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Posts from — April 2010

Neustar gTLD Registry Lock Service Approved

9 April 2010

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VeriSign proposal for Domain Name Exchange in .NET

5 April 2010

April 8, 2010   No Comments Study Reveals imbalance in UDRP Panellist Participation and Outcomes at NAF

In their recent study performed by, Zak Muscovitch, a domain name lawyer and publisher of the report, has presented statistical information gathered from public record that helps to illustrate a skew in panelist assignment.

Muscovich says

“The National Arbitration Forum has provided years of service in trademark and domain name disputes. Greater transparency is required in order to explain the concentration of cases amongst certain panelists. ICANN should revisit the Rules and require that panel appointment is always random. Otherwise, there will be an apprehension of an unfair process amongst some observers and stakeholders who believe that the selection of the panellist is of paramount importance and has a substantial likelihood of affecting the outcome of cases. To increase discussion of these and other domain dispute issues, we have created a free sign-up to receive daily NAF Case Update so that you can receive daily notices of new NAF decisions.”

They have compiled statistics which we hope will provide the domain name dispute community with an idea of the approximate participation levels of all NAF Panelists.


April 6, 2010   Comments Off on Study Reveals imbalance in UDRP Panellist Participation and Outcomes at NAF

Newly Proposed Registry Service for .NET

VeriSign, operators of .COM, .NET, .NAME, and service provider to .EDU, .JOBS, .CC, and .TV, today placed a “Registry Service Request” in to ICANN that proposes that a registrar can swap a .net domain name for another .net domain name, if the request comes from the same registrar.

The premise is that registrars are faced with losses from customer abandonment or other ‘shrinkage’ that leaves them holding a registration through to its annual term, because domain names are billed in a minimum of one year increments.

Within a 365 day calendar, this would conceivably allow, for the price of 1 .net domain, 12 different domains to be reviewed for the inherent traffic that a domain gets.

The challenge for UDRP Complainants is that an infringing domain name can appear or disappear in 30 day windows, so watch for some interesting comments in the registry services commentary, which have already begun.

April 5, 2010   Comments Off on Newly Proposed Registry Service for .NET

Neustar proposal for gTLD Registry Lock

1 April 2010

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