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ICANN Bringing the Languages of the World to the Global Internet

The first Internet addresses containing non-Latin characters from start to finish will soon be online thanks to today’s approval of the new Internationalized Domain Name Fast Track Process by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers board.

« The coming introduction of non-Latin characters represents the biggest technical change to the Internet since it was created four decades ago, » said ICANN chairman Peter Dengate Thrush. « Right now Internet address endings are limited to Latin characters – A to Z. But the Fast Track Process is the first step in bringing the 100,000 characters of the languages of the world online for domain names. »

ICANN’s Fast Track Process launches on 16 November 2009. It will allow nations and territories to apply for Internet extensions reflecting their name – and made up of characters from their national language. If the applications meet criteria that includes government and community support and a stability evaluation, the applicants will be approved to start accepting registrations.

« This is only the first step, but it is an incredibly big one and an historic move toward the internationalization of the Internet, » said Rod Beckstrom, ICANN’s President and CEO. « The first countries that participate will not only be providing valuable information of the operation of IDNs in the domain name system, they are also going to help to bring the first of billions more people online – people who never use Roman characters in their daily lives. »

IDNs have been a topic of discussion since before ICANN’s inception. It’s taken years of intense technical testing, policy development, and global co-operation to prepare the Fast Track process for its coming launch.

« Our work on IDNs has gone through numerous drafts, dozens of tests, and an incredible amount of development by volunteers since we started this project. Today is the first step in moving from planning and implementation to the real launch, » said Tina Dam, ICANN’s Senior Director for IDNs. « The launch of the Fast Track Process will be an amazing change to make the Internet an even more valuable tool, and for even more people around the globe. »

ICANN and the CZ.NIC Association Announce the Installation of the L Root Server in Prague, Czech Republic

ICANN and the CZ.NIC Association today announced the installation of the L Root Server in Prague, Czech Republic. The L Root Server is one of the thirteen Root Name Servers which underpins the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS).

The installation in Prague expands L’s footprint into Europe, in combination with installations in Miami and Los Angeles.

« By providing a mirror for the L Root Server we attempt to support the Internet infrastructure not only in our country, » said Ondrej Filip, Executive Director of the CZ.NIC Association. « The L Root Server in Prague serves the entire Internet, globally. »

The DNS is involved in almost every service provided over the Internet, and as such its security and stability is very important. The performance and reliability of web sites, social media, e-mail and instant messaging all depend on the DNS, as do business-to-business communications which increasingly tie together the global economy.

Joe Abley, Director of DNS Operations at ICANN, stated that « ICANN is pleased to be able to work with CZ.NIC to provide local access to the L Root Server in Prague. This new installation will contribute to security and stability of the Root Server system globally, and especially in the European region. »


Dow Jones Loses Domain Name Case

Second domain arbitration loss for financial media company today.

marketwatch.comEarlier today Domain Name Wire wrote about financial media company Bloomberg losing a domain name arbitration case for Apparently today isn’t a good day for financial media companies and domain names: Dow Jones just found itself on the losing end of a case for

Dow Jones runs the popular web site, which it launched in 1997. About a month after it launched the site, was registered by the respondent in this case. The site has never really been developed, although it did include a news story feed.

The panel ruled that the domain name was not registered in bad faith because Marketwatch would have to show a “substantial degree of prescience in December 1999″ of the web site to have trademark rights at that time. When Marketwatch tried to get a trademark on the term in 2002, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office originally rejected the application on the grounds that it was descriptive and did not have secondary meaning. It was later approved with a first use date in 1997, but the panel inferred that the USPTO’s initial doubt makes it unlikely the web site was very popular in December of 1999.

However, the panel did note that the domain could still be used in a way that infringes Dow Jones trademark. It just wouldn’t be a matter under UDRP:

Decisions under the Policy are directed to the issue of abusive domain name registration and use. They are not directed to issues of trademark or service mark infringement. Without prejudice to the legal character of Respondent’s future conduct, that the Panel decides Respondent did not register the disputed domain name in bad faith in 1997 does not provide instruction regarding whether Respondent may now or in the future infringe on a service mark owned by Complainant. These are distinct legal issues. It is possible to register a domain name in the absence of bad faith, yet subsequently infringe a third party trademark or service mark.


AAA Auto Club Gets Domain Name…and Porn Names

AAA gets hands on But it is overstepping its bounds.

American Automobile Association (AAA) has been awarded the domain name after filing a lawsuit against its owners. AAA had lost a UDRP arbitration at National Arbitration Forum for the domain name, and then sued the owners of the domain in U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania.

The National Arbitration Forum got it right — but in this case the defendants’ behavior with other domains made it tough to defend in the court system. AAA noted several other domain names that the defendants had to cough up through UDRP, including,, and is a generic term and appeared to be used that way in this case; but ultimately it seems that the defendants felt it worthwhile to hand over the domain rather than engage in a long lawsuit.

AAA has been on an arbitration domain name land grab lately, picking up domain names that probably have little value to it and have questionable similarity to AAA, such as adult names.

The company recently won disputes for,, and, which makes you question if the organization has filed a trademark in the field of use of adult entertainment. It also snagged I suppose AAA may be planning a major expansion of services.

This month AAA also won, a credit card site that has nothing to do with the Association. Sure, AAA offers a branded credit card, but that doesn’t entitle it to any domain name that includes AAA and credit cards, since AAA is a common term used by many businesses. You can also question the value of adding this domain name to its portfolio — was the web site really causing a problem for the association?


AFNIC: .FR Maintenance

A maintenance will be performed on servers of the AFNIC on Thursday, October 22, 2009  from 2 pm till 3 pm.

Consequently, the production chain will be totally interrupted.

     * E-mail interface: forms will not be processed and no acknowledgment of receipt will be sent. The forms will not be lost.
     * Web interface: the extranet will be inaccessible
     * EPP: the EPP server will be inaccessible

The reloads of  2 pm and 3 pm will take place.

We try to make this interruption as short as possible. Please excuse us for the inconvenience.

NBA Star Chris Bosh’s Legal Case Wins His Domain Name and Hundreds More

In a bizarre ruling in California federal court, NBA star Chris Bosh was awarded the domain name and nearly 800 of these domain names from alleged cybersquatter, Luis Zavala of  The ruling gives Bosh the authority to take over the domain names of hundreds of basketball stars, a pro wrestler, pro golfers, and some other random domains.

Bosh is offering the domains back to the celebrity or person that the domain represents. In a statement on the published list it states the domains will be given to the celebrity “free of charge as a courtesy to the celebrity named herein, provided that such person promptly requests the return of such domain name in writing”.

Clearly Zavala was speculating by the looks of this list . He registered many college and highschool basketball player domains, but what is very unclear is how the court made the determination that nearly 800 of these domains should be awarded to Bosh. We have yet to find the filing, but we will post that soon.  Names that have no relation to a celebrity or other trademark were also awarded to Bosh including names like,, and 2 cities in Mexico, and Curimeo.

The fact that unrelated/unsquatted domains could be given up to a claimant is truly a scary ruling for domain name owners in DNN’s opinion.

UPDATE : Attornies for Bosh, Winston & Strawn,  have a press release about the case up now where they proclaim Bosh a “cyber hero”.

author: Adam Strong

.ORG Registry Scheduled Maintenance

The .ORG Production Registry System is scheduled for maintenance on 17 October 2009 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.

French Domain Name Sells for $115,000

.Fr domain takes top honors on domain sales list.

The French country code domain name, which means “mutual” as in mutual insurance company, has sold for 78,001 EUR at Sedo. That’s about $115,000 USD at today’s exchange rates.

The sale was the biggest by far for the week at Sedo, perhaps because some of the biggest buyers were hanging out in Key West.

Here are some other notable sales completed at Sedo over the past week:

.com 13,000 USD 11,000 USD 11,000 USD 10,500 EUR 10,000 USD 10,000 GBP 8,000 USD 7,800 USD 7,000 USD 6,500 USD 6,000 USD 5,500 USD 5,500 EUR 5,100 USD 5,000 USD 5,000 USD 5,000 USD 4,600 USD 4,250 EUR 4,000 USD 4,000 USD 4,000 EUR Cheap tickets in Spanish

ccTLDs 6,250 GBP 6,000 EUR 5,500 EUR Star politician in German 5,200 USD Rossman pharmacy in German 5,200 EUR Make profits in French 5,000 EUR 5,000 EUR 5,000 EUR 4,999 EUR 4,999 GBP 4,760 EUR Kennel cough in German 4,500 USD 4,400 EUR Implicit in German 4,100 EUR 4,000 EUR

Other 8,000 USD 7,000 USD 6,000 EUR 5,000 EUR Insurance in Dutch 5,000 USD