Microsoft is stepping up efforts against those who illegally profit from their trademarks by registering domains with slightly altered spellings. Paul Mc Dougall writes that the software maker will more aggressively pursue legal action against companies that register domain names that are misspellings of Microsoft product names in order to capture Internet traffic from typo-prone computer users.
Today on DomainNameWire.com, Andrew Allenmann stresses the importance of a good domain name and points to a $1 Million lesson.
An article in today’s Wall Street Journal confirms that the domain name Topix.com was purchased for $1M in January. The new owner is Topix.net, which receives 10M visitors per month. The company understood the user confusion of not owning the .com version of the domain and negotiated the purchase.
Update On Registerfly – During the past week, ICANN has posted in its blog several updates on the RegisterFly situation, and many unhappy customers have posted followup comments. On March 8, a U.S. District Court judge handed control of RegisterFly back to Kevin Medina, the original CEO, resolving a dispute over ownership of the company. ICANN has indicated that this resolution “does not alter RegisterFly obligations to immediately cure the breaches of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement, as noticed by ICANN.” On Feb. 21, ICANN had sent a letter to RegisterFly giving 15 working days’ notice of several breaches of contract. ICANN could give notice of termination of the registrar’s accreditation as of Wednesday, March 14.
Canadian Privacy Commissioner Issues Finding On Registrant ID Requirements – In his blog, Michael Geist has pointed out a finding by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in which the Assistant Commissioner comments that it is appropriate for a domain registrar to require personal identification in order to change the administrative email address for a domain registration.
Today, Verisign released it’s Domain Name Industry Brief (PDF) reporting strong growth across the domain name industry in 2006. The Domain Name Industry Brief series highlights key trends in the industry, key performance indicators and growth opportunities.
ICANN Puts Registrar On Notice – ICANN has posted a Feb. 21 letter to registrar Registerfly.com giving formal notice of several breaches in Registerfly’s accredition agreement with ICANN. The letter provides information on the breaches, and additional comments have been posted to the ICANN Ombudsman’s blog. ICANN may give notice of termination of the registrar’s accreditation if the breaches are not cured within 15 working days.
Back in October, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) celebrated it’s 750,000th .CA registration marking a 50% rise in the number of .CA registrations in under two years.
“The phenomenal growth of dot-ca registrations is the result of increased awareness of the value of dot-ca and the trust Canadians place in it,” says Bernard Turcotte, President and CEO of the Ottawa-based Canadian Internet Registration Authority. “Dot-ca still offers the best opportunity to get the domain name you want when compared with the larger dot-com registry.” “Dot-ca is reserved for Canadians and defines an organization or individual who meets Canadian presence requirements,” explains Mr. Turcotte.
ICANN Publishes Revision to Proposed .XXX Agreement – ICANN has posted for public comment a revised appendix to the proposed .xxx registry agreement. Acccording to the preliminary report of the recent ICANN Board meeting, “a majority of the Board has serious concerns about whether the proposed .XXX domain has the support of a clearly-defined sponsored community as per the criteria for sponsored TLDs”.
As a Corporate Services Account Manager, I like to pride myself on ensuring that each and every customer I interact with has a positive customer experience and gets the most out of the products and services that Webnames.ca offers. In order to help me help you, I’ve come up with 10 things you should expect from a corporate account representative – regardless of the provider you choose!
We’ve noticed a trend lately here at Webnames.ca. While our corporate and small business customers continue to do their best to protect their brands online by registering the applicable domains, they also seem to have a creative side. More and more businesses are thinking outside the traditional brand protection box and looking for unusual domains and these tend to turn into marketing microsites.
Root Servers Attacked – On Feb. 6, root nameservers were flooded with queries due to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. Reportedly three of the 13 root server clusters were significantly affected, but the attack went largely unnoticed by users.
Since .mobi domain names were opened to the public in September 2006, more than 375,000 names have been registered. Thousands of innovative .mobi sites are already live and dotMobi has already itself as a major force in the industry. This morning, the folks behind the dotMobi registry announced the next phase of their plan to make the Internet mobile, starting with Go Mobile!
– VeriSign expects to increase the annual registry fees for .com and .net domain names this year, according to CEO Stratton Sclavos. Presently the annual registry or wholesale price for a .com name is USD $6.00, and the price could rise 7% to $6.42. The registry price for a .net name could increase 10% from $4.25 to $4.67. Each registrar will determine whether or not to pass on price increases to registrants and resellers. VeriSign must give six months’ notice before increasing prices. (Note: By my reading of the .net agreement, the registry price consists of two components, a $3.50 service fee and a $0.75 ICANN fee, and it appears that the 10% maximum increase may apply only to the service fee. This results in an increase from $4.25 to as much as $4.60.)
Domain Name Hijacking is the terminology commonly used to describe the wrongful taking of a domain name from its rightful owner, by deception or fraud. A couple of the most common methods of domain hijacking are impersonating the registrant in communications with a registrar or registering a lapsed registrant email address (Hotmail and Yahoo addresses are often targeted) to reset a password and authorize a transfer of registrar or registrant.