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Fanning the Flames: Introducing Two New Top Level Domain Names (Jun 2001)
Just when you thought you had registered all the domain names you needed to protect your company's interests on the Internet, ICANN, the non-profit corporation that oversees the administration of the domain name system, has decided to pave the way for a brand new domain name gold rush. ICANN recently announced its approval of the new .biz and .info top level domain (TLD) registries. In theory, the new TLDs are a new opportunity for legitimate concerns to stake their claim on some appropriate online real estate. In reality, we are more likely just to see two new battlefields for domain name disputes. The only real winners will be the domain name registrars who stand to rake in some serious cash, regardless of whether the new TLDs prove to be a blessing or a curse.
Domain Name Disputes: Pick Your Battles…and Your Battleground (Jan 2002)
Domain name registrants and trademark holders seeking a forum in which to wage a domain name dispute have only a few options. In late 1999, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) created a domain name dispute resolution system, and already more than 5,000 complaints have been filed by trademark holders seeking to gain control of domain names which they believe infringed their rights. This system, the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), provides for neutral third party arbitrators to preside over such disputes. However, these non-judicial proceedings may be biased in favor of trademark holders, and such decisions remain subject to review in the courts.
Resolve the Domainland Dilemma (Sep 2001)
Seven new top-level domains (TLD) go live fall 2001. These new Internet addresses will complicate the lives of IT managers--especially those whose companies are e-commerce merchants. Other companies also need to be concerned because of impacts that the new domains will have on intellectual property and Internet browsers.
Top-Level Domains Challenge IT Managers (Apr 2001)
If they have not started beforehand, by June 2001 many IT managers will be thinking frequently about top-level domains (TLD). Among the causes for their increased concern will be seven recently approved TLDs, more use of country suffixes, copyright protection, and the growing trend toward domain names in foreign languages. All of these events will require more effort to maintain control over the increased complexity of Internet usage.
Welcome to Domain Name Hell (April 2002)
The worldâs top brands hold an average of just over 1,000 domain names each, according to research from NetNames. A number of companies including Microsoft and The Walt Disney Company both hold over 3,000 top level domains (.com, .net, .org and .uk suffixes). Other companies on the list, such as Nokia, Ford, and Coca-Cola each hold between 200 and 1,000 domains within their portfolio.