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April 2, 2020 15:36

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Facebook WILL sue more registrars for cybersquatting

Facebook has already sued two domain name registrars for alleged cybersquatting and said yesterday that it will sue again. Last week, Namecheap became the second registrar in Facebook’s legal crosshairs, sued in in its native Arizona after allegedly failing to take down or reveal contact info for 45 domains that very much seem to infringe […]

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Congressman – Being able to look up who owns and operates a website is essential for safety

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH05)serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee as the Republican Leader on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. Last week he published a House resolution with regards to WHOIS. In a press release on House.gov “Being able to look up who owns and operates a website is not just a tool necessary for […]

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#DomainTools on scheduled maintenance

DomainTools, the quintessential domain research tool, has scheduled maintenance for the first week in March. During this event, various DomainTools resources, including www.domaintools.com, research.domaintools.com, and api.domaintools.com may be unavailable or occasionally slow to respond, multiple times throughout the window. The anticipated downtime schedule is as follows: Start Time: 03/05/2020 22:00 PST End Time: 03/06/2020 02:00 […]

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DI Leaders Roundtable #3 — What did you think of ICANN 66?

It’s time for the third in the series of DI Leaders Roundtables, in which I pose a single question to a selection of the industry’s thought leaders. With ICANN 66 taking place a couple of weeks ago in Montreal, Canada, a multitude of topics came under public discussion, among them: DNS abuse, the .amazon gTLD […]

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DI Leaders Roundtable #2 — Should we kill off “Whois”?

Should we stop using the word “Whois” to describe registration data lookup services? That’s the question I posed for the second DI Leaders Roundtable. I’m sure you’re all very well aware that the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) is the imminent replacement for the Whois protocol, as the technical method by which domain registrant contact […]

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ICANN enters talks to kill off Whois for good

Whois’ days are numbered. ICANN is to soon enter talks with accredited registrars and contracted gTLD registries with the aim of naming a date to finally “sunset” the aging protocol. It wants to negotiate amendments to the Registrar Accreditation Agreement and Registry Agreement with a view to replacing obligations to publish Whois with obligations to […]

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Whois killer deadline has passed. Did most registrars miss it?

The deadline for registrars to implement the new Whois-killer RDAP protocol passed yesterday, but it’s possible most registrars did not hit the target. ICANN told registrars in February (pdf) that they had six months to start making RDAP (Registration Data Access Protocol) services available. RDAP is the replacement for the age-old Whois protocol, and provides […]

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Airline hit with $230 million GDPR fine

British Airways is to be fined £183.39 million ($230 million) over a customer data breach last year, by far the biggest penalty to be handed out under the General Data Protection Regulation to date. This story is not directly related to the domain name industry, but it does demonstrate that European data protection authorities are […]

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Governments demand Whois reopened within a year

ICANN’s government advisers wants cops, trademark owners and others to get access to private Whois data in under a year from now. The Governmental Advisory Committee wants to see “considerable and demonstrable progress, if not completion” of the so-called “unified access model” for Whois by ICANN66 in Montreal, a meeting due to kick off November […]

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Karklins beats LaHatte to chair ICANN’s Whois privacy team

Latvian diplomat and former senior WIPO member Janis Karklins has been appointed chair of the ICANN working group that will decide whether to start making private Whois records available to trademark owners. Karklins’ appointment was approved by the GNSO Council last week. He beat a single rival applicant, New Zealand’s Chris LaHatte, the former ICANN […]

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