Domain Name News - Apr. 8, 2007 | Webnames Blog

Domain Name News – Apr. 8, 2007

ICANN Board Rejects .XXX Domain Application – By a 9-5 vote with one abstention, the ICANN Board has rejected the .xxx domain application from ICM Registry. The decision came nearly seven years after the proposal was first made. ICM Registry is reportedly considering court action.

VeriSign To Raise .COM/.NET Registry Fees – VeriSign has announced that as of Oct. 15, the registry fee for .com domain names will increase by 7% from $USD 6.00 to $6.42, and that the fee for .net domain names will increase by 10% from $3.50 to $3.85.

Major .AU Policy Changes Being Considered – auDA, Australia’s .au domain administrator, is considering changes to .au policy, including: allowing second-level registrations (e.g. xyz.au), changes to .au eligibility and allocation policy rules, and allowing registrants to sell their .au domain names. As part of the process, an online survey is being conducted.

Picks To Click

  • A summary of the busy ICANN meetings at Lisbon, Portugal.
  • ICANN’s current information on the RegisterFly situation.
  • The minutes of the February 27, 2007 meeting of the CIRA Board of Directors, including approval of a compensation package for Board members as supported by a membership consultation.
  • A tutorial [PDF] by Rob Hall of Momentous.ca on how the marketplace for expiring domain names has changed.
  • The optional .eu registrar Code of Conduct is in effect as of March 29.
  • The .info domain has surpassed 4 million registrations.
  • Yellow Pages Group loses [PDF] a dispute over yellowpage.ca.
  • The Motley Fool Inc. loses a dispute over fools.com.

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