Archive for May, 2012

Web.com Applies to be Exclusive Registry for .web

Posted on May 31st, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

Web.com Group Inc. has applied to be the exclusive registry for the new “.web” Internet domain name.

The first wave of top level generic domain names in the newly-expanded universe is being considered by the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) and the “.web” domain may be the most important since the “.com” was created, a company news release said.

“We believe we possess the natural platform from which to successfully market the new ‘.web’ top level domain since we are the sole owner of the Web.com trademark as issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office,” said David Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Web.com, in a news release. “With the resources of a nearly $500 million company and the inherent marketing advantage of the Web.com name, we believe we have the best opportunity to initiate and accelerate its adoption as a universally understood and accepted top level domain.”

The domain is likely to be essential because it’s naturally considered part of the Internet not more narrowly defined, such as “.info” or “.org” and attractive to those unable to obtain a “.com.”

The Internet Corp. is a non-profit corporation that manages and coordinates domain name systems, IP addresses and other unique identifiers so computers can find one another across the world. Top level domain names are the highest level in domain name hierarchy.

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ICANN Offers Refunds to Domain Name Applicants

Posted on May 8th, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

ICANN, the organization behind a major expansion of Internet address suffixes is offering full refunds to companies and organizations affected by a weeks-long delay in taking proposals.

Each application costs $185,000. Applicants had been allowed to withdraw bids for a partial refund. Now, they can get all of their money back as long as they pull their bids before a deadline that hasn’t yet been determined.

Last month, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) abruptly shut down a system for letting companies and organizations propose new suffixes, after it discovered a software glitch that exposed some private data. The data in some cases offered clues about which companies were proposing what suffixes, which was supposed to be confidential.

Up to 1,000 domain name suffixes — the “.com” part of an Internet address — could be added each year in the most sweeping change to the domain name system since its creation in the 1980s.

The idea behind the expansion is to let Las Vegas hotels, casinos and other attractions congregate around “.Vegas,” or a company such as Canon Inc. draw customers to “cameras.Canon” or “printers.Canon.”

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Court Orders Search Engines and Social Sites to De-Index Site

Posted on May 1st, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

According to SFGate, Hermes International SCA, maker of Birkin handbags and silk scarves, won a judgment that includes $100 million in damages against 34 websites that sold fake copies of its luxury goods.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in New York ruled the sites, which didn’t defend themselves in court, sold items that infringed upon at least nine Hermes products including Birkin and Kelly handbags, wallets, watches, belts and jewelry.

Cote said the websites, with names such as HermesBags- Outlet.net, HermesBirkin-Bags.org and HermesOutletStore.Com, were liable for federal trademark counterfeiting and infringement. They had also disregarded her previous temporary orders restraining them from selling counterfeit Hermes items, Cote said.

The court also ordered that any money held by PayPal Inc. to be given to Hermes and ordered Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) and merchant account providers, as well as third-party processors and search engines including Google Inc., Microsoft Corp.’s Bing and Yahoo! Inc., to immediately stop providing services to the defendants or links to their sites.

The judge also directed social media companies including Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. to “de-index” and remove from any search pages links to the infringing defendants.

The order to the search engines and to the social networking companies to de-index the sites is an interesting one.

@AndrewHazen