Weblog Entries: Domain Names

Sms.co.uk Domain Sale Could Be a 'Record Breaker'

The domain sms.co.uk is up for grabs and those behind the sale reckon it could net more than £100 000.

Originally by The Register - Internet and Law: eCommerce, 9:51 PM

.EU TLD Launches; Guess Which Domain Was the Most Popular?

‘Hundreds of thousands of businesses have raced to snap up .eu internet domain names, with sex.eu taking the prize for the most sought-after address.

Two months after the .eu domain name was launched for public institutions and trade mark holders, the tag was opened up to companies other than those seeking a site for a brand, as well as for art works and literature.’  Read more »

ICANN Rejects .xxx Top Level Domain, Approves .tel

It looks like we have finally seen the last of .xxx. What led to ICANN's change of heart?

Originally by Ars Technica, 1:51 PM

ICANN Can Continue

ICANN has had its contract with the United States Department of Commerce renewed for a further five years, despite complaints that the relationship politicises what should be a neutral global computer network.

Originally by NYT > Technology, 9:17 PM

Individual to be prosecuted for domain name 'theft'

A number of news agencies are reporting that Daniel Goncalves, a 25 year-old law firm technician, is being prosecuted for the ‘theft’ of domain name P2P.com:

Attorney Paul Keating told DNN that most cases of domain theft recovery that he has dealt with have been complicated at best. The real problem stems from the fact that domain names aren’t considered property. “The laws do not specifically identify domains as property. That has been the subject of various court decisions. Not all courts have issued consistent decisions. For example, bankruptcy courts have no difficulty treating domains as property. The IRS treats domains as a form of intellectual property and allows amortization along the lines of a trademark though over a shorter period,” Keating said. Further complications come in to play when we look at the rulings in different states. “California is believed to treat them as property after the Sex.com case but that was a federal decision interpreting California law. The Eastern District of Virginia (where the Verisign registry is headquartered) clearly holds domains to be the subject of a license and thus not property. I have been involved in various state-level cases seeking recovery of stolen names or trying to specifically enforce a domain purchase agreement in California and the courts have always honored the claim.”  Read more »