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04 Aug 2015

ICANN wins a very weak TLD lawsuit ICANN

Back in the 1990s as the Internet was starting to become visible to the world, several people had the bright idea of setting up their own top level domains and selling names in competition with what was then the monopoly registrar Network Solutions (NSI). For these new TLDs to be usable, either the TLD operators had to persuade people to use their root servers rather than the IANA servers, or else get their TLDs into the IANA root.

Attempts to get people to use other roots never were very successful, particularly after Eugene Kashpureff, the operator of alternate root AlterNIC made an ill-advised attempt to use DNS cache poisoning to hijack web traffic from the InterNIC website and pled guilty to wire fraud.

Some of the alternate root TLDs are still around, with operators who are under the impression that they have a right to have their TLDs in the IANA root. One of them is name.space.

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24 Jul 2015

Dot SUCKS: the ultimate vanity domain ICANN

When last we wrote, trademark lawyers had written an outraged letter to ICANN about the $2500 price to preregister trademark.sucks names, and ICANN, reliably panicking in the face of legal threats, wrote to the US Federal Trade Commission and Canadian Office of Consumer Affairs saying please tell us that's illegal so we can shut down this registry with whom we just signed a long-term contract. (The mysterious $1 surcharge turned out to be a weak attempt by ICANN to collect debts that affiliates of registry owner Momentous defaulted on long ago.)

Now they're back in the news, with a poorly researched Boston Globe article prompted by a NewYork.sucks billboard near Fenway Park. The FTC wrote back in May and the OCA wrote in June, the former expressing a total lack of sympathy at great length, the latter with a two paragraph form letter.

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13 Apr 2015

How much money is there in complaining? ICANN
Although I
don't have a lot of sympathy for the trademark lawyers' argument that trademark holders need to register .sucks domains cheaply before anyone else can, there is one point at the end of their letter that's worth a look.

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12 Apr 2015

ICANN and a lot of other people outsmart themselves with .SUCKS ICANN
Good taste has never been a criterion in ICANN's new domains program, and domains including .fail and the remarkably vulgar .wtf have become part of the DNS with little comment. Now we have .sucks, which is intended to empower consumers, but does so in a way so clumsy that ICANN is
asking regulators in the U.S. and Canada for an excuse to shut it down.

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01 Mar 2015

The DNS still isn't a directory ICANN
Back in the mid 1990s, before ICANN was invented, a lot of people assumed that the way you would find stuff on the Internet would be through the Domain Name System. It wasn't a ridiculous idea at the time. The most popular way to look for stuff was through manually managed directories like Yahoo's, but they couldn't keep up with the rapidly growing World Wide Web. Search engines had been around since 1994, but they were either underpowered and missed a lot of stuff, or else produced a blizzard of marginally relevant results. (Brin and Page wouldn't publish their billion dollar PageRank idea until 1998.) Moreover, web browsers had started to do domain guessing, so if you entered, say, pickles in your browser's address bar, it would take you to http://pickles.com.

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