Domain Name News: June 17 Week in Review

Domain Name Week in ReviewEvery Friday, DomainSherpa.com provides you with a hand-selected, editorially-based review of weekly news. In this summary, you will find the latest articles and videos produced by DomainSherpa staff and contributors. You will also find links to the best news articles in the domain name industry – so you don’t have to spend your time searching for news or reading something that was not worth your time.


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Go Daddy Unveils its Take on Cloud Computing – 16-Jun-11
According to a marketing brochure for the service, GoDaddy plans to offer three options for users. However, all three levels provide fixed resource amounts for a monthly fee, with additional resources available “a la carte.” This is a deviation from the standard infrastructure as a service model of charging for resources on an hourly basis and allowing for the number of servers to be spun up or down on demand.
BMW Files Cybersquatting Lawsuit – 16-Jun-11
Company files federal court case over BMWrewards.com BMW has filed a lawsuit against Illinois company Prime Market Targeting, Inc. and Scott Duff for trademark infringement, false designation of origin, cybersquatting, and unfair competition over the domain name BMWrewards.com. The automaker is asking for the domain name, attorneys fees…
Bit.ly Offers Customized URL Shortening for Free – 16-Jun-11
And now for another announcement in the white-hot world of….URL shortening? Yep. In the second URL shortener announcement this week, bit.ly (news, site) is announcing that its bit.ly Pro service, which lets organizations set up custom short domains, is now going to be free.
Could Google Be Getting Into The SSL Certificate Business? – 15-Jun-11
Company could dominate by offering in-search seals. Earlier this week Google registered the domain name GoogleCert.com. The company could have many uses for this domain name, but one possibility is SSL certificates. This got me thinking – Google is the perfect player to capitalize on SSL certificates as well as various trust…
Go Daddy Sued Over Email Alerts – 14-Jun-11
Go Daddy has been sued for allegedly infringing two patents when it sends email alerts to customers whose domain names and web hosting accounts are about to expire.
Biden Oversimplifies and Confuses Top Level Domains and Websites – 14-Jun-11
In announcing a campaign to cut unneeded websites, Joe Biden and others may have lost some precision. Did Vice President Joe Biden – or his staff – botch a statement regarding a new effort to eliminate unneeded federal government websites? While 2,000 top level domains exist, under many of these top level domains are smaller sub-sites and microsites resulting in an estimated 24,000 websites of varying purpose.
Expired Domain Rule Changes Closer to Reality – 14-Jun-11
Group issues final report with recommended changes to how registrars handle expired domain names. ICANN’s Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR) Policy Development Process Working Group has issued its final report with 18 recommendations for handling expired domain names.
Saunders Now Being Sued By Elliman Over Domain Names – 13-Jun-11
Saunders Real Estate was discovered last month to be the owner of SusanBreitenbach.com, which happens to be the name of one of Corcoran’s top Hamptons brokers. Until Corcoran’s lawyers got involved, if a visitor typed this URL into their browser, they would have been automatically redirected to SaundersRE.com. Clever! Corcoran was, understandably, not pleased. But now the saga continues! Prudential Douglas Elliman – the largest firm in the Hamptons – has now just filed a lawsuit against Saunders for the same issue.
New Web Domains: a Compelling .brand Opportunity – or an Online .mess? – 13-Jun-11
You may not be aware that the biggest change to the Internet domain naming system in 25 years could be given the green light in June – a decision that will change domain names forever.
Linux.conf.au Finally Controls Domain Name – 13-Jun-11
It’s taken several years, quite a lot of negotiation and the use of alternatives to get it through an uncertain period. But Australian open source conference Linux.conf.au has finally permanently secure the rights to its own domain name.
3M Sues WHOIS Privacy Services and Web Hosts Over Gambling Domains – 13-Jun-11
Company names major domain companies in basket of defendants for cybersquatting. 3M has filed a lawsuit against a who’s who of domain name whois privacy services, registrars, and web hosts, along with numerous John Does. The conglomerate alleges the defendants are using a number of domain names incorporating 3M’s trademark for gambling sites.
U.S. Facing Legal Challenge to Internet Domain Seizures – 13-Jun-11
The legal filing in New York federal court by site owner Puerto 80 Projects represents what is believed to be the first courthouse challenge to “Operation in Our Sites.” Commenced last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has seized as many as 208 domains the authorities claim are linked to intellectual-property fraud.
Puerto 80 Petitions for Release of Domain Names Seized by ICE – 13-Jun-11
A Spanish company that owns two domains seized by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has petitioned the court to release the domains. The company, Puerto 80 Projects, filed a brief in the Second District of New York which argues that its website – rojadirectica.com (also rojadirectica.org) – is an online discussion forum which “two Spanish courts specifically held that the website was operating legally and did not infringe copyrights.”
Go Daddy Sells Off .xxx Domain Names – 13-Jun-11
Internet hosting outfit GoDaddy says it will start selling off domain names ending in .XXX to adults only sites because of pressure from its users. “We’ve said from the beginning, when it comes to dotXXX, we are going to listen to our customers,” GoDaddy CEO and founder Bob Parsons told thinq_. “A large number of our customers have spoken … and there is a demand for the controversial new domain name extension – for both brand protection purposes and for new names. So what are we going to do? GoDaddy is going to give our customers what they want!”
Growth of Top-level Domains Spells More Risk of Cyber Threats – 12-Jun-11
VeriSign warned that the expansion of new generic TLDs, approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, could provide an expanded target space for hackers. “As the DNS expands to make room for more TLDs, it is vital to remain vigilant against cyber threats that increasingly target the DNS,” the company said in releasing the report. “If the DNS is compromised, the entire Internet is at risk.” TLD operators must be prepared to defend against attacks with the ability to quickly detect and mitigate them in the cloud before the malicious traffics reach their networks.
Twitter Finally Files Domain Dispute Over Typo – Twiter.com – 11-Jun-11
Micro blogging site Twitter has filed a domain dispute over the web address twiter.com with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) this week.
ICANN Independence Request Denied – 11-Jun-11
ICANN’s request for greater independence has been rejected by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Go Daddy to Sell .xxx Domain Names – 10-Jun-11
In a major win for ICM Registry, Go Daddy announced today that it will offer .xxx domain names to its customers. Offering the controversial domain name was not a forgone conclusion for the world’s biggest registrar. Go Daddy founder Bob Parsons had previously said he wasn’t sure if the company would carry the domain name and that adult registrations are only a small part of its business.
Second Twittersquatting Lawsuit Is Filed, But It’s Unlikely To Go Far – 10-Jun-11
Step aside cybersquatters. Kicking out cybersquatters who camp out on domains that are trademarked by others isn’t too tough anymore; the process has become fairly streamlined and straightforward over the years. But evicting a twittersquatter that’s grabbed your company’s name may prove to be a lot tougher. A new lawsuit filed by a company called Coventry First filed a lawsuit this week seeking to evict the anonymous twittersquatter who is critiquing the company with the @coventryfirst Twitter account, but it’s unlikely to succeed.
Apple Goes Domain Name Crazy, Registers at Least 50 On Wwdc Day – 10-Jun-11
Apple stealthily registered at least 50 product domain names the same day as its annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday. On a day when iOS
Marc Ostrofsky Put Domain Names in The National Spotlight on ABC-TV’s The View – 10-Jun-11
Ostrofsky was invited to talk with the show’s five famous female co-hosts (Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck) about his best selling book Get Rich Click! that teaches people how to make money on the Internet.
Go Daddy to Sell .xxx Domains – 10-Jun-11
Commanding about half the market for new domain registrations, Go Daddy is a critical partner for any new top-level domain that launches. Its prominent marketing of Colombia’s .co domains was a big help in enabling the registry, .CO Internet, to sell over one million names in less than a year.

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