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Newsletter (Jan – Feb 2006)

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AGM coming soon – 25 March in Wellington, New Zealand
Registrations are now open for the 2006 AGM of APTLD, being held in Wellington New Zealand on 25 March 2006. The one-day programme means a compressed AGM agenda, still being finalised by the Board, to allow members to attend the wwTLD meeting on 26 March, part of the ICANN programme. To register follow the links from http://www.aptld.org/

General Manager Appointment Process Continues
The Board Sub-Committee empowered to employ a General Manager recently met to short-list candidates. A full update on the process will be provided at the Wellington AGM.

Members’ Corner

Melbourne IT registers interest in global growth
DEVELOPING its business beyond domain name registration by moving into value-added services, particularly for international corporations, was giving Melbourne IT continuing strong growth, chief executive Theo Hnarakis reported yesterday.

Pest gives himself a sporting chance
NOTORIOUS cybersquatter Brad Norrish, certainly has a never-say-die attitude. After having his deceptive antics reined in by several Australian courts, Perth-based Norrish has taken on US sporting channel network ESPN.

Scammers go offline
IF CYBERLAND is the new frontier, then Chesley Rafferty and Brad Norrish are definitely its cowboys. The pair have gained a reputation as profligate cyber-scammers for sending out misleading invoices to businesses asking them to register their domain names.

Discussion paper on edu.au policies released
The edu.au 2LD is managed on behalf of the Australian education sector by the Australian Information and Communications Technology in Education Committee (AICTEC).


Nominet awarded $1.3m copyright damages
Nominet, the .uk Internet domain name registry, today announced that the Federal Court of Australia has awarded AUD$1.3 million (£550,000) in damages to conclude the battle against Chesley Rafferty and Bradley Norrish, and 3 of their companies, who were found liable for copyright infringement and breaches of Australian fair trade laws by copying data from Nominet’s WHOIS service, and issuing misleading domain name registration notices.
Nominet wins battle against domain scammers
Two Australians who sent out bogus letters urging domain owners to pay a fee have been fined nearly a million pounds

China alters definition of cybersquatting
China will narrow the meaning of “cybersquatters” and will now only use the term to refer to those who register Internet domain names and sell them to rivals of a company that owns the rights to the name.
China reduces domain name price
The annual price of China’s primary domain name .CN has fallen from 120 yuan (US$15) to 56 yuan (US$7).
Microsoft supports Chinese domain names
Chinese can apply Chinese domain name for searching enterprises and departments that they want online from 2006. Microsoft’s IE7 browser supports “Chinese.cn”, which signals that Internet will greet the age of all-new Chinese domain name, said Liu Zhijiang, an official with the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) on Thursday in Beijing, according to China News Service.
Websites named after pandas up for sale
A man from Hunan Province has bought 16 Website domain names related to the two giant pandas that the Chinese mainland gave as gifts to Taiwan.
Rule change aids China cyber-squatters
New regulations will make it more difficult for companies to protect their domain names from cyber-squatters in China.
Ucloo files lawsuit against domain registration company
Ucloo Online Inc. has decided to file a lawsuit against a domain name registration service provider over its blocked domain “ucloo.cn”.
CN domain name registration tops one million
By the end of December 2005 registration of China’s top-level Internet domain name CN has reached 1.09 million, securing the No.1 position in Asia
HKIRC/HKDNR conducting a Public Consultation
HKIRC/HKDNR is conducting a Public Consultation on .hk Chinese Domain Name Soft Launch and Reserved .hk Chinese Domain Name Categories from 27 February 2006 to 13 April 2006. To achieve the allocation of domain name in a systematic and coordinated way, a soft launch period will be introduced to give priority to certain groups of applicants (e.g. trademark holders) to register their Chinese .hk Domain Names. In order to minimise public confusion, a number of categories of .hk Chinese Domain Name will be reserved.
Afilias Ltd enhances registry services
Afilias Limited, a fully integrated global provider of domain name registry services, today announced it had enhanced its registry services in support of the .in domain to deliver faster, more robust services in India.
UltraDNS Expands DNS Infrastructure to India
UltraDNS today announced the extension of its global infrastructure with a node deployment in India. This expansion of the UltraDNS Directory Services Platform significantly enhances the online experience for more than 39 million Internet users in India. The deployment enables improved performance, security and reliability as users access the millions of domains powered by UltraDNS.
Trai for hopping onto advance Net protocol
Faced with increasing demand for Internet protocol addresses, better quality of service and security, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) today recommended a transition from the existing version of internet protocol (IPv4) to the next-generation IPv6 platform.
English teacher Web sites in row over domain names
An online service for finding English teachers–a-kaiwa.net–has taken rival FindaNet, Ltd., to court over purchasing and using a similar Internet domain name (a-kaiwa.com) for the alleged purpose of drawing away a-kaiwa.net customers.
JPRS Takes Measures to Mitigate Risks Caused by Improper Management of DNS Servers Associated with JP Domain Names (news release)
JPRS announced in its press release of 5 December 2005 that it would implement a measure to reduce risks caused by improper management of DNS servers in association with registered JP domain names. In January 2006, JPRS will start deleting concerned DNS server registrations in the JP domain name space.
MCMC, Mynic seek domain name feedback
Mynic, Malaysia’s designated country-code top level domain name managing organisation, and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) are seeking a second round of public feedback on their plan to bring back second-level domain names.
I think ICANN, says InternetNZ
InternetNZ executive director Keith Davidson sounded pressured last week when asked about progress with arrangements for the ICANN conference next month. “It’s very taxing,” he admits. “A lot to do and not enough time to do it in”.
New Zealand Online funding model proposed
A “New Zealand Online” funding model to facilitate creation of local digital content in a manner similar to NZ On Air for television is a key idea presented to IT Minister David Cunliffe by the delegates who attended WSIS in Tunis last year.
Telecom buys porn site’s domain name
Telecom has bought the domain name of a pornography website www.ferrit.com to avoid confusion with its similarly named online shopping portal.
Domain name registrar de-authorised
A .nz registrar has been notified that it will lose its status as an authorised registrar. Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan said the move, against Domain Name Management Services Ltd (DNMSL), was to help ensure a fair and competitive market for those seeking .nz domain names.
Vietnamese fruit seller in net name cock-up
A Vietnamese grapefruit seller has been refused the domain name www.buoi.com.vn because “the word for grapefruit, buoi, without a proper tone marking can be misunderstood”, as Thai Huu Ly, of the Vietnam Internet Network Information Centre, put it to AFP.

US government dangles internet control contract
In a “Sources Sought Notice” put out by the Department of Commerce (DoC) late on Tuesday and only just noticed by the internet community, it is asking for “potential respondents” for the contract to run IANA.

IANA Up For Grabs?
The US government wants to hear from organizations interested in running some of the internet’s key resources, including the master lists of IP address space and domain names.

Revised ICANN, VeriSign Deal Still Uncertain
The future of the Internet quite literally hangs in the air. ICANN board members met this week about the revised deal with VeriSign for control of the .com registry.

ICANN, At the Crossroads by Bret Fausett
Several things are coming together in the next few months that place ICANN squarely at a crossroads. Will ICANN approve the proposed Verisign agreement? What will the courts say about ICANN’s authority over those with which it has contracts? Will ICANN approve a new .XXX top-level domain? What changes will ICANN make in the role of the Government Advisory Committee to appease governments? Will the IGF look to have a role in ICANN oversight? What will happen when ICANN’s current Memorandum of Understanding with the United States expires in September, 2006? The questions all revolve around a single axis: is ICANN the right organization for the coordination and regulatory task it has been assigned?

Domain Firms Keep Up VeriSign Pressure
The world’s largest domain name registrars stepped up their fight against price increases in the VeriSign Inc’s .com namespace yesterday, calling on the Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers to throw out a proposal to pump up prices.

Why the net should stay neutral
Is it time to let internet companies provide premium access to paying websites and services? No, says BBC technology commentator Bill Thompson.

WIPO responds to significant cybersquatting activity in 2005 (news release)
WIPO saw a 20% increase in the number of cybersquatting (abusive registration of trademarks as domain names) cases filed in 2005 as compared to 2004. In 2005, a total of 1,456 cybersquatting cases were filed with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center. This increase represents the highest number of cybersquatting cases handled by the WIPO Center since 2001.


UK companies told to embrace .eu domains
Relations between the EU and the UK have at times been strained but that should be no reason for UK companies to ignore the potential of registering a dot-eu domain name.

Europe’s new Internet domain “.eu” today got 71,235 new applications in one hour (news release)
EURid opened its systems to receive applications for .eu domain names from anyone within the EU claiming prior rights to a certain domain name. During the first 15 minutes after 11:00 today EURid received 27 949 applications. After an hour, at 12:00, the number was 71 235.

eu: Second phase of .eu registrations gets underway
Following the opening of the second sunrise period for the new .eu domain name on 7 February, domain registration firm Hostway is warning companies that they only have two months until the floodgates for general registration open on 7 April.


CENTR welcomes Fay Howard as the General Manager
Fay was CENTR’s first General Manager and led the project to create CENTR in 1998. She has since worked for Nominet UK and Eurid (.eu) as well as a number of TLD bids.


uk: Nominet readies itself for next decade
Two leading figures in the UK’s internet registry make their cases for Nominet’s change and growth to Kieren McCarthy

uk: Nominet responds to rule-change concerns
Nominet’s chairman and chief executive have hit back at claims that changes to the company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association will over-commercialise the not-for-profit company.

Deal places limits on .com fees
The body which oversees the internet has put forward a revised deal to settle a long-running dispute over the crucial .com domain name.

Reports: Sex.com appeals, sells for $12M
Sex.com, long coveted as potentially one of the most lucrative sites on the Web because of its catchy name, has been sold for about $12 million in cash and stock, a source familiar with the deal told Reuters on Monday.


Sponsored TLD Unnecessary? Ron Andruff Responds to Forrester Research
A recent report released by Forrester Research last week has put the .travel sponsored top-level domain under the microscope — calling the sTLD “Nice, But Not Necessary”. Although this 4-page report (sold for US$49.00) has singled out the .travel domain, its critical arguments might very well apply to the nature of most sponsored top-level domains currently in existence — or under review: ‘.mobi’, ‘.jobs’, ‘.museum’, ‘.coop’, ‘.xxx’ and others. CircleID has invited Ron Andruff, President and CEO of Tralliance, the registry for .travel, to respond to arguments made in this report.
Domain Names for the Asian Markets by Gary Soo
An Asian presence is the norm for international businesses. For this, domain names are surely powerful and effective business identifiers for the Asian markets. With the Internet as a global medium for local users, the commercial values of domain names are a potential that must not be overlooked. Indeed, since the launch of UDRP(1) by ICANN(2), the use of the Internet has kept improving and growing to suit demands and needs of businesses worldwide, with a much wider and more diversified spectrum of users. Through reviewing and comparing recent case examples, this article examines, from an Asian perspective, the salient features of the rationale and operation of the UDRP process in the evolving Internet. Additionally, it also highlights the list of factors that those involved in domain name disputes under the UDRP should be alerted to in dealing with such disputes.
IPv6: Extinction, Evolution or Revolution? by Geoff Huston
For some years now the general uptake of IPv6 has appeared to be “just around the corner”. Yet the Internet industry has so far failed to pick up and run with this message, and it continues to be strongly reluctant to make any substantial widespread commitment to deploy IPv6. Some carriers are now making some initial moves in terms of migrating their internet infrastructure over to a dual protocol network, but for many others it’s a case of still watching and waiting for what they think is the optimum time to make a move. So when should we be deploying IPv6 services? At what point will the business case for IPv6 have a positive bottom line? It’s a tough question to answer, and while advice of “sometime, probably sooner than later” is certainly not wrong, it’s also entirely unhelpful as well!

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