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New .sucks Domain Stirs Up Storm over Free Speech

Yahoo News:  “The new Internet domain .sucks has stirred up a firestorm over free online speech and the potential for extortion against companies and individuals. . . . What has fueled concerns is that the domain registrar, a Canadian-based company called Vox Populi, is charging $2,500 for the website names — far more than a typical website registration of $10 to $25 — before the names are opened to the public on June 1.”

See also “Internet watchdog to crack down on firm using ‘.sucks’ domain names alongside celebrities and big brands in money-making ‘shakedown’,” which says “The US body that regulates Internet addresses is looking to crack down on a Canadian company using the new ‘.sucks’ domain name to extract exorbitant sums from celebrities such as Kevin Spacey and companies looking to protect their reputations.  So far, purchased names include,,,,, and other major brand names.”

By |2015-04-11T07:19:37-07:00April 11th, 2015|Stories & News, Top Level Domains|0 Comments

The First Dot Com Domain Name Turns 30

ICANN’s Blog:  “Thirty years ago in 1985, the Internet was in its infancy. Apple’s personal computer, the Macintosh, had only been on the market for a year, and the online service that eventually became AOL was readying its launch. It was during this time, on March 15th, that the first second-level dot com domain,, was introduced online, marking the beginning of the modern Internet.

By |2019-06-18T21:09:46-07:00March 16th, 2015|Stories & News|0 Comments

Tracking the Future of the New gTLD Program

ICANN’s Blog:  “The New gTLD Program, one of the most important developments in the Internet space in recent years, continues to gain momentum: over 400 new gTLDs have been introduced so far, and still counting. The Program represents significant work by the ICANN community, and we continue to hear from more people interested in learning about these opportunities and how to participate.”

By |2019-06-18T21:09:46-07:00January 28th, 2015|Top Level Domains|0 Comments

WIPO Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions

The World Intellectual Property Organization wrote a legal primer that summaries the lessons learned from 380 decisions as of 2011 under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).  The following is just the beginning of the detailed and highly educational WIPO treatise.

Decision-making authority under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and Rules (UDRP) lies exclusively with the appointed panels. To assist awareness of their views on certain questions that commonly arise in proceedings under the UDRP, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center has produced the following update and extension of its informal overview of panel positions on key procedural and substantial issues. This WIPO Overview 2.0 includes new decision references supporting each line of opinion, with over 380 decisions (formerly 100) from over 180 (formerly 80) different UDRP panelists now listed. Reflecting the evolution of the Domain Name System and UDRP jurisprudence, the number of issues included in the WIPO Overview has doubled.

While some of these issues arise only infrequently, all of them are, or are perceived to be, relevant to the operation of the UDRP. On most of these issues, consensus or clear majority views have developed. Certain other questions attract a diversity of views. The WIPO Center’s identification of questions and careful and conservative evaluation of opinions is based on some 20,000 UDRP cases it has administered through March 31, 2011. Detailed information on all views is available from the WIPO Center’s online Legal Index of WIPO UDRP Panel Decisions, its full text decision search facility, and the full posting of all decisions.

This WIPO Overview was originally created and has been updated and expanded in recognition of the need that has […]

By |2018-01-14T10:19:07-07:00December 31st, 2011|UDRP, WIPO|0 Comments
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