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Cybersquatting Remains on the Rise with further Risk to Trademarks from New Registration Practices

« The number of cybersquatting disputes filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2006 increased by 25% as compared to 2005. In a related development, the evolution of the domain name registration system is causing growing concern for trademark owners, in particular some of the effects of the use of computer software to automatically register expired domain names and their ‘parking’ on pay-per-click portal sites, the option to register names free-of-charge for a five-day ‘tasting’ period, the proliferation of new registrars, and the establishment of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). The combined result of these developments is to create greater opportunities for the mass, often anonymous, registration of domain names without specific consideration of third-party intellectual property rights. « While electronic commerce has flourished with the expansion of the Internet, recent developments in the domain name registration system have fostered practices which threaten the interests of trademark owners and cause consumer confusion. Practices such as ‘domain name tasting’ risk turning the domain name system into a mostly speculative market. Domain names used to be primarily specific identifiers of businesses and other Internet users, but many names nowadays are mere commodities for speculative gain, » noted Mr. Francis Gurry, WIPO Deputy Director General, who oversees WIPO’s dispute resolution work. « The rate at which domain names change hands and the difficulty to track such mass automated registrations challenge trademark owners in their pursuit of cybersquatters, » he said. « With domain names becoming moving targets for rights holders, due consideration should be given to concrete policy responses, » he added. » …

Read more on WIPO

International domain names succeed in testing

Internationalised domain names (IDNs) have moved a step closer to reality, after ICANN announced it had successfully completed testing.

Currently, domain names can be composed of just 37 core symbols, including numbers, letters from the Latin alphabet and the hyphen.

However, many countries whose languages use other characters – such as Chinese or Arabic – have long been demanding the ability to use IDNs based on those characters. Advocates see this development as crucial to retaining a single global internet.

ICANN – the organisation that administers domain names – commissioned a laboratory test of IDNs in October 2006. The test was designed to establish whether the use of encoded internationalised characters would « have any impact on the operations of the root name servers providing delegations, or the iterative mode resolvers ».

ICANN announced the results on Wednesday. « No impact at all could be detected, » wrote tester Lars-Johan Liman. « All involved systems behaved exactly as expected. » All details of the test setup and design are available on ICANN’s website, so that it can be replicated if desired.

However, the test did not include the « end-user perspective » or a live root test, but concentrated instead on « replicating the root server environment ». This suggests that significant further testing needs to be done before IDNs are allowed.

Source : ZDNet UK, David Meyer

Maintenance .ORG (07/04/07)

Une maintenance du système d’enregistrement des .ORG est programmé pour le 7 avril 2007 de 15h00 à 19h00. Pendant cette période, le .système d’enregistrement des .ORG (SRS), y compris l’interface d’administration Web et le service de WHOIS, seront indisponibles.
Durant cette période, les enregistrements et autres manipulations ne seront pas possibles. Les domaines continueront à résoudre normalement.

.ORG Registry Scheduled Maintenance

The .ORG Production Registry System is scheduled for maintenance on 7 April 2007 between the hours of 15:00 and 19:00 UTC. During this period, the .ORG Shared Registration System (SRS), including the Web-based Administrative Interface and the WHOIS service, will be unavailable.
Registering and manipulating domain and other registry objects will not be possible. Domains will continue to resolve normally.

Maintenance .AERO (31/03/07)

Le registre du .aero a programmé une maintenance de son système de production le 31 mars 2007 de 15h à 19h.

Voici dans le détail la disponibilité des services lors de cette maintenance :

  • SRS (système d’enregistrement) : : non disponible
  • Interface d’administration web : non disponible
  • DNS : disponible, les domaines continueront à résoudre
  • WHOIS : non disponible
  • OT&E : disponible

La liste des codes de pays du .aero est mise à jour pour ajouter les codes des pays suivants, qui peuvent être employés pour l’enregistrement de noms de domaine .aero :

  • Guernsey (GG)
  • Isle of Man (IM)
  • Jersey (JE)
  • Montenegro (ME)
  • Serbia (RS)

.ORG Registry Production System Upgrade

The .ORG Production Registry System scheduled maintenance to deploy the .ORG Spanish Language Script for Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) and System Upgrade on 03 March 2007 has been completed as of 19:00 UTC.

Spanish IDNs (not including German, Danish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean (Hangul), Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Swedish) registered between 19:00 UTC, 03 March 2007 and 19:00 UTC, 02 April 2007 (during the first 30 days of operation) will be placed on Server Delete Prohibited, Server Transfer Prohibited, Server Update Prohibited, Server Renew Prohibited, and Server Hold. These statuses will remain in effect until 02 May 2007 to allow intellectual property interests to file UDRP actions if warranted.

All Legacy IDNs will continue to be unlocked to allow for registrar updates (including Language Tags) or deletions. Beginning on 03 March 2007, during the registrar’s assignment of the Spanish Language Tag (ES), the .ORG system will verify that the Legacy IDN Punycode string meets the corresponding policy profile of the Spanish Language Tag in the .ORG system. If this requirement is not met, the Language Tag assignment will fail. Upon valid Language Tag updates, the following statuses will automatically be removed from the domain – Server Hold, Server Renew Prohibited and Server Transfer Prohibited. The domain will then be added to the .ORG Zone File to enable DNS resolution (assuming it meets all other requirements for inclusion in the zone file.

Legacy IDN domains that are updated with a Language Tag must be updated with « thick » contact data, or risk possible deletion of the domain by the Registry.

Please note that all expired Legacy IDNs will auto-renew following successful updating of the Language Tag. If a registrar chooses to delete the domain, they must do so within the 45 day auto-renew grace period or prior to updating the Language Tag. Registrars are encouraged to ensure that adequate funds are available to support these auto-renewals.

During the downtime for the deployment of the Spanish language script, all .ORG Legacy IDN domains that have an expiration date prior to 03 March 2007, will have the expiry date reset to 03 March 2007. PIR is resetting the expiry dates of all .ORG Legacy IDNs so as to fulfill our earlier commitment to you of not charging for maintaining Legacy .ORG IDNs.

An FAQ and Registrar Manual detailing the .ORG Spanish IDN is available
at: An optional OT&E environment has also been available beginning 01 February 2007 at 19:00 UTC.


In addition to the Spanish Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) deployment, the following bug fix is to be promoted in the .ORG production environment on 03 March 2007 between 15:00 and 19:00 UTC.
This fix has been promoted to .ORG OT&E environment on 23 February 2007 between 15:00 and 16:00 UTC.

– EPP_Domain_Check currently shows IDNs with a status of available when these IDNs are in Drop Zone and unavailable. This deployment will include a fix to return the proper unavailable status for IDNs in the Drop Zone when queried against the .ORG SRS.