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September 25, 2018 17:54

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US and EU call for Whois to stay alive

Government officials from both sides of the Atlantic have this week called on ICANN to preserve Whois as it currently is, in the face of incoming EU privacy law, at least for a select few users. The European Commission wrote to ICANN to ask for a “pragmatic and workable solution” to the apparent conflict between […]

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Big changes at DomainTools as privacy law looms

Regular users of DomainTools should expect significant changes to their service, possibly unwelcome, as the impact of incoming European Union privacy law begins to be felt. Professional users such as domain investors are most likely to be impacted by the changes. The company hopes to announce how its services will be rejiggered to comply with […]

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EFF recommends against new gTLDs

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has recommended that domain registrants concerned about intellectual property “bullies” steer clear of new gTLDs. The view is expressed in a new EFF report today that is particularly critical of policies in place at new gTLD portfolio registries Donuts and Radix. The report (pdf) also expresses strong support for .onion, the […]

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US “threatens” Costa Rica over Pirate Bay domains

The US government has been threatening to “close down” Costa Rica’s .cr registry over its refusal to take down a Pirate Bay domain name, according to the registry. Representatives of the US embassy in Costa Rica have been badgering NIC.cr to take down thepiratebay.cr since 2015, according to a letter from Pedro León Azofeifa, president […]

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Pirate Bay founder launches piracy-friendly domain privacy service

The founder of controversial BitTorrent search engine The Pirate Bay has entered the domain name market with a new proxy service. It’s called Njalla, it’s based in a Caribbean tax haven, and it says it offers a higher level of privacy protection than you get anywhere else. The company described itself in its inaugural blog […]

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Now the DNA backpedals on “Copyright UDRP”

The Domain Name Association has distanced itself from the Copyright ADRP, a key component of its Healthy Domains Initiative, after controversy. The anti-piracy measure would have given copyright owners a process to seize or suspend domain names being used for massive-scale piracy, but it appears now to have been indefinitely shelved. The DNA said late […]

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The Pirate Bay likely to be sunk as .org adopts “UDRP for copyright”

Controversial piracy site The Pirate Bay is likely to be the first victim of a new industry initiative being described as “UDRP for copyright”. The Domain Name Association today published a set of voluntary “healthy practices” that domain registries can adopt to help keep their TLDs clean of malware, child abuse material, fake pharmacies and […]

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Soda Pop Review .com : Who is entitled to a lapsed domain’s content?

The original registrant of SodaPopReview.com is upset: Admittedly due to his own fault, he let the domain expire in late 2015. Apparently, whoever picked it up at the expired domain auctions of GoDaddy, ended up digging up the previous content and putting it live on the web site. Says the previous owner, at the GoDaddy […]

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Cybersquatting : It should not be controlled by the US Congress

The problem of cybersquatting as it applies to domains, isn’t new. ICANN started dealing with such violations in 1999, introducing the UDRP process on April 30th of that year. Although 17 years have passed since, many domain investors continue to fail the cybersquatting test, with regards to the domain registrations of choice. An article from […]

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Fight as ICANN “backtracks” on piracy policing

ICANN has clarified that it will not terminate new gTLD registries that have piracy web sites in their zones, potentially inflaming an ongoing fight between domain companies and intellectual property interests. This week’s ICANN 56 policy meeting in Helsinki saw registries and the Intellectual Property Constituency clash over whether an ICANN rule means that registries […]

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