Domain Name News: May 27 Week in Review

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DNS Filtering: Absolutely The Wrong Way to Defend Copyrights – 27-May-11
Five top security experts say that the PROTECT IP Act’s domain name redirection powers would weaken crucial cryptography applications, encourage consumers to patronize malware packed sites overseas, hamstring content delivery networks, and harm the ability of ISPs to head off denial-of-service attacks. Plus, they wouldn’t work.

Go Daddy Loses Appeal On Case Holding Them Negligent In Turning Over Ownership Of Domain Accounts – 27-May-11
Go Daddy filed an appeal from a judgment entered in favor of Jeff Eysoldt, Mark Eysoldt, and Jill Eysoldt who had an account with Go Daddy only to see the account control turned over to another person.

Baby’s 1st URL: 3 Reasons Why Buying a Domain Name for Your Child is a Good Idea – 26-May-11
Tech-savvy parents today are redefining what it means to provide your child with “a head start” in life. More than just the necessities, there is a new list of “needs” to provide the bun in the oven, like registering on a wait list for a stellar preschool, the purchase of Baby Mozart DVD, and the most recent trend, buying a URL address for baby.

With The Creation of Custom Domain Names, is .com Dead? – 26-May-11
As a new range of domain names are slated to appear in the next couple of years, the web is about to change. But does this also mean that it will get easier to surf the Internet, that .com addresses will disappear and Google will quietly fade away?

Tra Announces The Impending Closure for Registration in The Dot Emarat – 25-May-11
Considering the great importance of the dot Emarat Arabic domain especially for trademark owners, and the benefits it offers in ensuring a crucial ability to interlink with a new segment of users who were excluded from benefiting from the internet due to the language barrier, the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) has launched the initiative of the Arabic domain in the UAE. The launch represented the beginning of a new Internet era, and the beginning of the UAE journey towards the optimal use to online Arabic content.

Internet Adds 4.5 Million Domain Names in First Quarter of 2011 – 25-May-11
Four and a half million domain names were added to the Internet in the first three months of 2011, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN).

DoylesRoom Makes Statement After Seizure of Domain – 25-May-11
Despite the seizure of its .com domain by the U.S. government, online poker room DoylesRoom says that its business operations have not been affect by Monday’s actions. On Monday, the domains of 10 online poker sites ‚Äî mostly on the Yatahay Network, including DoylesRoom.com and TruePoker.com ‚Äî were seized as a result of an investigation by the Homeland Security Office, with a warrant from a U.S. Attorney‚Äôs office in Maryland. Three defendants ‚Äî representing the payment processors working with the poker sites ‚Äî are accused of money laundering and running an illegal gambling operation.

Domain Wars: A Tale of Two Sydneys – 24-May-11
Sydney, Australia and Sydney, Nova Scotia don’t butt heads too often but upcoming changes to the internet domain name system could force the cities into mediation. In June companies, governments and cashed-up individuals will be able to augment their .com, .net and other standard web addresses with .anything. For $US185,000 – and $US25,000 a year – they will be able to buy anything from .qantas to .music to .sydney and own the entire domain.

Spammers Create Short Url Systems to Beat Security – 24-May-11
Spammers have started setting up bogus URL shortening services to act as relay points for traffic generated by their emails.

Why We Haven’t Seen Any Lawsuits Filed Against The Government Over Domain Seizure – 24-May-11
We’ve heard a few times that the lack of lawsuits from those who have had their domains seized is “evidence” that they know the seizures were legal and that they would lose any court case. I began to wonder about this myself, and spent the last two weeks contacting people on all sides of these cases and found the answer to be exactly the opposite: it’s not the site holders who are scared. It’s the Justice Department, and they seem terrified to have one of these cases actually go to court.

Microsoft Buys 8 Search Engine Optimization Domain Names – 24-May-11
Microsoft has purchased eight domain names related to search engine optimization (SEO). I am not quite sure about the reasoning behind this move by Microsoft the owner of the Bing.com search engine. There could be a few reasons, the most logical being brand and trademark protection, as I do not suspect that Microsoft is going to go into the search engine optimization business anytime soon.

Entrepreneurs Primed for Domain Name Opportunity – 23-May-11
The looming introduction of a new domain name regime will “open the floodgates” for entrepreneurs keen to take a slice of the $5 billion industry, the CEO of a wholesale domain provider has claimed.

Dot.anything to Take Over Internet, Predicts Domain Name Expert – 23-May-11
SO LONG dot.com. Soon the easy way to consult the internet will be via dot.anything. The so-called Top-Level Domain program will be ratified by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) in Singapore on June 20, followed by a four-month global communication campaign. After that will come a 60-day window to apply for a Top-Level Domain name, which will come at a cost of $US185,000 ($174,388) to discourage frivolous applications.

How to Protect Your Brand From The Coming .xxx Porn Domain – 23-May-11
The new .xxx top-level domain, scheduled to launch this fall, is causing brand managers and trademark owners anxiety. Thankfully, a “defensive registration” process is in place that allows registered trademark owners to block their marks from being abusively registered as a .xxx domain by a third party. Defensive registration can prevent unwanted affiliation between a wholesome brand and the adult entertainment industry.

US Government Starts New Round of Pirate Domain Seizures – 21-May-11
US authorities have resumed “Operation In Our Sites” and have seized several domain names associated with copyright infringement or counterfeit related crimes. Among the new targets are two sites that linked to copyrighted films hosted on third party streaming sites such as megavideo.com and veoh.com. Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has yet to officially announce the new operation.

DomainAdvisors Completes Record Breaking Domain Sale With 33.com – 20-May-11
Domain broker reports record two digit domain name. DomainAdvisors, a division of PPX International, just announced a record sales price for a two digit domain name. The group brokered the sale of 33.com for $358,000.

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