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July, 2009

  • 9 July

    LEGO wins domain name dispute

    The lesson here is: never mess with people who can build anything they want out of tiny little colored blocks. The respondent, Giocchino Zerbo of Italy now knows that all too well. He registered two domain names: legogames.com and wwwlegos.com. Surely he knew this would cause him trouble, but maybe …

  • 7 July

    Queensland Government owns queensland-the-dumb-state.com

    In an apparent effort to preempt cybersquatters, the Australian state of Queensland has registered 38 domain names containing various government references. Among the stranger ones is queensland-the-dumb-state.com. Other domains include government programs like the state’s 150th anniversary celebration and the Liberal National Party. This raises some interesting questions. On some …

  • 6 July

    Cybersquatters grow while trademark owners prepare for battle

    At one time the cybersquatting perpetrators were fringe geeky hackers locked in their mothers’ basements Now, entire organizations are forming with the sole goal of sitting on expensive domains and hoping to cash out on them. But like the spammers who have been reduced to sending nonsensical series of letters …

  • 3 July

    Tweet domains are safe, for the most part

    News has circulated that Twitter has filed for a trademark for the word “tweet”. The company’s blog, however, makes it clear that it will not go after sincere, legitimate applications and services that use the name. For those domain owners and businesses that have domain names with the word “tweet” …

June, 2009

  • 30 June

    Two Chinese domain registrars to blame

    The names of the two Chinese domain registrars allegedly responsible for a large chunk of the world’s spam, have come under fire from University of Alabama’s director of research, Gary Warner. Last week I posted a short entry about Warner’s research, concluding that 70 percent of spam originated in China. …

  • 29 June

    .eu domains to be available in Cyrillic and Greek

    In an effort to encourage greater adoption of the .eu top-level domain (TLD), the European Commission will start allowing non-latin characters to be used in domain registration. In the past, only “a to z” and “0 to 9” characters were allowed. European states that will benefit greatly from this move …

  • 26 June

    Tiger Woods loses domain name dispute

    In an effort to secure domain names that match the names of his children, Tiger Woods has been filing domain disputes with the National Arbitration Forum. In order to make a case, the award-winning Golfer argued that the names are confusingly similar to the trademark “Tiger Woods”. The arbitrator refused …

  • 25 June

    Is mass web confusion on the horizon?

    As ICANN’s expansion of the gTLD landscape grows closer, many bloggers and tech analysts are speculating mass confusion with ensue, that people will not distinguish .food from .eat domains. Some worry that the default .com for businesses will fall by the wayside and make it difficult for users to find …

  • 24 June

    Chinese domains linked to 70 percent of SPAM

    A new report by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has concluded that as much as 70 percent of all spam sent in 2009 originated from domains ending in .cn, China’s top-level country domain. Furthemore, the report claims to have confirmed that nearly all of those spam messages originated …

  • 18 June

    U.S. Patent Office rejects subdomain patent

    If you have ever had a website with more than few pages, you have probably created a subdomain. Instead of pointing visitors to www.internetblog.org.uk/coolguy, you might want to emphasize your coolness first and have your URL read: coolguy.internetblog.org.uk. Suddenly, you have something close to a new domain, called a subdomain. …