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Domain Name News – .UK Domain Name Screening, New gTLDs Surpass 100

.UK Registry To Introduce Post-Registration Domain Name Screening – Nominet, the .uk registry, has announced that it will institute “a system of post-registration domain name screening, within 48 hours of registration, for domain names that appear to signal or encourage serious sexual offences.” The change follows from a recent policy review by the UK’s former Director of Public Prosecutions, Lord Ken Macdonald.

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  • The number of new gTLDs activated in the DNS root has surpassed 100, reaching 106 as of January 18. Included in the most recent batch are the first dot-brand TLDs, .monash for Monash University and .中信 (“.citic” in Chinese) for CITIC Group. Also, 250 registry agreements have been signed as of January 17.
  • An infographic describing trademark rights protection mechanisms under the New gTLD program.
  • Registrar EasyDNS has won a dispute against another registrar, PDR Ltd., over PDR’s refusal to transfer three domain names. The names had been suspended after the City of London Police had identified them as “suspected to be involved in the criminal distribution of copyrighted material either directly or indirectly and liable to prosecution”. Under ICANN rules a domain transfer may be denied based upon a court order; however, no court order had been issued for these domain names.
  • A spam analysis chart by David Canton reflecting the final regulations under the Canadian anti-spam legislation (CASL) that comes into effect on July 1.
  • “Keeping the Internet free for all”, by Byron Holland, President/CEO of CIRA.


  • Sun, Mar 23 – Thu, Mar 27: ICANN meetings in Singapore
  • Sun, Jun 22 – Thu, Jun 26: ICANN meetings in London
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